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Cris Cyborg rep: Holly Holm 'pricing herself out' of UFC 219 title fight intentionally

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Women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg agreed to fight Holly Holm at UFC 219 – that’s what her camp knows.

If money is what’s preventing the fight from happening, a representative for Cyborg says they’ll just have to move on.

“The big fights are the ones you want as a fighter,” manager George Prajin today told MMAjunkie. “Those lead to the most money. I can’t speak for her camp. All I can say is that Cris has agreed to the fight.”

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

Cyborg remains on good terms with the UFC and awaits her next matchup, Prajin said. That search remains active as the date for her possible return approaches.

Camps for Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) were in talks for a fight at UFC 219, which takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But today Holm’s longtime manager, Lenny Frequez, told MMAFighting.com the deal is “dead” after he and the promotion “could not come to financial terms.”

“I would assume Holly doesn’t want to fight Cris,” Prajin said. “Holly is pricing herself out of the fight because she doesn’t want to fight her.”

Fresquez didn’t immediately reply to a message requesting comment.

UFC President Dana White was optimistic about getting a deal done, as was Holm, though she expressed concerns over drug testing that eventually spilled into a social media fight in which Cyborg and Holm verbally sparred over the issue.

RelatedCris Cyborg clarifies stance on Holly Holm and USADA testing

Cyborg complained she’s been targeted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and questioned whether Holm’s camp – which she claimed had perpetuated more doping violations than any other camp – was under the same scrutiny. Holm shot back a video reply pointing out she’d actually been tested on more occasions in the most recent quarter of the year.

Prajin, though, shot down the idea that drug testing had anything to do with the difficulty putting the fight together. The real problem, he added, is finding a willing opponent.

“There aren’t many girls willing to fight her in the first place,” Prajin said. “So whoever’s willing to take that courageous step, hey, we welcome it.”

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

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Why fighting Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night 120 made sense to Anthony Pettis

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – For the past couple of years, Anthony Pettis has been trying to figure out what makes sense.

When Pettis lost his lightweight title to Rafael dos Anjos in March 2015 at UFC 185, “Showtime” stuck around in the division for another two fights, only to lose to eventual champion Eddie Alvarez and top contender Edson Barboza back to back.

That prompted a move to featherweight, where Pettis choked out Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21 last year before failing to make weight for an interim title fight with current undisputed champion Max Holloway, who won by third-round TKO.

Where did all this leave Pettis? Wanting to return to 155 pounds, which he did in July and picked up a decision win over Jim Miller at UFC 213.

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Now Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) gears up for a UFC Fight Night 120 headliner on Saturday vs. Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC), which takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and airs on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Simply put, the matchup just makes sense to Pettis.

“They actually gave me the choice. They said, ‘Who do you want to fight next?’ Dustin Poirier made sense coming off that Eddie Alvarez fight,” Pettis told MMAjunkie on Wednesday. “Eddie was booked or about to be booked for ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ That left Dustin open. … I’ve been watching his style for a long time. For me it made sense. I just got done with a southpaw training camp in Jim Miller. Let’s move right to Dustin Poirier, another southpaw, and I can just refine these skills.”

Poirier enters the bout after a controversial finish with Alvarez at UFC 211. The fight ended when Alvarez landed illegal knees to the downed Poirier, resulting in a no-contest.

Related'Countdown to UFC Fight Night 120' full episode with Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier

Poirier originally wanted a rematch with Alvarez but eventually saw the upside in a match with Pettis, who gives Poirier credit for having a “complete fighting style.” But he also feels the matchup suits him just fine.

“I feel like my fighting style is a little different than everyone he’s faced in the lightweight division,” Pettis said. “He’s never felt a guy like me, where I can have that many tools and that many options when it comes to striking. It’s not just a boxing match for me. I got the kicks. I got the takedowns if I need them. And I have the experience. I’ve fought so many five-round fights. It’s not even a big deal to me anymore.

“I think I definitely have a lot of advantages. I just have to fight my game plan. I can’t let him get his confidence. When he fights going forward, that’s when we see a dangerous Dustin Poirier. When he’s on his heels, that’s when he has problems.”

To hear more from Pettis, watch the video above.

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

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Frankie Edgar injured, off UFC 218 title fight vs. Max Holloway

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Frankie Edgar has suffered an injury and will not be able to compete against featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 218.

Brazilian outlet Combate first reported the news, which ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto confirmed. Sources close to the fighters told MMAjunkie that Edgar suffered a fractured orbital bone.

The title fight was set to headline the UFC 218 pay-per-view, which takes place at Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Representatives for Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) declined comment to MMAjunkie on the situation.

