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UFC-Sao Paulo winner Thiago 'Marreta' Santos feels he's on the rise, wants Derek Brunson next

Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) reacts after defeating Jack Hermansson (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) makes his way to the octagon before his bout against Thiago Santos (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) prepares before his bout against Thiago Santos (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) makes his way to the octagon before his bout against Jack Hermansson (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) reacts before his bout against Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) reacts before his bout against Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) reacts after his bout against Thiago Santos (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) reacts after defeating Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (second from left) reacts after defeating Jack Hermansson (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-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/Ymwc5m3QGRHodRRBiVdViA/281051", customAnalytics: true, title: "Santos def. Hermansson", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

SAO PAULO – After what would have been his first UFC main event fell through, Thiago Santos says he was given two options.

He could wait for yet another headlining spot, or he could take a fight a week after his original appointment.

The choice was simple: He wanted to fight. So “Marreta” Santos, who’s currently the No. 15 fighter in the official UFC rankings, ended up paired with Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night 119. Coming off two TKO wins in a row, Hermansson offered a high-risk scenario. As dangerous as he was, beating Hermansson wouldn’t do much for Santos in the rankings.

Still, Santos said yes as he’s been known to do. Why?

“It’s a risk,” Santos told reporters after the FS1-televised main card bout at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “But I’m already 32. I don’t think I have to make a career plan. That’s for a 20, 22-year old who’s just joining the UFC. I’m already 32. I don’t have time to say I’m going to wait six, eight months.

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“I have to fight and win. The time is now. I feel good. I was well trained, injury-free. So I have to fight.”

The decision paid off. Santos (16-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) ended up scoring a last-second first-round TKO over Hermansson (16-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who’d never been knocked out before. Not only has Santos added a third finish to his streak – with seven UFC knockouts, he is now is tied for second most in middleweight history, behind ex-champ and all-time-great Anderson Silva.

Santos has come a long way since his short-notice 2013 UFC debut against fellow “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2” alum Cezar Mutante. He’s kept a high pace of competition, having fought three times a year for the past three years. In that time, he’s only lost in a last-minute meeting with Gegard Mousasi and was upset by Eric Spicely.

While Santos still sees a lot of room for improvement, he also feels he’s on the rise. And the fact that it may have been quiet is no problem for the middleweight.

“A guy who has seven knockouts in the biggest promotion in the world should have been noticed by now,” Santos said. “If they haven’t already, whatever. Even better, (my opponents) can be reckless, think I’m not going to touch them, like (Hermansson) did. But when I touch them, they’ll fall.”

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While “Marreta” has been clear about his desire to make the most out of octagon opportunities, he’s ready for a small break. Which means, for now, no more fighting in 2017. Early next year, though, sounds good.

As for whom that could be against?

The soft-spoken Santos isn’t one for aggressive callouts. But he did name Derek Brunson as a good option. And that was even before Brunson knocked out Lyoto Machida to, like Santos did that night, add a seventh knockout win to his own UFC record.

“Whether he wins or loses against Lyoto, I’ll take the fight with him,” Santos said. “All he needs to do is take it, too.”

Whether the matchup will materialize or not, we can anticipate Santos’ gameplan to be basically the same as always.

“Everyone knows my strategy: to strike and make my opponent feel pain,” Santos said. “That’s it.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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UFC-Sao Paulo winner Thiago 'Marreta' Santos feels he's on the rise, wants Derek Brunson next

Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) reacts after defeating Jack Hermansson (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) makes his way to the octagon before his bout against Thiago Santos (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) prepares before his bout against Thiago Santos (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) makes his way to the octagon before his bout against Jack Hermansson (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) reacts before his bout against Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) reacts before his bout against Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) reacts after his bout against Thiago Santos (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (red gloves) reacts after defeating Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 28, 2017; Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Thiago Santos (second from left) reacts after defeating Jack Hermansson (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-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/Ymwc5m3QGRHodRRBiVdViA/281051", customAnalytics: true, title: "Santos def. Hermansson", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

SAO PAULO – After what would have been his first UFC main event fell through, Thiago Santos says he was given two options.

He could wait for yet another headlining spot, or he could take a fight a week after his original appointment.

The choice was simple: He wanted to fight. So “Marreta” Santos, who’s currently the No. 15 fighter in the official UFC rankings, ended up paired with Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night 119. Coming off two TKO wins in a row, Hermansson offered a high-risk scenario. As dangerous as he was, beating Hermansson wouldn’t do much for Santos in the rankings.

Still, Santos said yes as he’s been known to do. Why?

“It’s a risk,” Santos told reporters after the FS1-televised main card bout at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “But I’m already 32. I don’t think I have to make a career plan. That’s for a 20, 22-year old who’s just joining the UFC. I’m already 32. I don’t have time to say I’m going to wait six, eight months.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 119 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

“I have to fight and win. The time is now. I feel good. I was well trained, injury-free. So I have to fight.”

The decision paid off. Santos (16-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) ended up scoring a last-second first-round TKO over Hermansson (16-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who’d never been knocked out before. Not only has Santos added a third finish to his streak – with seven UFC knockouts, he is now is tied for second most in middleweight history, behind ex-champ and all-time-great Anderson Silva.

