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Check out the Invicta FC 27 poster, featuring the returning Sarah Kaufman

Invicta FC kicks off its year with an intriguing women’s bantamweight headliner featuring former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman and Pannie Kianzad.

Invicta FC 27 takes place Jan. 13 at Kansas City Scottish Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and the card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedSarah Kaufman vs. Pannie Kianzad headlines Invicta FC 27 on Jan. 13

Kaufman (18-4) returns to Invicta FC for the first time in nearly five years for the fight against Kianzad (8-2). She beat Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 5 in April 2013 before moving on the UFC for a four-fight stint.

The Canadian is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Jessica-Rose Clark at “BFC: The Great Beginning” in March. Kianzad, meanwhile, attempts to snap a two-fight skid in her first fight in a year.

Ahead of the event, the promotion has released the official poster, created by notable “BossLogic” (via Twitter):

.@Bosslogic does it again! Official @InvictaFights 27 poster. pic.twitter.com/5gz1cT9KMW

— Shannon Knapp (@shanknapp) December 27, 2017

The full Invicta FC 27 card includes:

  • Sarah Kaufman vs. Pannie Kianzad
  • Mariana Morais vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Sharon Jacobson vs. Ashley Nichols
  • Stephanie Alba vs. Ashley Cummins
  • Cheri Muraski vs. Brogan Walker
  • Akeela Al-Hameed vs. Felicia Spencer
  • Tiffany Masters vs. Mallory Martin
  • Loma Lookboonmee vs. Melissa Wang
  • Helen Peralta vs. Jade Ripley

For more on Invicta FC 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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


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Carls John de Tomas fails USADA drug test, notified of potential anti-doping infraction

Carls John de Tomas failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency drug test stemming from his appearance at UFC Fight Night 123 earlier this month and now faces a potential UFC anti-doping agency policy violation, the promotion announced Friday.

De Tomas (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) failed an in-competition test following his weigh-in Dec. 8 prior to a second-round submission loss to Alex Perez at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

In a statement posted to its web site, the UFC also said de Tomas is no longer under contract.

De Tomas’ bout with Perez originally was set to take place at flyweight, but the California State Athletic Commission shifted it to bantamweight during fight week, citing de Tomas being too heavy to compete at 125 pounds.

De Tomas fought just twice for the UFC, losing both times. For his debut vs. Naoki Inoue back in June, de Tomas missed weight by 5 pounds.

You can read the UFC’s full statement below:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Carls John de Tomas of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on December 8, 2017.

Although de Tomas is no longer under contract with UFC, USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before de Tomas’ bout at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs Ortega in Fresno, CA. Accordingly, USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of de Tomas’ potential anti-doping violation.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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No one thinks Holly Holm can beat Cris Cyborg? They said the same about Ronda Rousey.

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(This story was first published on usatoday.com.)

After Holly Holm blasted away the notion that Ronda Rousey was unbeatable with a brutal head kick in late 2015, life was nice and chill for a while.

Well, for about 24 hours. Following perhaps the biggest upset in UFC history, Holm went out into the city of Melbourne, Australia, for beer and french fries with her family, friends and training team. The following day, they took a road trip along part of Australia’s sweeping southern coastline to see the Twelve Apostles, a dramatic set of natural limestone structures that jut out of the ocean.

And after that, things got crazy.

“It was a whirlwind,” Holm said. “There is really no way to prepare yourself for it.”

RelatedHolly Holm's UFC 219 motivation? Chance to win another title

With Rousey deposed as the queen of MMA and off into self-imposed hiding – she hasn’t spoken to the mass media since – Holm, as the new bantamweight champion, was in high demand.

Suddenly, the former boxer and daughter of an Albuquerque, N.M., preacher was being lauded on red carpets and chat show couches, hanging with Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa, mingling with celebs and doing the late-night rounds.

Yet the limelight did not sit as neatly on Holm’s shoulders as it did for Rousey. Happiest at home with her husband, Jeff Kirkpatrick, or in the famed Jackson-Wink MMA gym that churns out elite fighters, the sparkly nature of Hollywood wasn’t her comfort zone, a point rammed home when she was introduced to Jay-Z and asked his wife what her name was. (Answer: Beyonce).

Fast forward two years and life is very different. Holm is roughly back to where she was before the Rousey clash – going into a big headlining fight against an established and seemingly unbeatable star as a massive underdog.

