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UFC-Sao Paulo's Jim Miller didn't set out to break all-time record, but it's 'cool'

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SAO PAULO – Jim Miller’s next fight will be a record-breaking one.

On Saturday Miller will become the first person to reach the 28-fight mark under the UFC banner. The record is currently shared with ex-champs Tito Ortiz and Frank Mir, who’ve both parted ways with the promotion, and current middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who’ll get his 28th octagon outing when he meets ex-champ Georges St-Pierre in a UFC 217 title bout.

As Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC), whose record also includes a 2013 no-contest with Pat Healy, prepares to face Brazil’s own Francisco Trinaldo (21-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) – and hopefully snap a two-fight losing skid – at UFC Fight Nigh 119, he’s aware of what he’s about to accomplish.

Does it carry any special meaning, though?

RelatedUFC Fight Night 119 pre-event facts: Jim Miller sets a major UFC record

“It does and it doesn’t,” Miller told MMAjunkie during a media day ahead of the event, where he fights in an FS1-televised main-card bout at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. “It’s not what I set out to do. But, right now, I’m tied with a group of gentlemen that I have a lot of respect for and that have really left their mark on the sport and the organization.

“So it’s kind of – pulling the lead a little bit. Bisping is going to catch back up. But it is cool. It’s definitely a feather on the cap. And I’ve been able to do it in a pretty fast time compared to those other guys. Bisping was in the UFC a few years before I was.”

In any case, it wouldn’t take a record for Miller to be excited about the encounter. First of all, he’s happy he even gets to do it, after a period in which getting matched up against anyone – either at lightweight or welterweight – was proving to be quite the difficult task.

RelatedUFC bonus machine Jim Miller just wants someone – 155er or 170er – to bleed with him

But also, he gets to add another first in his record: a fight in Brazil. Miller has visited the country once before – back in 2011 – but it was in support of his brother Dan, who met Rousimar Palhares at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro. For Miller, who was captivated by the intensity inside the arena then, that was an added reason to take this one on.

“I wanted that, and I wanted to experience it,” Miller said. “I’ve been really excited for this fight and just the experience overall.”

When you’ve been a UFC fighter for more than 10 years, there aren’t that many firsts. But there’s another one that Miller is hoping to one day get: a title shot. At 34 Miller said the fire of one day holding a belt is still very much alive in his heart. And despite currently sitting on a two-fight skid, he doesn’t think that’s too crazy of an idea.

“The sport’s all about timing,” he said. “You look at just Kevin Lee, getting the opportunity to fight for the interim title. He was ranked No. 7. I was ranked 3 and 4. And I didn’t get my shot. I was 9-1 in the organization, and there was just injury and rematch after – things just didn’t pan out for me at that time.

“And I had ups and downs a little bit. It really just comes down to timing. And being able to grasp that golden ring while you have the opportunity. I know that I can compete with any of those guys. It’s just a matter of showing up and being myself.

“I’m going to keep doing this as long as I can. And keep going out there and fighting as hard as I can.”

To hear from Miller, 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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Rob Font unfazed by Pedro Munhoz's ground game – and might earn his own black belt

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SAO PAULO – Rob Font is well aware of his UFC Fight Night 119 opponent’s credentials as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

But that doesn’t mean he’s going to shy away from Pedro Munhoz’s (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) ground game when they meet in a UFC Fight Night 119 main-card bantamweight encounter in Sao Paulo. In fact, Font (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) said it will be his chance to surprise a lot of people with his own grappling chops.

Hey, he might even get an upgrade of his purple belt out of it.

“I really believe in attacking and defending,” Font told MMAjunkie ahead of the FS1-televised bout at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. “I’m not going to sit down there and just defend the whole time. I’m going to attack. I’m going to attack. And if he pulls out, I’ll stand back up.

“But, like I said: Any opportunity, I’m jumping on something. I have nothing to lose. I’m in Brazil, so what’s the worse that’s going to happen? (If) I submit a Brazilian black belt in Brazil, I should get my black belt that night.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 119 pre-event facts: Jim Miller sets a major UFC record

Of course, it’s not like Font is completely lost on the ground. While Munhoz does hold seven submission wins (five of them, including two in the UFC, with his now-famous guillotine choke), Font has been known to tap an opponent or two. Or, more precisely, four.

In fact, Font is coming off a guillotine choke win of his own. The display over Douglas Silva de Andrade at July’s UFC 213 event earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus. Add that to the list of similarities he has with Munhoz, who just recently made an added $100,000 for back-to-back wins that earned the same honors.

Font won’t lie: Once you get a taste of the added cash, you want more. And Saturday’s as good a day to collect it as any. But he’s hoping there’s only one of them walking away with it.