Santos has come a long way since his short-notice 2013 UFC debut against fellow “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2” alum Cezar Mutante. He’s kept a high pace of competition, having fought three times a year for the past three years. In that time, he’s only lost in a last-minute meeting with Gegard Mousasi and was upset by Eric Spicely.

While Santos still sees a lot of room for improvement, he also feels he’s on the rise. And the fact that it may have been quiet is no problem for the middleweight.

“A guy who has seven knockouts in the biggest promotion in the world should have been noticed by now,” Santos said. “If they haven’t already, whatever. Even better, (my opponents) can be reckless, think I’m not going to touch them, like (Hermansson) did. But when I touch them, they’ll fall.”

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While “Marreta” has been clear about his desire to make the most out of octagon opportunities, he’s ready for a small break. Which means, for now, no more fighting in 2017. Early next year, though, sounds good.

As for whom that could be against?

The soft-spoken Santos isn’t one for aggressive callouts. But he did name Derek Brunson as a good option. And that was even before Brunson knocked out Lyoto Machida to, like Santos did that night, add a seventh knockout win to his own UFC record.

“Whether he wins or loses against Lyoto, I’ll take the fight with him,” Santos said. “All he needs to do is take it, too.”

Whether the matchup will materialize or not, we can anticipate Santos’ gameplan to be basically the same as always.

“Everyone knows my strategy: to strike and make my opponent feel pain,” Santos said. “That’s it.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


Filed under: News, UFC

Before UFC 217 headliner, watch Georges St-Pierre get revenge on Matt Serra to reclaim title


Filed under: News, UFC, Videos

Georges St-Pierre had revenge on his mind, and that’s exactly what he got.

Just one year earlier at UFC 69, Matt Serra pulled off the upset and defeated St-Pierre via first-round TKO to knock off the welterweight champion in stunning fashion in his first title defense.

After winning the interim title with a submission of Matt Hughes at UFC 69 to avenge his only other loss, St-Pierre turn his attention to a rematch with Serra set for April 19, 2008 at UFC 83. It was a landmark event as it marked the UFC’s first trip to Canada at Bell Centre in St-Pierre’s hometown of Montreal. At the time, UFC 83 set the promotion’s attendance record of 21,390.

St-Pierre didn’t disappoint the raucous home crowd and came away with a second-round TKO win to reclaim the welterweight title that he would go on to defend nine consecutive times before stepping away from the sport in 2013.

Check out the full fight above.

And catch St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) back in action for the first time in four years on Saturday, when he challenges middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) – who also competed and won at UFC 83 – in the UFC 217 headliner.

UFC 217 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Mar 3, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre speaks during a press conference to promote his middleweight title bout against Michael Bisping (not pictured) prior to weigh ins for UFC 209 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre in attendance at UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Feb 15, 2014; Jaragua do Sul, SC, Brazil; Georges St-Pierre between rounds in a fight between Ronaldo Souza (red gloves) and Francis Carmont (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Machida vs Mousasi at Arena Jaragua. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Feb 15, 2014; Jaragua do Sul, SC, Brazil; Georges St-Pierre before a fight between Ronaldo Souza (red gloves) and Francis Carmont (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Machida vs Mousasi at Arena Jaragua. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Feb 15, 2014; Jaragua do Sul, SC, Brazil; Georges St-Pierre before a fight between Ronaldo Souza (red gloves) and Francis Carmont (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Machida vs Mousasi at Arena Jaragua. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) enters the cage before his welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) fights against Johny Hendricks (blue gloves) in their welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) fights against Johny Hendricks (blue gloves) in their welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) and Johny Hendricks (blue gloves) hug after their welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his welterweight championship bout against Johny Hendricks during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Georges St-Pierre the training partner of Francis Carmont (not pictured) yells instructions as he fights Costa Philippou (not pictured) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 165 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Mar 13, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; UFC World champion Georges St-Pierre shakes the hand of Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta (21) before the game against Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre (black) ties up Carlos Condit (white) during first round action of their Welterweight Championship bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre (black) lands a punch on Carlos Condit (red) during second round action of their Welterweight Championship bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre (top) checks the remaining time left in the fifth round in his Welterweight Championship bout against Carlos Condit (bottom) at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. 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Before UFC 217 headliner, watch Georges St-Pierre get revenge on Matt Serra to reclaim title


Filed under: News, UFC, Videos

Georges St-Pierre had revenge on his mind, and that’s exactly what he got.

Just one year earlier at UFC 69, Matt Serra pulled off the upset and defeated St-Pierre via first-round TKO to knock off the welterweight champion in stunning fashion in his first title defense.

After winning the interim title with a submission of Matt Hughes at UFC 69 to avenge his only other loss, St-Pierre turn his attention to a rematch with Serra set for April 19, 2008 at UFC 83. It was a landmark event as it marked the UFC’s first trip to Canada at Bell Centre in St-Pierre’s hometown of Montreal. At the time, UFC 83 set the promotion’s attendance record of 21,390.

