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Did you see Rory MacDonald's mangled shin? New Bellator champ has some good news

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When it comes to Rory MacDonald’s mangled shin, the new Bellator champion has some good news.

In Saturday’s Bellator 192 co-headliner, MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) claimed the welterweight title from Douglas Lima (29-7 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) with a hard-fought and grueling unanimous-decision victory (watch the highlights above).

Following the Paramount-televised event at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., the fighters posed for a photo – one in which MacDonald was seen sitting on a stretcher with his new belt.

RelatedDouglas Lima took a photo with Rory MacDonald on a stretcher after losing Bellator title

Both men look banged up and clearly depleted, even before the fight ended. One of the most noticeable issues was MacDonald’s left shin, which swelled up mid-fight and grew to nearly twice its size.

This morning, though, MacDonald, who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, confirmed its not broken and that it’s just a “big hematoma” (via Twitter):

UPDATE on my leg- not broken, just big hematoma. it hurts but it will fade

— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) January 21, 2018

Here’s a look at the shin from mid-fight:

Rory MacDonald (Dave Mandel, MMAjunkie)

After his win, MacDonald was unable to stand on the leg and was carried backstage.

A timetable for his potential return hasn’t been determined.

For more on Bellator 192, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

Did you see Rory MacDonald's mangled shin? New Bellator champ has some good news

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When it comes to Rory MacDonald’s mangled shin, the new Bellator champion has some good news.

In Saturday’s Bellator 192 co-headliner, MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) claimed the welterweight title from Douglas Lima (29-7 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) with a hard-fought and grueling unanimous-decision victory (watch the highlights above).

Following the Paramount-televised event at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., the fighters posed for a photo – one in which MacDonald was seen sitting on a stretcher with his new belt.

RelatedDouglas Lima took a photo with Rory MacDonald on a stretcher after losing Bellator title

Both men look banged up and clearly depleted, even before the fight ended. One of the most noticeable issues was MacDonald’s left shin, which swelled up mid-fight and grew to nearly twice its size.

This morning, though, MacDonald, who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, confirmed its not broken and that it’s just a “big hematoma” (via Twitter):

UPDATE on my leg- not broken, just big hematoma. it hurts but it will fade

— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) January 21, 2018

Here’s a look at the shin from mid-fight:

Rory MacDonald (Dave Mandel, MMAjunkie)

After his win, MacDonald was unable to stand on the leg and was carried backstage.

A timetable for his potential return hasn’t been determined.

For more on Bellator 192, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

'Rampage' lost $30K bet, and Chael Sonnen wants a check – but won't cash it

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – By the end of Bellator 192’s headliner, Quinton Jackson had tallied $30,000 in a lost bet to Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen wants the check – even if he doesn’t plan to cash it.

In Saturday’s Paramount-televised main event at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Sonnen (30-15-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) scored a unanimous-decision victory over Jackson (37-13 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in the opening round of the eight-man Bellator heavyweight grand prix.

Prior to the fight, “Rampage” told Sonnen he’d give him $10,000 for every takedown he scored in the fight (via Instagram):

Sonnen registered three takedowns – for a cool $30,000 – and wants his rival to issue a check. Just don’t expect him to take it to the bank.

“We’ll see if he’s a man of honor,” Sonnen said after his victory, which came via 29-28 scores. “We did shake on that. But I will tell you, I won’t cash his check. But I expect him to hand me one. What I do with it is my business, but I will tell you I won’t cash that check.”

RelatedBellator 192 video highlights: Sonnen advances, MacDonald guts out title win

In addition to the check, Sonnen got something else from “Rampage”: the knowledge he needs to alter his strategy as he advances in the yearlong tournament, which ultimately determines Bellator’s heavyweight champ. Sonnen, a longtime light heavyweight, weighed a svelte 222 pounds for the fight; “Rampage,” a longtime 205-pounder who’s recently competed at heavyweight, tipped the scale at 253.

“Oh yeah, I’ve got to get better,” Sonnen said. “I’ve got to get better, for sure. I’ve got to make some changes. I didn’t fully know what I was getting into tonight.

