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With Michael Bisping's 3-week turnaround, here's UFC Fight Night 122's new poster

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The UFC’s debut event in mainland China will have a pretty solid headliner, thanks to Michael Bisping.

UFC officials recently announced Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), who lost his middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) on Nov. 4, will fight again on Nov. 26, when he meets Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in UFC Fight Night 122’s main event.

RelatedMichael Bisping to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC-Shanghai just 3 weeks after title loss

Bisping, who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, replaced Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), who was pulled from the event due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. He takes on Gastelum, who’s an honorable mention in the rankings, in a UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

Here’s the official poster:

UFC Fight Night 122 is heavy on local talent, and many promotional newcomers are set for their UFC debuts.

But thanks to Bisping and his quick turnaround, the otherwise ho-hum card still has a marketable main event.

The latest UFC Fight Night 122 card includes:

  • Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Bobby Nash vs. Kenan Song
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Bharat Khandare vs. Pingyuan Liu
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Wuliji Buren vs. Rolando Dy
  • Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, 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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How do you live after dying in the cage? LFA's C.J. Hancock is figuring that out

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C.J. Hancock remembers taking a couple of shots, staggering backward and then falling down.

Then he remembers waking up in the hospital, surrounded by his family. A doctor told him his heart had stopped twice, and he’d been brought back to life by a defibrillator.

“On top of that, the doctor didn’t think I should ever fight again,” Hancock told MMAjunkie. “That was a double-whammy. It was very emotional. Everybody was crying.”

Hancock was in the second round of a fight with Charlie Ontiveros last week at LFA 26 in Houston when his body suddenly shut off. Medical personnel rushed to his aide, administering CPR, and then zapped his heart with electricity. He was rushed to a nearby hospital. By the time he woke up, he had gone through eight bags of saline, the result of severe dehydration and a heart contusion, or heart bruise.

Hancock (2-3) faced Ontiveros (9-5) as a welterweight, his second appearance at 170 pounds after fighting at middleweight and light heavyweight. But unlike that previous bout, in which he dieted down and cut five pounds, he started his weight cut three days from the fight – at 215 pounds.

Welterweight was a division with opportunity for Hancock, which is why he agreed to face the more experienced Ontiveros. LFA is well known as a feeder show for the UFC. He figured with his size, he would have a weight advantage. Maybe the UFC would call.

RelatedLFA 26 results and highlights: Jeff Hughes claims belt, birthday girl Nicolle Caliari gets win

“When your game is jiu-jitsu, to take the guy down and submit him, it makes it tougher when they’re stronger than you,” Hancock said.

Besides, weight-cutting was nothing new. Wrestling in high school, he cut scores of weight to compete. So when he started feeling he needed to throw up in the sauna before the fight, he just toughed it out like always.

Hancock made weight. To his surprise, he felt much better once he rehydrated and ate following weigh-ins. Not 100 percent, but good enough to fight. No one except those closest to him knew what he’d gone through to make it into the cage at the Arena Theatre. No one from the athletic commission asked how much weight he’d cut (via Instagram):

“Obviously, they know all the guys cutting weight, but they never ask how much weight you’re cutting,” Hancock said.

When he stepped into the cage, though, he felt off. His heart rate started to skyrocket. He couldn’t execute the techniques he’d trained.

“When you get to a certain level, you don’t even have to tell your body to do certain things – it just does it,” Hancock said. “I was telling it to do certain things, and it just wasn’t. It was just giving out on me.”

Did he think about stopping?

“Yeah, but you can’t do that,” he said. “If you stop a fight, it’s over. I thought if I was mentally tough, my body could take whatever it could throw at it, and apparently I was wrong.”

Life after death

Hancock has been sitting at his Houston home for the past three days. He’s restricted from elevating his heart rate for six weeks. He’s been sleeping a lot.

“I don’t know if it’s the medication, or the shock from dying for five minutes,” he said.

The pain pills his doctor prescribed make the memories of what happened fuzzy. There’s still a big blank spot from the time he fell on the mat until he woke up at the hospital.

Hancock has been cast in interviews as the fighter who died and came back to life. LFA President Ed Soares praised the quick actions of the promotion’s cutman, David Maldonado, and EMTs who worked to revive Hancock. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees the Combative Sports Program that regulated LFA 26, maintains the commission did its job.

“The TDLR is vigilant in its responsibility for the safety of all combative sports participants,” read a statement provided to MMAjunkie. “TDLR actively maintains an on-going review of its safety procedures.

“TDLR staff and attending ringside physicians followed all matchup, pre-fight, in-fight and post-fight safety procedures during Mr. Hancock’s bout. Our thoughts and prayers are with C.J. and his family for his continued recovery.”

The way Hancock sees it, though, he’s a guy that needs to find out his purpose in life.

“I feel like I’m alive,” he said. “I better take advantage of it.”

For now, that means getting back to his first love of jiu-jitsu. He plans to compete in submission grappling tournaments. He wants to coach more. And he wants to spread the word about the dangers of weight-cutting.

