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


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On the biggest stage he’s ever fought, Justin Gaethje showed why he goes by “The Highlight.”

Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) overcame nearly being finished twice to storm back for a finish of his own, defeating Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) via second-round TKO in one of the most memorable UFC debuts in history.

The lightweight bout headlined Friday’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

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

July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Michael Johnson (red gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Michael Johnson (red gloves) moves to the octagon to fight Justin Gaethje (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) gestures before his bout with Michael Johnson (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Michael Johnson (red gloves) fights Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. 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Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) does a backflip off the top of the octagon fence after defeating Michael Johnson (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) does a backflip off the top of the octagon fence after defeating Michael Johnson (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Michael Johnson (red gloves) fights Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Michael Johnson (red gloves) fights Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. 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TUF Finale 25 video highlights: Jesse Taylor vs. Dhiego Lima


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Jesse Taylor has the redemption he’s wanted for so long.

After being taken down and swarmed in the opening round, Dhiego Lima finally turned things around with a left hook that dropped Taylor at the start of the second.

Moments later, Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was back on top, taking Lima’s (12-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) back and sinking in the rear-naked choke to force the submission just 43 seconds into Round 2, claiming “The Ultimate Fighter 25” tournament title worth nearly $300,000 in the end.

The welterweight bout co-headlined Friday’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The “TUF 25” tournament final aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

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

July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) heads to the octagon before fighting Dhiego Lima (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dhiego Lima (red gloves) fights Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dhiego Lima (red gloves) fights Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dhiego Lima (red gloves) fights Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dhiego Lima (red gloves) fights Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dhiego Lima (red gloves) fights Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Dhiego Lima (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Dhiego Lima (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC president Dana White (left) and Sean Shelby (right) look on during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) reacts after defeatingDhiego Lima (red gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jesse Taylor (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Dhiego Lima (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jesse Taylor (middle) reacts after defeating Dhiego Lima (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/enR8KmyrzPN5pEar3bLZDH/257488", customAnalytics: true, title: "Taylor def. Lima", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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TUF 25 Finale video highlights: Drakkar Klose vs. Marc Diakiese


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Whereas Marc Diakiese kept looking for the flashy finish, Drakkar Klose was content punishing his opponent with leg kicks over and over.

The result was a split-decision win for Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who stayed unbeaten by getting past the previously undefeated Diakiese (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

The lightweight bout was part of the main card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

There was still some tension from their pre-fight feud even afterward.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

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

July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marc Diakiese (red gloves) fights Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/GCgYE8ZF6W3tEh87YAW6Hk/257501", customAnalytics: true, title: "Klose def. Diakiese", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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TUF 25 Finale video highlights: Jared Cannonier vs. Nick Roehrick


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Throughout the first two rounds of their bout, Jared Cannonier hit Nick Roehrick with everything but a paternity suit – and still he couldn’t put him away.

Finally, a head kick from Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) put Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on wobbly legs, leading to a brutal TKO finish at the 2:08 mark of Round 3.

The light-heavyweight bout was part of the main card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

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

July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) reacts after defeating Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; (Editors Note: Graphic Content) Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; (Editors Note: Graphic Content) Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Cannonier (red gloves) fights Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) reacts after losing to Jared Cannonier (not pictured) fights during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nick Roehrick (blue gloves) reacts after losing to Jared Cannonier (not pictured) fights during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/4ZKNouoomcQD8kQSUDyzPG/257511", customAnalytics: true, title: "Cannonier def. Roehrick", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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'If he dies. He dies:' Conor McGregor posts video of cardio training for Floyd Mayweather

As he prepares for his Aug. 26 boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor continues to offer us glimpses into his preparation.

Tonight, it was McGregor doing some intense cardio in another “I Am Boxing” video posted to his social media accounts.

If he dies. He dies. pic.twitter.com/MsjHIMUY3o

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 8, 2017

The caption (“If he dies. He dies.”) and selected footage of McGregor’s vitals being monitored while pushing himself on a stationary hand bike are obvious nods to Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV.”

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This is an interesting choice of pop-culture reference by McGregor. Mayweather vs. McGregor certainly is on the same level of spectacle as Balboa vs. Drago. But also it’s worth noting that Drago didn’t win.

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

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TUF 25 Finale results: At long last, Jesse Taylor wins 'TUF' with submission of Dhiego Lima

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After being taken down and swarmed on the mat in the opening round, Dhiego Lima finally turned things around with a left hook that dropped Jesse Taylor at the start of the second.