“I’ve got some sparring partners that are big, but you know, they’re not as good as ‘Rampage.’ They’re not as strong as ‘Rampage.’ So yeah, I learned a lot in there tonight, and I’ve got to get better. I’ve got to make some changes. I don’t know that I’ll try to get stronger, but some of my movements have to be different, my angles have to be different. But I didn’t know how else to do it. I had to jump in there. The date was set. The contract was signed.”

RelatedTwitter reacts to Chael Sonnen's tournament victory over 'Rampage' Jackson at Bellator 192

In fact, at one point in the fight, Jackson tagged Sonnen with a body shot so stiff that it forced an audible gasp. Sonnen knows he could face similar shots from either Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir – one of whom he’ll meet in the next round of the tourney. Sonnen just hopes he can play it off better next time.

After all, he didn’t have such luck when “Rampage” heard one of those grunts in their fight.

“He dropped his hands and must’ve hit me 10 more times,” Sonnen said. ” … I didn’t have much of a poker face, and I paid for it.”

For more on Bellator 192 check out the MMA Events section of the site.

'Rampage' lost $30K bet, and Chael Sonnen wants a check – but won't cash it

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – By the end of Bellator 192’s headliner, Quinton Jackson had tallied $30,000 in a lost bet to Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen wants the check – even if he doesn’t plan to cash it.

In Saturday’s Paramount-televised main event at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Sonnen (30-15-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) scored a unanimous-decision victory over Jackson (37-13 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in the opening round of the eight-man Bellator heavyweight grand prix.

Prior to the fight, “Rampage” told Sonnen he’d give him $10,000 for every takedown he scored in the fight (via Instagram):

Sonnen registered three takedowns – for a cool $30,000 – and wants his rival to issue a check. Just don’t expect him to take it to the bank.

“We’ll see if he’s a man of honor,” Sonnen said after his victory, which came via 29-28 scores. “We did shake on that. But I will tell you, I won’t cash his check. But I expect him to hand me one. What I do with it is my business, but I will tell you I won’t cash that check.”

RelatedBellator 192 video highlights: Sonnen advances, MacDonald guts out title win

In addition to the check, Sonnen got something else from “Rampage”: the knowledge he needs to alter his strategy as he advances in the yearlong tournament, which ultimately determines Bellator’s heavyweight champ. Sonnen, a longtime light heavyweight, weighed a svelte 222 pounds for the fight; “Rampage,” a longtime 205-pounder who’s recently competed at heavyweight, tipped the scale at 253.

“Oh yeah, I’ve got to get better,” Sonnen said. “I’ve got to get better, for sure. I’ve got to make some changes. I didn’t fully know what I was getting into tonight.

“I’ve got some sparring partners that are big, but you know, they’re not as good as ‘Rampage.’ They’re not as strong as ‘Rampage.’ So yeah, I learned a lot in there tonight, and I’ve got to get better. I’ve got to make some changes. I don’t know that I’ll try to get stronger, but some of my movements have to be different, my angles have to be different. But I didn’t know how else to do it. I had to jump in there. The date was set. The contract was signed.”

RelatedTwitter reacts to Chael Sonnen's tournament victory over 'Rampage' Jackson at Bellator 192

In fact, at one point in the fight, Jackson tagged Sonnen with a body shot so stiff that it forced an audible gasp. Sonnen knows he could face similar shots from either Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir – one of whom he’ll meet in the next round of the tourney. Sonnen just hopes he can play it off better next time.

After all, he didn’t have such luck when “Rampage” heard one of those grunts in their fight.

“He dropped his hands and must’ve hit me 10 more times,” Sonnen said. ” … I didn’t have much of a poker face, and I paid for it.”

For more on Bellator 192 check out the MMA Events section of the site.

UFC champ Daniel Cormier is past Jon Jones: 'I've just been dragged down by this guy constantly'

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BOSTON – The time has yet to come when UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier can get through a press conference without getting asked about Jon Jones.

But Cormier himself is now past thinking about his bitter rival.

Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) put on yet another clinic in the co-headliner of Saturday’s UFC 220, capping off a dominant display over Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) with a second-round TKO. The win meant a special type of recovery for the defending champ: Last time we’d seen him in the octagon, a crushed Cormier was losing the 205-pound crown to Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC).

Jones would go on to be flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a failed drug test. His knockout win at UFC 214 was overturned, and Cormier was reinstated as champ. After Cormier’s first title defense on Saturday, it remains that way.