RelatedRonda Rousey repeat? Holly Holm 'can't be living in 2015' ahead of UFC 219 title fight vs. Cris Cyborg

She will challenge Cris Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) for the featherweight belt at UFC 219 on Saturday, and few give her much of a chance. After beating Rousey, Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) refused to wait for a rematch and promptly plummeted to three straight defeats, losing her title to Miesha Tate, being outpointed by Valentina Shevchenko and putting in a tame performance against Germanie de Randamie after moving up in weight.

Arresting the skid by knocking out Bethe Correia in June convinced few that she is ready to beat Cyborg, who has won 18 fights in a row since her pro debut in 2005 and is ranked 10th on the organization’s pound-for-pound list.

Having no one think she can win is just fine with Holm.

“It’s a feeling you can’t explain, but it’s also what makes the victory that much better,” Holm said. “You really have to look at all of it and say that you know better than what all of these people are thinking.

“(Against Rousey) I knew I was capable, but to perform it is an entirely different thing, so walking to the octagon was very heavy, very nerve-racking. There’s never been a feeling like that. It’s such an intense feeling, it’s close to being unbearable.

“It’s the most vulnerable place and the most lonely place to be. They lock the octagon up and it’s just you and this person. Millions of witnesses, and you’re totally exposed and what you do is either going to be laughed at by millions, mocked by millions or praised by millions. You don’t know. But it’s all worth it when you get your hand raised.”

RelatedUFC 219 pre-event facts: Holly Holm hunting for history

There isn’t much call for Holm on the mainstream red carpet these days, which is an indicator of how quickly things can change in the unpredictable world of the UFC. When she beat Rousey, Conor McGregor had yet to be catapulted to stardom, the UFC was still owned by Dana White and the Fertitta brothers and only one of the UFC’s then-champions (Demetrious Johnson) would hold their belt uninterrupted until now.

“It has been a (wild) ride, from the highest high to three losses in a row,” Holm said. “It’s pretty rare – in fact I don’t know anybody it’s happened to. But I wanted to keep fighting because I was passionate about it. That’s why I got to the title in the first place. A lot of people wanted me to wait for Ronda, but I didn’t want my whole career to be based around one fighter.”

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 219 breakdown: Betting advice, possible prop bets and fantasy studs

MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC 219’s main-card bouts. Today, we look at betting and fantasy advice for the card.

UFC 219 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Disclaimer: The following section is designed for entertainment purposes only. The unit sizes serve as a rough representation of the percentage of bankroll risked, as well as my confidence in said plays. If you intend on gambling, I suggest that you do so responsibly and legally, as it is at your own risk. All lines are drawn from 5Dimes.eu on the day this article was published (Dec. 30, 2017).

Dan’s plays

Playable parlay pieces (my most confident favorites):

  • Marvin Vettori (-220)
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov (-280)

Summary: My recommended parlay pieces are typically my most confident picks (within a reasonable price range) that could serve as potential legs for whatever play you’re trying to put together.

For my first recommendation, I elected to go with Marvin Vettori (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who faces welterweight Omari Akhmedov (17-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC).

Vettori, who is a young prospect coming out of Italy, is someone I feel we need to keep an eye on going forward. He’s a well-built middleweight who has a lot of athletic upsides, and his well-rounded skill set seems to be getting more than ample attention since moving shop to Kings MMA.

The Italian will be facing Akhmedov, a tough Russian fighter who has spent this training camp at American Top Team. Akhmedov is a durable, do-or-die-type of fighter who throws everything into his punches and power-double takedowns, but I feel that this may be a bad matchup for him stylistically.

I predict that Vettori’s southpaw stance will play a factor in disrupting Akhmedov’s desired range and targets. I also see the Italian’s underrated wrestling ability being able to stifle the Russian’s shots and dictate the overall terms.

Not only will Vettori be the more diverse striker, but he also works at a quicker, more consistent pace, which could be trouble for a fighter who tends to fade as the contest wears on. Coupled with the size discrepancy (Akhmedov is moving back up to middleweight for this bout), I feel that this is a fight that the Italian should win.

Secondly, I elected to go with Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), who faces Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) in the lightweight co-headliner.

Betting against a fighter like Barboza is a tricky thing, but for reasons that I outline in my co-main event breakdown, I believe that this is a bad matchup for the Brazilian.

Don’t get me wrong: I picked Michael Johnson to beat Nurmagomedov by taxing his striking defense – so by that token, I cannot pretend that there is not a path for Barboza here. However, pressure has been the Brazilian’s traditional foil, and I see the dynamic of this matchup favoring the Dagestani.

