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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2502 with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, Angela Hill

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, and Angela Hill.

Felder, in Las Vegas to commentate for Dana White’s Contender Series 4 card, was in-studio to co-host the entire episode. Lamas is coming off a win vs. Jason Knight, which took place this past Saturday at UFC 214. Covington defeated Dong Hyun Kim in June at UFC Fight Night 111. Hill is coming off a victory over Ashley Yoder at last month’s TUF 25 Finale.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.


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DWCS 4 winner Brandon Davis: 'If you want to see an exciting fight, I'm your man'

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LAS VEGAS – Brandon Davis came out victorious in one of the most exciting battles in all four of Dana White’s Contender Series events. And now, with a UFC contract locked up, he assures us there’s plenty more where that came from.

Davis (8-2) earned a unanimous-decision nod after a three-round slugfest with Austin Arnett (15-3) on Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 4 event. The battle saw blows, smiles and words exchanged between the featherweights, who got standing ovations from UFC President Dana White and matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard.

Here are the highlights (via Twitter):

Best fight of #ContenderSeries so far?!?! @AustinArnettMMA & @KillerBMMA brought @DanaWhite, @SeanShelby & @Mickmaynard2 to their feet! pic.twitter.com/ptTn3WFLet

— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 2, 2017

Davis joined fellow victor Julian Marquez – author of a thunderous head-kick – as one of two fighters scoring a UFC contract that night. The good news for the 145-pounder might just mean good news for the fans, assuming he delivers on his promises for the big stage.

“That’s honestly the way I fight every fight,” Davis told MMAjunkie after the scrap, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. “I’m not saying I get hit a lot or anything like that. I usually have a little more movement.

“I felt myself pushing a little too fast-paced in the beginning of the first round. So I slowed down, and people thought I was getting tired. But I wasn’t; I was just trying to be smart about and making sure I didn’t gas out. I slowed down, tried to use a bit more angles and drop my hands a little bit.

“I like to talk (expletive) during the fight, just to get to him. After the fight, we’re friends, we talk – it’s just what it is. It’s how I fight, and I feel every fight from now on is going to be like that too. It’s been like that every fight before, so – if you want to see an exciting fight, I’m your man. ”

The 27-year-old fighter was fully aware he had a tough opponent in front of him on Tuesday. Arnett, 25, came into the bout riding an impressive 13-fight winning streak with a professional record that held only two losses. Carrying in a six-fight winning streak of his own, Davis saw two ways the scrap could go.

The first was that he could finish Arnett late in the first round or early in the second – a prediction that, while unsuccessful, he believes his elbows almost helped him accomplish.

And the second?

“Or, if he was able to take it, it was going to be bloody, and we were going to make it a ‘Fight of the Night,'” Davis said. “I feel like that happened.”

The fact that Davis imagined this happening, however, didn’t take away from the “unreal” feeling of hearing his name getting called. And now, other than figuring out whether he wants to cry or to party, the featherweight is planning for a quick octagon turnaround.

At the moment, that still depends on X-ray results from his hurt ankle. If it’s broken, he says, he might be looking at an 180-day suspension. But if it’s not, he’s already got some ideas in mind.

“I know they’ve got a Sydney card (on Nov. 19) coming up,” Davis said. “I’ve never been to Australia. I’m down to fight as often as I can. I’m healthy. I’m ready to go. Other than my foot, I can fight again tomorrow.”

Check out the full post-fight interview above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 4, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Video: Watch UFC-Mexico City headliner Brandon Moreno's huge UFC debut


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How’s this for a UFC debut? An upset of a 6-1 favorite, a submission victory, and a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

In October at UFC Fight Night 96, Brandon Moreno was a big underdog to vet Louis Smolka, but the youngster pulled off the upset with a slick first-round guillotine.

Check out the full fight above.

And catch 23-year-old Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who’s No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, back in action on Saturday, when he takes on No. 8-ranked Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), also 23, in his first headliner.

It’s the featured attraction of UFC Fight Night 114, which takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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DWCS 4's Julian Marquez on that viral head-kick KO: 'He didn't go down all nice and easy'

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LAS VEGAS – Julian Marquez made the most of his time at Dana White’s Contender Series 4, where he scored a massive knockout, but he almost didn’t get there.

Marquez (6-1) earned his way into the UFC with a crushing knockout of middleweight Phil Hawes (4-2) on Tuesday. It was the featured bout of Dana White’s Contender Series 4, which took place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedDana White's Contender Series 4 results: Julian Marquez KOs Jon Jones training partner Phil Hawes

Marquez said he envisioned this exact scenario – winning the fight and getting a UFC contract – but he had a few hurdles. Chief among them? His weight cut.

“If you would have seen me – if I released the pictures of me cutting weight last night – you guys would definitely laugh and be like, ‘Holy (expletive),'” the former LFA/Bellator/Combate Americas fighter told MMAjunkie. “I lost a good amount.

“I was the last person in the sauna. And actually, I was lucky enough to get an extension because they said they opened up an hour early. I was there at 5 a.m. At 4:50, no one was there, and it was down to the wire, but I made the weight, and now I’m here.”

The 27-year-old ultimately connected on a head-kick KO that had social media buzzing (via Twitter):

Did you see this vicious knockout at Dana White​'s Contender Series 4 event? More: https://t.co/c0Vj6FRAmy pic.twitter.com/2thKxcJLQR

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) August 2, 2017

After Hawes attempted a takedown, Marquez said he made his opponent pay on the next one.

“On the second takedown, I pushed him up against the cage, and I saw the same thing,” he said. “So I backed up and waited to let him get up, and I just let the kick go, and it just so happened to find his chin.”

And the aftermath?

“It felt amazing,” he said. “It was a shocker. I hope he heals fast. It was a pretty nasty blow. He didn’t go down all nice and easy. He went down pretty hard.”

Check out the full post-fight interview above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 4, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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UFC 214 'Fight Motion': That time Daniel Cormier sent Jon Jones' mouthpiece flying


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Despite a crushing and emotional end, things started off well enough for Daniel Cormier over Jon Jones, as we see in the “Fight Motion” highlights for past Saturday’s UFC 214 headliner.

The super-slow-motion highlights capture the action from the event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., which aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) ultimately suffered a third-round knockout loss, and he had to surrender his light-heavyweight title to rival Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC), who reclaimed the belt with a vintage performance.

RelatedUFC 214 video highlights: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier

Initially, though, Cormier found some success in the long-awaited rematch again arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history. One early punch sent Jones’ mouthpiece flying, as you can see in “UFC 214 Fight Motion” above.

The highlights include other bouts, including welterweight champion Tyron Woodley’s (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) decisive unanimous-decision victory over Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), as well as Cristiane Justino’s (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) lopsided third-round TKO of Tonya Evinger (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for the vacant women’s featherweight belt.

Check out the “Fight Motion” highlights above.

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

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