The Combate report states a search is underway for a replacement to face Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-2 UFC), who was to make his first title defense as undisputed champ after unifying the title with a dominant win over Jose Aldo at UFC 212.

Edgar most recently notched a win over up-and-comer Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211, upping his current win streak to two after a loss to Aldo in a fight for the interim featherweight title at UFC 200.

The UFC 218 lineup now includes:

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

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. TBA – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

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

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson? Don't get too excited just yet

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UFC President Dana White made headlines late Tuesday night when he said, according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, that the promotion was moving its Feb. 24 event from Orlando to England to have rising welterweight Darren Till headline vs. Stephen Thompson in his home country.

As it turns out, that wasn’t entirely true, which Pugmire clarified today in a series of tweets.

Just wanted to correct the schedule info. that @danawhite referred to regarding @darrentill2 last night …

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

White said he's pulling Till from the 2/24 Orlando card and moving him in bout against @WonderboyMMA in Till's "hometown."

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

While there's a March 17 Fight Night card in London, White specified Till would fight in his hometown, Liverpool.

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

Here was White's quote: "So what you do is, I literally switch my whole schedule. I’m laying [stuff] out here I shouldn’t be talking about.

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

…. We’re supposed to do this fight in Orlando. I’m pulling it from Orlando and I’m moving it out to his hometown in England."

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

White later said he has a staff meeting today to hammer out the details of several fights, including @darrentill2 vs. @WonderboyMMA

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

Apologize for the confusion on the @darrentill2 matter, obviously a star in the making, which White details in coming @latimessports story.

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s start with this fact: UFC Fight Night 127 already was announced for Feb. 24 at Amway Center in Orlando. And, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, that remains unchanged.

It seems the UFC planned to put the undefeated Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC), coming off a huge win over Donald Cerrone, on that card but would now rather have him headline in his hometown of Liverpool – which, of course, makes a ton of sense. For what it’s worth, the UFC declined comment when reached by MMAjunkie.

Where the confusion comes into play is Pugmire seemingly drawing the conclusion – based on White’s quote – that the UFC aimed to relocate UFC Fight Night 127 from Orlando to Liverpool. Potentially standing in the way of that are a few things.

RelatedAfter biggest win of career over 'Cowboy' Cerrone, Darren Till sets sights on 'Wonderboy' Thompson

First, there’s the fact that Liverpool’s Echo Arena is already booked for Cage Warriors 90 on Feb. 24, although, given the good working relationship between the two promotions, one would think Cage Warriors would give up the venue for the UFC’s debut in the city.

Then again, if the UFC really wants Till to headline a card in England, the easy choice would be UFC Fight Night 128 just three weeks later on March 17 at The O2 in London. But it sounds like Liverpool specifically is what the UFC wants.

Last, but not least, another potential road block is whether or not the UFC’s reported desired opponent for Till will be healthy enough by Feb. 24 – or if he even wants the fight. Thompson’s father and coach, Ray Thompson, told MMAFighting.com that there’s no interest in Till and that such a matchup hadn’t even been pitched by the UFC. Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) faces a 45-day medical suspension after his win over Jorge Masvidal this past weekend at UFC 217. Who knows if “Wonderboy” will even be ready on time?

So, basically, the UFC wants a specific thing to happen – Till headlining in his hometown of Liverpool. But it’ll take a lot of shifting parts to make that a reality.

We’ll wait and see.

For more on UFC Fight Night 127, visit 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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24 is the magic number for UFC Fight Night 120's Clay Guida and Joe Lauzon

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Clay Guida and Joe Lauzon have been fighting in the UFC for 11 years and never fought each other.

Of all the places they’d end that streak, Norfolk, Va., doesn’t seem like a leading candidate. They seemed to have been chugging along fine fighting everyone but each other.

The UFC couldn’t hold off forever, though.

Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) and Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) are a few days away from finally exchanging fists Saturday on the FS1-televised main card of UFC Fight Night 120. With 24 octagon bouts apiece and 24 post-fight bonuses between them, they’re two of the most experienced and rewarded UFC competitors to ever face off.

“It’s going to be fireworks in there, and everybody knows it,” Guida said. “This fight has been a long time coming. Somehow, Joe and I have always just maybe missed each other. You know we’d never dodge anybody.

It had never been offered to me, and I’m sure it had never been offered to him. I jumped right at it, just like I’m sure he jumped at it.”

Don’t tell Guida the fight should have happened a decade ago. You’ll make him feel old.

Guida might be 35, but he’s feeling better now than he did a decade ago. Every part of his job has been maximized for efficiency. There’s no more of the waste that comes with youth.

He ventures the thing that’s kept him going this long is his work ethic. He is always training and improving in the gym. He also might have some really good genetics.