Moments later, Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was back on top, taking Lima’s (12-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) back and sinking in the rear-naked choke to force the submission just 43 seconds into Round 2, claiming a reality show tournament title worth nearly $300,000 in the end.

The welterweight bout co-headlined today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The “TUF 25” tournament final aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Any doubts as to Taylor’s game plan were put to rest in the first 10 seconds of the fight, as he immediately charged across the cage and shot for a takedown on Lima, who spent most of the next 90 seconds defending against it.

He was ultimately unsuccessful, and with Taylor on top the grind the began. From the guard to side control to the back and all over again, Taylor was relentless in his attacks, twice coming close to locking up rear-naked chokes before letting them go and settling for softening Lima up with ground-and-pound.

After surviving that round, Lima came out for the second frame looking for a change. He found one early, as Taylor pressed forward and Lima tagged him with a left hook above his ear that sat him down in the center of the cage. But just as Lima dove in with a right hand to the downed Taylor, hoping to capitalize on his good fortune, he inadvertently played right into Taylor’s hands.

Within seconds, Taylor had scrambled up, shucked Lima off his back, and taken Lima’s back in response, quickly locking up the rear-naked choke and putting on the squeeze. Lima tried everything he could to escape, but the choke was in and there was no escape, forcing him to tap less than a minute into a round that had started in such promising fashion.

The win gives Taylor the TUF 25 title, which brings with it a $250,000 cash prize, in addition to the money he earned for his previous victories on the show. Lima has now lost his last two pro bouts.

Up-to-the-minute TUF 25 Finale results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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TUF 25 Finale results: Drakkar Klose beats Marc Diakiese, holds grudge after split-decision win

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Drakkar Klose simply wasn’t ready to let go of his grudge with Marc Diakiese.

Klose and Diakiese engaged in an entertaining fight, with Klose taking a split-decision win. But that didn’t seem to be enough.

The lightweight bout was part of the main card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Klose had to be stopped by security, which was already present inside the octagon, right after he was announced as the winner. Both Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Diakiese (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had to be separated during Thursday’s weigh-ins as both up-and-comers, who each entered undefeated, talked a lot of trash before throwing down.

The first thing to come out of Klose’s mouth during his post-fight interview?

“No disrespect to Michael Bisping, but all English dudes are bums,” he said.

"No disrespect to Michael Bisping, but all those English dudes are bums." — Drakkar Klose #ShotsFired #TUF25Finale https://t.co/R5YmfVhKIP

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 8, 2017

Diakiese came in seemingly looking to score a flashy finish, but Klose was ready and countered with some punishing front kicks. Those proved to be the difference as Klose knocked down Diakiese on multiple occasions.

A leg kick that hurt Diakiese and sent him to the mat late in the first round was the signature moment of the frame. It also was huge near the end of the second round.

“Nothing surprised me,” Klose said. “He likes to talk a lot. He gets into his opponents’ heads. Hey, but I’m a different breed. I’m not like those other bums.”

Drakkar Klose shows the world what it's like when you can't be bothered by life's stresses… https://t.co/AEt1YcAcxJ

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 8, 2017

Klose gets his second UFC win in as many tries, while Diakiese suffers the first loss of his professional career.

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

Up-to-the-minute TUF 25 Finale results include:

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)


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TUF 25 Finale results: Jared Cannonier finally takes out short-notice tough guy Nick Roehrick

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Throughout the first two rounds of their bout, Jared Cannonier hit Nick Roehrick with everything but a paternity suit – and still he couldn’t put him away.

Finally, a head kick from Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) put Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on wobbly legs, leading to a brutal TKO finish at the 2:08 mark of Round 3.

The light-heavyweight bout was part of the main card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedTUF 25 Finale play-by-play and live results

Early on in this one, Cannonier’s speed advantage became apparent as he easily slipped Roehrick’s jabs and fired back with heavy right hands. It didn’t take long until the damage from those rights showed up on Roehrick’s eye, though he absorbed the power shots and kept firing back with his own at every opportunity.

Again and again Cannonier rocked Roehrick with fierce counters and sharp jabs too speedy for him to escape, and several times Roehrick looked like he might not cling to consciousness much longer. Yet each time he managed to survive and keep fighting, even as Cannonier calmly poured on more and more punishment.

Finally, a head kick from Cannonier caught Roehrick just as he was changing levels, sending him staggering back on shaky legs. Cannonier followed and hammered him with a knee to the face in the clinch, and then a blistering elbow strike just above the ear that put Roehrick down.

