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

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Joseph Duffy wants to see the UFC lightweight division restored to its natural order as much as anyone, but he doesn’t view it as Conor McGregor’s responsibility to ensure that’s what happens next.

It’s been nearly a year since McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) captured the UFC lightweight title. In the meantime he’s taken a break from competition to witness the birth of his first child, and also crossed over into boxing for a high-profile showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

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After the bout with Mayweather, there’s been rampant speculation about what “The Notorious” will do next. He’s listed several potential options, but the leading scenario coming from the McGregor camp appears to be a desire for a trilogy matchup with Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) rather than a title unification bout with interim 155-pound champ Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC).

Duffy (16-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who defeated McGregor by first-round submission in a November 2010 fight under the Cage Warriors banner, said no one should have influence over McGregor’s decision other than himself. In Duffy’s opinion, McGregor has earned that much.

“Look what he’s done,” Duffy told MMAjunkie at a Wednesday media event at Tristar Gym in Montreal. “He’s done amazing things. He’s won the featherweight (title), obviously jumped up, won the lightweight (title), jumped across to boxing, but he’s done a lot of work himself also. He’s done all the media stuff, everything else. Whatever his move next is going to be the best move for him, and that’s his decision to make.”

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Duffy, who meets James Vick (11-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) in a 155-pound at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, is looking to climb the ranks into a championship fight of his own. He just signed a new seven-fight contract with the UFC and said he hopes to hold the belt before the end of that deal. For a budding contender such as himself, it would seem preferable to have a champion who will defend against the top challenger regardless of circumstance, but McGregor’s UFC career has been far from traditional.

In terms of knowing where he stands in the weight class, Duffy believes a unification match between McGregor and Ferguson is the logical move. However, he’s not going to criticize McGregor or the UFC for opting to go in the direction of the more profitable option in Diaz.

“For the rankings’ sake, I think obviously Conor against Ferguson is the right match,” Duffy said. “It kind of legitimizes the rankings again. I believe that’s probably the right matchup. It will stabilize the division again and then at least we’ve got a pecking order again so you know where you stand and what you need to do to get to the top of the pecking order.”

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

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UFC Fight Night 119's Pedro Munhoz tries for third bonus – and wants a Top 10 opponent next

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SAO PAULO – UFC bantamweight Pedro Munhoz is gunning for a top-10 opponent – and his third performance bonus – against Rob Font.

“For the last couple of months, I’ve just been thinking about this fight,” Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie in advance of their FS1-televised meeting at UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. “After this fight, I will take the next step – but definitely fighting the best in the division, but sometime soon for a contender or a title fight.”

The 31-year-old Sao Paulo native is known for exciting octagon fights, winning bonuses in two his past three fights. A meeting with tough veteran Damian Stasiak denied him extra pay at UFC Fight Night 109.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) earned an extra $50,000 when he submitted Douglas Silva de Andrade at UFC 213. He indicated he’d like to test his jiu-jitsu against Munhoz, who countered that would be a bad idea.

“We’ll be brawling, and if we go to the floor, I’ll be testing his jiu-jitsu, for sure,” he said.

On paper, the pair are virtually even in their professional records. Munhoz, though, said he’ll do his part to make sure the fight is exciting.

“We all know that I came from jiu-jitsu, but every time, I show more improvement in my striking skills,” he said. “I’m going to be open for this one. I’m always looking for knockouts and submissions.”

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

And for more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Raquel Pennington suffers broken leg, preventing fight with UFC champ Amanda Nunes

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UFC women’s bantamweight contender Raquel Pennington seemed like the obvious next candidate to challenge divisional champion Amanda Nunes. Unfortunately, that’s not gong to happen anytime soon.

Pennington (9-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) suffered a broken leg in vehicle accident on Tuesday in Colorado. The accident happened just after verbal agreements were in place for a title bout with Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, Pennington’s management team told MMAjunkie. The news was first reported by Combate.

The incident comes just as Pennington was set to make a comeback from a more than year-long layoff. She defeated former champion Miesha Tate by unanimous decision at UFC 205 in November 2016, but afterward was forced to undergo shoulder surgery.

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Pennington, No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, is still evaluating options on whether she’ll require surgery to repair the damage to her leg, a rep said.

Regardless, she’ll have to wait for the chance to extend her current four-fight winning streak, which is the second longest active run at 135 pounds behind champion No. 1-ranked Nunes’ six-fight winning streak.

An exact timeline for Pennington’s return to competition is unknown.

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


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UFC-Sao Paulo weigh-in photo gallery: Colby Covington keeps trolling Brazil

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SAO PAULO – Check out our photo gallery from today’s UFC Fight Night 119 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins.