It’s long past the time Guida and Lauzon were considered hot up-and-comers with the potential to fight for a title. But Guida said there’s still time to get back to that status, no matter how crowded the lightweight division is with new and established talent.

“Here’s the deal – I left the UFC lightweight division a few years ago to go down to 145 for star power,” he said. “I was probably No. 3 in the rankings. I had back-to-back decision losses to Benson Henderson, who went on to be the champ, Gray Maynard, who was almost the champ – those are arguably two of the best guys in the world at the time, and I lost razor-close decisions.

“I left on my terms. I left in the top three or four, and I’m going to be back in the top one or two within the year. I’m coming for all these jokers and clowns and hot shots that think they’re tough.”

For more from Guida, check out the video above.

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

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UFC 217 medical suspensions: Georges St-Pierre, Stephen Thompson receive 45 days

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Georges St-Pierre’s triumphant return at UFC 217 earned him the middleweight title and a 45-day medical suspension, likely from some nasty cuts courtesy of Michael Bisping.

St-Pierre’s (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) former training partner, Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC), walked away from the event with a unanimous-decision win over Jorge Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC) and the same 45-day term.

MMAjunkie today received a full list of medical suspensions stemming from this past Saturday’s event, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York and was regulated by the New York State Athletic Commission.

RelatedUFC 217 post-event facts: Record set as 3 new champs crowned in historic night

Citing medical privacy laws, the commission said it does not release details on the nature of the suspensions.

Thompson reported a thumb injury in the wake of his win, leading to speculation about his readiness to return for a proposed fight with Darren Till at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 24. After UFC President Dana White confirmed the matchup, Thompson told MMAWeekly.com he had not received or accepted an offer to face Till.

All fighters received a minimum 7-day suspension.

The full list of medical suspensions from UFC 217 include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Ex-champ Andrei Arlovski knows he can't keep losing, but 'it's primetime for heavyweights'

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski knows the score. He can’t continue to keep losing in the octagon.

After five straight setbacks, it’s unlikely the UFC will give him many more chances – if any – with a loss to Junior Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120.

“I consider myself a smart person, and if I’m going to be losing all the time and getting hit, of course, I’m going to finish this,” Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) told MMAjunkie in advance of his FS1-televised fight against Albini at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. “I don’t want to be an invalid in a few years, because I have family, and I still have a lot of things to do in my life.”

What’s keeping Arlovski in the fight is the possibility he might be able to reverse the trend. He sees examples like UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and boxing legend George Foreman and thinks he could turn things around late in his career.

As long as he feels he can still compete in the octagon, who’s to tell him he can’t?

“I think it’s primetime for heavyweights,” Arlovski said. “I think I still have a few more years.”

That said, Arlovski is making accomodations to make sure the final years of his career are comfortable. He is now training at the famed American Top Team in South Florida, close to where his family resides, after seven years of working with Greg Jackson at Jackson Winkeljohn Academy.

It was very hard for Arlovski to leave Jackson, but he could no longer bear being away from his loved ones for extended periods of time during training camp.

Now undertaking his second fight under the new camp, Arlovski’s first and foremost goal against Albini is to stay on task. He is prone to getting into reckless firefights, which isn’t good for his chin. If he wants to be successful, he mustn’t stray from the strategies that work.

“I have to be patient,” he said. “I understand expectations are awesome, but for me, it’s more important to stick with my gameplan against Albini.”

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

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

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Abu Dhabi Grand Slam de Jiu-Jitsu: A análise das disputas na faixas-preta

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Xande Ribeiro e Felipe Preguiça fizeram grande duelo na última edição no Rio. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr.

Grandes emoções no aguardam para a edição de 2017 do Abu Dhabi Grand Slam do Rio de Janeiro. O torneio tem início nesta sexta-feira, dia 10 de novembro, com os faixas-brancas e roxas, mas é no sábado, dia 11, que os melhores faixas-pretas do mundo entram em ação para disputar o ouro e os prêmios em dinheiro da competição.

GRACIEMAG mergulhou na lista de inscritos e fez uma prévia do que esperar de cada divisão, no masculino e no feminino. Confira abaixo e deixe sua opinão com os favoritos nos comentários!

MASCULINO PRETA

56kg

A dupla da GFTeam João Nakamura (já ranqueado na UAEJJ) e José Carlos Lima (Campeão mundial na marrom e campeão no Grand Slam de Los Angeles) promete sacudir a divisão, com outros nomes que devemos ficar de olho, como Paulo Pizziali (Nova União) e José Carlos Filho (Pr1mera).