RelatedVolkan Oezdemir praises Daniel Cormier after UFC 220 loss: 'You deserve this title'

Jones, who’s currently under provisional suspension after testing positive for the steroid Turinabol, has a hearing scheduled with the California State Athletic Commission next month.

So where does that leave the two?

“I’m just past it right now,” Cormier said after his pay-per-view co-headliner at TD Garden in Boston. “Until he’s able to do what we want to do, and that’s fight, I’m kind of past it. I’m kind of a bit of this spot, when it comes to Jones. Competitively, all I want to do is fight him again. But at some point, it’s just like, ‘Man, is it ever going to be just a fight without nothing else?’

“And I don’t know if I can put myself through that again. I’ve done everything right. And I’ve just been dragged down by this guy constantly. So I’m not thinking about it. I’m going to do my thing for right now.”

RelatedDana White likes Miocic vs. Cormier, but 'DC' unwilling with Velasquez return looming

One can see where Cormier is coming from. To this day, his only setbacks have come at the hands of “Bones.” Their rivalry has been one of the most heated in the history of the sport, having manifested itself in the form of shoe-throwing, awkward arguments and, why not, the occasional serial killer comparison.

Apart from the two octagon meetings that ended up materializing, the 205-pound fighters had two scrapped bouts – including the infamous UFC 200 headliner that got pulled in the last minute due to Jones’ first run-in with USADA.

Cormier never has hidden the fact that he’s a very competitive person, so it’s not really a surprise he would like to get those losses back. But, at the same time, it’s hard to fault him for wanting at least a break from what seems to have been an inescapable presence hovering over his career for years.

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC champ Daniel Cormier is past Jon Jones: 'I've just been dragged down by this guy constantly'

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BOSTON – The time has yet to come when UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier can get through a press conference without getting asked about Jon Jones.

But Cormier himself is now past thinking about his bitter rival.

Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) put on yet another clinic in the co-headliner of Saturday’s UFC 220, capping off a dominant display over Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) with a second-round TKO. The win meant a special type of recovery for the defending champ: Last time we’d seen him in the octagon, a crushed Cormier was losing the 205-pound crown to Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC).

Jones would go on to be flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a failed drug test. His knockout win at UFC 214 was overturned, and Cormier was reinstated as champ. After Cormier’s first title defense on Saturday, it remains that way.

RelatedVolkan Oezdemir praises Daniel Cormier after UFC 220 loss: 'You deserve this title'

Jones, who’s currently under provisional suspension after testing positive for the steroid Turinabol, has a hearing scheduled with the California State Athletic Commission next month.

So where does that leave the two?

“I’m just past it right now,” Cormier said after his pay-per-view co-headliner at TD Garden in Boston. “Until he’s able to do what we want to do, and that’s fight, I’m kind of past it. I’m kind of a bit of this spot, when it comes to Jones. Competitively, all I want to do is fight him again. But at some point, it’s just like, ‘Man, is it ever going to be just a fight without nothing else?’

“And I don’t know if I can put myself through that again. I’ve done everything right. And I’ve just been dragged down by this guy constantly. So I’m not thinking about it. I’m going to do my thing for right now.”

RelatedDana White likes Miocic vs. Cormier, but 'DC' unwilling with Velasquez return looming

One can see where Cormier is coming from. To this day, his only setbacks have come at the hands of “Bones.” Their rivalry has been one of the most heated in the history of the sport, having manifested itself in the form of shoe-throwing, awkward arguments and, why not, the occasional serial killer comparison.

Apart from the two octagon meetings that ended up materializing, the 205-pound fighters had two scrapped bouts – including the infamous UFC 200 headliner that got pulled in the last minute due to Jones’ first run-in with USADA.

Cormier never has hidden the fact that he’s a very competitive person, so it’s not really a surprise he would like to get those losses back. But, at the same time, it’s hard to fault him for wanting at least a break from what seems to have been an inescapable presence hovering over his career for years.

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 220 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total passes $17 million

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BOSTON – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 220 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $249,500.

UFC 220 took place at TD Garden in Boston, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

On a card that ranked in the top 10 for total payouts, the two fighters who entered and exited as champions, Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) and Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), lead the way at $40,000 each, the maximum pay under the program structure.