St-Pierre didn’t disappoint the raucous home crowd and came away with a second-round TKO win to reclaim the welterweight title that he would go on to defend nine consecutive times before stepping away from the sport in 2013.

Check out the full fight above.

And catch St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) back in action for the first time in four years on Saturday, when he challenges middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) – who also competed and won at UFC 83 – in the UFC 217 headliner.

UFC 217 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Mar 3, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre speaks during a press conference to promote his middleweight title bout against Michael Bisping (not pictured) prior to weigh ins for UFC 209 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre in attendance at UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Feb 15, 2014; Jaragua do Sul, SC, Brazil; Georges St-Pierre between rounds in a fight between Ronaldo Souza (red gloves) and Francis Carmont (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Machida vs Mousasi at Arena Jaragua. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Feb 15, 2014; Jaragua do Sul, SC, Brazil; Georges St-Pierre before a fight between Ronaldo Souza (red gloves) and Francis Carmont (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Machida vs Mousasi at Arena Jaragua. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Feb 15, 2014; Jaragua do Sul, SC, Brazil; Georges St-Pierre before a fight between Ronaldo Souza (red gloves) and Francis Carmont (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Machida vs Mousasi at Arena Jaragua. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) enters the cage before his welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) fights against Johny Hendricks (blue gloves) in their welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) fights against Johny Hendricks (blue gloves) in their welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) and Johny Hendricks (blue gloves) hug after their welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his welterweight championship bout against Johny Hendricks during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Georges St-Pierre the training partner of Francis Carmont (not pictured) yells instructions as he fights Costa Philippou (not pictured) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 165 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Mar 13, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; UFC World champion Georges St-Pierre shakes the hand of Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta (21) before the game against Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre (black) ties up Carlos Condit (white) during first round action of their Welterweight Championship bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre (black) lands a punch on Carlos Condit (red) during second round action of their Welterweight Championship bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre (top) checks the remaining time left in the fifth round in his Welterweight Championship bout against Carlos Condit (bottom) at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. St-Pierre defeated Condit by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; UFC official Yves Lavigne separates Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit during fourth round action in their Welterweight Championship bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre reacts after the fifth round of his Welterweight Championship bout against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. St-Pierre defeated Condit by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre is declared the winner by unanimous decision in his Welterweight Championship bout against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. St-Pierre defeated Condit by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre poses for a photo with his parents Pauline and Roland after winning the Welterweight Championship bout against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. St-Pierre defeated Condit by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre poses for a photo with his team after winning the Welterweight Championship bout against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. St-Pierre defeated Condit by unanimous decision. 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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ilima Macfarlane


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Ilima Macfarlane.

Macfarlane fights for the inaugural women’s flyweight title against Emily Ducote on Friday night at Bellator 186.

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 YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ilima Macfarlane


Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Ilima Macfarlane.

Macfarlane fights for the inaugural women’s flyweight title against Emily Ducote on Friday night at Bellator 186.

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 YouTubepages. 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.
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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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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2554 with Randy Couture, Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal, Eric Nicksick

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Randy Couture, Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Eric Nicksick.

Couture, along with Nicksick, co-hosted the entire show as the hosts recapped UFC Fight Night 119, previewed UFC 217 and Bellator 186, and touched on some of the latest MMA news. Covington, back from Brazil, talked about his frightening experience where he needed a security detail from the moment he left the octagon after defeating Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119. Masvidal is traveling to New York City, where he’ll face Stephen Thompson at UFC 217. Nicksick talked about the projects Xtreme Couture has done with military veterans and victims from the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas earlier this month.

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


Filed under: News, Radio, UFC

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2554 with Randy Couture, Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal, Eric Nicksick

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Randy Couture, Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Eric Nicksick.

Couture, along with Nicksick, co-hosted the entire show as the hosts recapped UFC Fight Night 119, previewed UFC 217 and Bellator 186, and touched on some of the latest MMA news. Covington, back from Brazil, talked about his frightening experience where he needed a security detail from the moment he left the octagon after defeating Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119. Masvidal is traveling to New York City, where he’ll face Stephen Thompson at UFC 217. Nicksick talked about the projects Xtreme Couture has done with military veterans and victims from the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas earlier this month.

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


Filed under: News, Radio, UFC

Manager for Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson: 'It’s inevitable' they will fight, just not sure when

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If it’s Tony Ferguson you’d like to see as Conor McGregor’s next opponent then you might like this.

Audie Attar, who represents both fighters at Paradigm Sports Management, said during Monday’s episode of Michael Bisping’s “Believe You Me” podcast that it’s “inevitable” McGregor and Ferguson will eventually fight each other.

“The sport is one where they’re going to compete,” Attar said. “If you have clients in the same weight class, and they’re the top of the division, they’re going to meet. … With Tony and Conor, it’s inevitable. You have the lightweight champ and the interim lightweight champ, so that’s a fight that’s naturally going to happen.”