62kg

João Miyao (Cícero Costha) entra como favorito na divisão, juntamente dos companheiros de equipe já locais no Grand Slam do Rio Hiago George e José Thiago. Outro atleta que pode embolar a categoria é Hiago Sousa (Alliance).

69kg

Campeão no ano passado, Isaque Paiva (Saikoo) terá mais desafios este ano para defender seu título. Um dos que chegam forte na categoria é Fernandinho Vieira (Carlos Holanda JJ), campeão mundial da IBJJF que vem embalado por outros títulos na temporada, além da fera Rafael Mansur (NS Brotherhood).

77kg

Com grandes nomes como Jaime Canuto (GFTeam), Celsinho Venicius (Ryan Gracie), Luan Carvalho (Nova União) e Hugo Marques (Soul Fighters), a divisão até 77kg promete ser uma das mais inflamadas da competição.

85kg

Feras do calibre de Isaque Bahiense (Alliance), Ruan Oliveira (Soulfighters), Vinicius Marinho (GFTeam), Thiago Sá (Checkmat) e Gustavo Braguinha(NS Brotherhood) fazem desta divisão uma das mais abertas do torneio.

94kg

Terror dos campeonatos na Europa, o polonês Adam Wardzinski (Zlomiarz Team Gdansk) chega para disputar seu primeiro torneio no Brasil como faixa-preta. Contudo, a fera não terá vida fácil, já que na mesma divisão ele encontrará cascas-grossas como Xande Ribeiro (Ribeiro JJ), Lucas Hulk (Atos), Patrick Gáudio (GFTeam) e Dimitrius Sousa (Alliance).

110kg

Na divisão mais pesada do masculino, os gigantes Alexander Trans (GFTeam) e Igor Silva (Commando Group) se juntam a feras como Igor “Tigrão” (NS Brotherhood), Gustavo Elias (Ribeiro JJ) e Guilherme Cordiviola (GFTeam).

FEMININO MARROM/PRETA

49kg

Três nomes da GFTeam estão na chave: Thamires Aquino, e as faixas-marrons Mayssa Bastos e Tamiris Vieira.

55kg

Em divisão apenas com faixas-marrons, a fera Gabriela Fechter (Checkmat) entra como favorita na chave com quatro atletas.

64kg

Divisão da morte no feminino conta com nomes como Bia Mesquita (Gracie Humaitá), Luiza Monteiro (NS Brotherhood), Bia Basílio (Almeida JJ) e a ex-desafiante ao cinturão do UFC Jéssica Andrade (PRVT).

70kg

Em divisão recheada, nomes como Ana Carolina Vieira (GFTeam), Renata Marinho (Alliance), Glaucia Braga (Gracie Barra), Julia Boscher (Soul Fighters), Erin Herle (Alliance)

90kg

Feras como Claudia do Val (De la Riva), Samela Sohamy (Ribeiro JJ), Brenda Heler (Gracie Humaitá), Karlona Hipólito (Top Brother) e Carina Santi (G13) chegam com destaque na divisão.

Cage Warriors 89 adds Belgium's Tommy Depret vs. 5-time UFC vet John Maguire

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With Cage Warriors visiting Belgium later this month, the promotion has added a local veteran to take on a UFC vet.

Cage Warriors officials today announced that Belgium’s Tommy Depret (12-5) will take on England’s John Maguire (24-9) at Cage Warriors 89, which takes place Nov. 25 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. As with all Cage Warriors events, the card stream on UFC Fight Pass.

“Scarface” Depret enters the fight on a two-fight winning streak, scoring first-round stoppages in both affairs. Eleven of Depret’s 12 career wins have come by stoppage, including six in the first round.

Meanwhile, “The One” Maguire debuted in the UFC in 2011 with back-to-back victories, including a “Submission of the Night” win over DaMarques Johnson. However, consecutive decision losses to John Hathaway, Matt Riddle and Mitch Clarke saw him part ways with the promotion. Maguire has gone 6-3 since his release, including a 5-1 run in his past six outings.

The Cage Warriors 89 lineup now includes:

  • Karl Moore vs. Mauro Cerilli
  • Cindy Dandois vs. Kerry Hughes
  • Tommy Depret vs. John Maguire
  • Donovan Desmae vs. Aiden Lee
  • Ayton De Paepe vs. Jack Shore
  • Massai Sant’anna vs. Artur Szczepaniak
  • Leon Jansen vs. Jan Quaeyhaegens
  • Ben Dandois vs. Chico Martinez
  • Sameer Alekozai vs. Matthias Lodahl

For more on Cage Warriors 89, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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UFC Fight Night 120 pre-event facts: Matt Brown matches longtime record in retirement bout

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The UFC’s lengthy stretch of events in the fourth quarter of the year continues Saturday with UFC Fight Night 120, which takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The deep fight card filled with notable names features a key lightweight bout in the main event. Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) looks to continue his run of success since returning to the 155-pound division when he takes on former UFC champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in a matchup with high potential for fireworks.