Hancock said the issue is one of the most pressing in the sport. He ventures his career might have gone a different direction had there been additional weight classes in which to compete, as the Association of Boxing Commissions recently voted for. He was planning to compete for another six years – until his heart stopped.

Hancock doesn’t want others to follow in his footsteps. He never wants to have to see those looks on his family’s faces. And yet, he’s finding it tough to say he’s completely done with fighting. Asked whether he might ever return to the cage, he hedged.

“Well, there is a chance, but it would have to be something crazy,” Hancock said. “Like if the UFC offered me a fight against ‘CM Punk.'”

For more on LFA 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Dustin Poirier and Frank Mir

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Dustin Poirier and Frank Mir.

Poirier defeated former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 120 headliner. Former UFC champ Mir recently signed with Bellator and is part of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Nina Ansaroff: UFC champ Amanda Nunes showed me how to win as an underdog

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NORFOLK, Va. – Nina Ansaroff showed once again why she relishes the role of underdog when she defeated Angela Hill on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120.

Ansaroff (8-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) pulled off arguably the biggest win of her career when she topped Hill (7-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) by unanimous decision in their strawweight bout, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The odds weren’t in her favor going into the event, but Ansaroff said she didn’t mind. Her girlfriend, Amanda Nunes, who also just happens to be the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, has gone into plenty of fights on the wrong end of the odds. She’s overcome it many times, so Ansaroff said she was comfortable with the situation.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 120 results: Nina Ansaroff edges Angela Hill in high-paced affair

“I love when I’m the underdog,” Ansaroff told MMAjunkie after her victory. “I’m used to Amanda all the time as the champion being the underdog, so it’s just a little bit more motivation to get the job done. I use it for the energy in the fight then laugh about it after.”

The fact Ansaroff was able to beat Hill wasn’t the biggest surprise of the night, but it was how she got the job done. She stood toe-to-toe with the decorated striker and managed to have the better moments over 15 minutes. Although that wasn’t her strict game plan, Ansaroff said she knew she could perform on the feet.

“It’s exactly what I figured it was going to go,” Ansaroff said. “I’m not one to back down from a brawl. I got caught up in it a little more than I should have. I should have not played her game so much, but sometimes I get caught up in it because it’s fun. It was a good fight, and it went the way it went.”

After starting her UFC career 0-2, Ansaroff has bounced back with two solid victories in a row. She said she wants to keep that momentum going, and after beating a former Invicta FC champion in Hill, she wants another step up.

“When I fight higher-level opponents it brings out the better in me. I just want to keep climbing from here. I don’t want to call out names, but I want someone in the top 10. My goal is to be the champion.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Kaynan Duarte vence Iron Brown Belt e garante vaga no GP de Pesados da Copa Podio

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Kaynan venceu quatro lutas seguidas e terminou invicto no Iron Brown Belt. Foto: Deive Coutinho

A Copa Podio de Jiu-Jitsu, sempre inovadora em seus campeonatos, decidiu organizar uma peneira para escolher o próximo faixa-marrom a ser jogado no mar de faixas-pretas do GP de Pesos Pesados. Contudo, não se tratou de uma simples peneira, e sim de uma duríssima seletiva.

Intitulado “Iron Brown Belt”, o duelo trouxe quatro faixas-marrons para uma disputa alucinante, no qual o primeiro a vencer quatro lutas, em formato todos contra todos, seria declarado o próximo aspirante a faixa-preta no torneio principal da Podio. O evento rolou no último domingo, dia 12 de novembro, na Casa de Espanha, no Humaitá.

Kaynan Duarte, faixa-marrom da Atos, foi a fera que saiu com o título na disputa. Ele encarou outros nomes de peso, como Fellipe Trovo (Ushirobira JJ), Fabio Kamikase (Alliance) e Victor Hugo (Ribeiro JJ). Kaynan obteve sucesso em todos os combates, e ao vencer a quarta luta seguida garantiu sua vaga.

“O evento foi ótimo”, disse Jeferson Maycá, presidente da Copa Podio. “Me arrependi de não colocar cinco lutas, um desafio maior. O vencedor tinha a prioridade de voltar na rodada seguinte, então o Kaynan provou que é, de fato, um Iron Brown Belt. Sem descanso, ele venceu a luta da primeira rodada e já voltou para lutar a segunda, e assim por diante. Todos eram muito duros, mas o Kaynan pareceu um pouco mais completo na faixa-marrom. Não esperava que ele ia vencer as quatro seguidas, imaginei um tropeço em algum momento, mas ele foi muito estratégico e, mesmo sob dificuldade, conseguiu trabalhar para vencer todas. Temos uma grande safra na faixa-marrom.”

Maycá confirmou ainda que o GP de Pesados será em Porto Alegre, e o retorno da Copa Podio ao sul do Brasil será em meados de janeiro.

Not retired? Then Siyar Bahadurzada wants Matt Brown (but don't bring the kids)

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If Matt Brown isn’t going to retire just yet, at least one fellow welterweight is willing to give him a fight.

Siyar Bahadurzada (23-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC), a fellow hard-hitting knockout artist, today issued a challenge to Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC), who picked up a vicious first-round knockout victory over fellow vet Diego Sanchez (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC) in this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 122 co-headliner.