“Hopefully it’s not a ‘Fight of the Night’ so I’m not getting banged up too much,” Font said. “Obviously, we’re looking for that submission or just the knockout. But I really want to get that second-round knockout – feel him out the first round, see what he has and look for the finish in the second round.”

To hear more from Font, 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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UFC Fight Night 119 weigh-in results: Machida's return official

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SAO PAULO – MMAjunkie was on scene and reporting live from today’s early and official UFC Fight Night 119 fighter weigh-ins, where all 24 fighters made weight without issue.

The early weigh-ins took place at the UFC host hotel in Sao Paulo and precede the ceremonial weigh-ins for the fans, which take place at 4 p.m. ET at the nearby Ibirapuera Gymnasium. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Among those weighing in were former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) and Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who meet in the middleweight main event. Sao Paulo native Machida is returning from an 18-month suspension and fighting for the first time in more than two years. Both fighters registered 185 pounds for the headliner.

The full UFC Fight Night 119 weigh-in results include:

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

  • Lyoto Machida (185) vs. Derek Brunson (185)
  • Colby Covington (171) vs. Demian Maia (171)
  • Rob Font (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (136)
  • Jim Miller (155) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155)
  • Jack Hermansson (185) vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos (186)
  • John Lineker (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Vicente Luque (171) vs. Niko Price (171)
  • Antonio Carlos Junior (185) vs. Jack Marshman (186)
  • Hacran Dias (155) vs. Jared Gordon (156)
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (171) vs. Max Griffin (171)

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

  • Jarred Brooks (125) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (126)
  • Christian Colombo (258) vs. Marcelo Golm (242)

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


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Video: Watch today's UFC Fight Night 119 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 4 p.m. ET


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SAO PAULO – UFC Fight Night 119 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT).

The weigh-ins take 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.

In addition to the video stream above, you can check out the early and official UFC Fight Night 119 weigh-in results from earlier in the day.

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

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 135 – Sao Paulo: UFC Fight Night 119 preview with Prates, Machida, Maia, Covington

Episode No. 135 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.

John Morgan makes his 29th trip to Brazil, this time for “UFC Fight Night 119: Brunson vs. Machida.” Morgan and MMAjunkie’s Fernanda Prates sit down to preview the card and discuss the latest headlines in the sport. Along the way, hear Prates’ interviews with UFC Fight Night 119 headliner Lyoto Machida, as well as her conversations with Demian Maia and Colby Covington.

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


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UFC-Sao Paulo in-depth breakdown: Stylistic matchups, fight picks, best bets and fantasy studs

MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 119’s main-card bouts.

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.

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Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC)

Derek Brunson

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 33 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 77″
  • Last fight: Knockout win over Dan Kelly (June 10, 2017)
  • Camp: Brunson’s MA and Fitness (North Carolina)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ 3x Division 2 All-American wrestler
+ Regional MMA titles
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
+ 10 KO victories
+ 3 submission wins
+ 13 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Dangerous left kicks and crosses
+ Subtle shuffle-step entries
^ Closes distance and sets up strikes
+ Strong pressure against fence
^ Strikes well off the breaks
+ Good power-double takedown
^ Chains / transitions from it well
+ Solid pressure from topside
– Sometimes throws self out of position
+/- 3-2 against UFC southpaws

Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC)

Lyoto Machida

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 39 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 74″
  • Last fight: Knockout loss to Yoel Romero (June 27, 2015)
  • Camp: Kings MMA (California)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ Former UFC light-heavyweight champion
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
+ Karate black belt
+ 9 KO victories
+ 3 submission wins
+ 5 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Crafty feints and footwork
^ Deceptive distance closer
+ Accurate left cross
^ Coming forward or off the counter
+ Dangerous left kick
+ Good counter wrestling
^ Strong base and balance
– Someimtes struggles from back
+/- Coming off a 28-month layoff
+/- 0-2 against fellow UFC southpaws

Summary:

The main event in Sao Paulo features a pairing of middleweights as Derek Brunson and Lyoto Machida square off.

A top-10 contender who has recently rebounded from losses to the likes of Robert Whittaker and Anderson Silva, Brunson will get another shot at a big name when he travels to Brazil.

Welcoming the American is Machida, a former champion who has been out of competition for the past two years due to an infraction with USADA stemming from April 2016.

Starting off on the feet, we have a battle between two southpaw strikers.

As I often preach in my breakdowns, a meeting of lefties can always be tricky, especially considering that most southpaws predicate their games on facing an opponent of the opposite stance. For this reason, the more “skilled” striker does not always demonstrate their perceived on-paper advantages.

With this in mind, I will be very interested in seeing Machida’s approach. Not only is the Brazilian coming off of a two-fight skid, but those last two losses came at the hands of southpaw fighters.

Still, the dynamic of this matchup has been one that typically favors Machida since Brunson is a come-forward fighter who can sometimes be available for the counter.