Four other former UFC champions and title challengers are also featured on the card, which marks the organization’s fourth event in Virginia. For more on the numbers behind the event, check below for 80 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 120.

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Main event

Dustin Poirier

Poirier is 5-1 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2015.

Poirier’s 13 victories since 2011 in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (19), Demetrious Johnson (15) and Max Holloway (14).

Poirier’s eight stoppage victories since 2011 in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in the company behind Cerrone (13), Tony Ferguson (nine) and Holloway (nine).

Poirier lands 6.72 significant strikes per minute in UFC lightweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Poirier is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn two or more submission victories by D’Arce choke. Tony Ferguson and Vicente Luque also accomplished the feat.

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Anthony Pettis

Pettis makes his fourth UFC main-event appearance. He’s 1-2 in previous headliners.

Pettis was successful in his return to the lightweight division in July after a two-fight stint at featherweight.

Pettis has alternated wins and losses over his past four fights. He was victorious in his most recent bout against Jim Miller at UFC 213.

Pettis has earned 16 of his 20 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his seven UFC wins.

Pettis is the only fighter in UFC history to win consecutive UFC lightweight title fights by submission.

Pettis’ three knockout victories in UFC/WEC competition stemming from a kick to the head or body are tied for fourth most in combined promotional history behind Cerrone (six), Vitor Belfort (four) and Edson Barboza (four).

Co-main event

Matt Brown

Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) competes in his 24th UFC welterweight bout, tied with Josh Koscheck for most appearances in divisional history.

Brown is 1-5 in his past six bouts after going on a seven-fight UFC winning streak from 2012-2014.

Brown has earned 18 of his 20 career victories by stoppage. That includes 11 of his 13 wins under the UFC banner.

Brown’s 13 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for fifth most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (19), Matt Hughes (16), Josh Koscheck (14) and Thiago Alves (14).

Brown’s 11 stoppage victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Hughes for most in divisional history.

Brown’s nine knockout victories in UFC welterweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Brown lands 54 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC welterweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Brown’s 24 submission attempts in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Chris Lytle (31).

RelatedUFC welterweight Matt Brown says he'll retire after fighting Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) returns to the welterweight division for the first time since February 2012. He’s 9-4 in the weight class under the UFC banner.

Sanchez competes in his 27th UFC bout, tied for the third most appearances in company history behind Michael Bisping (28) and Miller (28).

Sanchez has alternated wins and losses of his past seven UFC appearances. He suffered a loss to Al Iaquinta in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 108.

Sanchez is the only active UFC fighter who was a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 1.”

Sanchez is one of two fighters in UFC history to compete in four different weight classes. Kenny Florian also accomplished the feat.

Sanchez has earned his past eight victories by decision. He hasn’t finished an opponent since Luigi Fioravanti at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June 2008.

Sanchez has fought to a decision 18 times in UFC competition, the most in company history.

Sanchez has absorbed 1,117 total head strikes in his UFC career, the second most among active fighters behind B.J. Penn (1,282) and third most overall in company history behind Penn and Tito Ortiz (1,167).

Sanchez has earned six “Fight of the Night” bonuses in UFC competition, tied for fourth most in company history behind Nate Diaz (eight), Frankie Edgar (seven) and Joe Lauzon (seven).

Remaining main card

Andrei Arlovski

Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) competes in his 24th UFC heavyweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Frank Mir (27).

Arlovski enters the event on a five-fight losing skid, the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2015.

Arlovski is 4-5 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in June 2014.

Arlovski’s 14 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Mir (16).

Arlovski’s 11 stoppage victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Gabriel Gonzaga for second most in divisional history behind Mir (13).

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Andrei Arlovski

Arlovski’s nine knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Cain Velasquez (10).

Arlovski’s 10 knockdowns landed in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Velasquez for second most in divisional history behind Junior Dos Santos (12).

Arlovski’s eight knockout losses in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Mir, Gonzaga and Antonio Silva for second most in combined organizational history behind Alistair Overeem (nine).

Arlovski defends 81.5 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Junior Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on a 10-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since August 2012.

Albini has earned 12 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Nate Marquardt

Nate Marquardt (35-18-2 MMA, 13-11 UFC) competes in his 23rd UFC middleweight bout, tied with Bisping for most appearances in divisional history.