Prior to Saturday’s bout, which aired on FS1 from Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., Brown suggested it could be his last fight, though he backed off the retirement plans after the fight.

RelatedMatt Brown's win, Diego Sanchez's loss, and a conflict as old as the fight game

“I’ve definitely had more people tell me not to retire than to retire,” Brown, who was on a 1-5 skid prior to the win, said after the event. “But nobody other than me and my family really has any bearing on that – and close friends. So I’m not even going to allow anybody else’s opinions to get into my mind like that.”

Bahadurzada, though, is doing his best to goad “Immortal” into a fight. Here’s his Twitter callout, which isn’t exactly a polite one:

Hey @IamTheImmortal if you’re still fighting, take some rest and let’s fight end of January or early February. I’ll give you a proper goodbye from the sport. Don’t bring your wife and kids to the fight this time. You’re a smart man. You know what I mean!#YouWillBeUnimmortalized

— Siyar The Great (@Siyarized) November 13, 2017

“Hey @IamTheImmortal if you’re still fighting, take some rest and let’s fight end of January or early February. I’ll give you a proper goodbye from the sport. Don’t bring your wife and kids to the fight this time. You’re a smart man. You know what I mean!#YouWillBeUnimmortalized”

Bahadurzada, a 33-year-old vet who joined the UFC in 2012, recently returned from an 18-month layoff and scored a TKO win over Rob Wilkinson in September. Bahadurzada, a longtime welterweight, fought at middleweight for the bout, which marked his second straight win.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, 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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Back from long layoff, Tatiana Suarez wants to take scenic route to UFC title

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NORFOLK, Va. – Tatiana Suarez isn’t looking to rush into a UFC title shot after returning from a long layoff with a victory over Viviane Pereira on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120.

Still young in her career, Suarez (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) labeled new UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas as an inspiration. Following her dominant unanimous decision win over Pereira (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Suarez said Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had a long road of ups and downs before claiming the belt from Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and while she’s not exactly planning to have downs, she wants to enjoy the journey.

“I want to stay busy; that’s what I want to do,” Suarez told MMAjunkie after the win. “I want to face tough opponents and put in multiple battles. I want to earn my way to the top. I don’t want to just be like, ‘Mouth, mouth, mouth – I’m fighting for the title.’ I want to work for that. I want a journey to there. That’s what makes that win that much better.”

UFC Fight Night 120 took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. Suarez beat Pereira on the FS1-televised card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Although the fight was one-sided and even earned one 30-26 scorecard, Suarez wasn’t able to get a stoppage, as she had in the majority of her fights prior. She didn’t cite any ring rust after taking more than a year off following a win on “The Ultimate Fighter 23;” she just said her Brazilian foe was tough.

“I knew she was going to be a tough opponent, and that’s what my coaches were telling me before the fight,” Suarez said. “It pushes you; it shows you how much you have. She was tough to put away, and give me five more seconds in the last round and I would have finished her, but I’m really excited. I’m proud of my performance, especially after a long layoff.”

With plans to take the scenic route to the belt, the 26-year-old said she’s willing to take on all comers in her weight class. She believes she proved herself in a big way against Pereira, and is ready to do that again against another tough opponent.

“Whatever the UFC gives me, I’ll take it,” Suarez said. “That girl was 13-0 and when they gave me her name I said yes. I’m not scared to put myself out there. You’ve got to take chances in order – you’ll never know unless you put yourself out there.”

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

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Norfolk winner Sean Strickland doesn't feel bad after draw flipped in his favor

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NORFOLK, Va. – Sean Strickland promises he’s a fighter who is humble in victory or defeat, but he’s not feeling all that bad for Court McGee after the decision in their UFC Fight Night 120 bout was flipped from a majority draw to a unanimous decision.

“When it comes down to fighting, a win’s a win,” Strickland told MMAjunkie. “If I have to rob somebody, I’m sorry, buddy, but I’m going to take that rob. … I’m a gracious winner, and I’m a gracious loser. I like to show my opponent respect before and after the fight. If that was the decision I would have sucked it up and (taken) it, but I’m happy I got the W.”

UFC Fight Night 120 took place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The welterweight fight between Strickland (19-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and McGee (18-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to the remainder of the card on FS1.

Regardless of the outcome, Strickland admits he wasn’t very happy with his performance. He’s 4-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2015 but feels he could have had much better results if his octagon showing matched what he does in the gym.

“I’m one of those guys, in the gym I’m phenomenal,” Strickland said. “Then when I come out in the fight, I’m fighting at half of what I am. I know it, and I just need to sack up and bring who I am in the octagon. Maybe my next fight you’re going to see it.”

The victory over McGee helped Strickland rebound from a loss to surging 170-pound contender Kamaru Usman at UFC 210 in April. He said he learned a lot from that defeat and plans to build off his performance at UFC Fight Night 120.

“(Usman) knocked me off the ladder, but all I can keep doing is fighting whoever they give me,” Strickland said. “Keep working my way back up to the top.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Michael Bisping opens as underdog to Kelvin Gastelum in UFC-Shanghai headliner

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Will the three-week turnaround to be too much for former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping?