RelatedJoseph Duffy: McGregor vs. Ferguson the right match, but not because it's owed to division

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), currently ranked No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, claimed the interim lightweight belt with an impressive submission win over Kevin Lee earlier this month at UFC 216. It was Ferguson’s 10th consecutive victory and seemingly put him in line to next face McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) so they can unify the title.

However, a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz also has been talked about – to the point many consider Diaz the front-runner as the opponent in McGregor’s first title defense since he won the belt at UFC 205 in November 2016. Since then, McGregor has taken time off before competing in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in August, which he lost via 10th-round TKO.

Originally, striking coach Owen Roddy believed a Diaz trilogy would happen upon McGregor’s return to MMA until he recently changed course and called a Ferguson title fight “more logical.” McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, has said he prefers the Diaz trilogy.

RelatedDana White: No one wants Conor McGregor vs. Paulie Malignaggi, who turns focus to Artem Lobov

Attar, meanwhile, wouldn’t go so far as to say McGregor-Ferguson will definitely happen next, because a third fight with Diaz does make sense to him. But Attar also believes in the importance of unifying the championship and the fact that Ferguson has earned his shot at McGregor.

“No, I can’t say (who McGregor will fight next). Here’s what I will tell you: Tony earned a shot at the belt,” Attar said. “He won the interim lightweight title. Conor doesn’t shy away from a challenge. The Nate fight does make sense, obviously, because of the trilogy. They never fought at 155 (pounds), but they both make sense in their own respective way.

“However, I do believe that when (McGregor and Ferguson) go at it, it will, in my opinion, validate the belt system. It will validate what a championship belt is all about.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Manager for Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson: 'It’s inevitable' they will fight, just not sure when

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If it’s Tony Ferguson you’d like to see as Conor McGregor’s next opponent then you might like this.

Audie Attar, who represents both fighters at Paradigm Sports Management, said during Monday’s episode of Michael Bisping’s “Believe You Me” podcast that it’s “inevitable” McGregor and Ferguson will eventually fight each other.

“The sport is one where they’re going to compete,” Attar said. “If you have clients in the same weight class, and they’re the top of the division, they’re going to meet. … With Tony and Conor, it’s inevitable. You have the lightweight champ and the interim lightweight champ, so that’s a fight that’s naturally going to happen.”

RelatedJoseph Duffy: McGregor vs. Ferguson the right match, but not because it's owed to division

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), currently ranked No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, claimed the interim lightweight belt with an impressive submission win over Kevin Lee earlier this month at UFC 216. It was Ferguson’s 10th consecutive victory and seemingly put him in line to next face McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) so they can unify the title.

However, a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz also has been talked about – to the point many consider Diaz the front-runner as the opponent in McGregor’s first title defense since he won the belt at UFC 205 in November 2016. Since then, McGregor has taken time off before competing in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in August, which he lost via 10th-round TKO.

Originally, striking coach Owen Roddy believed a Diaz trilogy would happen upon McGregor’s return to MMA until he recently changed course and called a Ferguson title fight “more logical.” McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, has said he prefers the Diaz trilogy.

RelatedDana White: No one wants Conor McGregor vs. Paulie Malignaggi, who turns focus to Artem Lobov

Attar, meanwhile, wouldn’t go so far as to say McGregor-Ferguson will definitely happen next, because a third fight with Diaz does make sense to him. But Attar also believes in the importance of unifying the championship and the fact that Ferguson has earned his shot at McGregor.

“No, I can’t say (who McGregor will fight next). Here’s what I will tell you: Tony earned a shot at the belt,” Attar said. “He won the interim lightweight title. Conor doesn’t shy away from a challenge. The Nate fight does make sense, obviously, because of the trilogy. They never fought at 155 (pounds), but they both make sense in their own respective way.

“However, I do believe that when (McGregor and Ferguson) go at it, it will, in my opinion, validate the belt system. It will validate what a championship belt is all about.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch Mike Perry kick the sh*t out of pumpkins and give a 'ghoulish' promo for Santiago Ponzinibbio

When it comes to the words and actions of bro-tastic UFC welterweight Mike Perry, just go with it.

No, really, don’t question anything. Perry isn’t a puzzle you should try to solve. Just go with it.

Like, for instance, this video of Perry kicking the sh*t out of some pumpkins and giving a “ghoulish” promo aimed at UFC on FOX 26 opponent Santiago Ponzinibbio (via Instagram):

Something tells me Perry also visualized Darren Till’s head while smashing those pumpkins.

Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) square off Dec. 16 at UFC on FOX 26, which takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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


Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC

Combate Americas' Copa Combate to air live in English on NBC Sports Network

Combate Americas today announced that Copa Combate, the promotion’s one-night, $100,000 grand prize bantamweight tournament, will air live on NBC Sports Network in addition to its Spanish-language telecast on Telemundo.

The event, which takes place Nov. 11 in Cancun, Mexico, marks the first time that two NBCUniversal-owned platforms will simulcast live MMA.