A few more elbows from inside Roehrick’s guard, and referee John McCarthy had no choice but to step in and wave it off. While Roehrick had proved his ability and willingness to absorb punishment, there was simply no use in letting him continue to demonstrate that skill any longer.

“A fight is a fight,” Cannonier said. “It never goes the way you want it to, so the opponent change didn’t throw me off. Very rarely does a fight go the way you want, and I didn’t expect anything different this time. I just knew I was better than my opponent. I have abs now – that’s the biggest difference in this being my first camp as a full-time fighter. Also, I’m becoming a more well-rounded fighter.

“I only spent four weeks down at The MMA Lab. Next camp, I’ll have a full camp at the Lab, so there will be even more tools in my bag. You heard me call out the man, Gokhan Saki. He’s a striker and I like to strike. I like to test myself against the best in the world, and I believe he’s the very best striker in the world – and I dig that call out.”

Cannonier’s win is his first since a unanimous decision loss to Glover Teixeira in February. Roehrick loses for the first time in his pro career.

Up-to-the-minute TUF 25 Finale results include:

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

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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TUF 25 Finale results: Brad Tavares outscores Elias Theodorou for narrow unanimous decision

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Neither Brad Tavares nor Elias Theodorou looked to risk making a mistake against the other.

The result? A chess match of sorts.

Tavares (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) defeated Theodorou (15-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring it 29-28, though one would believe it was by the narrowest of margins.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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It was hard to tell what could’ve been the difference in the fight, with the second round especially proving to be difficult to score.

Theodorou came out in the third round going for takedown, which was stuffed once, though he succeeded on his second attempt sort of. With both men on the ground, they remained there in a stalemate until Tavares pulled a nifty switch to stand up. Theodorou continued to try and impress the judges with another takedown near the fence, but Tavares was back up quickly.

They struggled for position against the cagem with Tavares taking Theodorou’s back and attempting a rear-naked choke. As Theodorou broke free, the fight turned into a chess match on the ground with both men executing transitions for dominant position. They stood and threw strikes in the final 15 seconds, with Tavares landing the final few significant strikes to potentially earn the nod from the judges.

Asked how he felt about the win over Theodorou, Tavares was a man of few words.

“Stoked,” Tavares said. “That guy is tough. That guy is tough.”

Backstage, he elaborated.

“He moved a lot,” Theodorou said. “The one thing that did surprise me is that I’ve never seen him be that wrestling heavy, taking shots. But I was ready for it. The choke in the third wasn’t as close as I wanted it to be, but I think I had him worried. I’m healthy and I’m ready to go whenever the UFC wants.”

Up-to-the-minute TUF 25 Finale results include:

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

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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TUF 25 Finale results: Jordan Johnson stays unbeaten, outworks Marcel Fortuna for decision

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He had to eat a couple hard right hands and scramble to finish his takedowns, but it paid off for Jordan Johnson in a close battle with Marcel Fortuna.

Johnson (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) finished strong after some dicey moments thanks to the power of Fortuna (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and his reward was a unanimous decision victory with scores of 29-28 from all three judges.

The light-heavyweight bout opened the main card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Though Fortuna was the early aggressor, it was Johnson who made the first real impact in the fight, dropping his foe with a right hand in response to a kick in the opening moments of the moment. But for Johnson, keeping Fortuna down would prove to be a difficult task, and getting him there wasn’t much easier.

Some of that was due to Fortuna getting a little help from the top of the cage. At least twice he stymied Johnson’s takedown attempts by grabbing the top of the fence, even though referee John McCarthy didn’t always seem to notice. Still, even after being briefly wobbled by a Fortuna right hand in the second, Johnson kept digging and eventually got the takedown late in the round.

Johnson adopted a similar strategy in the final frame, keeping his output relatively low until the last 90 seconds of the round, then turning up the heat with his punches while also looking for openings to take the fight to the mat. In the end, it made for a somewhat close fight in the eyes of the judges, but all three saw it just barely in Johnson’s favor, giving him the win with 29-28 scores across the board.

“I feel great,” Johnson said. “That dude was a IBJJF world champion and I was a mediocre wrestler, and we just got in a fist fight and I beat him. People need to put their kids in wrestling programs and put money back into the schools. I was hitting him hard. I’m sure people could hear when I hit him. He didn’t really touch me. I caught everything on my forearms. I’m going to have a fake Fourth of July party right now and I’m going to enjoy Vegas for a couple days.”