The opening odds seem to suggest so.

This past weekend, UFC officials announced Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), who lost his title to Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) on Nov. 4, will fight again on Nov. 26, when he meets Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in UFC Fight Night 122’s headliner.

Bisping, who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, replaced Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), who was flagged due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. He takes on Gastelum, who’s an honorable mention in the rankings, in a five-round headliner.

RelatedUFC 217 results: Georges St-Pierre chokes out Michael Bisping to become two-division champ

The fight, which streams on UFC Fight Pass from Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, will mean Bisping is fighting on two different continents in two UFC main events in just a 21-day span. And though he ultimately got put to sleep with St-Pierre’s rear-naked choke, he did take a fair amount of punishment before the fight-ending submission.

That could be part of the reason Bisping has opened as a +120 underdog to -161 favorite Gastelum, according to William Hill, which posted the first line for the fight (via bestfightodds.com).

A winning $100 bet on Bisping would result in a profit of $120; a winning bet on Gastelum would net a profit of $62.11. That gives a implied winning probability of 45.5 percent for Bisping and 61.7 percent for Gastelum.

RelatedMichael Bisping 'crushed inside' after UFC 217 title loss, says he won't retire

Being an underdog, though, is nothing too new for Bisping. His fight with St-Pierre closed as a pick’em with even odds, but when he won the title with an upset of Luke Rockhold, he closed as nearly a 5-1 underdog. A bout prior, he upset Silva as a +210 underdog.

Who wins his next bout? Cast your vote in the poll below.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dieta Gracie: prepare esta deliciosa salada de frutas e vá treinar Jiu-Jitsu

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Salada de frutas

A dieta Gracie reza que as frutas são parte primordial de uma alimentação saudável. Marco Gracie Imperial, neto de Carlos Gracie, conhece a dieta desde o nascimento. Ele diz que a combinação adequada de alimentos, pesquisada por seu avô há décadas, purifica o sangue e previne doenças.

Hoje, vamos mostrar uma receita de salada de frutas feita por Marco para você aproveitar antes ou depois do treino de Jiu-Jitsu.

Salada de frutas Gracie:

Laranjas doces cortadas em pedaços pequenos
Figos frescos (apenas a parte vermelha)
Mamão
Pera
Maçã vermelha
Uvas doces descascadas
Caqui
Mel a gosto

Preparo:

Corte os frutos em pedaços pequenos. Coloque tudo em uma tigela grande e cubra com mel. Sirva fresco!

GMI: Sem tempo para praticar Jiu-Jitsu? Academia inova com método que otimiza o treino

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Studio Personal Academy, nossa GMI no centro do Rio, investe no treino de advogados e outros profissionais com o dia corrido. Foto: Reprodução

[ Por: Bernardo Ribeiro * ]

Nos dias de hoje, o grande inimigo do praticante de Jiu-Jitsu é a falta de tempo para se dedicar ao esporte com consistência. Mas, talvez, esse perigoso obstáculo não seja exatamente “falta de tempo”, mas sim uma dificuldade natural em administrar as horas do seu dia.

Primeiro é preciso que você se conscientize que um horário para queimar algumas calorias e aliviar o estresse é fundamental para qualquer profissional, seja você um funcionário iniciante ou o presidente de uma empresa. Sem saúde não há como a mente render no trabalho.

A seguir, é preciso que você ache uma academia com horários maleáveis para sua rotina, ou seja, adequada aos horários de cada aluno.

Eu sou advogado e pratico Jiu-Jitsu desde que comecei a estudar no centro da cidade, sempre usando o kimono paralelamente ao terno. Desde o início senti a necessidade de ter um lugar para a prática de exercícios físicos ali por perto, já que era difícil sair da faculdade, emendar com o trabalho e ainda chegar a tempo de pegar o meu treino de Jiu-Jitsu. Além de cansativo, você está sempre chegando atrasado, e assim o treino nunca rende como esperado.

Além disso, por todos os colegas advogados e estagiários saberem que eu praticava Jiu-Jitsu, volta e meia eles vinham lamentar comigo por não terem tempo de voltar a vestir o kimono. Os problemas eram os mesmos: eles nunca conseguiam chegar a tempo em suas respectivas academias. A vida de um advogado pode ser muito corrida, a maioria sai dos escritórios por volta das 21h, muitos mais tarde, e isso praticamente impossibilita encontrar um dojô com horário apropriado para treinar.

Fora isso, uma questão que também sempre entrava em pauta entre os ex-praticantes arrependidos era que, hoje, muitos advogados e juízes mais velhos não contavam mais com aquela disposição de chegar à academia para enfrentar alunos na maioria jovens e adolescentes, em treinos que acabariam se resumindo a trocar força ou mesmo ser amassados por garotos novos na ponta dos cascos.

Muitos praticantes buscam voltar a treinar como estudantes de Jiu-Jitsu, não como lutadores, o que é bem diferente. São praticantes que simplesmente amam a arte suave, sentem falta de vestir o kimono e suar no tatame, e também precisam retornar aos poucos.