The weigh-ins took place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo – the same venue that hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Unsurprisingly, co-headliner Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who’s dissed Brazil and opponent Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) throughout fight week, got a less-than-warm reception.

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Check out the weigh-in photos and video above.

Additionally, for a full rundown of today’s weigh-ins, see our UFC Fight Night 119 weigh-in results post.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Firas Zahabi defends GSP from Bisping's steroid allegations – then compliments champ

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MONTREAL – Firas Zahabi has heard plenty of steroid allegations directed at Georges St-Pierre over the course of their storied relationship. So when Michael Bisping threw out some of his own accusations in the lead-up to the UFC 217, it didn’t bother the Tristar Gym head coach.

Although he now says the French-Canadian is clean, Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) has accused St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) of using steroids prior to his four-year hiatus from the sport at every possible opportunity. The UFC middleweight champion said he’s heard “stories” that convinced him St-Pierre used to be a dirty fighter. But St-Pierre doesn’t seemed bothered and said he doesn’t think Bisping actually believes it.

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St-Pierre has been a longtime proponent of enhanced drug testing. He said the lack of a proper testing policy, which is now in place with the UFC’s U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) partnership, contributed to his decision to take a multi-year hiatus from the sport, and Zahabi said that should be all the evidence needed to prove his student’s innocence.

“(Bisping is making steroid accusations) because Georges is ripped,” Zahabi told MMAjunkie at a recent UFC 217 media day in Montreal. “About 10 to 20 percent of the population is naturally ripped. Georges just happens to be one of those people. You look at him as he was growing up, he’s just naturally ripped. He’s been tested, he’s volunteered to be tested, and he’s paid out of his own pocket to be tested and for his opponent to be tested.

“He’s never failed one single test. Just because somebody’s lean and extremely competent in fighting doesn’t mean they’re on drugs. That’s the truth.”

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. St-Pierre challenges Bisping for the 185-pound belt in the pay-per-view headliner, which follows prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Although Zahabi is willing to put his own reputation at stake to defend St-Pierre, he understands why Bisping would be skeptical. “The Count” has fought many opponents who tested positive for banned substances either before or after their bout, so he said it’s fair for Bisping to question anyone regardless of proof.

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Zahabi praised Bisping for the difficult road he’s taken to the belt and the fact he’s had to overcome so many opponents who were breaking the rules. He said there’s no doubt the Brit is the best fighter in his weight class and has been for a long time; he just had to go through a more tumultuous road than most to prove it, Zahabi said.

“Bisping was always the best,” he said. “After USADA, we know he’s really the best. They weeded out a lot of possible influences on that category. Is it a coincidence that Bisping is the best after USADA? Is it a coincidence? That’s my question. I don’t think it is. Not just the drugs, but the weight-cut difference. It changed the category. Bisping has now risen to the top, so I really think he’s the best, the best middleweight. Until somebody beats him, he’s the best.”

If there’s one thing Zahabi is certain of, it’s that UFC 217’s main event will feature an even playing field. He said that despite USADA’s oversight, people in the sport are still finding wayw to cheat. But when it comes to St-Pierre and Bisping, Zahabi said it’s not a concern.

“I think personally the sport is a lot cleaner,” Zahabi said. “That’s just my opinion. I don’t have any hard facts or data or anything like that. I find it’s cleaner, but I still suspect that a lot of guys are still finding ways to work around the system.”

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

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Anxiety no longer stifles UFC Fight Night 119's Jack Hermansson

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SAO PAULO – Coming into a fight in peak condition is great if you’re a fighter. But then again, it’s a pretty much a job requirement.

Mastering pre-fight jitters is a highly individual task, and whether or not a fighter is successful depends on many variables, some of which are uncontrollable.

As confident as UFC middleweight Jack Hermansson looks inside the octagon, he admits he still wrestles with anxiety. Heading into a fight, the same fears clutch at him.

“It’s the nerves before you go out,” Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who faces Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 119, told MMAjunkie. “I feel like it’s still in me when I’m in the octagon – too much.”

But after four fights, those fears don’t have the same hold.

“I think I’ve always had some challenges mentally, and I still have them,” he said. “But what makes me confident is that even though I’m feeling the anxiety, I’m able to perform.

“So I know that when I step up my mental game, I’ll be unbeatable. I think I still have some things to work on, but we’re getting there.”

For all his struggles behind the scenes, Hermansson is enjoying a moment of success in the UFC. He’s won his past two fights by TKO, and is 3-1 in the octagon. When newcomer Michal Materla dropped out of Saturday’s event at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, the promotion called him on short notice.

It’s the second time Hermansson has been called into hostile territory on short notice. But he feels better prepared to meet the challenge.

