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Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 125's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie

UFC Fight Night 125 takes place today at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil, and as usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are headliners Lyoto Machida and Eryk Anders, as well as other winners from the card.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 125's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie

UFC Fight Night 125 takes place today at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil, and as usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are headliners Lyoto Machida and Eryk Anders, as well as other winners from the card.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

MMA's week out of the cage: Fighters spoof Floyd Mayweather's MMA video, Ronda Rousey turns 31

Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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Mocking Mayweather to MMA

Animals of Instagram

Weekly eats

The life of “The Notorious”

Children of MMA

Ronda Rousey’s birthday

Activities and adventures

Random leftovers

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

Champ Max Holloway out of UFC 222 title defense against Frankie Edgar

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has been forced to withdraw from a fight for the first time in his career.

An unspecified injury has forced Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 222 title defense against Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC). A person with knowledge of the injury today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie following an initial report from ESPN.com. The person requested anonymity because the UFC has not yet made a formal announcement.

UFC 222 takes place March 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

This is the second time the Holloway vs. Edgar fight has fallen apart. The fighters were booked for the UFC 218 main event in December, but Edgar was forced to withdraw due to a facial injury.

This time it’s the champion who is out of the bout, though the nature and extent of his injury is not known.

Stay tuned to MMAjunkie for more on this story as it develops.

For more on UFC 222, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic isn't stressed about accolades when he's No. 4 in his own house

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LAS VEGAS – Stipe Miocic seems to understand what goes with his title and his accolades in the UFC.

That he’s the UFC’s heavyweight champion pretty much automatically gets him labeled “the baddest man on the planet.” Part of that is traditional fight hype marketing, to be certain. But Miocic also is fresh off a dominant win over Francis Ngannou that gave him the most consecutive UFC heavyweight title defenses in history.

And because of that, he’s not only the aforementioned toughest guy in the world, but also statistically the best UFC heavyweight of all time. As for the best heavyweight ever, regardless of the banner being fought under, Miocic will leave that to other people to figure out.

After all, he doesn’t even believe he’s at the highest level in his own home.

RelatedFight with Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 another chance to chase history for Daniel Cormier

“When I go home, I’m fourth on the ladder at my house,” Miocic on Friday told MMAjunkie. “It’s my wife, the dogs and me – I’m just there to pay the bills. Being the ‘baddest man on the planet,’ how many title (defenses) – it doesn’t matter (at home). They’re ahead of me. All I care about is taking care of my family. It’s great, what I’ve done, and I’m going to keep it going. But all I care about is taking care of my family.”

In July, Miocic’s (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) next chance to take care of his family will come against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who is moving up to heavyweight to challenge for Miocic’s title in a true superfight.

RelatedUFC 226 odds: Stipe Miocic opens as favorite over fellow UFC champ Daniel Cormier, but ...

The fight headlines UFC 226 on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. A win for Cormier would put him in some rarified company as a two-division UFC champion, and he’d join Conor McGregor as the only fighter to have two belts at the same time.

It also could be the most anticipated heavyweight title fight in history. And since he’s friendly with Cormier, the two had a conversation first before agreeing to not only fight each other, but coach opposite each other on the upcoming 27th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which begins filming soon and will debut this spring on FS1.

“We actually talked to each other on the phone to make sure it was the right thing for both of us,” Miocic said. “We’re both gamers – we’re here to fight. But we also wanted to make sure it was the right thing for both of us, and it worked out well.

But even though Miocic said he knows he has a tough test ahead of him, albeit against a currently smaller opponent, he doesn’t think anything will be much different come July 8.

Other than one more notch on his record, that is.

“I’m going to go out there and do my thing and walk out with the belt still wrapped around my waist,” he said. “Nothing’s going to change. He’s a great fighter and an amazing person, but unfortunately, he’s facing me, and he hasn’t faced anyone like me yet.”

For more on UFC 226, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Super Bowl? What Super Bowl? Get geared up for UFC Fight Night 125 with this primer

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LAS VEGAS – Yeah, we know there’s a big game being played Sunday with a ball. But tonight, we’ve got 11 games with fists.