Daí surgiu a ideia do espaço Studio Personal Academy, uma academia em que o aluno marca um treino particular e totalmente personalizado, NO DIA E NA HORA que ele puder.

O esquema é simples: nós vendemos pacotes de aulas particulares ou em grupo de até quatro pessoas – sempre entre amigos, nunca pessoas desconhecidas. A partir daí, o aluno vai escolher o dia e horário que quer treinar. No Studio Personal Academy no Rio de Janeiro não é a academia que disponibiliza o horário da aula, o aluno agenda o horário que ele tem disponível e nós apenas damos a aula.

Na prática, a ideia inovadora tem funcionado muito bem. O aluno, por exemplo, compra dez aulas particulares para serem utilizada em até dois meses, e escolhe dia e hora do treino. Não há nenhuma restrição: ele pode pode selecionar um dia às 7h da manhã, no outro às 16h ou 19h, dependendo apenas da sua agenda naquele período.

Dessa forma, estamos conseguindo contornar essa dificuldade do público que trabalha no centro da cidade e que tem a vida constantemente corrida; o aluno sente o dia que ele estará mais tranquilo no trabalho, liga pra academia e marca a hora do treino.

Recentemente, incluímos em nosso rol de atividades a maior novidade do mundo fitness no Brasil, a tecnologia de treino EMS (eletroestimulação muscular). É um treino que na Europa e nos Estados Unidos já virou febre entre atletas de alto rendimento, como Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal e outros.

Somos um dos três únicos lugares no Rio de Janeiro a oferecer esse tipo de tecnologia. É um treinamento completo, que em 20 minutos trabalha mais de 300 músculos do seu corpo simultaneamente, sendo equivalente a 1h30min de um treino convencional. Ou seja, mais resultados em menos horas por dia.

Investimos nessa tecnologia justamente por acreditar que se encaixa na nossa proposta, oferecer ao praticante mais qualidade de vida e otimizar o tempo dos nossos alunos. Se você é um executivo e trabalha no centro, sabe como é difícil ter tempo para ir à academia, mas se uma horinha é sempre um problema, certamente 20 minutinhos você consegue.

Nesse tipo de treino, que é intenso, o aluno veste uma roupa com eletrodos que estimulam os músculos através de estímulos elétricos e contrações involuntárias diretamente em todos seus músculos: pernas, glúteos, braços, abdome, costas e peitoral.

Após alguns minutos, o praticante sente os benefícios de um treino que tonifica os músculos, aumenta a massa muscular, melhora o condicionamento físico, reduz a celulite e a gordura corporal, melhora a dor nas costas, prorroga a atividade metabólica por até 72 horas, tudo isso sem gerar nenhum impacto excessivo nas articulações, ou seja, sem grandes riscos de lesão.

Portanto, lute com a gente para otimizar seu tempo com inteligência. Lembre-se que o dia tem 24 horas, basta você separar apenas uma delas, ou menos, para você fazer o que ama e se sentir muito melhor.

 

* Bernardo Ribeiro é advogado e fundador do espaço Studio Personal Academy, dojô no Rio de Janeiro voltado para oferecer a profissionais e ao público do centro da cidade maior qualidade de vida por meio da prática de artes marciais.

 

>>> Quer divulgar sua academia de Jiu-Jitsu e espalhar para o mundo de que modo ela está mudando sua comunidade? Mande um email para gmi@graciemag.com e saiba como entrar para o clube de vantagens GRACIEMAG Indica!

UFC 220 in Boston gets new bouts, including Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja

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The lineup is taking shape for January’s UFC 220 event in Massachusetts.

New bookings include flyweights Dustin Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and featherweights Kyle Bochniak (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Brandon Davis (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

UFC officials announced the fights via @BGlobeSports.

UFC 220 takes place Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been determined.

RelatedUFC 220 gets 2 new matchups, including Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font

Ortiz, who’s No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, is coming off a “Performance of the Night” win over Hector Sandoval. The 28-year-old registered the fastest knockout in flyweight history with the 15-second stoppage, which came after a 1-3 stretch against the upper echelon of the division. He now takes on No. 15-ranked Pantoja, a 27-year-old Brazilian who signed with the UFC after winning RFA and AXS TV “super fight” titles. He’s since defeated Eric Shelton (split decision) and Neil Seery (submission) to push his winning streak to 11 fights.

Bochniak, a 30-year-old from Massachusetts, went 6-0 with CES MMA before signing with the UFC, where he has decision losses to Charles Rosa and Jeremy Kennedy, and a decision victory over Enrique Barzola. He meets Davis, a 27-year-old from Mississippi who signed with the UFC after earning a decision win over Austin Arnett at DWCS 4. It was his seventh straight victory.

The latest UFC 220 lineup includes:

  • Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
  • Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis

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


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Abu Dhabi Grand Slam de Jiu-Jitsu: Os resultados finais da faixa-preta no Rio de Janeiro

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Isaque Bahiense e Gustavo Braguinha fizeram a final até 85kg do Abu Dhabi Grand Slm do Rio. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr.