Ultimately, it’s hard for me to pass on an undefeated prospect whose path to victory calls for heavy doses of ground control.

Straight plays:

  • Rick Glenn +170 (0.5 unit)

Summary: For my straight plays, I typically like to look for fighters – from underdogs to reasonable favorites – who I feel have a solid chance and price tag.

Since most of my more confident picks are well above the -200 range, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and play Rick Glenn (20-4-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who faces featherweight Myles Jury (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC).

Jury is a well-rounded talent who deserves to be the favorite, but for me, this fight has a trap-like feel to it.

Glenn is a sizeable 145-pounder whose accrued excellent experience before entering the octagon. He is an insanely durable southpaw with deceptive craft and is competent in fighting out of almost any position on the floor.

Should Glenn show Jury that he can hang with him early, I feel that his building pressure can take over this fight. Jury will have an on-paper wrestling advantage he can use to stifle Glenn’s pace, but the Michigan native has shown to struggle in the past against game opponent’s who can pressure.

Glenn, like many of the fighters around him, has also been trending upward since moving shop to his new home of Team Alpha Male. I expect Glenn to continue to showcase his improvements here, and for the price of +170 – despite the line initially opening higher – is still worth a shot on a dog that I feel is live.

Props worth looking at:

  • Nurmagomedov/Barboza “doesn’t go the distance”: -125 (1.5 unit)

Summary: My first and only official prop almost serves as a hedging straight play.

Meaning: To ease any exposure on playing a favorite like Nurmagomedov, I played a prop that I feel has value when it comes to supplementing or hedging any potential plays.

Ultimately, I feel that the top three outcomes of this matchup are Nurmagomedov by submission, Nurmagomedov by TKO or Barboza by knockout. For that reason, I believe that this prop could be one of the more solid angles at playing this fight.

Fights to avoid (live dogs, high intangibles, etc.):

  • Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau
  • Tim Elliott vs. Mark De La Rosa
  • Dan Hooker vs. Marc Diakiese
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James Thompson positive for steroid drostanolone following Bellator 191

Veteran heavyweight James Thompson tested positive for the steroid drostanolone following his first round submission loss to Philip De Fries at Bellator 191.

As a result, Thompson (20-17 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) is suspended for one year – retroactive to the Dec. 15 event – and fined $2,000. He must also submit a clean drug test to be relicensed to fight, Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations Executive Director Mike Mazzulli told MMAjunkie. themmareport.com first reported the failed test.

Bellator 191 took place at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, and aired via delay on Spike.

RelatedBellator 191 results: Michael McDonald, Valerie Letourneau victorious in debuts

Drostanolone is an anabolic-androgenic steroid that’s banned year-round by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Several MMA fighters have tested positive for the drug over the past decade.

Mazzulli said he informed Thompson, 39, of the positive drug test and his right to appeal the result in a hearing. Thompson must signal his desire to do so within 24 hours.

The drug failure stemmed from an in-competition test conducted by Mazzulli, who serves in a regulatory capacity when the Viacom-owned promotion conducts overseas events. Mazzulli also serves as the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions, which maintains an database of medical and suspension information.

Mazzulli also said tests of Carlos Miranda, Alessio Sakara and Bellator middleweight champ Rafael Carvalho came back negative at Bellator 190, which took place Dec. 9 in Florence, Italy.

RelatedBellator 190 results: Rafael Carvalho defends title with 44-second KO of Alessio Sakara

Thompson’s loss to De Fries (14-6 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) marked his third consecutive defeat via stoppage over a two-year period. The PRIDE, EliteXC and Bellator veteran is best known for his brawl with Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson under the now-defunct EliteXC banner in 2008.

For more on Bellator 191, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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UFC 219 official weigh-in highlights video, photos with (thankfully) no issues

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LAS VEGAS – Despite much discussion about potential troubles at the scale, all 20 fighters from UFC 219 made weight this morning without issue.

UFC 219 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC 219 weigh-in results: Drama-free morning wraps in first hour

In the main event, UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) takes on former women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). The co-feature includes a key lightweight matchup with Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC).

Above, check out the video highlights from today’s official weigh-ins at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. And below, don’t miss our exclusive photo gallery.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Why Edson Barboza prefers title fight with Tony Ferguson over Conor McGregor

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LAS VEGAS – Conor McGregor has been the target of a fair share of callouts, and considering the dollar signs that seem to follow the mere mention of his name, one can see why.

But one lightweight isn’t all that eager to hop on that train.

Edson Barboza (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) meets Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 219 co-headliner – one that carries likely title implications.