With the win, Johnson maintains his perfect professional record, and has now won two straight in the UFC. Fortuna’s loss snaps a six-fight winning streak.

Up-to-the-minute TUF 25 Finale results include:

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

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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TUF 25 Finale results: James Krause sweeps gritty 'TUF' roommate Tom Gallicchio

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In the opening moments of the fight Tom Gallicchio found himself exactly where he wanted to be, which was glued to James Krause’s back and looking for a choke.

It would prove to be his last good moment in the fight, as Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) scrambled to his feet and then took control of the fight, battering a game but outmatched Gallicchio (19-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC) en route to a unanimous decision victory.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Gallicchio had his best opportunity right off the bat, when he caught a Krause leg kick and used it to seal an early takedown. When Krause attempted to scramble up, that gave Gallicchio the chance to take his back, which would prove to be the last moment of the fight when Krause wasn’t in complete control.

Because once Krause escaped to his feet, his superior striking almost immediately took over, hammering Gallicchio with with head kicks and straight punches as Gallicchio fired and came up short again and again.

It didn’t take long for Krause to bloody Gallicchio, smashing his nose and sticking him every time he took a forward step, but Gallicchio simply wouldn’t go away. Even in the final round, with Krause’s lead on the scorecards obvious to all, Gallicchio kept attacking, even when it meant eating a jumping knee from Krause in the final minute.

By the time it went to the scorecards, all three judges had it 30-27 for Krause.

“It’s tough,” Krause said. “There were four of us in the same room while we were in the (‘Ultimate Fighter’) house. I fought Ramsey (Nijem), who slept right above me; Jesse (Taylor), who slept across from me; and I fought Tom, who was in the top bunk. I got three out of the three that were in my room, so it was a little bit awkward. In 50-something fights, Tom is the first friend I’ve ever fought – and it was tough.

“Honestly, I was doing some tactics in the octagon. I was talking to him. I was kind of talking (expletive) to him, and I felt bad afterward. I know he’s a guy who thrives off the underdog thing, and I couldn’t let him into the UFC nicely. At this level, every advantage counts, so I did everything I could to make it a little harder on him. I’m going to talk to my coaches and my team about whether or not I’m going to stay at 170. That’s a big question right now.”

The win makes it three in a row in the UFC for Krause, who came up short in the semifinals of the “TUF 25” tournament. Gallicchio has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute TUF 25 Finale results include:

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

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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TUF 25 Finale results: C.B. Dollaway earns hard-fought unanimous decision vs. Ed Herman

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C.B. Dollaway was bloodied and exhausted, sitting in one of the octagon corners after completing a grueling 15 minutes against Ed Herman.

Dollaway might not have looked like a winner. But when the judges’ scorecards were read, it was confirmation that he earned a unanimous decision over Herman.

The light-heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedTUF 25 Finale play-by-play and live results

Though it was unanimous, the result was anything but easy. The tone was set right from the start when Dollaway (16-8 MMA, 9-8 UFC) was on the receiving end of a hard Herman (23-13-1 MMA, 10-9-1 UFC) right hand to the ear, which discombobulated Dollaway momentarily. The good news, however, was that it also seemed to wake him up as he recovered quickly and got the fight to the mat, where he was relentless in smothering Herman. The first round overall was an impressive display of wrestling and jiu-jitsu from Dollaway.

In the opening seconds of the second round, Dollaway landed a kick to Herman’s neck that stunned him, though he responded with a clobbering right hand that dropped Dollaway. They stood back up quickly, and fatigue became noticeable for both men, though Herman managed to land a combo and dropped Dollaway with a straight left. Herman would go on to control the second round, which set the tone for a pivotal third.

Head kick by @CBDollaway. Overhand right by @EdHermanUFC.

These guys are BRINGING IT!! #TUFFinale pic.twitter.com/WBbzIN6eKz

— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2017

That definitely went to Dollaway, who took control early. Despite a dangerous kimura attempt by Herman from the bottom, Dollaway escaped and controlled the action on the ground. Things got nasty for Herman as Dollaway scored with some mean ground-and-pound mostly of elbows. In the final seconds, Herman tried for a knee bar but failed, leading to the final decision.

Dollaway dropping HEAVY ELBOWS in the final round #TUFFinale pic.twitter.com/dU5UHEbDn5

— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2017

It was a tough fight for both men. Dollaway, despite winning with a score of 29-28 and two 29-27 marks, was transported to the hospital after for undisclosed reasons.