UFC Fight Night 125 takes place tonight at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) tries to snap a three-fight skid when he takes on unbeaten up-and-comer Eryk Anders (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC). Machida will be fighting in the city he grew up in, and the event is the first for the UFC in Belem.

In the co-feature, unbeaten Brazilian newcomer Priscila Cachoeira (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on former bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a women’s flyweight bout. Shevchenko will be testing out the division for the first time.

Shevchenko vs. Cachoeira was elevated to the co-main event slot when John Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) chose to not fight Pedro Munhoz (15-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) in their bantamweight bout after Munhoz came in four pounds over the limit at Friday’s weigh-ins.

Ahead of tonight’s fights in Brazil, MMAjunkie’s John Morgan breaks down the card to tell you what you can expect. Check it out in the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2614 with Cory Sandhagen, Burt Watson

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Cory Sandhagen and Burt Watson.

UFC featherweight Sandhagen is coming off a TKO win in his promotional debut against Austin Arnett at UFC on FOX 27 six days ago. He talked about that fight, as well as the work he does with neglected children. Alliance MMA executive Watson, formerly the UFC’s site coordinator, called in to share his story about surviving prostate cancer and his efforts to raise awareness.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

Fight with Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 another chance to chase history for Daniel Cormier

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LAS VEGAS – Daniel Cormier wants to be part of MMA history in a big way. For a lot of reasons, he already is. But he believes his next fight could solidify things.

Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, will try to make history when he fights heavyewight champ Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) in the UFC 226 main event in July. A win would give Cormier two belts, making him only the second to hold concurrent titles in UFC history.

Before he and Miocic battle in a legit superfight in Las Vegas, they’ll coach opposite each other on the 27th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“You know what I chase,” Cormier said Friday at a media day in support of “TUF,” as well as the fight. “I want to be remembered. When I’m done, I want people to remember the things that I did in this sport.

“… Doing ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ is part of the necessary buildup. I’m excited about it. It’s just a way for me and Stipe to compete before we compete. I love it.”

A win over Miocic would lock that in, without question. Cormier even said again it would have him talked about as one of the greatest fighter in history.

And he believes he already is right there.

RelatedStipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier face off for first time ahead of UFC 226 champion vs. champion battle

“I’m in the conversation,” Cormier said. “I’m in the conversation for the greatest fighter ever. I think that I should be talked about as one of the best fighters, regardless, because of what I’ve done in this sport in such a short period of time. But yeah, I believe that when you stack Stipe Miocic on top of (other big names I’ve beaten), then it starts to become a conversation, a real conversation as to when I do go in history.”

UFC 226 takes place July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Cormier and Miocic will headline the show, but there are two other champ-vs.-champ superfights being talked about for the card, as well: flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson vs. bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, and women’s featherweight champ Cyborg Santos vs. women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes – though those two fights are still just in the talking stage.

Cormier plans on hanging up his gloves when he turns 40, which will happen in March 2019 a little more than a year from now. He wanted to fight as much as he could before then. And he still plans on fighting again after the Miocic fight.

Could one of those fights be a third against his arch-rival, Jon Jones? Jones is waiting for a potential suspension from a USADA violation. He may wind up being out longer than what would make another fight with Cormier possible.

But if Cormier became the heavyweight champion, and Jones was available to move up to heavyweight, something he has talked about for years … well …

“All I want to do is fight, and all I want to do is fight him,” Cormier said. “If you guys think for a second that (UFC President) Dana (White) goes, ‘OK, you’re going to fight Jones,’ and that I wouldn’t be ecstatic, that’s crazy. But again, that would take a lot of trust in a guy that we really haven’t been able to trust.”

Before that, though, Cormier first has a date with history and Cormier, not trying to beat the man who’s beaten him twice (though the second was wiped from their records after Jones’ positive drug test).

Once again, the UFC has put him in position to be in one of the biggest fights its ever done, like he’s had in front of him before. But a loss, like the Jones fights, would haunt him, Cormier said.