Hermansson now visualizes success on a regular basis to prepare his mind for the same outcome in the cage. He talks about his anxiety with fighters who are good at managing it

Still, he notes, he can never predict when his nerves might strike. So it’s a never-ending process.

“Hopefully, I’m going to get out there and be the best ever,” he said.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Video replay: UFC Fight Night 119 fighter weigh-ins in Sao Paulo

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Check out a video replay of today’s ceremonial UFC Fight Night 119 fighter weigh-ins.

The weigh-ins took place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the weigh-ins above.

Additionally, for a full rundown of today’s weigh-ins, see our UFC Fight Night 119 weigh-in results post.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Tonight's CES MMA 46 headliner, John Howard, went away to see if he still loved MMA

If John Howard ever forgets how long he’s been fighting, all he has to do is walk into any gym in New England and let the young guys tell him. They don’t mean to make him feel old. Actually, they’re trying to show their respect.

“They do it by accident,” Howard (24-13) told MMAjunkie. “They’ll walk up to me and say, ‘Man, I was 12 years old, watching with my father when I saw you in the UFC.’ I’m just like, ‘Oh man, don’t tell me that.’”

But then they say the other thing, about how seeing a Boston fighter clocking knockout wins in the big show gave them hope that they could do it too, or how “Doomsday” Howard inspired them to get in the gym and chase that dream for themselves.

“Then I feel honored,” Howard said. “How can I not be? I’m honored and proud.”

Now, after a year spent intentionally avoiding MMA in favor of a more regular kind of life, Howard is coming back home to find out if he still has what it takes. At tonight’s CES MMA 46 event (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET) in Lincoln, R.I., Howard will headline a local card for the first time in more than four years.

RelatedJohn Howard discusses CES MMA 46 main event, his future, and being on the autism spectrum

At Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., just a little more than an hour from where he grew up, he’ll take on Roger Carroll (16-14) in front of a crowd peppered with family and friends, many of whom are likely to be asking themselves the same questions Howard faced in his year away from the sport.

How long is he going to keep doing this? And after all this time, where is he trying to go with it, exactly?

For Howard, the second question is easier to answer than the first. In 13 years as a professional, which included two stints with the UFC and one with the organization now known as PFL, Howard never got a crack at a major title. He’s won regional belts but never even got within sniffing distance of something bigger. Now that he’s closer to the end of his career than the beginning, that feels like unfinished business for him.

“I know I have an expiration date,” Howard said. “I know time is not on my side. But I want to get back to the big show, where the big dogs hang. I feel that’s where I belong. Being the big fish in a little pond, that doesn’t do anything for me. That doesn’t boost my ego. I want to look for the biggest fish I can find and go after him just to see what I can do.”

But it gets frustrating sometimes, this MMA business.

After debuting in what was then WSOF in 2016, Howard won his first fight against Michael Arrant and then lost his second via unanimous decision to Abubakar Nurmagomedov, a cousin of UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. When WSOF rebranded as PFL, Howard wasn’t sure if there was still a place for him in the organization. He wasn’t even sure if he wanted there to be one.

“I had to take a year off to see if I really wanted to do this,” Howard said. “I had to let my body heal, let my mind get right. You can fall into this sport and before you know it go a whole different path that you never wanted to follow. I had to fall in love with the sport again. Sometimes in this sport, the aggravation, the BS and the politics that come with it, I was getting frustrated. I had to remember why I got into the sport.”

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In the meantime, Howard said, he went back to his old job as an electrician, working for Google Fiber. He tried to be a regular guy, working a regular job and keeping regular hours.

Old friends, like former coach Mark DellaGrotte, had their doubts.

“All fighters, when they start looking at post-career life, they face these questions about how they’re going to make a living,” DellaGrotte said. “But some guys are just not cut out to be regular guys. I think ‘Doomsday,’ he’s just an intense dude. I don’t think someone like like ‘Doomsday’ belongs installing Verizon in residential homes. He needs to be locked in a cage where he can do his thing.”

Howard couldn’t stay away completely. And he when he got back into the gym, pretty soon he started getting the itch to fight again. Time away only stoked his passion for the sport, and the chance to headline a card for CES MMA, where he won the middleweight title in 2012 and defended it four times before heading back to the UFC for a second time in 2013, seemed like too good a chance to pass up.

And on the local scene, the return of “Doomsday” Howard was enough to create a bit of a buzz.

“I was a little surprised to hear he was coming back, but also excited,” DellaGrotte said. “I think it’s passion-driven and not just money-driven, which is good. That shows me that he’s not just looking for a paycheck. And I know the level he can compete at, so I feel bad for any local opponents who get in there with him.”