Up-to-the-minute TUF 25 Finale results include:

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

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)


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Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd scratched from tonight's TUF 25 Finale lineup

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Tonight’s lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale has a late scratch.

Bantamweight Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) today announced her fight with promotional newcomer Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been canceled (via Instagram):

UFC officials subsequently made a formal announcement, citing an “illness” for Ladd.

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

Eye vs. Ladd was scheduled to open the FS1-televised prelims. As a result, strawweights Juliana Lima (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Tecia Torres (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) have moved from the UFC Fight Pass prelims to the open the FS1 slot.

The card now continues with 11 bouts and kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

The new TUF 25 Finale lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Michael Johnson vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Dhiego Lima vs. Jesse Taylor – “TUF 25” tournament final
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Nick Roehrick
  • Brad Tavares vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Marcel Fortuna vs. Jordan Johnson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Angela Hill vs. Ashley Yoder
  • Tom Gallicchio vs. James Krause
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Ed Herman
  • Juliana Lima vs. Tecia Torres

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Teruto Ishihara vs. Gray Maynard

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 213's Rob Font says 24-1 opponent Douglas Silva de Andrade 'has a boxing record'

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MMA records can often be deceiving on paper, be it in a positive or negative way. Rob Font thinks he’s dealing with the latter when it comes to UFC 213 opponent Douglas Silva de Andrade.

De Andrade (24-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who meets Font (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout on Saturday’s UFC 213 early UFC Fight Pass prelims at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas prior to the televised prelims on FS1 and pay-per-view main card, brings an outstanding record of 24 victories in 25 fights into the event.

Douglas Silva de Andrade

Although de Andrade has already somewhat tested his chops on the UFC stage, winning two of three fights in the octagon, Font views himself as the first real test. He admittedly hasn’t done much research on the Brazilian, but given the fact many of de Andrade’s wins came against underqualified competition, Font said he likes his chances.

“He has a boxing record,” Font told MMAjunkie Radio. “You don’t see records like that too often in MMA. … I’ve only watched his UFC fights. I don’t like to go back to the old ones. I really just watched his debut and the last one. I try not to watch too much video.”

When it comes to strategy, many fighters like to keep their cards close and not give away any hints. Font’s approach to fighting is no secret, though. Of his nine stoppage wins, Font has won six by knockout and wants his right hand to make de Andrade his seventh victim.

“I’m trying to get rid of him in the first round,” Font said. “I want to get my hands on him. I’m thinking a straight right down the middle. Get off the to the side, hit him with the straight right and then see what happens from there. I’ll take anything I can get, but I want that right hand to the chin in the first round.”

After missing 18 months of competition from July 2014 to January 2016 due to injury, Font made up for lost time in 2016 by competing three times. UFC 213 marks his first fight of the year, though, and the Boston area resident wants to make sure he produces a strong performance.

Font said he has the usual aspirations of a fighter in his position, which include breaking into the divisional rankings and climbing toward a title. He sometimes allows himself to think about the path he must take to get there, but Font said for the most part he keeps dialed in on the next step, and currently that’s beating de Andrade.

“I see the 135ers and I think, ‘Oh, it would be awesome if I did this or fought him,'” Font said. “I could do that, but slowly I have to stop. There’s a fight in front of me. Let’s win this fight and we’ll go from there.”

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

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Despite 22 fights, Terrion Ware says road to UFC debut looks longer than it was

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Terrion Ware might just be starting out on his octagon path, but he’s definitely no newbie when it comes to the cage.

At 31, Ware (17-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) brings in a respectable and long record to his UFC 213 meeting with 27-year-old Cody Stamann (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on Saturday. He currently is riding a four-fight winning streak, capped off by a knockout over UFC and WSOF veteran Jared Papazian in April. He hasn’t lost since August 2015.

Looking at the numbers alone, it may seem like Ware’s first UFC shot is long overdue. But, for Ware, that’s not necessarily the case.

“It definitely seems like a long road,” Ware told MMAjunkie Radio ahead of the featherweight bout, which streams on UFC Fight Pass from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. “But, compared to some other people, it’s actually relatively short. I’ve been doing this for six and a half years. My first two years were as an amateur.

“So it’s about four and a half, five years that’s taken me to get here. I’ve just had so many fights in a short amount of time.”

Ware might be comfortable with the path that eventually led to his scheduled meeting with Stamman, also a UFC newcomer who brings in a six-fight winning streak that includes a recent first-round TKO of Bill Kamery in the headliner of a KnockOut Promotions event.