Longtime contender Nurmagomedov has been scheduled for an interim title bout in the past, and though weight-cut-related issues kept him from it, his rivalry with interim champ Tony Ferguson is alive and well.

RelatedUFC 219 co-main event breakdown: Can Edson Barboza hand Khabib Nurmagomedov his first loss?

Barboza, in turn, has consecutively beaten three of the division’s top contenders in ex-UFC-champ Anthony Pettis, former Strikeforce kingpin Gilbert Melendez and contender Beneil Dariush. By taking out Nurmagomedov, Brazilian could take his spot in line.

Barboza agrees with that general impression.

“If me or Khabib wins this fight, it’s probably going to be the next line for a title shot,” Barboza told MMAjunkie ahead of the bout, which airs via pay-per-view from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

Easy enough, right? Well, it would be if it wasn’t for the current situation atop the 155-pound division.

Since taking the 155-pound belt in November 2016, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) has yet to defend it. That should mean a title-unifier with Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who earned interim honors after beating Kevin Lee, would be the logical next step.

Logic, however, not always applies to the octagon. Sure, the title-unifier could be next. But McGregor could very well end up fighting someone else, or simply taking so much time to come back that Ferguson ends up defending the interim title in the meantime.

RelatedHere's how Khabib Nurmagomedov is preparing for UFC 219 co-headliner with Edson Barboza

Barboza approaches every opponent the same way and therefore would be ready regardless. But given the choice between a likely lucrative appointment with McGregor or a dangerous bout with a man who’s finished him before in Ferguson, Barboza’s choice might not be the most obvious one.

“I’d prefer to fight Ferguson – because it’s a rematch,” Barboza told Brazilian reporters during a Google Hangout on Wednesday. “So, no doubt, if I had to choose – also because, as I said, Ferguson is the real champion.”

All of this, of course, is moot unless Barboza beats Nurmagomedov. And, considering no one’s been able to do that before, that’s certainly a tall order. Add to it that Barboza is mostly known for his striking, while Nurmagomedov has repeatedly nullified his competition with a relentless takedown game and top control, and you have one tricky matchup for the Brazilian muay Thai specialist.

Barboza, however, adds the reminder that he’s got one of the best takedown-defense rates in the division. And, if no other opponent has intimidated him before, why should Nurmagomedov?

“I think that’s one more fight,” Barboza said. “I’ve fought the best guys in the world, and I feel I’m ready. I can beat anybody they put in front of me. That’s one more fight. That’s it.”

To hear from Barboza, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 219 weigh-in results: Drama-free morning wraps in first hour

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LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie was on scene and reporting live from today’s early and official UFC 219 fighter weigh-ins, where all 20 scheduled athletes made weight without issue.

The early weigh-ins took place at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas and precede the ceremonial weigh-ins for the fans, which take place at 7 p.m. ET at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Among those weighing in were women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and former bantamweight champ Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who meet in the main event. While athletes are given a two-hour window to make weight, all 10 fights were made official in just under 60 minutes.

The full 219 weigh-in results include:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Cris Cyborg (145) vs. Holly Holm (144) – for women’s featherweight title
  • Edson Barboza (155) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (155.5)
  • Marc Diakiese (155.5) vs. Dan Hooker (155.5)
  • Cynthia Calvillo (116) vs. Carla Esparza (115.5)
  • Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. Neil Magny (170.5)

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

  • Michal Oleksiejczuk (203.5) vs. Khalil Rountree (205)
  • Rick Glenn (145.5) vs. Myles Jury (146)
  • Omari Akhmedov (185.5) vs. Marvin Vettori (185.5)
  • Matheus Nicolau (125.5) vs. Louis Smolka (125.5)

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

  • Mark De La Rosa (135.5) vs. Tim Elliott (135)

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 219 staff picks: Who's picking Cyborg to lose for the first time since 2005?