If the 39-year old Brazilian’s bottom has not yet dropped out, then Machida may have ample opportunity to attempt counter left hands, a shot that has traditionally troubled Brunson from both stances.

Nevertheless, Brunson will be the more potent striker of the two, and more importantly, he has the pressure to make things uncomfortable for Machida.

Subtly stalking his prey as he utilizes a shuffle-step variation to come forward, Brunson will put himself in prime position to land shots from the power side of his southpaw stance. Having a knack placing powerful kicks, Brunson has also improved his hands over that past few years, being particularly dangerous when punching his way in or out of the pocket.

And considering that Brunson does his best work when forcing his opposition to the fence (a place that has caused problems for Machida in the past), I would not be surprised to see another pressure-heavy approach from the American here.

In Machida’s middleweight title bout with Chris Weidman, we saw the Brazillian initially struggle to get off offensively under the waves of suffocating strikes and takedown stanzas. Should Brunson have similar intentions, I will curious to see how he fairs in the takedown portion of the equation.

Despite having a lower takedown percentage than one might expect, Brunson does a deceptively good job of using his initial shot to force his opponents to the fence; the former All-American wrestler does a decent job of chaining off his attacks from there.

However, it is in that brief space/period of re-wrestling where Machida is most crafty, re-swimming under-hooks or even limp-arming as he attempts to circle to safety. In fact, historically Machida has been hard to take down outside of well-timed shots or an outright out-muscling.

But if Machida is grounded, he is far from impervious.

Although he is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Machida has struggled when being put on his back, often displaying a lack of offense or even scrambling ability from the bottom.

Against Weidman, this cost Machida crucial rounds. Against Rockhold and Romero, it cost him brutal stoppages.

Brunson may not have a “game-over” type of ground game, but he can transition well with strikes from topside and plays position when he needs to. That said, if Brunson fails to score takedowns early, then this fight’s propensity to hit strange lulls will likely increase as time goes on.

Not only does Machida bring the lulling intangible with his off-beat stylings, but we also saw Brunson struggle in spots against Anderson Silva, another southpaw who prefers to counter. And even though Machida is the elder fighter who is coming off of a layoff, he is more experienced in five-round affairs than Brunson, who has shown signs of slowing late in fights regardless of winning or losing.

With the oddsmakers opening Bunson in the neighborhood of a -150 favorite, I was slightly surprised the line wasn’t a bit wider, to be honest.

Don’t get me wrong: As a black belt in karate who discovered MMA later in life, watching Machida’s initial rise was one of the most inspirational things I’ve witnessed in this sport. Because of that, part of me will always be rooting for Machida to do well.

And yes, perhaps this is another case of me trying to over-correct the steering wheel in the effort to sway from my biases, but I will once again be reluctantly siding with sensibility since there are ultimately more paths and probabilities for a Brunson victory.

If this matchup were to have happened a few years prior, then I would side with Machida to find a crippling counter shot before the final bell. But now, at 39 and a 28-month layoff at his back, the odds at a successful showing may be steeper than the betting lines suggest. For that reason, I will be staying away from any plays as I observe how this crucial crossroads bout shakes out.

Official pick: Brunson inside the distance Official outcome: To be determined

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UFC boss Dana White: Boxing could be a part of Zuffa's future


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Turns out, there might be a use for all those “Zuffa Boxing” shirts.

UFC President Dana White didn’t want to talk about a move to boxing prior to “The Money Fight.” But now that the eye-popping receipts are in for the Aug. 26 boxing match between boxer Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, he seems more open to the idea.

White told The Wall Street Journal’s “The Unnamed Podvideocast” he isn’t interested in becoming a boxing promoter – but he might be interested in promoting boxing events under the Zuffa banner.

“I could see bringing boxing under our umbrella and see what we can do with that,” he told The Journal’s Jason Gay. “I could see doing that.”

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White said his success in MMA promotion has brought offers to work in boxing, the industry in which he got his start before he agreed to manage now-UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz – and then convinced uber-rich casino friends Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta to buy the UFC for $2 million.

But after 16 years as the president of the UFC, White said he’s still driven by his passion for the combat sport. Plus, he’s under contract.

“Believe me, I’ve been approached by people, but where people don’t understand is, I’m still an owner,” he said. “I still have an ownership position in the UFC. And yeah, I signed a contract, but no contract can keep you anywhere.

“I could leave tomorrow if I want to. Obviously, I couldn’t go work for somebody else, but I could leave whenever I want to leave. I don’t want to leave. This is what I love to do. I’m 48 years old. This is what I jump out of bed every day and love doing.

“I love working with (Endeavor and UFC co-owner Ari Emanuel). Ari and I actually get along really, really well. And then his other partner (Patrick Whitesell) is the nicest guy in the world. I couldn’t be in a better position, and I couldn’t be doing it with better people. I’m good.”