For Howard, that sense of local support is a big part of the appeal of this fight. His time in the UFC saw him bounce from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi. Coming back to the same Rhode Island casino where he used to defend his CES middleweight title reminds him of his roots, he said. It gives him a chance to fight in front of the people who’ve been there for him all along. Maybe it will even help him remember why he loves this sport so much that he can’t stay away from it.

“Being a fighter, there’s a lot of frustration and disappointment,” Howard said. “But if you love, something you deal with that just to do it. With this, I want to do it until I can’t do it any more, however long that is.”

For more on CES MMA 46, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Still undefeated, Bellator 185's Jordan Young plans move to 205 pounds

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Jordan Young extended his unbeaten streak a week ago at Bellator 185, tapping Alec Hooben with a triangle choke inside three minutes.

So far, only two of Young’s professional opponents have made it out of the first round. That doesn’t seem like the condition for a career change. But apparently, he’s ready for one.

“I think that the next move for me is you’ll see me at light heavyweight,” Young (8-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) told MMAjunkie after submitting Hooben (5-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). “That’s a big move for me.”

Indeed it is. The gap between middleweight and light heavyweight is the second largest in MMA with 20 pounds separating the divisions. Typically, fighters move down to capitalize on height and reach advantages against smaller fighters. But for the 22-year-old Young, it’s a necessary move as he gets older and picks up more muscle.

His fight against Hooben was supposed to be at a catchweight of 195 pounds, but Young wound up hitting 200 pounds on the scale on weigh-in day.

At 6-foot-4, his frame doesn’t present an obvious disadvantage against taller and heavier opponents.

“There was a time in my career where I was fighting at 170 pounds, so as I grow up and mature … I’m getting bigger and stronger every day,” he said. “The (weight) cuts, they were definitely tough. I think with my build, 205 will be a healthier choice going forward.”

It will also be a smarter choice if longevity is what Jordan seeks. Fighters who cut large amounts of weight often meet diminishing returns as they get older. Drops that were once easy become difficult as a body’s metabolism grows less efficient and struggles with the effects of dehydration.

There are dozens of examples of veteran fighters whose bodies simply gave out during a weight cut, prompting a last-minute scratch from a fight card. Young doesn’t want to be one while he’s on his way up the MMA ladder.

While he was targeting a showdown with Bellator middleweight Chris Honeycutt (10-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) after a tumultuous training camp, Young is eyeing bigger targets the next time he steps in the cage.

Hear more from the unbeaten Young in the video above.

And for complete coverage of Bellator 185, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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10 reasons to watch UFC-Sao Paulo with a pair of Brazilian legends atop the card

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On Saturday, the UFC visits Brazil for UFC Fight Night 119. The event marks the final time the promotion heads to the South American country in 2017.

The headlining bouts feature two Brazilian legends who look to hold off a pair of hungry American fighters. In the main event, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida returns from a long absence to face Derek Brunson in a middleweight scrap. In the co-headliner, former welterweight and middleweight title challenger Demian Maia meets the brash and confident Colby Covington at 170 pounds.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. A former champ returns

The last time Machida stepped into the octagon, Yoel Romero knocked him out. That fight happened more than two years ago. Machida was then booked against Dan Henderson in April 2016. He was pulled from that contest days before the event after he informed the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency he had used a banned substance, 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7‐keto-DHEA), a hormonal supplement. That disclosure earned Machida an 18-month suspension. At the time, the Brazilian fighter was ranked No. 8 in the middleweight division.

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Despite his long absence, the former light heavyweight champion is currently ranked No. 11 at 185 pounds, according to the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings. Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) faces No. 10 Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in his return bout. Brunson scored a knockout win over Dan Kelly in his most recent outing.

If Machida hopes to return to the top of the division, he needs to make a statement in Brazil. At 39, he’s older than all but two of the fighters ranked above him at middleweight.

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Colby Covington has been outspoken of late. The No. 9 welterweight recently implied No. 5 Maia is merely a stepping stone toward his ultimate goal: welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

“I’m out to set out that I’m the best fighter in the world and that’s exactly what I’m going to do (Saturday) when I retire Demian Maia in his home city of Sao Paulo, Brazil,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. “He’s going to be looking for a new job, maybe at a cell phone kiosk in the mall.”

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Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) has won his past four fights. Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) enters this bout on the heels of a title fight decision loss to Woodley. The defeat ended Maia’s seven-fight winning streak.

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Since losing to John Lineker in 2016, Rob Font has looked excellent. His confidence seems to grow each time he steps into the octagon, as does his skill set. Font throws sweet striking combinations. He never seems to stop moving on his feet, and when the contest hits the ground, he’s very good with his transitions. Over the course of his five-fight UFC run, the former CES MMA featherweight champ has developed into a dark-horse contender in the bantamweight division.