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Cyborg
vs.
Holm Barboza
vs.
Nurmagomedov Diakiese
vs.
Hooker Calvillo
vs.
Esparza Condit
vs.
Magny MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 122-89
Cyborg
(53%)
Nurmagomedov
(74%)
Diakiese
(70%)
Calvillo
(67%)
Condit
(82%) Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 132-79
Cyborg
Nurmagomedov
Diakiese
Esparza
Condit Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 130-81
Holm
Barboza
Diakiese
Calvillo
Magny Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 129-82
2016 Champion
Holm
Barboza
Hooker
Calvillo
Magny Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 129-82
2015 Champion
Cyborg
Nurmagomedov
Diakiese
Calvillo
Condit Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 126-85
Cyborg
Nurmagomedov
Hooker
Calvillo
Condit John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 125-86
Cyborg
Nurmagomedov
Diakiese
Calvillo
Magny Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 123-88
2014 Champion
Cyborg
Nurmagomedov
Diakiese
Esparza
Magny Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 121-90
Cyborg
Nurmagomedov
Diakiese
Calvillo
Condit Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 120-91
Holm
Barboza
Diakiese
Esparza
Magny George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 120-91
Cyborg
Barboza
Diakiese
Calvillo
Condit

The UFC is on its home turf for its final event of the year, and a women’s featherweight title fight headlines the card.

UFC 219 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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

In the main event, women’s 145-pound champion Cris Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) takes on former bantamweight champ Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). Cyborg hasn’t lost since her MMA debut and is more than a 3-1 favorite in the fight. She’s the pick of seven of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, unbeaten lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) takes on Brazilian striker Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC). Although Nurmagomedov is a 3-1 favorite, the fight is close from our pickers, who have given him just a slight 6-4 edge.

Also on the main card, Marc Diakiese (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) takes on Dan Hooker (14-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at lightweight and is an 8-2 choice from our staff members. Cynthia Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has a 7-3 edge over Carla Esparza (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in their strawweight fight. And to open the main card, Carlos Condit (30-10 MMA, 7-6 UFC) and Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) are a dead heat at 5-5 in their welterweight fight.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Cyborg, Nurmagomedov, Diakiese, Calvillo and Condit are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Israel Adesanya, Stitch Duran, Adam Hunter, Geoff Quares


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Israel Adesanya, Stitch Duran, Adam Hunter and Geoff Quares.

Adesanya is a highly touted newcomer to the UFC roster and debuts at UFC 221. Duran, a veteran MMA and boxing cutman, is our in-studio guest host, along with comedian Hunter and Triumphant Combat Sports CEO Quares.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

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10 reasons to watch UFC 219, with 2 fighters from a 3-woman division

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The UFC closes out 2017 on Saturday with UFC 219, and in the main event, Cris Cyborg puts her women’s featherweight title on the line against former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

For Holm, this matchup gives her the opportunity to become a two-division champion – and the first female to do it. The fight also provides the former champ the chance to end the 19-fight unbeaten streak of the fighter many consider the most-feared woman in MMA history.

In the co-headliner, title hopefuls Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza meet in a pivotal lightweight contest.

The fight card also features the long-awaited return of former welterweight interim titleholder Carlos Condit, who meets Neil Magny on the pay-per-view portion of the card.

UFC 219 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a PPV main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. A difficult undertaking

Holm’s team at Jackson-Wink MMA did a magnificent job assembling a plan for their fighter ahead of her win over then-champ Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. Before UFC 219 that crackerjack team of coaches had the arduous task of designing a strategy to defeat Cyborg, a fighter who hasn’t lost in more than 12 years.

Cyborg is no longer the fighter who charges forward with reckless abandon. Striking coach Jason Parillo has her fighting in a more controlled manner these days. The Brazilian cuts off the cage, walks her opponents down, and when she finds an opening, she unleashes the strikes that have ended 16 fights early.

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The Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) of the past left openings that a technical fighter such as Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) could have exploited. We’ll find out if Holm’s team has found similar gaps in the approach of the new and improved Cyborg.

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When the final fight of UFC 219 comes to an end and the winner is declared either “and still” or “new” women’s featherweight champion, one question will remain for the UFC: What now?

Two fighters (Cyborg and Megan Anderson) – three if Holm wins and plans to defend the title – does not make a division. But that’s the number of true featherweight fighters the promotion has listed on UFC.com for the weight class.

With three title fights in the division in 2017, the UFC has to decide what it is going to do with the 145-pound women’s division.

3. Looking for an answer

“I have to fight for the title. You know this. I deserve it.” Those were the words Nurmagomedov uttered during his UFC 205 fight against Michael Johnson. Nurmagomedov, who is No. 5 in USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, won that contest via third-round submission.

“I think I’m ready for the belt. I’m coming off three wins,” Edson Barboza, who is the No. 6-ranked lightweight, said through an interpreter after he knocked out Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 106.

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When Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) step into the octagon at UFC 219, they will answer the question of who will move one step closer to a title shot.

This is a battle of the strength, power and ground game of Nurmagomedov vs. the speed and technical proficiency of the striking of Barboza. It should be a fun fight to watch.