RelatedWhite now claims Mayweather-McGregor did 6.7 million PPV buys; Showtime still mum

Despite a tough year on pay-per-view for the UFC’s principal product, White is as bullish as ever on the promotion’s future. Still, there’s always room for diversification. Since the advent of the promotion’s online digital network, UFC Fight Pass, there’s been a push for fresh content from the combat-sports world.

Once a storehouse for all things MMA, UFC Fight Pass now carries live kickboxing and grappling events. A boxing event wouldn’t be a big stretch. There’s also much interest in a boxing crossover from the UFC’s current roster.

Current UFC fighters interested in stepping in the square circle include heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, who’s talked up a showdown with his boxing counterpart Anthony Joshua. Light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa also has called out ex-champ David Haye.

Even before UFC lightweight champ McGregor became the first octagon fighter to realize a high-profile boxing match, there have been other UFC fighters wanting to test themselves using only fists. Now-former middleweight champion Anderson Silva wanted to box champ Roy Jones Jr. And at one point, onetime welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz signed a contract to face Jeff Lacy.

With one record-breaking event under his wing, White has some credibility for jumping into the world of boxing. The bigger question is, will UFC fans go along?

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


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Six months after controversy, New York commission officially implements instant replay

The New York State Athletic Commission now officially has an instant replay policy on its books.

The commission implemented the policy earlier this month, bringing its rules in line with recommendations set by the Association of Boxing Commisssions in July, reports Newsday.com.

Now, a referee is formally allowed to request and view a fight’s ending sequence, hopefully rendering the correct decision in situations in which the outcome is in question. The review can take place in the time between the fight’s stoppage and the announcement of the official result.

An alternate referee can be consulted by the primary referee, but the official call rests with the latter. The fight can not be restarted after an instant replace review.

“This policy sets forth a process for the use of instant replay at ringside, adding clarity, transparency and predictability,” a NYSAC spokesperson told Newsday.com.

Few would use those adjectives to describe the situation that resulted from a controversial stoppage in April at UFC 210, the third major UFC pay-per-view regulated by the NYSAC.

RelatedNew York commission does allow instant replay, though it's not yet formalized in rules

The event’s co-main draw between ex-middleweight champ Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) was stopped in the second round when referee Dan Miragliotta called an illegal knee to Weidman’s head. Miragliotta then consulted with veteran referee John McCarthy, who was cageside and saw the strikes were not illegal by watching a replay of the sequence on the video monitors inside the arena. During the sequence, UFC officials incorrectly declared on the broadcast that no instant replay was available, further confusing the situation.

The crisis was averted, however, when a commission doctor ruled Weidman unable to continue from the knee he took, and Mousasi was ruled the winner by TKO.

Afterward, Weidman appealed the ruling, believing the NYSAC had misapplied its rules. But after a lengthy delay, the commission informed him it could “review video evidence in order to meet its obligation to render correct determinations and act in the best interest of the sport.” Officials cited a commission ruling in 2008 as precedent for the denial of appeal. In that case, a video review of an unintentional head-butt led to a no-contest ruling rather than a knockout win.

Despite its earlier stance, the NYSAC official acknowledged the need to clear up any confusion created by the UFC 210 incident.

“Providing clarity to the MMA community through adoption of a written process was the right thing to do, and we are glad to have the policy on the books,” he wrote to Newsday.

The new policy also maintains the commission’s power to review and potentially change official results it deems unjust.

“Nothing in this policy shall restrict the commission’s authority to review video evidence to determine the correct outcome after the final official outcome of a bout has been announced in the ring,” the policy reads.

New York and its athletic commission will again be in the spotlight next week, when UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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

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Check out Holly Holm's unique training while she waits for 'good offer' to fight champ Cris Cyborg

Although the matchup seems imminent, Holly Holm has not officially signed to fight UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.

A long-anticipated fight between Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC)) has been discussed for UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, but at this point the fight hasn’t been finalized.

Holm’s career is sitting idle while she apparently waits for a “good offer” to step in the octagon with the Brazilian titleholder. In that downtown, “The Preacher’s Daughter” and her team at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., have come up with some creative ways to keep motivated (via Instagram):

Just trying to keep Holly motivated while we are waiting for a good offer from the UFC. #runyourmouthwhileyoucan #yourfaceisinmyspace #ufc #holmvscyborg

Holm, a former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, has said she’s eager to compete against Cyborg and attempt to snap the Brazilian’s unbeaten streak of more than 10 years. She believes she has the solution to what’s been an unsolvable riddle, but believes she should be properly compensated for what would be one of the biggest fights in women’s MMA history.