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Pedro Munhoz will test Font in this tilt. Munhoz, an honorable mention selection in the rankings, might not be as well-rounded as Font. But he is a dangerous grappler. If Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) makes one mistake, he could find himself in a guillotine choke, a submission that earned Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC), the former RFA bantamweight kingpin, two consecutive “Performance of the Night” bonuses in 2016.

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In early September, Jim Miller put out a plea on Twitter. “STILL trying to get a fight. Never thought I’d have to beg someone to bleed with me,” Miller wrote. The New Jersey native, 26 fights deep into his UFC career wanted to fight someone – anyone – at lightweight or welterweight, anywhere in the world except New York.

The UFC granted Miller his wish. The promotion matched him against Brazilian competitor Francisco Trinaldo at lightweight.

The fight marks the second time Miller has fought outside North America, the first was his UFC debut, where he earned “Submission of the Night” honors after defeating David Baron at UFC 89 in England.

Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) has lost his past two fights. He’s never dropped three in a row. Trinaldo (21-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) also lost his most recent outing. He’s never lost two consecutive contests. Barring a draw, one of these fighters will march into uncharted territory in Brazil.

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Jack Hermansson earned two first-round TKO victories in his two most recent bouts. Both of those stoppages came via ground strikes.

“I have the best ground-and-pound in the world and there’s nobody that can survive being on the bottom with me,” Hermansson said after his August win over Brad Scott.

At UFC Fight Night 119 he gets the opportunity to put his striking game to the test against Thiago “Marreta” Santos, who also has TKO wins in his two most recent outings.

Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) might not get the chance to display his ground prowess in this bout. Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has defended 69 percent of his opponent’s takedown attempts. But Hermansson landed a takedown in each of his past two fights, and those takedowns led to finishes.

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John Lineker racked up 37 fights in a little more than eight years. At UFC Fight Night 119 he returns after a layoff of nearly 10 months to face Marlon Vera.

T.J. Dillashaw was responsible for Linker’s layoff. The former champ broke the Brazilian fighter’s jaw at UFC 207. Adding insult to injury, Dillashaw swept his opponent on the scorecards. The loss ended Lineker’s six-fight winning streak.

While the No. 8 ranked Linker (29-8 MMA, 10-3 UFC) was on the mend, Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) won two fights by stoppage. Those victories earned him a shot at his first ranked opponent.

Vera is very effective at keeping his opponents at bay with his kicks. He’d be wise to implement that game plan against the heavy-handed Lineker, who has 13 career knockouts to his name.

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When Niko Price made his UFC debut in 2016, he was a perfect 8-0. Seven of those wins came via stoppage. All of those fights were with Florida’s Fight Time Promotions. The question facing Price was, how would his regional success translate to the UFC’s welterweight division? It turns out it translated just fine.

Three fights into his UFC run, Price remains unbeaten and still only has one decision on his record. In his most recent bout, Price earned a TKO win over Alan Jouban. He also scored his first fight-night bonus award, which on a card with seven first-round finishes, was noteworthy.

Price (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) puts his unbeaten streak on the line against Vicente Luque. Luque (11-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) might not have an unblemished record, but he does tend to wrap things up early, going the distance just five times in his 18-fight career. Luque dropped a decision to Leon Edwards in his most recent bout. The loss brought an end to his run of four straight stoppage victories.

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Former Cage Fury featherweight champion Jared Gordon was impressive in his UFC debut. In that contest, he used pressure, volume and a fast pace to take out Michel Quinones via second-round TKO. The only mark against Gordon was he came in three pounds overweight.

After his win, Gordon predicted a bright future.

“In the end of 2017, if everything goes well and I’m healthy, I see myself fighting a top-10 guy, and then 2018, 2019, winning the belt,” Gordon told MMAjunkie.

Gordon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) gets another shot at featherweight against Hacran Dias. Dias (23-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) also missed weight before his most recent fight when he came in 2.5 pounds heavy. Dias lost that scrap to Andre Fili via unanimous decision.

9. Looking for a finish

Before he signed with the UFC, Max Griffin captured titles in three of his four previous fights. The 31-year-old fighter claimed the Tachi Palace Welterweight title and both the West Coast Fighting Championship welterweight and middleweight titles.

In his first UFC bout, Griffin lost to Colby Covington via third-round TKO. In his second fight with the promotion, Griffin stopped Erick Montano in 54 seconds. After that win, his confidence was high.

“When I’m focused, I can take anyone out with one punch,” Griffin said. “I was going for the finish and it could happen at any moment. That’s what I’m going for, any second I want the finish. I don’t plan to go to decision, I plan to take the guy out.”

Those words should make fans happy ahead of UFC Fight Night 119. Griffin’s (13-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) opponent in this welterweight fight, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is also a finisher, with 12 knockout wins to his name. Dos Santos (17-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) enters this contest with a “Fight of the Night” split decision win over Lyman Good in his most recent outing.