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Dan Hooker delivered the best performance of his UFC run in his most recent fight. Competing at lightweight for the first time in nearly four years, the New Zealander knocked out Ross Pearson with a perfectly timed knee. Before the stoppage, Hooker did a good job of fighting behind his jab and kicks to keep the Englishman at distance.

That style could come in handy against Marc Diakiese (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). The Congolese fighter enters his bout against Hooker (14-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) on the heels of his first career loss. The leg kicks of his opponent in that contest, Drakkar Klose, where the main reason Klose earned the decision win.

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Hooker landed 33 percent of his leg strikes against Pearson – and those strikes were not love taps. If Diakiese didn’t work on his leg-kick defense ahead of this bout, he could be in trouble.

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After Cynthia Calvillo began her UFC career with two submission wins, the promotion gave her a test. In her third UFC fight, and sixth overall, she faced Joanne Calderwood, who was the No. 12 ranked strawweight at the time. Calvillo defeated the striker by unanimous decision.

Now ranked No. 11 in the division, Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) faces former champion and No. 7-ranked strawweight Carla Esparza (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

This matchup gives Calvillo an opportunity to showcase her full range of talents. A wrestler with an active submission game that complements her developing striking, Calvillo has shown an ability to compete no matter where the fight goes. She might be a little green, but the Team Alpha Male fighter’s well-rounded skill set has her entering this bout as a more than 2-1 favorite over the former champ.

With a win over Esparza, the former Cheesecake Factory employee could find herself one or two fights away from a title shot.

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Esparza defeated Maryna Moroz by unanimous decision in her most recent fight.

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Condit hasn’t fought since Demian Maia submitted him in the first round of their August 2016 bout. The loss dropped Condit’s record to 2-5 dating back to November 2012. Two of those defeats came in title fights. The other two fighters who topped Condit went on to hold the welterweight belt.

After the loss to Maia, Condit was unsure of his fighting future.

“I don’t know if I have any business fighting at this level anymore,” Condit said after UFC on FOX 21. “I’ve been at this for a really long time. The pressure of kind of being one of the top guys for almost a decade, it’s been awesome to be involved in this sport as long as I have. I got to do what I love for a living for a very long time. I don’t know, man. I don’t know if I belong here anymore. We’ll see.”

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The first step toward seeing if he belongs comes at UFC 219, where the unranked Condit (30-10 MMA, 7-6 UFC) faces No. 14 Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC), who is coming off a loss to Rafael dos Anjos.

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Khalil Rountree began his UFC career with two losses in 2016. This year has been better for the 27-year-old. In 2017 Rountree has two first-round knockout victories. He looks to make it three in a row when he meets Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 219.

On paper this bout promises fireworks. Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is one of the more powerful light heavyweights on the UFC roster. As his knockout of Paul Craig showed, Rountree packs a lot of force into his strikes. As for Oleksiejczuk (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who makes his UFC debut in Las Vegas, he has eight knockout wins on his record with five of those fights ending in the first round.

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Myles Jury was 15-0 and ranked in the lightweight top 10 heading into his UFC 182 bout against Donald Cerrone. After Cerrone defeated him by decision, Jury dropped to featherweight.

His 145-pound debut turned into a catchweight contest when his opponent, Charles Oliveira, came in more than four pounds heavy. Oliveira won the bout by first-round submission. After more than 15 months away from the octagon, Jury returned at UFC 210. He earned a TKO win over Mike De La Torre in that bout.

At UFC 219, Jury (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) meets Rick Glenn (20-4-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who is on a two-fight winning streak.

Jury’s win over De La Torre was a solid first step toward getting in the title mix at 145 pounds, but with the depth of the division, Jury is going to need to impress and stay active to make headway as 2018 approaches. A noteworthy win over Glenn, the former WSOF featherweight champ, will help.

9. A surge vs. a skid

Louis Smolka looked poised to become a contender in the flyweight division after he went 5-1 to open his run with the UFC. He’s lost his past three fights, though. He hasn’t won a single round on the judges’ scorecards during his losing skid.

At UFC 219, Smolka (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) faces Matheus Nicolau (12-1-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who is on a five-fight winning streak.

For Smolka, this bout is an opportunity to show he still belongs among the elite of the 125-pound division despite no longer being ranked. As for Nicolau, this is an opportunity to live up to the claim he made after he defeated former title challenger John Moraga in his most recent outing.

“I’m for real,” Nicolau said. “I’m coming.”