Following a three-fight losing skid which included dropping the 135-pound title and a failed bid at the inaugural 145-pound belt, Holm scored a head-kick knockout of Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111 in June to get her career back in track.

Although Holm and Cyborg recently sparred over the topic of drug testing for their fight, it appears both sides want better deals before stepping in the octagon at UFC 219.

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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UFC champ Michael Bisping 'not losing sleep' over lawsuit or Cody Garbrandt claims

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UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping today called a recently filed lawsuit “completely inaccurate” and added he’s “not losing any sleep over it whatsoever.”

Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) commented on the matter today after reports emerged Wednesday of the legal action filed Monday after an alleged incident in July at a 24 Hour Fitness gym franchise in Southern California.

“It is completely inaccurate; it is not factual,” he told reporters during a media call in support of his pay-per-view middleweight title fight against ex-champ Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Of course, he’s filed papers. I haven’t been served, but I’ve heard about this. But no distraction, mate.”

RelatedUFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping being sued for alleged choking incident in California gym

Antonio Georgakopoulos, 19, claims Bisping grabbed him by the throat for taking his weights, calling him a “little punk” and “idiot” while also declaring, “You don’t know who I am.”

Police found insufficient evidence to file a criminal claim against Bisping, but that hasn’t stopped Georgakopoulos from a civil claim against the fighter, the UFC, UFC owners William Morris Endeavor, as well as 24 Hour Fitness in California.

UFC President Dana White dismissed the suit during an interview today with the “RQMS” podcast.

“I’m sure it’s that typical (expletive) who opens his mouth at the (expletive) gym, and then Bisping goes over and — I don’t know what Bisping did to him, but now he wants to sue Bisping,” he said. “You should have shut your (expletive) face in the first place. (Expletive) embarrassing. You’re a clown. Guys like him are a (expletive) embarrassment.

“You got some meathead saying, ‘Hey, that’s my bench’ and trying to act like a (expletive) tough guy in the gym. Yeah, he’s such a tough guy he’s suing Bisping now.”

First and foremost on the British champ’s mind is his upcoming fight against St-Pierre, who returns after a four-year layoff to vie for the middleweight belt.

St-Pierre, once the UFC’s top PPV draws, is expected to draw strong numbers for the promotion. In one recently released event poster, he dwarfs Bisping in size (via Twitter):

This is an alternate UFC 217 poster that is available to bars to promote the PPV. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/3fPDjy2Ss7

— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) October 25, 2017

The fight, however, hasn’t impressed all of the combatants on the fight card. On Wednesday, UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), the night’s co-headliner opposite ex-champ T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), declared his fight the real attraction driving interest in the event.

But Bisping shot down that opinion.

“Yeah, listen: I’ve never paid to watch somebody that’s the size of my leg in my life,” he said. “Cody needs to spend less time plucking his eyebrows and more time living in the real world, because it ain’t the main event, simple as that. So he can (expletive) dress it up however he wants, Cody. I love Cody. Cody’s awesome – he’s an amazing fighter. But don’t talk (expletive) about me, pal.”

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


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UFC champ Max Holloway surprised his mom with a brand new truck

UFC featherweight titleholder Max Holloway is sharing the wealth now that he’s one of the few fighters in the sport earning championship payouts.

Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who is scheduled to defend his belt for the first time against Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) in December’s UFC 218 headliner, recently struck an agreement on a new contract with the UFC. “Blessed” said he was happy with the terms of the deal, apparently to the point where he made a hefty purchase for his mother.

The Hawaiian splurged on a brand new Chevy Colorado for his mother, unbeknownst to her. He surprised her with the gift, and managed to document the moment for social media (via Instagram):

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Holloway vs. Edgar headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Holloway, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, unified the title and became undisputed champion with a third-round TKO of Jose Aldo at UFC 212 in June. He puts his belt up for grabs for the first time against No. 3-ranked Edgar, a former lightweight champ who is coming off a dominant second-round TKO of Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211 in May.

For more on UFC 218, 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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New Bellator app allows main-card streaming, live prelims overseas

Bellator fans around the world, say goodbye to preliminary-card tape delay. Stateside fans, get ready to stream main-card fights.

The Viacom-owned MMA promotion today announced its new mobile app, which allows fans to watch main cards live by authenticating their television provider.

Even better, preliminary cards can be streamed live worldwide without geo-restrictions. So if you live in the U.K. and you want to watch an event bell to bell, you’re covered.

As stated in the announcement:

“Fully integrated with Apple AirPlay, users can also wirelessly stream all of the content available in the global app, including LIVE preliminary action, LIVE main card action (through television provider authentication) and Bellator’s exclusive digital content, directly to their televisions at home.”

The new features will be available for Bellator’s next event, Bellator 186, which takes place Nov. 3 at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Penn.