Marquardt is 3-5 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in June 2014. He’s 3-8 in his past 11 bouts overall.

Marquardt’s 13 victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Yushin Okami for third most in divisional history behind Bisping (16) and Anderson Silva (14).

Marquardt’s nine stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Leben for second most in divisional history behind Silva (11).

Marquardt’s 11 knockdowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Silva (13).

Nate Marquardt

Marquardt’s four knockdowns landed against Dean Lister at UFC Fight Night 8 stand as the most in a UFC middleweight fight.

Marquardt’s 33 takedowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are fourth most in divisional history behind Chris Weidman (36), Rafael Natal (36) and Chael Sonnen (35).

Marquardt’s 18 career losses are the most of any active member of the UFC roster.

Cezar Ferreira (11-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) is 3-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in April 2016.

Ferreira completes 69.2 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Raphael Assuncao

Raphael Assuncao (25-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC) is 9-1 since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in August 2011.

Assuncao’s nine victories in UFC bantamweight competition are third most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (11) and Urijah Faber (10).

Assuncao has earned seven of his nine UFC victories by decision.

Assuncao defends 70 of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC bantamweight competition, the third highest rate in divisional history behind Vaughan Lee (71.5 percent) and Dominick Cruz (70.9 percent).

Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) was successful in his return to the UFC lightweight division at UFC Fight Night 112 in July.

Guida’s 63 takedowns landed in UFC competition are fifth most in company history behind St-Pierre (90), Gleison Tibau (84), Johnson (73) and Edgar (67).

Guida has attempted 172 takedowns during his UFC career, third most in company history behind Demian Maia (223) and Edgar (189).

Joe Lauzon

Joe Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) competes in his 25th UFC lightweight bout, the third most appearances in divisional history behind Miller (27) and Tibau (26).

Lauzon’s 14 victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for the fourth most in divisional history behind Miller (16), Tibau (16) and Cerrone (15).

Lauzon has alternated wins and losses over his past eight UFC appearances. He lost his most recent bout against Stevie Ray at UFC Fight Night 108.

Lauzon has earned 25 of his 27 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 18 of those wins by submission.

Lauzon’s 12 stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Lauzon’s seven submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Diaz for the most in divisional history.

Lauzon’s 29 submission attempts in UFC competition are third most in company history behind Miller (38) and Lytle (31).

Lauzon has been awarded 15 fight-night bonuses during his UFC career, tied with Diaz for most in company history.

Preliminary card

John Dodson

John Dodson (19-8 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC bantamweight division in April 2016. He’s 3-1 in the weight class overall.

Dodson’s 37-second knockout of Manny Gamburyan at UFC on FOX 19 stands as the fifth fastest knockout in UFC bantamweight history.

Dodson has suffered all eight of his career losses by decision.

Tatiana Suarez (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since July 8, 2016. The 491-day layoff is the longest of her nearly four-year career.

Suarez earned the first and only D’arce choke submission in UFC women’s competition at the TUF 23 Finale.

Viviane Pereira’s (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) 13-fight MMA winning streak is longest among female UFC fighters.

Pereira has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.

Sage Northcutt

Sage Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), 21, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Northcutt, at 19, became the youngest fighter in UFC history to earn a victory when he defeated Francisco Trevino at UFC 192.

Angela Hill (7-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is 1-1 since she returned to the UFC for a second stint in February.

Hill is 5-1 since her initial release from the UFC in late 2015.

Hill’s two knockdowns landed in UFC strawweight competition are tied with champ Rose Namajunas for most in divisional history.

Nina Ansaroff (7-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) competes in her just her third bout since November 2014.

Court McGee

Court McGee (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is 2-2 since he returned from a nearly two-year layoff in December 2015.

McGee is 4-3 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2013.

McGee is one of three fighters in UFC history to land 100-plus significant strikes in a single fight in two separate weight classes. Nam Phan and Valerie Letourneau also accomplished the feat.

Sean Strickland (18-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is 3-2 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Jake Collier (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his five-fight UFC career. He lost his most recent bout against Devin Clark at UFC on FOX 24.

Collier is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the body. He accomplished the feat against Alberto Uda at UFC Fight Night 88.

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

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with 'Big' John McCarthy, Patricio Freire, Jon Anik

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests “Big” John McCarthy, Patricio Freire and Jon Anik.

Famed MMA referee McCarthy joins in-studio to co-host the episode. Bellator champ Freire defends his featherweight title vs. Daniel Weichel at Bellator 188 on Nov. 16. Play-by-play announcer Anik will talk about his rise to No. 1 lead announcer for the UFC.