The full UFC 220 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Stipe Miocic: $40,000
def. Francis Ngannou: $30,000

Daniel Cormier: $40,000
def. Volkan Oezdemir: $30,000

Calvin Kattar: $3,500
def. Shane Burgos: $5,000

Gian Villante: $15,000
def. Francimar Barroso: $5,000

Rob Font: $5,000
def. Thomas Almeida: $5,000

Kyle Bochniak: $5,000
def. Brandon Davis: $3,500

Abdul Razak Alhassan: $5,000
def. Sabah Homasi: $3,500

Dustin Ortiz: $10,000
def. Alexandre Pantoja: $3,500

Julio Arce: $3,500
def. Dan Ige: $3,500

Enrique Barzola: $5,000
def. Matt Bessette: $3,500

Islam Makhachev: $5,000
def. Gleison Tibau: $20,000

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $384,500
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $17,002,500

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 220 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total passes $17 million

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BOSTON – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 220 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $249,500.

UFC 220 took place at TD Garden in Boston, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

On a card that ranked in the top 10 for total payouts, the two fighters who entered and exited as champions, Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) and Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), lead the way at $40,000 each, the maximum pay under the program structure.

The full UFC 220 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Stipe Miocic: $40,000
def. Francis Ngannou: $30,000

Daniel Cormier: $40,000
def. Volkan Oezdemir: $30,000

Calvin Kattar: $3,500
def. Shane Burgos: $5,000

Gian Villante: $15,000
def. Francimar Barroso: $5,000

Rob Font: $5,000
def. Thomas Almeida: $5,000

Kyle Bochniak: $5,000
def. Brandon Davis: $3,500

Abdul Razak Alhassan: $5,000
def. Sabah Homasi: $3,500

Dustin Ortiz: $10,000
def. Alexandre Pantoja: $3,500

Julio Arce: $3,500
def. Dan Ige: $3,500

Enrique Barzola: $5,000
def. Matt Bessette: $3,500

Islam Makhachev: $5,000
def. Gleison Tibau: $20,000

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $384,500
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $17,002,500

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: Bellator 192's walkout songs were smokin' with Cypress Hill

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s Bellator 192 in Inglewood, Calif., went with as their backing tracks.

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Chael Sonnen def. Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Chael Sonnen: “Too Much Fun” by Daryle Singletary

Quinton Jackson: “New Level” by A$AP Ferg feat. Future

Rory MacDonald def. Douglas Lima via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-45, 49-46)

Rory MacDonald: “The Catalyst” by Linkin Park

Douglas Lima: “Tell the World” by Lecrae feat. Mali Music

Mike Chandler def. Goiti Yamauchi via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Michael Chandler: N/A

Goiti Yamauchi: “You’re the Best Around” by Joe Esposito

Aaron Pico def. Shane Kruchten via knockout (liver punch) – Round 1, 0:37

Aaron Pico: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

Shane Kruchten: “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” by Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg

Henry Corrales def. Georgi Karakhanyan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Henry Corrales: “Sacrifice” by Jedi Mind Tricks

Georgi Karakhanyan: “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That” by Cypress Hill

For complete coverage of Bellator 192, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 220 with legends Tom Petty, Johnny Cash

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC 220 in Boston went with as their backing tracks.

* * * *

Stipe Miocic def. Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)

Stipe Miocic: “Till I Die” by Machine Gun Kelly

Francis Ngannou: “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by Shakira

Daniel Cormier def. Volkan Oezdemir via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:00

Daniel Cormier: “When We Ride On Our Enemies” by Tupac, “Right Above It” by Lil’ Wayne

Volkan Oezdemir: “Game of Thrones” extended theme song by Ramin Djawadi

Calvin Kattar def. Shane Burgos via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:32

Calvin Kattar: “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty

Shane Burgos: “Invincible” by Machine Gun Kelly

Gian Villante def. Francimar Barroso via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Gian Villante: “The Downeaster ‘Alexa'” by Billy Joel

Francimar Barroso: “Go To Sleep” by Eminem with DMX and Obie Trice

Rob Font def. Thomas Almeida via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:24

Rob Font: “Welcome to Jamrock” by Damian Marley

Thomas Almeida: “A Vida e Tipo Rodo Gigante” by Adnrezinho Shock

Kyle Bochniak def. Brandon Davis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Kyle Bochniak: “Put On” by Young Jeezy with Kanye West