With more live content available overseas, the natural question is whether the promotion will continue to air international events on tape delay in the U.S. Bellator 187, which takes place Nov. 10 at 3Arena in Dublin, is set to air at 9 p.m. ET.

Of course, there’s value in airing your product at the time when, historically, most viewers are watching. But as us hardcore fans know, live fights are always the best.

Bellator’s new app is available for download in the App Store and Google Play. Android 4.2 and higher, as well as iOS 9.0 and higher, is required for download.

For more on Bellator 186 and Bellator 187, 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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Coach: 'CM Punk' learned from 'real beating' in debut, motivated for 2nd UFC fight

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One of the most prominent cliches throughout MMA history is that fighters often learn more from a loss than a win. For Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, however, that adage is truer than for most.

Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former WWE superstar who made the transition to MMA this past year and was immediately signed to the UFC despite a nonexistent combat-sports resume, took a shellacking in his promotional debut bout at UFC 203 in September 2016.

Fighting unbeaten prospect Mickey Gall (4-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Punk was clearly out of his element. He whiffed on his first and only punch of the fight before he was taken down, pounded on and submitted all within a few minutes. It was an ugly performance, but one that failed to force him to turn his back on the sport.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Mickey Gall's dominant submission of CM Punk at UFC 203

Punk has been training consistently at Roufusport in Milwaukee in the nearly 14 months since his loss, and according to head coach Duke Roufus, his sophomore fight is close to being signed.

“(UFC President Dana White) and the matchmakers had their weekly matchmaking meeting yesterday, and we’ll get some news soon,” Roufus told the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast with Jim Norton and former UFC welterweight champ Matt Serra. “I just think the first time you step in the octagon, there’s something special you’ve got to deal with getting in there. For Punk, this sounds really weird, but now he knows what a beating feels like – a real beating.”

Roufus said the one-sided nature of Punk’s debut will only help him flourish going forward. Not only because there’s only room for improvement given his lackluster performance, but because he knows what it feels like to share the octagon with someone who will really put it on him, rather than simulating a fight in the training room.

RelatedBrendan Schaub talks about his unlikely journey from UFC fighter to the 'CM Punk of comedy'

Although Roufus didn’t mention a date, location or potential opponent for Punk’s next UFC fight, he did say a far superior version of the fighter will step in the octagon. Punk turned 39 today, though, and it remains to be seen how far he can go given his age and physical restrictions after his career in pro wrestling.

“I think (a loss like Punk’s at UFC 203) will help a lot of fighters to the point of haunting them, like, ‘No, I don’t want to feel this way ever again,'” Roufus said. “It’s not the physical. These guys are tough. It’s the mental anguish. You don’t want to feel that depressing, embarrassing feeling of getting beat up in front of God and everyone. It’s no fun. It’s been great motivation for him.”

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


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Watch Georges St-Pierre discuss PEDs, brain damage, Conor McGregor and more at UFC 217 media day

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MONTREAL – Georges St-Pierre’s long-awaited return to the UFC is a little more than a week away, and the former longtime UFC welterweight champion appears more than ready to add middleweight gold to his collection at UFC 217.

St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), who challenges Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) for the 185-pound title in the main event of UFC 217 on Nov. 4, ends a nearly four-year hiatus for the bout. “Rush” vacated his championship and walked away from competition in late 2013 citing a bevy of issues both in his personal life and within the sport.

In the time away, St-Pierre said he’s gotten everything in order and is ready to compete once again. He’s not overly concerned about the status of his star power after years of being out of the spotlight, but made it clear he’s not exactly fond of some of the changes that have happened in the UFC, namely the new weight-cutting procedures.

RelatedWhat would it take to make Conor McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre a reality?

Moreover, St-Pierre will have to wear fight attire other than Under Armour for the first time in nearly a decade. St-Pierre told MMAjunkie at a Wednesday media scrum at Tristar Gym in Montreal that he must comply with the UFC’s Athlete Outfitting Policy with Reebok, but said he’s still “very loyal” to his primary sponsor.

“With the UFC, I have to wear the UFC brand, but I’m proud to be an Under Armour guy,” St-Pierre said. “They’ve been supporting me for many years and I’m very loyal to Under Armour. Under Armour for me is the No. 1 brand, but this is family for me. I protect this house. I have to because of the contract, but I’m like Tom Brady. With the NFL, it’s with Nike – but he’s an Under Armour guy. I’m the same. I’m an Under Armour guy fighting in the UFC.”

UFC 217 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. St-Pierre vs. Bisping headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Among the many topics discussed during the more than 16-minute conversation with reporters, St-Pierre said that should he take the belt from Bisping, he is contractually obligated to meet interim UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker in a title unification match.

RelatedUFC 217's Georges St-Pierre: No fight enhances my legacy more than Michael Bisping

St-Pierre said he’s willing to share the octagon with Whittaker, but is also aware plans could change at the drop of a hat.