The live simulcast of Copa Combate on Telemundo and NBCSN will feature the tournament semifinals (two bouts), as well as the championship fight. A fourth bout between Melissa Martinez (2-0) and Gloria Bravo (4-2) will also be included.

UFC veterans Gilbert Melendez and Julianna Pena are set to handle color commentary in English, while Beto Duran handles play-by-play. Alberto Del Rio and Edgar Lopez will serve as color commentators in Spanish, while Andres Bermudez delivers play-by-play.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this incredible event to both the Telemundo and NBCSN audiences in Spanish and in English, respectively” Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren said in a statement. “Copa Combate is the first event of its kind in the MMA fight world, so being able to serve the largest group of fans possible in the U.S. under the NBC umbrella is an honor.”

Copa Combate will feature fighters from the U.S., Latin America and Spain. McLaren put together the tournament as a throwback to UFC 1, also a one-night tournament that he co-created.

A lottery ball drawing to determine the quarterfinal stage matchups will take place this Thursday.

Below is a list of participating fighters and a rundown of the card as it currently stands.

TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS

  • Andres Ayala (11-4) of Bogota, Colombia
  • John Castaneda (14-2) of Mankato, Minn.
  • Mikey Erosa (12-5) of San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Marc Gomez (20-10) of Barcelona, Spain
  • Kevin Moreyra (4-1) of Lima, Peru
  • Ricky Palacios (9-1) of Mission, Texas
  • Carlos Rivera (10-2) of Mexico City, Mexico
  • Marcelo Rojo (12-4) of Cordoba, Argentina

NBCSN/TELEMUNDO LIVE SIMULCAST (11:30 p.m. ET):

  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate final
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate semifinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate semifinal
  • Gloria Bravo vs. Melissa Martinez

FULL CARD

  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate final
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate semifinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate semifinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate quarterfinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate quarterfinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate quarterfinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate quarterfinal
  • Levy Saul Marroquin vs. Alejandro Abomohor (alternate bout)
  • Felipe Vargas vs. Jose Calvo (alternate bout)
  • Gloria Bravo vs. Melissa Martinez
  • Sheila Padilla vs. Lisbeth Lopez Silva

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


Filed under: News

Bellator 186 pre-event facts: Inside Ilima Macfarlane's divisional dominance

Bellator action returns on Friday with Bellator 186, which takes place at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa., with a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Two championship fights top the bill. In the main event, Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) goes for his first Bellator light heavyweight title defense against streaking challenger Linton Vassell (18-5 MMA, 7-2 BMMA). In the co-headliner, Ilima Macfarlane (6-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) rematches Emily Ducote (6-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) for the inaugural women’s flyweight belt.

For more on the numbers behind Friday’s Bellator 185 fight card, check out 25 pre-event facts.

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Main event

Ryan Bader

Bader became the first fighter in Bellator history to win a championship in his promotional debut when he defeated Phil Davis at Bellator 180 in June.

Bader was successful in his Bellator debut following a 20-fight stint under the UFC banner.

Bader is 8-1 in his past nine fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came against Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 18 in January 2016.

Vassell competes in his 10th Bellator light-heavyweight bout, tied with Liam McGeary for the second most appearances in divisional history behind Emanuel Newton (12).

Vassell’s three-fight winning streak in Bellator light-heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Vassell has earned 14 of his 18 career victories by stoppage.

Vassell’s three submission victories in Bellator light-heavyweight competition are tied with McGeary, Newton and Mike Mucitelli for most in divisional history.

Co-main event

Ilima Macfarlane

Macfarlane competes in her sixth Bellator bout, the most appearances of any female in company history.

Macfarlane’s five Bellator victories are most among female fighters in the organization.

Macfarlane’s five-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest among female fighters in the organization.

Macfarlane’s three stoppage victories in Bellator competition are most among female fighters in the organization.

Macfarlane’s three stoppage victories in Bellator flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Emily Ducote

Ducote, 23, is the youngest of the 10 scheduled main-card fighters.

Ducote, 23, can become the youngest champion in Bellator history.

Ducote competes in her sixth Bellator flyweight bout, tied with Macfarlane for the most appearances in divisional history.

Ducote’s four Bellator victories in flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Macfarlane (five).

Ducote’s three Bellator stoppage victories in flyweight competition are tied with Macfarlane for most in divisional history.

Ducote’s three Bellator submission victories in flyweight competition are tied with Macfarlane for most in divisional history.

Remaining main card

Chris Dempsey

Chris Dempsey (11-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut on a three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2015.

Dempsey is 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to July 2014. He’s suffered all of his losses by first-round knockout.

Saad Awad (20-9 MMA, 8-6 BMMA) competes in his 13th Bellator lightweight bout, the third most appearances in divisional history behind Patricky Freire (18) and Michael Chandler (15).

Awad has earned 16 of his 20 career victories by stoppage.

Zach Freeman

Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned six of his seven career stoppage victories by submission.

Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Leonardo Leite (10-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 39, is the oldest of the 10 scheduled main card fighters.