Brandon Davis: “Legendary” by Welshly Arms

Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Sabah Homasi via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:47

Abdul Razak Alhassan: “Kakai” by Shatta Wale

Sabah Homasi: “Work (REMIX)” by A$AP Ferg

Dustin Ortiz def. Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Dustin Ortiz: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

Alexandre Pantoja: “Many Men” by 50 Cent

Julio Arce def. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Julio Arce: “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony

Dan Ige: “Loss for Words” by Landon McNamara

Enrique Barzola def. Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Enrique Barzola: “Le Llaman Guerrero” by Juan Carlos Alvarado

Matt Bessette: “Forty-Six & 2” by Tool

Islam Makhachev def. Gleison Tibau via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:57

Islam Makhachev: “Intro” by DMX

Gleison Tibau: “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 220 with legends Tom Petty, Johnny Cash

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC 220 in Boston went with as their backing tracks.

* * * *

Stipe Miocic def. Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)

Stipe Miocic: “Till I Die” by Machine Gun Kelly

Francis Ngannou: “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by Shakira

Daniel Cormier def. Volkan Oezdemir via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:00

Daniel Cormier: “When We Ride On Our Enemies” by Tupac, “Right Above It” by Lil’ Wayne

Volkan Oezdemir: “Game of Thrones” extended theme song by Ramin Djawadi

Calvin Kattar def. Shane Burgos via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:32

Calvin Kattar: “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty

Shane Burgos: “Invincible” by Machine Gun Kelly

Gian Villante def. Francimar Barroso via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Gian Villante: “The Downeaster ‘Alexa'” by Billy Joel

Francimar Barroso: “Go To Sleep” by Eminem with DMX and Obie Trice

Rob Font def. Thomas Almeida via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:24

Rob Font: “Welcome to Jamrock” by Damian Marley

Thomas Almeida: “A Vida e Tipo Rodo Gigante” by Adnrezinho Shock

Kyle Bochniak def. Brandon Davis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Kyle Bochniak: “Put On” by Young Jeezy with Kanye West

Brandon Davis: “Legendary” by Welshly Arms

Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Sabah Homasi via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:47

Abdul Razak Alhassan: “Kakai” by Shatta Wale

Sabah Homasi: “Work (REMIX)” by A$AP Ferg

Dustin Ortiz def. Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Dustin Ortiz: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

Alexandre Pantoja: “Many Men” by 50 Cent

Julio Arce def. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Julio Arce: “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony

Dan Ige: “Loss for Words” by Landon McNamara

Enrique Barzola def. Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Enrique Barzola: “Le Llaman Guerrero” by Juan Carlos Alvarado

Matt Bessette: “Forty-Six & 2” by Tool

Islam Makhachev def. Gleison Tibau via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:57

Islam Makhachev: “Intro” by DMX

Gleison Tibau: “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Stipe Miocic domina Francis Ngannou e Daniel Cormier controla Volkan Oezdemir no solo por cinturões do UFC 220

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Com inteligência e estratégia fina, Miocic controlou o perigoso Ngannou na luta principal. Foto: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Dois cinturões em jogo no primeiro evento numerado do Ultimate em 2018 foi apenas a cereja do bolo. O card do UFC 220 trouxe para os fãs de MMA, nesse sábado, dia 20, um verdadeiro show de lutas na tela do Combate.

No duelo principal da noite, Stipe Miocic conseguiu domar o feroz Francis Ngannou para defender o cinturão peso pesado da organização, enquanto Daniel Cormier colocou suas quedas e jogo de solo afiado para controlar e vencer Volkan Oezdemir por nocaute técnico.

Na última luta da noite, Miocic tinha a missão de superar a locomotiva camaronesa Francis Ngannou. Mesmo com seu boxe poderoso, o campeão tinha pela frente um adversário tão bom ou ainda melhor com os socos, e a estratégia no duelo foi crucial para vencer a disputa.

Após um primeiro round delicado, no qual Ngannou deixou tudo para tentar o nocaute, Miocic posou como campeão e trabalhou bem as posições, inclusive com boa queda no primeiro round, no qual caiu com a guarda passada. Os rounds seguintes foram também ditados pelo dono do cinturão, que pesava sobre Francis para minar o fôlego do adversário enquanto batia. Foram cinco assaltos de controle absoluto e a recompensa de entrar para a história dos pesos pesados do UFC, como o primeiro atleta a denfender três vezes o cinturão mais pesado da organização.