“I know that if I (lose), I know that I’ll have nightmares for the rest of my life just as I do with all those other things,” he said. “I do believe that this will be very satisfying. But all the losses, they don’t go anywhere. So this will not replace it. This won’t make me feel better about all the other things.”

For more on UFC 226, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Ex-title challengers John Moraga, Wilson Reis meet at UFC on FOX 29 in Arizona

The UFC’s spring return to Arizona in April keeps growing with the addition of a flyweight fight between a pair of former title challengers.

John Moraga (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is set to take on Wilson Reis (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at UFC on FOX 29 in April, UFC officials recently announced. Moraga is No. 9 in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings; Reis is right behind him at No. 10.

UFC on FOX 29 will take place April 14 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., near Phoenix. The main card will air on FOX following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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It’s been four and a half years since Moraga fought champ Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title. He was submitted with an armbar in the fifth round. The Arizona native went 3-1 after that, but then suffered through a three-fight skid.

In consecutive fights, he dropped decisions to Joseph Benavidez, Matheus Nicolau and Sergio Pettis. But he rebounded this past June with a decision over Ashkan Mokhtarian, then picked up a huge win when he upset the previously unbeaten Magomed Bibulatov, a 6-1 favorite, with a first-round knockout at UFC 216. He picked up a $50,000 bonus check in the process.

Wilson Reis

Reis challenged Johnson for the flyweight belt this past April in the UFC on FOX 24 main event. Like Moraga, “Mighty Mouse” stopped him with an armbar. He earned his title shot by virtue of five wins in six fights since dropping to 125 pounds. But after his loss to Johnson, his attempt at a rebound didn’t go his way, either – he was knocked out by fellow former title challenger and Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo in the second round at UFC 215 in September.

With the addition, UFC on FOX 29 now includes:

  • Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit
  • Arjan Bhullar vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • John Moraga vs. Wilson Reis

For more on UFC on FOX 29, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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CES MMA 48 highlights: Greg Rebello wins heavyweight title with 23-second KO of Travis Wiuff

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Greg Rebello wasn’t in the mood for a lot of work Friday night. Again.

In the CES MMA 48 main event, Rebello (24-8) took just 23 seconds to take out Travis Wiuff (75-22) with a TKO to win the promotion’s vacant heavyweight title. That win came on the heels of an 82-second TKO win in November, but this one came with hardware.

Rebello’s quick win in the main event aired on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Rebello has been a mainstay in the CES MMA lineups, but his win over Wiuff might just get him another look from the UFC. He had a shot this past July on the first installment of Dana White’s Contender Series, but suffered a second-round knockout loss to Azunna Anyanwu. But now he’s back on the uptick.

In the co-main event, Dinis Paiva (11-6) dominated Kevin Barberena (5-4) for a unanimous decision, including a pair of 30-26 scores. Plus, Brian Marino (6-1) fought for the first time in more than seven years after two tours in Afghanistan and a struggle with addiction. His comeback was a good one with a unanimous decision win over Jerome Mickle (2-4).

Check out all of the highlights above.

The full CES MMA 48 results included:

  • Greg Rebello def. Travis Wiuff via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:23
  • Dinis Paiva def. Kevin Barberna via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Tim Caron def. Timothy Woods via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:23
  • Brian Marino def. Jerome Mickle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Shane Manley def. Dylan Lockard via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Rico DiSciullo def. Jaime Hernandez via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:21

For more on CES MMA 48, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

After finally making most of big chance, Rob Font ready to take – and finish – 'those big fights'

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Rob Font has experienced some make-or-break UFC moments.

The first one took place in May 2016 at UFC 198. Although he was only two fights into his UFC career, Font had scored knockout wins in both, amounting to an overall 11-fight winning streak. He went into enemy territory to meet John Lineker, who’d won his first 135-pound fight after a flyweight run that, while highly victorious, had been spoiled by his constant weight misses.

Font lost via unanimous decision.

But with back-to-back finishes over Matt Schnell and Douglas Andrade came yet another big chance, against Pedro Munhoz. Again, Font went all the way to Brazil. Again, he faltered, becoming Munhoz’s fifth straight victim, with a first-round submission.