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 186 pre-event facts: Inside Ilima Macfarlane's divisional dominance

Bellator action returns on Friday with Bellator 186, which takes place at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa., with a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Two championship fights top the bill. In the main event, Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) goes for his first Bellator light heavyweight title defense against streaking challenger Linton Vassell (18-5 MMA, 7-2 BMMA). In the co-headliner, Ilima Macfarlane (6-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) rematches Emily Ducote (6-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) for the inaugural women’s flyweight belt.

For more on the numbers behind Friday’s Bellator 185 fight card, check out 25 pre-event facts.

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Main event

Ryan Bader

Bader became the first fighter in Bellator history to win a championship in his promotional debut when he defeated Phil Davis at Bellator 180 in June.

Bader was successful in his Bellator debut following a 20-fight stint under the UFC banner.

Bader is 8-1 in his past nine fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came against Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 18 in January 2016.

Vassell competes in his 10th Bellator light-heavyweight bout, tied with Liam McGeary for the second most appearances in divisional history behind Emanuel Newton (12).

Vassell’s three-fight winning streak in Bellator light-heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Vassell has earned 14 of his 18 career victories by stoppage.

Vassell’s three submission victories in Bellator light-heavyweight competition are tied with McGeary, Newton and Mike Mucitelli for most in divisional history.

Co-main event

Ilima Macfarlane

Macfarlane competes in her sixth Bellator bout, the most appearances of any female in company history.

Macfarlane’s five Bellator victories are most among female fighters in the organization.

Macfarlane’s five-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest among female fighters in the organization.

Macfarlane’s three stoppage victories in Bellator competition are most among female fighters in the organization.

Macfarlane’s three stoppage victories in Bellator flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Emily Ducote

Ducote, 23, is the youngest of the 10 scheduled main-card fighters.

Ducote, 23, can become the youngest champion in Bellator history.

Ducote competes in her sixth Bellator flyweight bout, tied with Macfarlane for the most appearances in divisional history.

Ducote’s four Bellator victories in flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Macfarlane (five).

Ducote’s three Bellator stoppage victories in flyweight competition are tied with Macfarlane for most in divisional history.

Ducote’s three Bellator submission victories in flyweight competition are tied with Macfarlane for most in divisional history.

Remaining main card

Chris Dempsey

Chris Dempsey (11-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut on a three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2015.

Dempsey is 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to July 2014. He’s suffered all of his losses by first-round knockout.

Saad Awad (20-9 MMA, 8-6 BMMA) competes in his 13th Bellator lightweight bout, the third most appearances in divisional history behind Patricky Freire (18) and Michael Chandler (15).

Awad has earned 16 of his 20 career victories by stoppage.

Zach Freeman

Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned six of his seven career stoppage victories by submission.

Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Leonardo Leite (10-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 39, is the oldest of the 10 scheduled main card fighters.

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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UFC 217 preview: The historic numbers behind Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre

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Eight months after their fight was first announced, Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre will finally share the octagon on Saturday in the UFC 217 headliner, which takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) will attempt to make his second consecutive UFC middleweight title defense when he welcomes former longtime welterweight champ St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) back to competition from a nearly four-year hiatus. The matchup pits two athletes with a combined 50 fights of UFC experience against each other, a record for a championship bout.

“The Count” and “Rush” have two of the most storied resumes in UFC history. Regardless of the result, both men will leave a legacy behind in the promotion, but a win would greatly enhance that profile. Check below to see the numbers Bisping and St-Pierre bring into UFC 217, and what’s on the line for both.

General statistics

Michael Bisping

Bisping competes in his 28th UFC bout, tied with Jim Miller for most appearances in company history. His 23rd UFC middleweight fight marks a new record for most in divisional history.

Bisping makes his 13th UFC main-event appearance (8-4 in previous headliners). He’s been main or co-main event in 21 of his 28 UFC appearances (including UFC 217).

Bisping’s total cage time of 5:48:40 in UFC competition is second most in company history behind Frankie Edgar (6:27:49).

Bisping’s 20 victories in UFC competition are most in company history.

Bisping’s 16 victories in UFC middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Bisping’s current five-fight UFC winning streak is the longest of his more than 11-year tenure with the organization.

Michael Bisping

Bisping’s five-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind interim champ Robert Whittaker (seven).

Bisping’s 10 knockout victories in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind Vitor Belfort (12), Anthony Johnson (11) and Anderson Silva (11).

Bisping’s seven knockout victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Silva (eight).

Bisping’s seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Silva (11), Chris Leben (nine) and Nate Marquardt (nine).

Bisping’s 10 decision victories in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind St-Pierre (12), Diego Sanchez (11) and Gleison Tibau (11).

Georges St-Pierre

St-Pierre returns to competition for the first time since UFC 167 in November 2013. The 1,449-day layoff (nearly four years) is the longest of his career.

St-Pierre competes in the middleweight division for the first time in his 28-fight career.

St-Pierre’s total fight time of 5:28:12 in UFC welterweight competition is the most in divisional history.

St-Pierre’s 19 victories in UFC competition are tied with Donald Cerrone and Demian Maia for second most in history behind Bisping (20).