Cormier controla no crucifixo e vence Oezdemir. Foto: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Na luta coprincipal, Cormier mostrou mais uma vez que o seu título de campeão é para valer. Apesar das duas derrotas para o arquirrival Jon Jones, Daniel é de fato um dos mais completos atletas da divisão de meio-pesados. O suíço Oezdemir até que tentou provar o contrário, mas sucumbiu às habilidades de Cormier.

Volkan trabalhou da longa distância com seus socos poderosos, e tentou assustar o campeão. Contudo, após sentir a mão do suíço, Cormier foi para cima, disputou em pé algumas saraivadas e mostrou que seu jogo em pé é bom como o de solo. Só que, para liquidar a fatura, Cormier teve que colocar Oezdemir em águas mais profundas.

No início do segundo assalto, para definir, Cormier pegou no single-leg e levou para o chão. Por cima, o campeão montou e controlou com superioridade. Volkan conseguiu repor para a meia-guarda, mas foi surpreendido com a transição de Daniel para o crucifixo, que de lá bateu até a interrupção do árbitro. Vitória e cinturão para o completo Daniel Cormier.

Para os brasileiros, porém, foi uma noite difícil. Thomas Almeida, Francimar Bodão, Alexandre Pantoja e Gleison Tibau acabaram superados por seus adversários, resultado que mantém o time brasuca ainda em jejum de vitórias no UFC em 2018.

Confira abaixo os resultados completos do evento!

UFC 220
Boston, EUA
20 de janeiro de 2018

Stipe Miocic venceu Francis Ngannou na decisão unânime dos jurados
Daniel Cormier venceu Volkan Oezdemir por nocaute técnico aos 2min do R2
Calvin Kattar venceu Shane Burgos por nocaute técnico aos 32s do R3
Gian Villante venceu Francimar Bodão na decisão dividida dos jurados
Rob Font venceu Thomas Almeida por nocaute técnico aos 2min24s do R2

Card preliminar

Kyle Bochniak venceu Brandon Davis na decisão unânime dos jurados
Abdul Razak Al-Hassan venceu Sabah Homasi por nocaute aos 3min47s do R1
Dustin Ortiz venceu Alexandre Pantoja na decisão unânime dos jurados
Julio Arce venceu Dan Ige na decisão unânime dos jurados
Enrique Barzola venceu Matt Bessette na decisão unânime dos jurados
Islam Makhachev venceu Gleison Tibau por nocaute aos 57s do R1

Bellator 192 video highlights: Sonnen advances, MacDonald guts out title win

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Bellator MMA debuted on the newly rebranded Paramount Network on Saturday night, and the promotion delivered with a few memorable moments.

With Chael Sonnen (30-15-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) downing fellow veteran Quinton Jackson  (37-13 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in the opening round of the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix, and Rory MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) claiming the welterweight title from Douglas Lima (29-7 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) despite suffering from a few very evident injuries, Bellator 192’s dual main events proved entertaining for the crowd at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Check out the video above for highlights of those two fights and more, including victories from Michael Chandler(17-4 MMA, 14-4 BMMA), Aaron Pico (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Henry Corrales (15-3 MMA, 3-3 BMMA).

And for more on Bellator 192, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

Bellator 192 video highlights: Sonnen advances, MacDonald guts out title win

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Bellator MMA debuted on the newly rebranded Paramount Network on Saturday night, and the promotion delivered with a few memorable moments.

With Chael Sonnen (30-15-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) downing fellow veteran Quinton Jackson  (37-13 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in the opening round of the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix, and Rory MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) claiming the welterweight title from Douglas Lima (29-7 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) despite suffering from a few very evident injuries, Bellator 192’s dual main events proved entertaining for the crowd at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Check out the video above for highlights of those two fights and more, including victories from Michael Chandler(17-4 MMA, 14-4 BMMA), Aaron Pico (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Henry Corrales (15-3 MMA, 3-3 BMMA).

And for more on Bellator 192, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

UFC 220 video highlights: Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir

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 Daniel Cormier retained the light heavyweight title Saturday night with what proved to be a dominant win over upstart challenger Volkan Oezdemir.

Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) took Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) out with a second-round TKO that stemmed from a takedown, which turned into an onslaught of ground-and-pound that the challenger had no defense for. The stoppage came at the 2-minute mark of the second round.

RelatedVolkan Oezdemir praises Daniel Cormier after UFC 220 loss: 'You deserve this title'

The light heavyweight title bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC 220 card at TD Garden in Boston. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights in the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC 220 video highlights: Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir

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 Daniel Cormier retained the light heavyweight title Saturday night with what proved to be a dominant win over upstart challenger Volkan Oezdemir.

Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) took Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) out with a second-round TKO that stemmed from a takedown, which turned into an onslaught of ground-and-pound that the challenger had no defense for. The stoppage came at the 2-minute mark of the second round.

RelatedVolkan Oezdemir praises Daniel Cormier after UFC 220 loss: 'You deserve this title'

The light heavyweight title bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC 220 card at TD Garden in Boston. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights in the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Sonnen bate Rampage e Rory MacDonald fatura cinturão no Bellator 192

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Sonnen e Rampage fizeram a luta principal do Bellator 192. Foto: Reprodução

Noite de grandes emoções na tela dos canais Fox Sports nesse sábado, dia 21. Para abrir o ano de 2018 com o pé direito, o Bellator realizou sua edição de número 192 com grandes nomes em ação.

Na luta principal, Chael Sonnen e Quinton “Rampage” Jackson entraram no cate para disputar uma vaga na semifinal do GP de pesos pesados do Bellator, que conta apenas com nomes estelares do MMA. Na luta, agendada para três assaltos, Sonnen trabalhou bem no primeiro round e quase finalizou no pescoço. Na segunda etapa, derrubou, caiu na meia-guarda e tentou a kimura. Rampage teve melhores chances no final do duelo, mas não foi suficiente para roubar de Chael Sonnen a vitória e o avanço no grand prix.

Agora, Sonnen aguarda o campeão de Fedor Emelinenko contra Frank Mir, em disputa marcada para abril deste ano. Estão também no páreo Matt Mitrioni e Roy Nelson, que se encaram em fevereiro, além de Ryan Bader e “King Mo” Lawlal, com batalha marcada para maio.

Na luta coprincipal da noite, Douglas Lima partiu em defesa do seu cinturão meio-médio, mas Rory MacDonald pisou no cage com fome de título. Com inteligência no duelo, Rory foi superior no primeiro assalto, superou a ascendente de Douglas no segundo e terceiro rounds, com forte chutes baixos que deixaram enorme inchaço na canela do canadense, e recuperou o atraso no quarto e quinto rounds para roubar o título e voltar com o cinturão para casa.

Outros destaques ficaram para Guilherme Bomba, que usou o Jiu-Jitsu refinado da BH Rhinos para finalizar Iva Castillo no kata-gatame; e Khonry Gracie, filho de Royce Gracie que, apesar da derrota na decisão para Devon Brock, fez boa estreia no MMA profissional em grande organização.

Confira abaixo os resultados completos!

Bellator 192
Inglewood, Califórnia, EUA
20 de janeiro de 2018

Chael Sonnen venceu Quinton “Rampage” Jackson na decisão unânime dos jurados
Rory MacDonald venceu Douglas Lima na decisão unânime dos jurados
Michael Chandler venceu Goiti Yamauchi na decisão unânime dos jurados
Aaron Pico venceu Shane Kruchten por nocaute técnico aos 37s do R1
Henry Corrales venceu Georgi Karakhanyan na decisão unânime dos jurados
Guilherme Bomba Vasconcelos finalizou Ivan Castillo no kata gatame aos 4min12s do R1
Devon Brock venceu Khonry Gracie na decisão unânime dos jurados
Jose Campos venceu Haim Gozali na decisão unânime dos jurados
Joey Davis venceu Ian Butler por nocaute técnico aos 39s do R1

Heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic declares himself greatest of all-time after UFC 220 win

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BOSTON – UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defended his belt, broke a record and celebrated his future daughter at UFC 220.

Not a bad night of work if you’re trying to prove you’re the best ever.