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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Video: 'The Predator' takes Manhattan

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OK, so you’re not actually supposed to stand up on a moving tour bus, and sitting on the roof is probably even less appreciated, but are you going to tell Francis Ngannou what to do?

Yeah, didn’t think so.

This past week’s UFC 217 event turned out to be one of the most memorable UFC events in the promotion’s history, with action-packed contests from start to finish. But it also served as sightseeing trip for hard-hitting heavyweight contender Ngannou, as well as undefeated strawweight Cynthia Calvillo.

Ngannou and Calvillo were guest fighters in New York, and MMAjunkie was able to join them for a bus tour of Manhattan, courtesy of Gray Line New York. Join along in the video above as Ngannou dodges streetlights, undoubtedly causing UFC PR staff a few tense moments, and Calvillo confesses her passion for “The Lion King.”

Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) could very well earn a title shot in his next appearance, facing Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit. Meanwhile, Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) – who has only been fighting professionally for 15 months – takes on former champ Carla Esparza (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

For more on UFC 218 and UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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


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Bellator 187 pre-event facts: A.J. McKee on cusp of Bellator's longest winning streak

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Bellator’s busy schedule to close out the year continues Friday with Bellator 187, which takes place at 3Arena in Dublin, with a main card that airs on Spike via tape-delay.

After a bevy of changes to the lineup, a featherweight contest headlines the event. Undefeated A.J. McKee (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) goes for history when he takes on Ireland’s own Brian Moore (10-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in a matchup that could prove to be the toughest test for the 22-year-old “Mercenary” so far in his young career.

For more on the numbers behind Friday’s Bellator 187 fight card, check out 15 pre-event facts.

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Main event

A.J. McKee

McKee, 22, is the youngest of the eight scheduled main-card fighters.

McKee competes in his first Bellator main event.

McKee’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.

McKee’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak is tied with Ben Askren for the longest streak in company history.

McKee’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division and longest in divisional history.

McKee’s nine victories in Bellator featherweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Patricio Freire (14), Daniel Straus (10) and Pat Curran (10).

McKee has earned six of his nine career victories by stoppage.

Moore is 3-3 in his past six fights overall dating back to September 2013.

Moore has earned eight of his 10 career victories by stoppage. His long Bellator victory came by second-round knockout.

Remaining main card

Kevin Ferguson Jr.

Kevin Ferguson Jr. (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), or “Baby Slice,” is the son of the late Kimbo Slice, ho fought in Bellator, UFC and EliteXC.

Ferguson competes at a 165-pound catchweight for the third time in three pro bouts.

Sinead Kavanagh (4-2 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) enters the event with back-to-back losses after starting her career on a four-fight winning streak.

Kavanagh was unsuccessful in her Bellator women’s featherweight debut at Bellator 182 in August.

Maria Casanova (3-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes her Bellator debut with just one victory in her past five fights dating back to November 2016.

Paul Redmond

Paul Redmond (13-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 31, is the oldest of the eight scheduled main card fighters.

Redmond is 3-1 since his release from the UFC roster in July 2015.

Redmond has earned four of his five career submission victories via toe-hold.

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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What's next for Bellator champs Ryan Bader, Ilima Macfarlane? Scott Coker weighs in

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Bellator 186 saw the defense of one title and the crowning of a new champion.

In the main event of last Friday’s event at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s Campus in University Park, Pa., Ryan Bader pounded out Linton Vassell to retain light heavyweight gold with a second-round TKO.

And in the co-headliner, Ilima Macfarlane won the inaugural Bellator women’s flyweight title with a fifth-round submission of Emily Ducote.

RelatedBellator 186 post-event facts: Ilima Macfarlane's dominant run leads to inaugural 125-pound belt

So what could be next for the two champions? Bellator President Scott Coker has no intention of rushing a decision.

In the lead-up to Bellator 186, the 205-pound champion Bader expressed interest in taking part in a heavyweight tournament, should the promotion go that route to decide a new champion. Coker called Muhammed Lawal “a natural choice” for Bader’s next opponent but wouldn’t go so far as to commit to it.

As for Macfarlane, it’s new territory for Coker and Co. deciding what makes sense for the champion of a recently created division, but she’s in no rush to return.

Check out the video above to hear Coker weigh in on the possibilities for both champions, as well as his assessment of their performances.

And for complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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UFC President Dana White 'getting into boxing, 100 percent'

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Turns out Zuffa Boxing really is more than just a T-shirt.

UFC President Dana White revealed at a Tuesday speaking session in California that he and the UFC are moving forward with plans to promote boxing events in the near future.

LATimes.com’s Lance Pugmire attended the session and got more from the UFC boss.