Despite the loss, Font (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) got himself yet another key matchup, this time in his hometown of Boston at UFC 220. The third time, however, was a charm: Font scored a knockout win over rising star Thomas Almeida (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC).

The way he sees it, it’s earned him some long-awaited leverage to put in specific bout requests.

“It’s huge,” Font told MMAjunkie Radio. “That’s all I’ve been wanting to do since I got into the division, is to be able to even have the opportunity to say these guys’ names. Now we do. We can legitimately get these title fights. I’m happy.

“Especially because I already had this opportunity twice, and I messed it up. It came through the third one. I struggled in Brazil, and we’ve got to fix that. But I’m ready. I’m ready for these big fights.”

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What does he mean by “big fights,” specifically?

Well, as he said afterward, Font won’t start turning down opponents. But he’s also aiming toward foes placed above him in the rankings. So he’s already mapped out a few of those.

“Obviously, (former WSOF champ Marlon Moraes) would be a huge name,” Font said. “The Lineker rematch would be huge for myself. But It’s weird, because the division is kind of jammed up. I’m not sure what they’re going to do with (ex-UFC champ Dominick) Cruz and those guys, so more realistically I’m looking at more a Moraes or (Bryan Caraway)-type fight.

“I think the toughest one and the one that I think would probably get me the quickest to that No. 1 shot and that title would definitely either be the Lineker or the Moraes fight.”

Font is right in that the situation with the 135-pound title picture is a bit tough to figure out.

Its re-crowned champion, T.J. Dillashaw, currently has his sights set on making the move down to flyweight to challenge pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson. Contender Jimmie Rivera, who had scheduled bouts with Cruz and Lineker fall through due to injuries, is now angling for a fight with dethroned champ Cody Garbrandt. Garbrandt and Cruz, in turn, don’t have fights booked – though Garbrandt seems open to a rematch.

The good news for Font is that, after Rivera turned down a Feb. 24 date with Moraes, the former WSOF champ seems to remain unbooked. Lineker also has no fights scheduled. Caraway, however, is now set to meet Cody Stamman at UFC 222 on March 3.

Whomever Font ends up meeting next, though, he’ll meet with the added confidence of his latest accomplishment.

“I showed that, when I win, I finish,” Font said. “And that I’m in there to finish. I think I have a great shot at beating all these guys. And not even just beating them, but finishing them. I think if I put my right hand on somebody, they’re going to sleep. So I’m excited.”

To hear more from Font, check out the video above.

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

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Stipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier face off for first time ahead of UFC 226 champion vs. champion battle

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LAS VEGAS – Reigning UFC champions and opposing “The Ultimate Fighter 27” coaches Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier came face-to-face today for the first time in Las Vegas.

Heavyweight champ Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) and light heavyweight champ Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) are in the middle of filming for the 27th season of “TUF” before they fight each other this summer.

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Miocic will put his title on the line against against Cormier in the UFC 226 headliner, which takes place July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.

In the meantime, though, they’re coaching 16 undefeated athletes split into two weight classes, with lightweights and featherweights going through the traditional ‘TUF’ tournament to win a UFC contract.

Check out Miocic and Cormier face off in the video above.

For more on UFC 226, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Loss of hot water almost ruined Eryk Anders' weight cut, but Lyoto Machida 'was very respectful'

Eryk Anders started his weight cut early for a fight with ex-champ Lyoto Machida. Everything was on track for him to hit the middleweight limit until an unforeseen hurdle arose.

“It really wasn’t hard, the weight cut,” Anders said in a TV interview with Brazil’s Combate after the official weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 125, which were marked by three misses on the scale. “It just takes time to cut the weight. We got to the hotel at 2 in the morning, turned the hot water on, and everything was working. Took a nap, woke up at 5 a.m. and no water. So apparently what happened is the hot water boiler blew up.”

A hotel malfunction didn’t deter Anders (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) from trying to make the 186-pound limit for Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC), however.