“It was the Stipe show tonight,” Miocic said after dominating Francis Ngannou to earn a record third consecutive title defense in the pay-per-view headliner of Saturday’s event at TD Garden in Boston. “It wasn’t about him. It was about me, because I’m the champ. I broke the record. I’m the best.”

Leading up to the event, it often seemed more like the Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) show. The UFC went all in on the striking phenom from Cameroon, boasting his power at every turn and pushing a narrative that at times cast Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) more as a bump on the road than a formidable threat.

RelatedDana White likes Miocic vs. Cormier, but 'DC' unwilling with Velasquez return looming

At one point, Miocic called out the promotion and said it wanted Ngannou to win. After he denied that outcome on Saturday, he took his heavyweight belt from UFC President Dana White and had his coach wrap it around his waist.

“My dude,” Miocic said of his choice to have a teammate crown him. “He respects me, and I respect him.”

Asked later whether there was a lack of respect from White, who ultimately was in charge of the campaign that put Ngannou front and center, Miocic demurred.

“I don’t really care,” he said.

Efforts to pin him to his next challenge also were met with frustration, although White is pushing for a superfight with UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who defended his title in the co-headliner of UFC 220. Cormier also is open to the idea (sort of), but Miocic doesn’t want to make any firm commitments.

“Listen, yeah,” Miocic said when asked if he’d fight Cormier. “Right now, I don’t care. I just got done fighting, like, 45 minutes ago, 25 hard minutes with a tough dude. I don’t really care what’s going on right now. I just want to go home, see my dog and hang out with my wife.”

The champ certainly earned his time off after taking a few of Ngannou’s vaunted punches. It took only one shot, Miocic said, to blow up his left eye.

“He definitely hits hard,” Miocic said. “There’s no question. It’s the heavyweight division. Do you want to get hit by him? Exactly. It sucked.

“Look at my eye. One punch. It was my own fault; I stayed in the line. But I hit him a lot more than he hit me, and that’s why I still have the belt.”

RelatedTwitter reacts to Stipe Miocic's historic title defense vs. Francis Ngannou at UFC 220

Miocic admits his gameplan was to wear out Ngannou on the mat and said after the first round, he could feel the challenger’s will slipping away.

“He’d never been there,” Miocic said of his grappling strategy. “Why not? He caught me in the first round a couple of times, but after that, I took the will out of him. That’s what I do.

“Listen, man, I’ve got the fighting spirit. It’s going to take a lot more to take me out. Ford Escort, Ford F-150, I don’t really care. I’m going to keep coming. He’s a tough dude, no question. He’s got a great career ahead of him. But I’m going to keep coming.”

There will be more tough challenges ahead – that much Miocic is certain of. But to him, there’s no more doubt about who’s the baddest man on the planet.

“F*ck yeah, I do (feel like the best ever),” Miocic said. “I had a killer’s row to get to it. I had a hard path to get to the title, and I had a hard path to defend the title. Nothing’s ever easy, but I’ve never had an easy road.”

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White: Robert Whittaker in 'serious condition' after mistreated staph infection in stomach

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UFC President Dana White has revealed some troubling details about the status of middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.

Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) had been scheduled for a title defense against Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at UFC 221 before he was forced to withdraw from what was described as multiple injuries. Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) stepped in and will fight Rockhold for the interim belt at the Feb. 21 event, but outside of that news, there was little known about the status of “The Reaper.”

According to White, who spoke to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter following Saturday’s UFC 220 event at TD Garden in Boston, Whittaker was dealing with a staph infection in his stomach that did not receive proper treatment. As a result, the 185-pound champ apparently is in serious condition.

“He had staph infection in his stomach,” White said. “From what I understand it wasn’t treated properly and started to eat away at parts of his organs. He’s in serious condition, so it’s going to be a minute before he’s back, I think. Hopefully it turns around quick, but that stuff is life threatening if not treated the right way.”

After winning the interim title against Romero at UFC 213 in July, Whittaker was promoted to undisputed champion in December when Georges St-Pierre vacated the strap due to a medical condition.

Whittaker was set to get his first title defense on home soil at UFC 221, which takes place at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, but now his future is unknown.

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

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Video replay: UFC 220 post-event press conference

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WINNIPEG – Check out a video replay of the UFC 220 post-event news conference.

UFC 220 took place Saturday at TD Garden in Boston, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the full replay of the post-event press conference above.

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

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