O último dia do Abu Dhabi Grand Slam de Jiu-Jitsu no Rio de Janeiro definiu os campeões da faixas-preta, no master 1 e adulto, além dos faixas-azuis e atletas do parajiu-jitsu, que também pisaram no tatame nesse domingo, dia 12 de novembro, na Arena Carioca 1.

Entre a elite da arte suave, grandes duelos foram apresentados, além da superluta do Abu Dhabi Legends entre os ex-atletas do UFC Carlão Barreto e Rafael Carino. Com uma queda, Carino, da Nova União, abriu 2 a 0 no placar e levou a vitória sobre Carlão.

Confira abaixo os resultados da faixa-preta no último dia!

MASCULINO

56kg – José Carlos “Cocó” (GFTeam) conseguiu se movimentar bem no duelo contra David Herrera (Soul Fighters) e faturou a disputa por 2 a 1 nas vantagens, após 0 a 0 nos pontos.

62kg – Companheiros de Cícero Costha, Hiago George e João Miyao fizeram um duelo com muito giro. Após forte duelo nas raspagens, e o empate em 6 a 6, Hiago faturou com 1 a 0 nas vantagens.

69kg – João Neto (Alliance) aplicou um triângulo justo em Rafael Mansur (NS Brotherhood) logo nos primeiros minutos. Mansur tentou escapar como pôde, mas acabou batendo na posição.

77kg – Com uma queda, Hugo Marques (Soul Fighters) abriu 2 a 0 nos pontos e superou Ricardo “Pingo” (NS Brotherhood) e ficou com o ouro.

85kg – Isaque Bahiense (Alliance) fez luta dura contra o não menos craque Gustavo Braguinha (NS Brotherhood). No fim das contas, a vitória veio para Isaque por 1 a 0 nas vantagens.

94kg – Patrick Gaudio (GFTeam) ficou com o título ao vencer Guilherme Santos (Alliance) na decisão dos árbitros após luta parelha na final.

110kg – Polonês integrante da NS Brotherhood, Gerald Labinski conquistou uma vantagem sobre Igor Silva (Commando Group) a partir da meia-guarda e garantiu a vitória ao estabilizar bem por cima no combate.

FEMININO

49kg – Mayssa Bastos (GFTeam) ficou com o ouro sem adversárias na categoria

55kg – Em luta parelha, Amanda Nogueira (GFTeam) superou a companheira de equipe Mayara Abraão por 2 a 0 nos pontos

62kg – Bia Mesquita e Bia Basílio mais uma vez ficaram frente a frente numa final de campeonato. Para vencer, Bia Mesquita raspou e montou por 6 pontos.

70kg – Irmã de Rodolfo Veira, Ana Carolina “Baby” finalizou Thamara Silva (Cícero Costha) com um estrangulamento.

90kg – Cláudia do Val (De la Riva) encarou a dura faixa-marrom Heloisa Ferreira (Alliance) e venceu na decisão dos árbitros após múltiplas tentativas de finalizar.

Na disputa por equipes, a GFTeam ficou com o primeiro lugar, seguido pela Gracie Barra em segundo e Nova União em terceiro. Para conferir os resultados completos, clique aqui.

Fight Nights Global 79 set for Nov. 19 with champ Pavlovich vs. Sidelnikov, Pesta vs. Kudin

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Russia’s Fight Nights Global returns to action next Sunday for “FNG 79: Pavlovich vs. Sidelnikov,” a 10-fight card that takes place at Dizel Arena in Penza, Russia.

In the main event, undefeated FNG light heavyweight champion Sergey Pavlovich (11-0) meets sambo ace and longtime Fedor Emelianenko protege Kirill Sidelnikov (11-4). The co-feature sees five-time UFC veteran Viktor Pesta (11-4) make his promotional debut against Belarusian vet Alexei Kudin (23-10).

The card is expected to posted to UFC Fight Pass as Video On Demand shortly after the conclusion of the event.

Pavlovich and Sidelnikov were originally slated to meet in March, but a Sidelnikov injury forced him to withdraw from the contest, and Pavlovich went on to score the FNG title in the interim, adding significance to the rescheduled matchup.

Pavlovich’s professional record remains perfect through the first 11 bouts of his career, with eight of those wins coming by knockout – and all of those coming in the first round. Meanwhile Sidelnikov brings a five-fight winning streak into the contest.

Pesta was released from the UFC earlier this year following an unsuccessful five-fight run. However, he rebounded with a January TKO of Michal Kita in the Czech Republic and now makes his FNG debut. He now meets Kudin, who turned pro in 2002 and enters the bout on the strength of back-to-back decision wins.

The FNG 79 lineup includes:

  • Champ Sergey Pavlovich vs. Kirill Sidelnikov – for light heavyweight title
  • Alexei Kudin vs. Viktor Pesta
  • Charles Andrade vs. Vladimir Seliverstov
  • Marat Magomedov vs. Rashad Muradov
  • Mikhail Lebedev vs. Rustam Madoyan
  • Ramil Mustapaev vs. TBA
  • Chermen Kobesov vs. Andrey Kurochkin
  • Roman Silagadze vs. TBA
  • Davor Matic vs. Ivan Okhlopkov
  • Sergey Kistanov vs. Dmitriy Tomaev

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Dustin Poirier and UFC Fight Night 120's other winning fighters?