“The UFC doesn’t want the belt, they don’t want people to hold the belt and waste their time,” St-Pierre said. “I understand, it’s a business. But I focus on Michael Bisping and take it one fight at a time. You never know. Dana White could go, ‘You’re going to fight (someone else).’ You never know. That’s (my) experience talking. When I used to think about stuff a lot of time it would never happen. You waste energy thinking about that.”

Watch St-Pierre’s complete pre-UFC 217 media scrum above to hear him discuss all these topics and more.

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

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Before UFC-Sao Paulo, co-headliner Colby Covington has plenty of 1-liners left

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SAO PAULO – Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure: Colby Covington is right at home whenever a mic is placed in front of him.

Speaking to MMAjunkie three days ahead of his UFC Fight Night 119 encounter with Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) presented us with yet another show – complete with snappy one-liners, a strong opener and elaborate insults.

From “dad bod” Demian Maia to the “animals” in the “dump” that is the city of Sao Paulo, no one escaped Covington’s fight-hype tactics. In fact, as he explained just why he’s taken it upon himself to play the heel ahead of Saturday’s FS1-televised co-main event at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, not even the night’s headliners got a break.

“Someone’s got to sell this fight,” Covington told MMAjunkie. “No one’s selling a fight on this card. We’re the real main event. (Lyoto) Machida and (Derek) Brunson, they are not selling the fight. I’m making sure the fans are engaged and they’re drawing emotion. They want to see the fight.

“This is the Colby Covington show now. Everybody wants to show up, they want to see me get beat. So good luck – you better get your popcorn ready because I ain’t getting beat for a long time.”

Covington, however, did get serious at times, and talked about the long hours he’s been putting in at the gym and the big help that friend Jorge Masvidal, a fellow UFC welterweight who recently lost a split decision to Maia, had in his camp and career.

Of course, Covington wouldn’t waste an opportunity to take aim at champ Tyron Woodley. While he’s aware UFC president Dana White already has other plans for title contention, Covington believes a statement win over Maia on Saturday should be enough to “scare Tyron Woodley into preemptive surgeries.”

But if for some reason having his stab at the division’s titleholder means waiting around? Well, Covington offers an alternative plan.

“I’m not going to sit on the sidelines,” Covington said. “I’m not that fighter that’s going to wait out like a diva. I’m going to get an interim belt and then I’ll (expletive)slap Woodley with the interim belt.”

We’d say more, but when it comes to Covington, the written word doesn’t seem to quite cut it. Check him out in the video above.

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

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UFC's Paige VanZant resumes training after back injury forced fight withdrawal

UFC women’s flyweight Paige VanZant is back in the training room after a back injury forced her to withdraw from a matchup with Jessica Eye at UFC 216 earlier this month.

Less than two weeks out from UFC 216, VanZant (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) revealed a back injury that prevented her from competing in the scheduled matchup with Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC). It only got worse from there. “12 Gauge” also was hit with cases of ring worm, pink eye, a sinus infection and a double ear infection.

RelatedUFC's Paige VanZant wrote a book, and here's the cover

It was a forgettable time for VanZant, but her health is seemingly now back in order, which means a fight booking could soon be on the horizon. The 23-year-old revealed the improvements to her health on social media (via Instagram):

VanZant, who was slated to fight for the first time in 2017, recently won an episode of “Chopped” and was runner-up on Season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars” in May 2016. She looked to rebound from a December 2016 loss to Michelle Waterson with a move up to the UFC’s newly-created 125-pound division.

Although not confirmed, Eye has claimed the UFC is working on rebooking the matchup with VanZant at an event before the end of the year.

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

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UFC-Sao Paulo's Derek Brunson doesn't care about villainy or ring rust – but knockouts? Maybe

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SAO PAULO – Derek Brunson knows he’s fighting in hostile territory Saturday, and he knows he’s fighting an opponent coming off a seriously long layoff.

But neither of those things seem to matter to him. Instead, Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) plans on just fighting his fight against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) when the two meet in the UFC Fight Night 119 main event in Brazil.

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.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 119 headliner Lyoto Machida credits new life outside octagon for getting him back

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Brunson told MMAjunkie about being perceived as the bad guy against one of Brazil’s national MMA heroes. “And I love when everyone always hits on the long layoff. Because I’m not a guy who really believes in ring rust. If you’ve got it, you’ve got it.”

By “it,” Brunson doesn’t mean he thinks Machida will have ring rust. Instead, he means that famous “it” – that certain something that sets someone apart from the pack. In essence, Brunson is saying Machida’s been The Man before, and there’s no reason he won’t be again on Saturday just because he’s been away for 28 months.