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“There were several hours, and we were trying to figure it out, (and we) moved rooms and then they started bringing pots from the kitchen with the hot water so I could do the bath,” Anders said. “And I just ran out of time.”

Anders came in at 187.9 pounds on his first try today. A doctor cleared him for a second attempt. To his surprise, his opponent was forgiving about the unfortunate turn of events.

“Machida was very respectful,” he said. “I think he kind of understood the situation. He gave me a choice. He said, ‘Eryk, do what’s best for you. Don’t make the weight or make the weight.’ Either way, he was going to fight. But me, being a mixed martial artist, I wanted to make the weight.

“So they gave me an extra hour. (I) went around, walked around the city of Belem with a sauna suit and sweat clothes on, and I came back on weight.”

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At 186 pounds, Anders certified the Saturday fight card’s main event, which takes place at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil and airs on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The co-main event wasn’t so lucky. Brazilian vet Pedro Munhoz (15-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) came in four pounds over for a bout with John Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who declined to face his opponent at a catchweight, prompting the UFC to cancel the fight. It was another unfortunate turn in a series of last-minute hiccups recently endured by the promotion.

But thanks to some last-minute scrambling and a little understanding, the main event is still happening.

For more on UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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John Dodson won't receive 'show' money for UFC-Belem after Pedro Munhoz misses weight

John Dodson lost out on more than just a co-main event spot at UFC Fight Night 125 through no fault of his own. He also lost out on a paycheck.

UFC officials have told MMAjunkie that neither Dodson nor his opponent, Pedro Munhoz, will receive their purses following Munhoz’s weigh-ins miss today, which resulted in the fight being scratched from Saturday’s FS1-televised event at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Brazil.

The decision isn’t surprising for Munhoz, who came in four pounds over the non-title bantamweight limit at 140. Dodson, however, tipped the scale at 135 without issue. Dodson rep Ricky Kottenstete declined to comment on the fighter’s pay situation until he’d received word from UFC officials.

The UFC was hoping the fight would still go on as planned, with Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) set to receive 20 percent of Munhoz’s contracted “show” money, as well as 20 percent of his opponent’s “win” money if the result went that way. But Dodson declined to take the fight against the five-pounds-heavier Munhoz (15-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) in the final fight of his UFC contract.

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“He came in five pounds over weight,” Dodson said, according to MMAWeekly.com. “Originally, they told me he was three pounds (over), and I gave him the benefit of the doubt and said, ‘Oh, he’s 139?’ They said he’s more like 140-point-something. I’m guessing he’s in the ballpark figure around 141. He’s not bantamweight now, he’s a featherweight, first. Second, I made all the sacrifices and did my job to make weight, and he chose not to.”

The decision to not pay Dodson falls in line with what happened to Vitor Belfort, who also didn’t receive his “show” money after opponent Uriah Hall failed to reach the scale last month at UFC Fight Night 124.

Tim Elliott faced a similar situation last month at UFC on FOX 26, when Pietro Menga failed to weigh in for their flyweight bout. Elliott, however, received his “show” money but not his full fight purse.

For more on UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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On 'EA UFC 3' release day, fighters compliment, criticize and question new video game

Today marks the official release of the new “EA UFC 3” video game for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. A quick glance on social media will reveal the UFC and EA Sports have encouraged athletes to make a push to spread awareness of the title.

MMAjunkie provided a review of the upgraded career mode as well as a Q&A with all the burning questions for game developers ahead of the release. There’s one thing that couldn’t be answered, though, and that’s how the athletes would react to their ratings and character builds in “EA UFC 3.”

There was mixed reaction from the UFC roster. From jubilation to frustration to downright disappointment, check below to see how fighters reacted to their characters – or lack thereof – in “EA UFC 3.”

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

Video replay: Today's UFC Fight Night 125 weigh-ins in Brazil

Check out a replay of the UFC Fight Night 125 ceremonial weigh-ins, which took place today in Brazil.

UFC Fight Night 125 takes place Saturday at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Among those weighing in today were former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) and Eryk Anders (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who meet in the middleweight main event. The fighters made their weights official earlier today at the UFC host hotel in Belem.