10. Battle of the unbeatens

Two unbeaten and confident flyweights open the card. Deiveson Alcantara has 11 stoppages in his 12 career victories. Jarred Brooks has finished 11 of his 13 fights early. This matchup is the second UFC fight for both competitors.

Of the two, Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been more vocal about his goals. After his split decision win over Eric Shelton in July, he voiced displeasure in his performance, putting some of the blame on octagon jitters. He followed up with the brash claim that he was going to “take over the (expletive) division.”

Alcantara (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) let his performance in the cage do the talking for him during his UFC debut. He showed some decent striking and a solid ground game in his June TKO win over Marco Beltran.

In a division desperately in need of new blood, a win in this fight could be significant.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Who ya got?! Fighters weigh in on Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 119

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SAO PAULO – A hometown hero makes his long-awaited return to the cage, but can Lyoto Machida knock off Derek Brunson on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 headliner?

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, and the main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, former light-heavyweight champion and Brazil’s own Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) meets middleweight Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC).

RelatedVideo: UFC-Sao Paulo media day face-offs, where Lyoto Machida scared the (expletive) out of everyone

Brunson, who’s No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, is currently about a 1.5-to-1 favorite to win the fight, but do fellow fighters agree? Or is No. 11-ranked Machida, who returns from a lengthy layoff, their choice?

Check out the video above to get their picks.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 119 staff picks: Who's taking Lyoto Machida to win after 28 months off?

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Machida
vs.
Brunson Covington
vs.
Maia Font
vs.
Munhoz Miller
vs.
Trinaldo Hermansson
vs.
Santos Lineker
vs.
Vera MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 97-67
Machida
(54%)
Maia
(77%)
Font
(68%)
Trinaldo
(53%)
Santos
(60%)
Lineker
(86%) Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 104-60
Brunson
Covington
Munhoz
Trinaldo
Hermansson
Vera Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 104-60
2015 Champion
Brunson
Maia
Font
Miller
Hermansson
Lineker Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 103-61
2016 Champion
Brunson
Covington
Font
Miller
Hermansson
Lineker Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 101-63
Brunson
Covington
Munhoz
Trinaldo
Hermansson
Lineker Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 99-65
Brunson
Covington
Font
Trinaldo
Santos
Vera Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 97-67
Brunson
Maia
Munhoz
Miller
Hermansson
Lineker Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 96-68
Brunson
Covington
Font
Miller
Hermansson
Vera George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 95-69
Machida
Covington
Font
Miller
Santos
Vera John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 95-69
Brunson
Covington
Font
Miller
Hermansson
Vera Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 94-70
2014 Champion
Machida
Maia
Font
Miller
Santos
Lineker

The UFC is back in Brazil this week, and a former champion returns after a lengthy layoff.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

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

In the main event, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) is back after more than two years away thanks in part to an 18-month suspension. He takes on Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at middleweight, and the American is a -160 favorite. Brunson also is the pick of eight of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts, making him our heaviest staff favorite.

In the co-feature, Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) takes on Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) at welterweight. Covington is a slight favorite over the recent title challenger and has seven of 10 picks going his way.

Also on the main card,Rob Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is a 7-3 choice over Pedro Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) in their bantamweight fight. Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) has six of 10 pickers taking him to upset Francisco Trinaldo (21-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) in their lightweight bout.