But that doesn’t mean he hadn’t been expecting the UFC to call.

In fact, he’s been ready for it for about two years now. But, as it turns out, there’s only so much a fighter can do. So Ware powered through, continuing to add to his record as he witnessed other athletes with less accomplished resumes get the golden ticket before him.

The worst part of it all? Balancing the inevitable waiting game with the somewhat risky desire to stay active.

“That was the hard part – the waiting part,” Ware said. “Because, as you’re waiting, I want to compete. I want to fight. And then you get to a certain level – I’m 11-2, 12-2 – where I’m going to have to continue to fight tough guys. And any loss can set you back three or four fights in terms of getting into the big show.”

Check out the video above to hear more from Ware ahead of his UFC debut.

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

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UFC 213 staff picks: Nunes or Shevchenko? Romero or Whittaker? Who do we like in pair of title fights?

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Shevchenko Romero
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Whittaker Blaydes
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Werdum Miller
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Pettis MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 58-47
Shevchenko
(54%)
Whittaker
(54%)
Blaydes
(63%)
Overeem
(53%)
Pettis
(70%) Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 68-37
Nunes
Whittaker
Blaydes
Overeem
Pettis Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 66-39
Nunes
Whittaker
Blaydes
Overeem
Pettis Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 64-41
2015 Champion
Nunes
Whittaker
Blaydes
Werdum
Pettis Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 64-41
Shevchenko
Whittaker
Blaydes
Werdum
Pettis Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 63-42
2016 Champion
Nunes
Whittaker
Blaydes
Werdum
Pettis Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 62-43
Shevchenko
Whittaker
Blaydes
Werdum
Pettis Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 61-44
Nunes
Whittaker
Blaydes
Werdum
Pettis Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 59-46
2014 Champion
Shevchenko
Romero
Blaydes
Overeem
Pettis George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 58-47
Shevchenko
Romero
Blaydes
Overeem
Pettis John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 56-49
Nunes
Romero
Blaydes
Overeem
Miller

A pair of titles are on the line Saturday at one of the UFC’s biggest events of the year.

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

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

In the main event, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) puts her title on the line in a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Although Nunes won the first meet, Shevchenko currently is a slight betting favorite. But it’s the champ who has a 6-4 edge from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-main event, Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) takes on Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for the interim middleweight title. Whittaker is a mild favorite and is a 7-3 pick from our staff members.

Also on the main card, Curtis Blaydes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in a heavyweight bout. Blaydes is as much as a 9-1 favorite and is a unanimous pick from our staff members. And also at heavyweight, recent title challenger Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC) meets former champ Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in a trilogy rematch. That fight is a close call with the oddsmakers, and our staff members are split right down the middle with their picks at 5-5.

To open up the main card, former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis (19-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) returns to the division after a brief stint at featherweight to take on veteran Jim Miller (28-9 MMA, 17-8 UFC). Pettis is a heavy 9-1 pick from our staff members.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Shevchenko, Whittaker, Blaydes, Overeem and Pettis are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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

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Showtime releases first promotional video for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor


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All the pieces are coming together for the Aug. 26 blockbuster boxing event featuring Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Earlier today officials announced the dates and locations for an international media tour with Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), which spans four cities, three countries and two continents.

RelatedLA, Toronto, Brooklyn, London to host next week's Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather press tour

Although details such as ticket prices and the pay-per-view cost price tag have yet to be announced, promotion for the mega-fight is in full swing, which now includes an official hype video.

Showtime Sports today released the first official trailer for Mayweather vs. McGregor, which can be seen in its entirety above.

“The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor” takes place Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 12-round fight headlines the pay-per-view card, though no other boxing bouts have been formally announced.

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

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'UFC 213 Embedded,' No. 4: Can Australia-New Zealand get 2 world titles in 1 week?


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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.

RelatedVideo: UFC 213 media-day face-offs, where 1 shorter heavyweight had some fun

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 fourth episode of “Embedded,” Nunes’ mom arrives in Las Vegas, Whittaker’s coaches talk about a possible huge week for combat sports in Australia-New Zealand, Romero discusses his team, and all of the fighters head to media day, where Romero discusses hoops with Travis Browne.

Check out the full episode above.

Also see:

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brad Tavares, Gray Maynard, Joey Diaz


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Brad Tavares, Gray Maynard and Joey Diaz.

Tavares meets Elias Theodorou and Maynard takes on Teruto Ishihara tonight at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale. Comedian “Coco” Diaz is our in-studio guest host.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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