Check out all of the face-offs above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Official poster and latest card for 'UFC on FOX 28: Emmett vs. Stephens'

Check out the official fight poster and latest 13-bout lineup for this month’s “UFC on FOX 28: Emmett vs. Stephens” event.

UFC on FOX 28 takes place Feb. 24 at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The event poster features the top two bouts (via Twitter):

All eyes on the Sunshine State.

Your OFFICIAL fight poster for @JoshEmmettUFC vs @LiLHeathenMMA has arrived. #UFCOrlando pic.twitter.com/4e8ctOwqUg

— UFC (@ufc) February 1, 2018

In the main event, featherweight contenders Josh Emmett (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Jeremy Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC) clash to determine who moves one step closer to a 145-pound title shot.

There are also title stakes in the strawweight co-headliner, in which Jessica Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) takes on Tecia Torres (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC).

The complete UFC on FOX 28 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jeremy Stephens vs. Josh Emmett
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Max Griffin vs. Mike Perry

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher
  • Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau
  • Angela Hill vs. Maryna Moroz
  • Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns
  • Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
  • Russell Doane vs. Rani Yahya
  • Alex Perez vs. Eric Shelton
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Aleksandar Rakic

For more on UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

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CES MMA 48's Brian Marino explains life-saving return to MMA after more than seven years away

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Brian Marino hasn’t fought since November 2010. Tonight, he’ll experience a fight once again.

Marino (5-1) is set to meet Jerome Mickle (2-3) tonight at CES MMA 48. The show takes place at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the main card will air live on AXS TV.

Marino told AXS TV Fights’ Phoenix Carnevale that returning to the sport he had such a promising start in back in 2009 and 2010 effectively saved his life after returning from two tours of duty in Afghanistan and finding himself dealing with drug addiction.

Check out Marino’s story in his own words in the video above.

And for more on CES MMA 48, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Greg Rebello breaks down CES MMA 48 heavyweight title shot vs. Travis Wiuff

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The heavyweight title is up for grabs tonight when CES MMA returns.

In the CES MMA 48 main event, Greg Rebello (22-7) takes on Travis Wiuff (75-21) for the vacant title. The show takes place at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the main card will air live on AXS TV.

Wiuff comes into the bout approaching nearly 100 career professional fights. The Minnesota native will turn 40 in March and over a career spanning more than 61 years as a pro has fought for a who’s-who of fight promotions, including the UFC, Bellator, PRIDE, IFL, King of the Cage and just about every regional organization around, it seems.

In the video above, 15-fight CES MMA veteran Rebello, who has gone 11-4 for the promotion, talks about his opponent and the opportunity he has tonight in the headliner.

For more on CES MMA 48, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz scratched from UFC-Belem

UFC officials have announced that a planned bantamweight contest between John Dodson and Pedro Munhoz will not take place at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 125 event.

“After Pedro Munhoz missed weight by four pounds for his UFC-Belem bout against John Dodson, UFC officials have pulled the fight from Saturday night’s event,” an official statement read.

UFC Fight Night 125 takes place Saturday at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The Dodson vs. Munhoz contest was expected to serve as the night’s co-main event. With the removal, a bantamweight matchup between Douglas de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Marlon Vera (10-4-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has been promoted to the evening’s main card.

As MMAjunkie previously reported, Munhoz was 140 pounds at this morning’s official weigh-ins, while Dodson didn’t bother with the traditional one-pound allowance, registering 135 pounds. Dodson was set to receive 20 percent of Munhoz’s contracted “show” money, as well as 20 percent of his opponent’s “win” money, a well, should “The Young Punisher” have proven victorious.

More on this in just a moment.

With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 125 now includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders
  • Priscila Cachoeira vs. Valentina Shevchenko
  • Desmond Green vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Marcelo Golm vs. Timothy Johnson
  • Douglas de Andrade vs. Marlon Vera
  • Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Anthony Smith

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tim Means vs. Sergio Moraes
  • Damir Hadzovic vs. Alan Patrick
  • Polyana Viana vs. Maia Stevenson
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Joe Soto

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales

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