10. A rough month

Tim Elliott has not had a good December. The former flyweight title challenger made weight for UFC on FOX 26 only to see his fight scratched when his opponent, Pietro Menga, failed to step on the scale. Elliott then found out he was not going to be paid his full fight purse for the event. On that same day, Elliott’s coach and mentor, Robert Follis, took his own life.

Two weeks removed from that terrible stretch, Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) faces UFC newcomer Mark Delarosa (9-0, 0-0 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC 219. This is Elliott’s first fight at 135 pounds since his knockout win over Jens Pulver at RFA 1 in December 2011.

Elliott told MMAjunkie he’s a bit concerned about this bout.

“I’m a little worried how my emotions are going to play out,” he said. “I don’t want it to wear me out. I feel if I can just get in there and do what I love to do, then everything will be fine.”

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For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Who ya got?! Fighters weigh in on Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm at 219

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LAS VEGAS – Who wins the headliner that could determine the top fighter in women’s MMA history?

That’s the question we posed to fellow fighters, who gave us their predictions for UFC 219’s main event between women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and challenger Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC).

UFC 219 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC 219 main-event breakdown: Current odds look right for Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm

Cyborg, a feared knockout artist who hasn’t lost her since her 2005 pro debut, is a near 4-1 favorite over former pro boxing champion and ex-UFC women’s bantamweight titleholder Holm.

Are those odds right? Check out the video above to get the predictions from their fellow fighters.

And for more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Rehab addict? UFC 219's Neil Magny shrugs off gatekeeper role against Carlos Condit

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LAS VEGAS – Sometimes, it seems like welterweight Neil Magny gets all the rehab projects.

There’s Hector Lombard, coming off a positive drug test. Ex-champ Johny Hendricks, trying to arrest a fall from the rankings. Ex-champ Rafael dos Anjos, trying to prove he’s a viable welterweight contender.

Now, there’s former interim champ Carlos Condit(30-10 MMA, 7-6 UFC), who’s returning from a year-plus layoff in which he contemplated retirement.

RelatedReturning Carlos Condit really excited to 'do some violence' once again at UFC 219

Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) has gotten a quite a few chances to spoil comeback plans. But he doesn’t read too much into his opposition as of late.

“Not at all,” he told MMAjunkie in advance of his meeting with Condit in the pay-per-view main-card opener of UFC 219, which takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “As much as it’s a test for Carlos Condit, it’s a test for me. I get to go up against another former world champion and really test myself.

“Gold is what I’m after. If I can hang with these guys that are former world champions, I know I can hang with guys that are current champions. So, I look at it as as big a test for me as it is for him.”

RelatedUFC 219 pre-event facts: Holly Holm hunting for history

Magny isn’t complaining at all that the test is against Condit, a guy he’s been following since a title reign in the now-defunct WEC promotion.

“For me, it was a guy I always looked up to,” Magny said. “As my career progressed, and I got to the point where I was in the top 10, he was one of the guys I was like, ‘Oh, wow, what if I get to fight this guy now?'”

On Saturday, that dream becomes a reality. It won’t change Magny’s approach to his work in the cage, though. As much as Magny looks up to his opponent, he won’t have any trouble punching forward when the bell rings.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Watch Episode 2 of 'Cyborg Nation' UFC 219 all-access series


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Cris Cyborg’s first UFC title defense takes place Saturday when she meets Holly Holm at UFC 219.

Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) had a long and tumultuous journey to reach UFC women’s featherweight gold. Soon she’ll find out if she can defend it when she meets Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, in the event’s headliner, and the Brazilian is documenting everything in the final days leading up to the event.

Cyborg has released the second edition of her UFC 219 all-access video blog, “Cyborg Nation,” which can be seen above.

UFC 219 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Watch previous episodes of “Cyborg Nation”:

For more on UFC 219, 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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Desmond Green vs. Michel Prazeres added to UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem

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A lightweight bout between Desmond Green and Michel Prazeres is the latest addition to February’s UFC Fight Night 125 lineup.

Green (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) confirmed the matchup with Prazeres (23-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) on social media following an initial report from mmabrasil.com (via Instagram):

UFC Fight Night 125 takes place Feb. 3 at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

After making a successful promotional debut with a split-decision win over Josh Emmett at UFC 210 in April, former Titan FC champ Green faltered in his sophomore octagon appearance. “The Predator” suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night 115 in September, which snapped the 28-year-old’s five-fight winning streak.

Prazeres, meanwhile, brings a five-fight winning streak of his own into the matchup. The 36-year-old Brazilian has won seven of his past eight UFC fights overall, which includes victories over Mads Burnell and Josh Burkman in 2017, both of which came by the rarely utilized north-south choke.