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is a 7-3 pick over Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) at middleweight. And to open the main card, John Lineker (29-8 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is more than a 3-1 favorite against Marlon Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC), but our picks are split right down the middle at 5-5.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Machida, Maia, Font, Trinaldo, Santos and Lineker are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Jun 10, 2017; Auckland, NZ; Derek Brunson (red gloves) reacts after defeating Daniel Kelly (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Spark Arena. Mandatory Credit: Simon Watts-USA TODAY Sports Jun 10, 2017; Auckland, NZ; Derek Brunson (red gloves) reacts against Daniel Kelly (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Spark Arena. Mandatory Credit: Simon Watts-USA TODAY Sports Jun 10, 2017; Auckland, NZ; Derek Brunson (red gloves) fights against Daniel Kelly (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Spark Arena. Mandatory Credit: Simon Watts-USA TODAY Sports Feb 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Anderson Silva (red gloves) fights Derek Brunson (blue gloves) during UFC 208 at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports Feb 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Anderson Silva (red gloves) fights Derek Brunson (blue gloves) during UFC 208 at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports Feb 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Anderson Silva (red gloves) fights Derek Brunson (blue gloves) during UFC 208 at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports Nov 27, 2016; Melbourne, Australia; Robert Whittaker (red gloves) competes against Derek Brunson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Rod Laver Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports Nov 27, 2016; Melbourne, Australia; Robert Whittaker (red gloves) competes against Derek Brunson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Rod Laver Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports Nov 27, 2016; Melbourne, Australia; Robert Whittaker (red gloves) competes against Derek Brunson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Rod Laver Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports Sep 17, 2016; Hidalgo, TX, USA; Uriah Hall (red gloves) competes against Derek Brunson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sean Porkorny-USA TODAY Sports Sep 17, 2016; Hidalgo, TX, USA; Derek Brunson (blue gloves) defeats Uriah Hall during UFC Fight Night at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sean Porkorny-USA TODAY Sports Sep 17, 2016; Hidalgo, TX, USA; Derek Brunson (blue gloves) defeats Uriah Hall during UFC Fight Night at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sean Porkorny-USA TODAY Sports Sep 17, 2016; Hidalgo, TX, USA; Derek Brunson (blue gloves) defeats Uriah Hall during UFC Fight Night at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sean Porkorny-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Derek Brunson (red gloves) reacts after defeating Roan Carneiro (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Derek Brunson (red gloves) reacts after defeating Roan Carneiro (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-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/2sCtMa7mjtDdKWvExfUQjN/280154", customAnalytics: true, title: "Derek Brunson", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start(); if(typeof(jQuery)=="function"){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)}; jwplayer('jwplayer_SSpdwhcs_RbnemIYZ_div').setup( {"playlist":"http:\/\/content.jwplatform.com\/feeds\/SSpdwhcs.json","ph":2} );
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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ovince Saint Preux, Abel Trujillo, Ryan Benoit, Ricky Lundell (in studio)


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ovince Saint Preux, Abel Trujillo, Ryan Benoit and Ricky Lundell.

Saint Preux takes on Corey Anderson next week at UFC 217 in New York. Trujillo returns in December to take on John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 26. UFC flyweight Benoit will co-host the show in the studio and will be joined by notable MMA coach Lundell to help us break down Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 card in Brazil. Benoit has a fight coming up at UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia against Ashkan Mokhtarian.

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2552 with Dustin Poirier, Lance Palmer and Steven Siler

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Dustin Poirier, Lance Palmer and Steven Siler.

Poirier headlines UFC Fight Night 120 against former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis on Nov. 11. Palmer and Siler oppose each other in the “PFL: Fight Night” co-headliner on Nov. 2.

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


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On 5-fight skid, ex-champ Andrei Arlovski training at ATT ahead of UFC-Norfolk

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is getting some new looks as he attempts to break out of an ugly slump that has seen him lose his past five fights.

Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) has relocated his training to American Top Team in South Florida ahead of his UFC Fight Night 120 bout with Junior Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), which takes place Nov. 11 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

“The Pitbull” revealed the switch in camp on social media (via Instagram):

American Top Team is one of the most high-profile gyms in the world. It houses heavyweights such as Junior Dos Santos, Antonio Silva and Aleksei Oleinik.

Arlovski, an honorable mention in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, was a longtime member of one of MMA’s other great supercamps at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., but parted ways with the gym in the midst of his skid.

Although Arlovski has been given a longer leash than most in the UFC in terms of consecutive defeats, the 38-year-old is likely fighting for his place on the roster at UFC Fight Night 120. No one in UFC history has had a six-fight skid in one tenure with the organization, and Arlovski is apparently doing everything in his power to avoid being the first.

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Champ Ryan Bader to show 'disrespectful' Linton Vassell 'another level' at Bellator 186


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Ryan Bader isn’t the type to talk much trash, but if an opponent comes at him in the lead-up to a fight, he’s going to use that as fuel for his performance inside the cage.

Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) said that’s exactly the case going into his first Bellator light heavyweight title defense against Linton Vassell (18-5 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) at Bellator 186 next week. The champion believes the challenger has taken a “disrespectful” approach to the fight, and he said that doesn’t sit well.

“I don’t know much about the guy,” Bader said in an interview with Bellator play-by-play voice Mike Goldberg. “He tweeted me when I was potentially going to sign with Bellator. He’s one of those guys who comes off disrespectful to me. He has some insecurities that he has to let out and prove to himself. I’ve been fighting at the highest level for 15 fights now. For me, it’s one of those fights I’m going to enjoy. He’s fought some tough guys, but I’m going to show him another level.”

RelatedBellator champ Ryan Bader eyes Tito Ortiz rematch, but plans to 'clean out this division'

Bellator 186 takes place Nov. 3 at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Penn. Bader vs. Vassell headlines the Spike-televised main card following prelims on MMAjunkie.