St-Pierre’s 12-fight UFC winning streak is second longest among active fighters in the company behind flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (13). He hasn’t suffered a defeat since April 2007.

St-Pierre’s 12-fight UFC winning streak is fourth longest in company history behind Silva (16), Demetrious Johnson (13) and Jon Jones (13).

St-Pierre’s 12 decision victories in UFC competition are most in company history.

Championship statistics

Michael Bisping

Bisping won the middleweight championship from Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in his 26th UFC appearance, the latest into a career of any first-time titleholder in company history.

Bisping is one of six European-born champions in UFC history. He’s the only from England.

Bisping’s one of five fighters in UFC history to win “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series and an undisputed UFC title. Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra and Carla Esparza also accomplished the feat.

Bisping is the only fighter in UFC history to win “TUF,” a UFC championship and make a successful title defense.

Georges St-Pierre

St-Pierre can become the fourth fighter in UFC history to win championships in two weight classes. Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Conor McGregor have also accomplished the feat.

St-Pierre competes in his 15th UFC championship fight, tied with Couture for most in company history.

St-Pierre’s 12 victories in UFC championship fights are tied with Johnson for the most in company history.

St-Pierre’s nine consecutive UFC title defenses before relinquishing the belt represent the third longest defense streak in company history behind Johnson (11) and Silva (10).

St-Pierre’s title reign of 2,064 days is second longest in UFC history behind Silva (2,457 days).

St-Pierre is one of two Canadian fighters to win a UFC championship. Carlos Newton also accomplished the feat.

St-Pierre is one of seven fighters in UFC history to become a two time undisputed champion in a single weight class. Couture, Tim Sylvia, Cain Velasquez, Matt Hughes, Jose Aldo and Dominick Cruz also accomplished the feat.

In-fight statistics

Michael Bisping

Bisping has landed 1,533 significant strikes in UFC competition, the most in company history.

Bisping is one of three fighters in UFC history to record 100 or more significant strikes in five separate bouts. T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk also accomplished the feat.

Bisping’s 210 leg kicks landed in UFC middleweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Bisping’s five knockdowns landed from the clinch position in UFC competition are the second most in company history behind Silva (seven).

St-Pierre has landed 2,523 total strikes in UFC competition, the most in company history.

St-Pierre defends 73 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC competition, the second highest rate in company history behind Jon Madsen (81.4 percent).

Georges St-Pierre

St-Pierre’s 84 takedowns landed in UFC competition are most in company history.

St-Pierre lands 73.7 percent of all takedown attempts in UFC competition, the second highest rate in company history behind Robbie Lawler (76.2 percent).

St-Pierre’s total control time of 2:35:57 in UFC fights is the most in company history.

St-Pierre has gone 175 consecutive minutes of winning cage time without a stoppage, the longest stretch among active UFC fighters.

St-Pierre has attempted 23 submissions in UFC welterweight fights, the third most in divisional history behind Chris Lytle (31) and Matt Brown (24).

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Western Australia gets its first UFC event with February pay-per-view card

The UFC’s long-awaited debut in Western Australia is finally official, with promotion execs announcing that UFC 221 will take place in Perth on Sunday, February 11.

Due to the time change, the pay-per-view event will air on Saturday, Feb. 10, in its traditional timeslot in the U.S.

Former UFC exec Joe Carr  this past summer told MMAjunkie a pay-per-view event could be coming to Western Australia, which recently legalized MMA following a longtime ban on fighting in a caged surface.

“It’s very difficult to bring pay-per-views or our highest caliber cards (to foreign markets) because you’re doing it in the middle of the night there,” Carr said. “We did Manchester with Michael Bisping last year, but that’s an irregularity, right? That’s not the rule. Whereas in Australia, it’s easy for us to bring pay-per-views because you can do them Sunday there, and it’s still Saturday night primetime (in the U.S.). There’s no conflict.

“It doesn’t matter where the feed is coming from, as long as it’s Saturday night in our timeslot. Even when we thinking about Perth next year, beginning of the year, should that be a pay-per-view? That’s on the table.”

Opened in 2012, Pert Arena is a 15,000-seat venue that currently plays host to the Perth Wildcats of Australia’s National Basketball League

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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UFC 220 set for Jan. 20 in Boston

The UFC’s first pay-per-view of 2018 will take place in Boston.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported that UFC 220 is scheduled for Jan. 20 in Beantown, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the plans with an additional UFC official.

No bouts were revealed for the card, which takes place at TD Garden.

UFC's 2018 pay-per-view schedule will kick off in Boston, per Dana White. UFC 220 on Jan. 20. No fights have been announced yet.

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 30, 2017

The UFC has visited Boston four times previously, beginning UFC 118 in August 2010. Most recently, the city played host to “UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz” in January 2016.

Additional details of the UFC’s 2018 schedule are expected to be made shortly.

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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'UFC 217 Embedded,' No. 1: Family feasts, famished fighters


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The UFC returns to New York’s famed Madison Square Garden this week, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s UFC 217 event.