The latest UFC Fight Night 125 card includes:

  • Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida
  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
  • Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Anthony Smith
  • Luis Henrique vs. Timothy Johnson
  • Priscila Cachoeira vs. Valentina Shevchenko
  • Polyana Viana vs. Maia Stevenson
  • Damir Hadzovic vs. Alan Patrick
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Joe Soto
  • Desmond Green vs. Michel Prazeres

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


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Marc Diakiese says UFC 219 foe Dan Hooker should be working in an office: 'He's not a fighter'

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LAS VEGAS – So Dan Hooker thinks there’s a lot of “smoke and mirrors” in Marc Diakiese’s flashy striking?

Well, Diakiese (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) replied with a wide smile, guess they’ll just have to see about that at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. But, for the record, it’s not like the Brit is particularly impressed by Hooker’s (14-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) style, either.

“His game, as far as I know, he wins fights that he should win,” Diakiese told MMAjunkie. “When it comes to people like me, he loses. I just think he’s an average fighter. His style – he comes forward, but it hasn’t got much movement. Because he just comes forward. To me, I find it pretty easy to fight a (muay) Thai guy.”

Considering Diakiese was the one who asked for it, it makes sense that he approves of the matchup. And he is not alone there, given the lightweights were chosen to fill the main card slot left open by John Lineker’s last-minute withdrawal from UFC 219.

Diakiese, who until Wednesday thought he was going to be in an FS1-televised preliminary card scrap, certainly sees the promotion to the pay-per-view portion as a “bonus.” But, as he looks to bounce back from a loss to Drakkar Klose at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, the “Bonecrusher” knows what’s really important here.

“Winning means more than anything,” Diakiese said. “They can put you in the main card, pay-per-view, whatever. If you lose, then it’s not good. To me, my focus is on winning.”

Winning hasn’t been a problem for Diakiese in the past. Before dropping a split call to Klose, the 24-year-old Brit was on a 12-fight tear. The three most recent took place in the octagon, where he knocked out Lukasz Sajewski and Teemu Packalen, with a unanimous decision over Frankie Perez squeezed in between.

While there was a process to getting over the first loss of his pro career, Diakiese says it wasn’t a very long one. Nothing that a bit of food and relaxation with his family couldn’t cure. With that done, he went back to training at Florida’s American Top Team looking to resume what he thinks could be a very bright future.

And that leads us back to New Zealand’s Hooker. Despite thinking a lot of what Diakiese does in the octagon is only good to impress the fans, “The Hangman” believes that there is a lot of effectiveness to his “very well-rounded” opponent as well.

But don’t expect Diakiese to repay the kindness in his own assessment of how the bout is going to go down.

“I want to dominate,” Diakiese said. “Dan Hooker should have been working in an office or something. He should work in an office. He’s not a fighter. Like I said, he win fights that he should win. The fights to build himself up, he loses – and it’s going to be exactly the same. He’s going to lose against the ‘Bonecrusher.’”

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

And for more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Watch today's UFC 219 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 7 p.m. ET


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LAS VEGAS – UFC 219 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

The weigh-ins take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In addition to the video stream above, you can check out the early and official UFC 219 weigh-in results from earlier in the day.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch today's UFC 220 press conference with champ Miocic and Ngannou at 5 p.m. ET


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LAS VEGAS – Watch a live stream of today’s UFC 220 press conference with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and fellow headliner Francis Ngannou here on MMAjunkie at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).

The press conference takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and proceeds the ceremonial UFC 219 weigh-ins.

Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, takes on No. 2-ranked Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) on Jan. 20. The pay-per-view card takes place at TD Garden in Boston.

RelatedCheck out UFC 220's official poster, with Stipe Miocic sharing 'baddest man on the planet' title

Also taking part in today’s press conference are UFC 220’s co-headliners: light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and challenger Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

MMAjunkie will have full coverage of the media event.

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

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 144 – Las Vegas: Ngannou, Condit, Elliott, Hill, Sandhu, Fiasco

Episode No. 144 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

It’s UFC 219 week in Las Vegas, and it’s also time to say goodbye to Boomer’s, the longtime Sin City home of “The MMA Road Show.” John Morgan and Cold Coffee welcome Adam Hill and Chamatkar Sandhu to the show to preview UFC 219, bringing interviews of Carlos Condit and Tim Elliott along the way, as well as a special sitdown with Francis Ngannou and an extra special segment with Fiasco Jones.

Listen below, or check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.


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