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UFC Fight Night 120 was touted as one of the most stacked non-pay-per-view and non-FOX cards this year, and in the end, the six-fight main card largely delivered at Ted Constant Convocations Center in Norfolk, Va.

Headliner Dustin Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) pulled off the crowning performance of the card when he beat former UFC champ Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) by third-round stoppage in the FS1-televised bout, continuing his solid run in the 155-pound division.

Elsewhere on the card, Matt Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC), Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC), Cezar Ferreira (12-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Raphael Assuncao (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) earned victories that ranged from total domination to scorecard squeakers.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 120’s winning fighters.

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Clay Guida

Joseph Duffy

Should fight: Joseph Duffy
Why they should fight: Guida’s return to the UFC lightweight division is proving to be a good one after he moved to 2-0 with a victory over fellow UFC veteran Joe Lauzon.

Despite spending a decade together under the UFC banner, Guida and Lauzon had never crossed paths. When it finally happened, “The Carpenter” pulled off a first-round TKO victory over Lauzon to continue his revival in the 155-pound division.

Guida said his stint in the featherweight division was only to provide “star power” to the weight class, but he admitted lightweight is best for him. He believes he can do big things, but at 35 and with more than 50 pro fights, it remains to be seen how far he can go.

If Guida can consistently rack up wins like he did against Lauzon, he’ll have a place on the UFC roster for as long as he wants. He’s going to get challenging competition every time out, though, and Duffy (16-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is a very dangerous fighter.

Duffy is coming off a TKO loss to James Vick at UFC 217 this month and will surely be looking to rebound as quickly as possible. Guida represents a solid name for the Irishman, and Duffy would be a solid win for Guida.

Raphael Assuncao

Cody Garbrandt

Should fight: Cody Garbrandt
Why they should fight: Assuncao emerged victorious in a high-risk fight against an up-and-coming bantamweight when he picked up a brutal third-round knockout of Matthew Lopez.

Lopez came into the fight looking to threaten Assuncao’s status as an established top-five fighter in the 135-pound division. The Brazilian denied that possibility, though, and improved to a ridiculous 10-1 in his past 11 UFC appearances.

There’s good and bad for Assuncao at this point. He owns a victory over newly crowned UFC bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, but he also has a loss to the currently titleholder in their rematch at UFC 200 in July 2016. A trilogy could always happen if the circumstances are right, but at this point, it’s obvious the UFC isn’t eager to push Assuncao into a title shot.

That leaves him in the undesirable position of fighting top opponents until he loses again or wins to the point he can’t be denied. He’ll surely want the latter, and that means taking on the next best available challenge. At this point, recently dethroned champ Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) would be his best way to make a statement.

Cezar Ferreira

Antonio Carlos Junior

Should fight: Antonio Carlos Junior
Why they should fight: Ferreira’s return to the middleweight division has been largely successful. He improved to 4-1 since returning to the weight class after scoring a split-decision victory over tough veteran and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” winner had had some ups and downs in his UFC tenure, but his form is consistently improving. He caught a version of Marquardt wh’os in the twilight of his career, but beating “The Great” is still a somewhat meaningful accomplishment.

Ferreira has fallen short against his most notable opponents in the past, but against Marquardt, he came through. He needs a solid test at this point, and when it comes to 185-pound fighters on the rise, Carlos Junior (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) looks pretty good.

Carlos Junior is another “TUF: Brazil” winner who is on a four-fight winning streak, which includes a recent submission win over Jack Marshman at UFC Fight Night 119. A matchup between the two reality-show winners is a solid enough narrative, and the fact their skills match up well only makes things better.

Andrei Arlovski

Curtis Blaydes

Should fight: Curtis Blaydes
Why they should fight: Just when Arlovski appeared to be written off for good in the UFC heavyweight division, the former champ rebounded with a crucial victory against Brazilian prospect Junior Albini.

It’s been a rough road for Arlovski in recent years. However, he managed to snap a brutal five-fight losing skid when he picked up a unanimous-decision win over Albini to return to the win column for the first time since September 2015.

Regardless of whether anyone has objections over Arlovski still fighting at this point, the 38-year-old is determined to keep going, even if he has to fight unheralded opponents in the heavyweight division.

That’s a useful item to have for UFC matchmakers, and they will likely continue to use Arlovski as a measuring stick for rising talent. Albini was unable to pass, but perhaps Blaydes (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who’s another fighter with growing momentum, would have something else to offer “The Pitbull.”

Matt Brown

Should fight: No one
Why: Although Brown has already walked back the possibility of a guaranteed retirement, a brutal knockout of Diego Sanchez seems like a solid way to ride off into the sunset for “The Immortal.”

Brown originally announced his bout with Sanchez would mark his retirement. However, he slowed those conversations ahead of fight night. Even with the first-round knockout of “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner, it’s still an option worth considering, and Brown seems like he’s going to take some time off to make that decision.