For Bader, the bout will mark his sophomore appearance in the Bellator cage. After a 20-fight UFC tenure, “Darth” signed with the growing organization earlier this year and made his debut in a June title fight with then-champ Phil Davis at Bellator 180. Bader edged out a split decision to claim the 205-pound belt, immediately putting him at the top of the weight class.

Although winning gold was something Bader was unable to accomplish under the UFC banner, he said he carries pride in being Bellator champ. He achieved one of his major career goals, but Bader said now is not the time to get comfortable. “The Ultimate Fighter 8” winner has intentions for a long and memorable title reign, but knows that won’t be easy.

“There’s no plateau,” Bader said. “This belt wasn’t a plateau where I’m like, ‘OK, I’m here, who cares what happens from hereon out?’ I want to defend that thing for the entirety of my contract with Bellator and then sign a new deal.”

RelatedUFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz 'comfortably retired now,' shuts door on return to fighting

It’s much easier for Bader, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings, to get motivated for his first title defense when No. 14-ranked Vassell continues to throw fuel on the fire. The British challenger is carrying tremendous confidence into the matchup, but Bader believes the skill and experience advantages are steeply in his favor.

“Linton has fired me up in terms of his (expletive)-talking,” Bader said. “I just look forward to this one. I look forward to putting a beating on him and just show him, ‘This is what you’re talking about, so you’re going to get it now.’ It’s going to be a fun one for me.”

For more on Bellator 186, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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John Howard discusses CES MMA 46 main event, his future, and being on the autism spectrum

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Tonight in Rhode Island, a former CES MMA champion returns to the promotion for the first time in more than four years.

John Howard (24-13), who went 7-7 over two separate seven-fight stints with the UFC, is back to fight Roger Carroll (16-14) in the CES MMA 46 main event. The show takes place tonight at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The main card will air on AXS TV.

Ahead of the headliner, former CES MMA middleweight champ Howard spoke with AXS TV Fights’ Phoenix Carnevale about returning to the promotion and fighting close to home, his nickname, his hope for the future and learning he’s on the autism spectrum.

Check out the video above.

And for more on CES MMA 46, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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UFC Fight Night 119's Niko Price might be underdog on paper, but truth will come out in cage

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SAO PAULO – UFC welterweight Niko Price accepted a fight with Vicente Luque, and suddenly found himself an underdog. Thankfully for him, it’s not an unfamiliar position.

“That’s all paper,” Price told MMAjunkie prior to his FS2-televised fight at UFC Fight Night 119. “When we touch the mat and the door shuts, that’s the truth. The real me comes out, the real him comes out, and we’ll see who’s better at the end of 15 minutes.”

So, in other words, Price (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) isn’t bothered by his status heading into the fight. As long as he keeps getting called, he’s happy. Luque (11-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) stepped up after Luan Chagas (15-2-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) withdrew from the event, saving him from a night of lost work.

“I’m so happy that he stepped up, because … he’s a fighter, just like I’m a fighter, and we’re both going to go in there, and we’re going to fight, and it’s going to be awesome. Hopefully, we can put a good show on and get a bonus.”

As Price previously mentioned, he could use the extra check to deal with the fallout from Hurricane Irma in his home state of Florida. But more than anything, he wants to work his way up the UFC’s welterweight ladder.

So far, he’s managed to buck the odds. He’s been favored to lose in all of his octagon bouts, and has won each time. Most recently, he shocked Alan Jouban in the first round to extend his unbeaten streak to 10.

“When I get in there, I’m going to bring it every time, whether I’m sick or anything,” Price said. “I’m going to come in there and throw down, and you better respect it, or you’re going to end up like Jouban.”

Check out the above video to hear Price’s thoughts on the fight.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Sao Paulo official weigh-in video highlights, photos: Lyoto Machida on the mark for long-awaited return

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SAO PAULO – The fighters on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 have all stepped on the scale to become official for their bouts.

And in a nice return to drama-free scale proceedings, all 24 fighters on the card made weight without issue in Brazil.

Included in that mix is former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC), who takes on Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in a middleweight bout. Machida is fighting for the first time in 28 months. He and Brunson each weight 185 pounds on the button today.

Check out the video highlights from the official weigh-ins above ahead of Saturday’s card at at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch Michael Bisping, T.J. Dillashaw's full UFC 217 media lunch Q&A in SoCal

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They’re in arguably the biggest fights of their careers next week, and at the world’s most venerable venue for combat sports.

But before that, there are many questions to answer for UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw. On Thursday, the two met with the media at a lunch in Southern California.

Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) puts his 185-pound belt on the line against former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) in the UFC 217 main event. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) challenges Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) for the 135-pound title he used to hold in the co-feature.

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Ahead of their fights, check out the full lunch scrums with Bisping, Dillashaw and the media to hear them break down their fights, as well as their lives leading up to the title bouts.

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

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