UFC 217, which features three title fights, takes place Saturday. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, middleweight champ Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) puts his belt on the line against former welterweight title holder Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC).

In the co-main event, bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) steps in against former champ and teammate T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), while in the third title fight, strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) meets former title challenger. Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

In the first episode of “Embedded,” we check in on the night’s featured fighters to take a closer look at their preparation ahead of the blockbuster event.

Check out the full episode above.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Fellow ATT co-founder Dan Lambert clarifies Ricardo Liborio's departure dates back two years

American Top Team co-founder Dan Lambert was shocked when he learned that Ricardo Liborio today announced his departure from the team – shocked because it’s hardly a recent development, Lambert said.

“(Liborio) left two years ago,” Lambert said. “He moved to Orlando, three hours north of here, for family issues. I made a deal with him, I said, ‘OK, I’ll keep you on the payroll. Just come down a couple days a week and train guys.’ He never came down. He got too busy up there, so I kept him on the payroll for over a year to help him out, and then earlier this year we ended it because he just hadn’t been down. But that was months and months and months ago.”

Liborio, 50, helped co-found the Florida-based American Top Team in 2001. While not always the most visible of the team’s coaches, American Top Team’s fighters have always pointed out the Carlson Gracie black belt’s value as an instructor.

However, in recent years he began to step away from the team in order to care for his daughter, Bella, who lost her sight due to a condition known as craniosynostosis. However, the team never made a formal announcement regarding Liborio’s departure.

Today, Liborio – a Brazilain native – took to social media to clarify that he was no longer part of the team while also condemning American Top Team fighter’s Colby Covington for his recent insults directed toward Brazil and its residents. While he stated that he could “not discuss at this time the reasons for my departure from ATT,” linking the announcement with his condemnation of Covington’s antics led some to believe the departure was recent, and perhaps even related, which Lambert said was certainly not the case.

In the meantime, Lambert said it’s business as usual for the powerhouse gym, which sees fighters train under instructors such as Marcus “Conan” Silveira and Mike Brown.

As for Covington, Lambert said he understands “Chaos” certainly rubbed people the wrong way but believes some reaction may be slightly overblown.

“About his fight, I thought (Covington) did very well – as well as we could have expected,” Lambert said. “He stuck to his gameplan and fought smart and beat a guy who’s, in my mind, a Hall of Famer. As far as what he said afterwards, I think I’m kind of in the middle. There’s people on the one extreme end who want him killed or fired or dragged through he streets of Rio de Janeiro and declared a racist, and then you’ve got people on the other end who think it’s hilarious and think it’s true. I’m kind of in the middle. I think it’s just a young kid trying to get his name out there and stirring the pot and playing on people’s emotions to get his name in the news.

“They’re words. Do I agree with his words? I’m never going to come out and say I agree with his words. Come on. But at the end of the day, they’e just words from some kid who’s trying to get his name out there and trying to draw some attention to himself. It is what it is. I don’t like football players kneeling on Sundays when the national anthem plays, especially on 9/11 or Veterans Day, but you know what? I’m not going to call for them to be fired or killed or anything of the like. It’s their right to say what they want to say.”

And while Liborio is no longer a part of American Top Team, Lambert said he wasn’t upset at the co-founder’s reactions to the fast-rising welterweight contender.

“I wasn’t put off by him condemning what Colby said,” Lambert said. “That’s a normal reaction for somebody to have, especially for somebody from the country. Everybody is entitled to their opinion on that.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Colby Covington doesn't care about Amanda Nunes or any other Brazilian ATT fighters he offended

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You didn’t really think Colby Covington would be worried about hurting his Brazilian teammates’ feelings, did you?

By calling Brazilians “filthy animals” after defeating Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo, Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) has incurred the wrath of many, including from folks at American Top Team, the gym he calls home.

Head coach Ricardo Liborio, who is Brazilian, condemned Covington’s actions while also announcing his departure from the team. Brazilian ATT competitors have also spoken out against Covington, most notably UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and heavyweight Antonio Silva.

Just a D BAG

— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) October 29, 2017

That doesn’t seem to faze Covington one bit.

“I don’t really care about Amanda Nunes. I don’t really care about ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, you know,” Covington on Monday told MMAjunkie Radio. “They’re not my friends. They never have been my friends, and they never will be my friends.”

Considering these Brazilian fighters are teammates who work out alongside Covington, you might think “Chaos” would show at least a little concern for offending them. But that apparently couldn’t be further from the truth.

“It’s not a team. I’m not part of a team,” Covington said. “… We’re not in a points-scoring system like basketball or football, where it’s a team. This is an individual sport. I do represent American Top Team, but I don’t represent any other fighters in that gym.”

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Plus, the way Covington sees it, there’ a lack unity in the gym that already exists.

“There’s always been a dividing line between the Americans and the Brazilians,” Covington said. “I’ve said this since Day 1: There’s a lot of clicks in the gym. If you go back through my interviews, then you know this is nothing new that I haven’t said before. So it is what it is.”

None of this should come as a surprise after Covington’s flippant apology.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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