With 24 UFC fights under his belt and at age 36, Brown has gone through the ringer inside the octagon. Every fighter who retires appears to have some measure of reluctance, but for Brown, there’s not much more to prove.

He said a hiatus from competition is coming and that it’s just a matter of whether it sticks. Only time will tell, but regardless of which way it goes, it seems Brown won’t be fighting anytime soon, and for that reason, speculating on matchmaking possibilities is a useless endeavor.

Dustin Poirier

Should fight: Winner of Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Poirier should fight the winner of the UFC 218 bout between Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Injury forces champ Patricio Freire out of Bellator 188; Lahat vs. Labiano new headliner

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Injury has caused a major blow to this Thursday’s Bellator 188.

Featherweight champion Patricio Freire (26-4 MMA, 14-4 BMMA), who was supposed to meet Daniel Weichel (39-9, 8-1 BMMA) in the night’s title headliner, today announced that he had to withdraw due to “multiple injuries.” News of the canceled main event was first reported on Twitter by Ram Giboa.

Bellator 188 takes place Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. The main card airs on Spike the following day via tape delay.

In a statement released on Instagram, “Pitbull” Freire elaborated on the issues that plagued his camp. While he tried his best to work around a series of injuries, Freire said that, last Thursday, one of them got worse. After a sparring session on Friday, the champ and his team decided he was in no condition to step in the cage.

“It’d be a disrespect to me, to the fans, to my opponent and to Bellator,” Freire stated. “I’ll have to take 30 days off, and then I’ll be able to start training again. I plan to fight in February at the latest and defend my belt against Daniel Weichel.”

“I’m sad to announce I’ll no longer be fighting in Israel next week. Multiple injuries prevent me to perform.

A couple months ago due to a training accident I suffered a serious injury and started treating it immediately. I had to stop training for a few weeks and then I was able to start with several limitations. But due to those, other parts of my body were overcharged and new injuries kept piling up.

I’ve been doing physical therapy three times a day, I was lent a 25k dollars machine to sleep with every day, and although I wasn’t in my best condition I had no intention to pull out. In all my years in Bellator I only pulled out of a fight once due to a hand fracture.

Up until Wednesday the fight was 100% on. On Thursday came the doubt as one of the injuries aggravated. I deliberated with my team what to do up to 2am. I decided to test myself on Friday on my last sparring session. And then it became obvious I had no condition to step up in that cage. It’d be a disrespect to me, to the fans, to my opponent and to Bellator.

I’ll have to take 30 days off and then I’ll be able to start training again. I plan to fight in February at the latest and defend my belt against Daniel Weichel.

See you all soon.”

Freire and Weichel met before, in 2015, at Bellator 183. Freire was the winner via second-round knockout. Freire would have entered the rematch off a tetralogy meeting with former champion Daniel Straus – which saw “Pitbull” re-claim the featherweight title. Weichel, in turn, went on a four-fight streak after the loss to Freire.

MMAjunkie was able to confirm with Freire’s camp that, as originally reported by MMAFighting.com, Bellator lightweight Patricky Freire tried to step in for his brother. While Patricio never got to make the trip to Israel, Patricky is there with Pitbull Brothers athlete Luiz Victor Rocha, who fights on the preliminary card.

While the former l55-pound title challenger was willing to either meet Weichel at lightweight or anyone else under a 160-pound catchweight limit, Bellator didn’t take him up on it. Bellator has confirmed that a featherweight meeting between Israel’s Noad Lahat and Jeremiah Labiano is now the night’s main event.

Freire’s camp is now hoping that Rocha’s fight, against Israeli fighter Kirill Medvedovski, will get upgraded to the main card. The promotion, however, hasn’t released a new bout order yet.

For more on Bellator 188, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Jake Collier looking for some momentum, and wants it at home at UFC-St. Louis

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NORFOLK, Va. – Jake Collier is trying to keep his career goals small and manageable at this point. Right now, that means no more than getting a few consecutive wins together.

Collier’s (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) UFC tenure has been up and down since he joined the organization in December 2014. He had another high on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120 with a unanimous decision win over Marcel Fortuna (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), and he said now is the time to get some momentum going.

For Collier, there would be no better place to do that than at UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan 14., which takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis – not far from Collier’s home

“I’d love to (fight on that card),” Collier told MMAjunkie. “I’ll take a week or so and get my fight back together and see if the UFC wants to throw me somebody. That’s seriously only an hour from my house – that’s my backyard. I want to fight on that card. I’m going to take about a week off and see if I can start making some noise and get on that card.”

Collier said he was looking for an impressive stoppage at UFC Fight Night 120, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., but knew putting away Fortuna inside the distance was going to be tough. He knows his opponent had faced bigger and stronger opponents in the past, so he still considers a victory on the scorecards to be significant.

With hopes of getting back-to-back wins for the first time in the UFC in his next fight, Collier said he will fight anyone the 185-pound division has to offer. However, if matchmakers want to give him a fellow striker, he would be more than open to it.

“Nobody in the UFC is easy,” Collier said. “I prefer a non-wrestler so we can stand and exchange a little bit and put on a show for the crowd because that’s kind of what I like to do. That’s all I really ask for.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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