“The guy has shown over and over again he has the skill set to compete,” Brunson said. “Has he lost the edge? Has he got a little bit slower? Has his cardio decreased a little bit? I don’t know – we’ll see. But as far as the skill set, it’s still there. That’s what I’m paying attention to.”

And as for embracing is inner bad guy, Brunson said he’ll leave that for someone else – like Colby Covington. Covington marched into Sao Paulo for his welterweight fight against Demian Maia and went into full-on verbal onslaught mode.

Being the bad guy works for Covington, Brunson said. And he can have it.

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

“As far as the villain role, Colby loves it and he’s playing it up,” Brunson said. “Me? I’m just coming to fight. That’s it. Each fight, I come to fight. There’s not much to be said. Some opponents, I don’t really like, and some don’t bother me – he’s just in my way.”

Brunson got back on the winning track in June when he knocked out Dan Kelly in 77 seconds in New Zealand. That erased the memory of a two-fight skid that included a questionable decision setback to Anderson Silva.

But before those two losses, he had five straight wins – and four straight knockouts. He knows any time he steps in the cage, he’s a threat to end the fight with his hands. And he’ll go into the fight with Machida believing that could happen again, regardless of his opponent’s potential ring rust, and regardless of where they’re fighting.

“That’s been my whole focus – just trying to mature and grow in the sport,” he said. “I’m just trying to find better ways and more strategic ways to get the finish. If I touch a guy one time, I could end the fight.”

And 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/280091", 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 Dustin Poirier, Lance Palmer, Steven Siler


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Dustin Poirier, Lance Palmer and Steven Siler.

Poirier headlines UFC Fight Night 120 next month against former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in Norfolk, Va. Palmer and Siler are getting ready to face each other next week at PFL: Washington, D.C.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2551 with guests Gerald Harris, Mike Dolce

Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Gerald Harris and Mike Dolce.

The “TUF 7” alums joined the program. Harris discussed his retirement fight, which ended with a devastating TKO slam that broke his opponent’s arm. Dolce co-hosted the show in the studio and discussed weight cutting, nutrition and strength and conditioning.

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


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UFC Fight Night 119's Demian Maia: Colby Covington needs trash talk to put a 'burning on his soul'

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SAO PAULO – Demian Maia refuses to get worked up by Colby Covington’s boisterous comments ahead of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 co-headliner, no matter what is said.

Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) has been relentless going into the welterweight matchup with Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo and airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass. He’s called the Brazilian’s hometown “a dump,” has vowed to retire Maia and much, much more.

Over the course of what will soon be a 27-fight UFC career, Maia has essentially seen and done and it all. He said a vocal up-and-comer won’t finally be the one to throw him off his game.

“I really don’t follow (his trash talk), especially this close to the fight,” Maia told MMAjunkie. “My approach has never been being like that. For me, it doesn’t matter. My experience says don’t worry about that and don’t follow and don’t feed that. For me, the fight’s more strategy – it’s not emotion. And I know he’s probably doing that because for him, the fight’s emotional. He needs to put this burning on his soul. For me, it works different and that’s the way that I am.”

When the matchup with Covington, No. 9 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, and No. 5-ranked Maia was first announced, there were some questions about why Maia would agree to fight someone below him in the rankings. He’s coming off a title-fight loss to Tyron Woodley at UFC 214 in July, and making such a quick turnaround against a surging opponent is a great risk.

Maia said his driving force for competing at UFC Fight Night 119 was to step in the octagon in front of his hometown crowd. The opponent was secondary, and Covington was the name offered. At 39, Maia said he wants to take every available opportunity to fight, especially because he’s feeling in top form.

“I’m 39 years old and I’m feeling in the best shape of my life, both technically and in conditioning,” Maia said. “I need to use this time to have – I don’t know how long I will be in such a good performance, how long I will be able to hold this performance. I want to keep fighting and enjoy these last years, or last fights, of my life.”

Although Maia said he’s only focused on his matchup with Covington, his ultimate aspiration is earn another title shot against Woodley, but ideally under better conditions. Maia accepted the UFC 214 fight with Woodley on less than five weeks’ notice, and he believes the lack of preparation time hindered his performance. He said he’s not getting down on himself, though, because despite failing in a big moment, he’s not deterred.

“A loss is always really tough, but one thing that I have peace of mind that is in that one month that they gave to me to prepare, we did our best,” Maia said. “We made some changes that really worked. We made everything to be at our best, and I did my best on that day. Consistency, not just with the nutrition side or training side, but with the mind side. Before I would think, years ago, ‘That was bad, it was a (expletive) thing that I just lost a title fight.’

But now, I learn how to value things that I did, even if the outcome wasn’t what I want. There’s no reason to be all broken because I did my best, I came there and it’s just, lift your head, keep going, fight again and keep fighting to get to the same spot.”

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

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