“No, no, no, I’m not leaving the UFC,” White told Pugmire.” I’m getting into boxing with (Endeavor CEO) Ari (Emanuel) and the UFC will be doing boxing, too.”

“It’s still early. We’re still working on it. I’ve got to get my (expletive) together, but I’m getting into boxing, man. It’s coming.”

Dana White also announcing a boxing venture here at Wild Card West talk.

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

Freddie Roach here with Dana to discuss this boxing venture….

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

“I️ am getting into boxing, 100 percent,” @danawhite says…says in works to get promoter’s license

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

White has hinted at this move in recent months.

In June, White suggested a potential move outside of his MMA comfort zone when he told MMAjunkie that he was looking at raising the awareness of “combat sports,” as a whole.

“I always say to you guys, we continue to take the sport to the next level,” White told MMAjunkie. “(The UFC Performance Institute) is part of it, and now that we have all of our employees together in one spot and collaboration is a lot better, we needed all that but aside from that, what we’re working on now will take combat sports to the next level.”

One month later, during the promotion for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing superfight, White famously wore a Zuffa Boxing T-shirt, immediately fueling speculation that he was looking at promoting in the sport as more than a one-off.

And in October, White told The Wall Street Journal’s “The Unnamed Podvideocast” he might be interested in promoting boxing events under the Zuffa banner.

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

On Tuesday, White took it a step further, saying he planned on “getting into boxing, 100 percent.” However, he did caution that such a move will take some time.

“It’s harder than saying we’re getting into boxing,” White told Pugmire. “We still have to get some homework done. I feel like I can do it better than everyone else. I love the sport.”

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

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Abel Trujillo on 'gimme fight' vs. John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 26: 'It's going to be a fatality'

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You know that familiar “he’s a tough opponent, I respect his skills” type of talk? Well, you’re not going to hear it from Abel Trujillo here.

Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) meets John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) at next month’s UFC on FOX 26 looking to bounce back from a submission loss to James Vick.

The lightweight matchup between strikers has been years in the making. The two were originally set to meet at UFC 186 in 2015 before injury forced Trujillo out.

Safe to say, Trujillo is happy that it’s finally coming together.

“It’s a fight I wanted, and I like it a lot,” Trujillo told MMAjunkie Radio.

But perhaps that has something to do with the fact that Trujillo’s not particularly worried about how it will unfold.

“Listen, it’s a gimme fight,” Trujillo said. “It’s going to be a fatality. First round. Listen, I’m going to (expletive) this boy up. If he makes it out the first round, which I don’t see, then he’s out of there the second.”

UFC on FOX 26 takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card, headlined by a battle of ex-champs between Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos, airs on FOX. The preliminary card airs on FS1, following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

For both fighters, the meeting is a chance to get back on track. Like Trujillo, Makdessi was finished in his last outing – in this case, a knockout to Lando Vannata at UFC 206. Momentum, though, is different. While Trujillo’s last official loss before Vick came in 2014, to interim champion Tony Ferguson, Makdessi’s last win, over Mehdi Baghdad, was the only triumph in his four most recent fights.

The upcoming meeting at Makdessi’s native Canada also means Trujillo’s first foray overseas since a UFC Fight Night 77 clash with Gleison Tibau back in 2015 – which involved a trip to Brazil. The result, originally a submission win to the Brazilian, was overturned to a disqualification in Trujillo’s favor after Tibau failed a drug test.

If you ask Trujillo, he’ll tell you he would prefer to stay in the U.S. But, as his career progresses, he understands that occasionally venturing into hostile territory is part of the package.

In any case, where they are won’t matter when the cage door closes.

“He likes to pressure,” Trujillo said. “He likes to go forward. But one thing I know is he doesn’t like to be pressured. He doesn’t like being bullied. He likes to be the bully. I’m just going to go ahead and change that script real quick as soon as the bell rings.”

To hear from Trujillo, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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Abel Trujillo on 'gimme fight' vs. John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 26: 'It's going to be a fatality'

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You know that familiar “he’s a tough opponent, I respect his skills” type of talk? Well, you’re not going to hear it from Abel Trujillo here.

Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) meets John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) at next month’s UFC on FOX 26 looking to bounce back from a submission loss to James Vick.

The lightweight matchup between strikers has been years in the making. The two were originally set to meet at UFC 186 in 2015 before injury forced Trujillo out.

Safe to say, Trujillo is happy that it’s finally coming together.

“It’s a fight I wanted, and I like it a lot,” Trujillo told MMAjunkie Radio.

But perhaps that has something to do with the fact that Trujillo’s not particularly worried about how it will unfold.

“Listen, it’s a gimme fight,” Trujillo said. “It’s going to be a fatality. First round. Listen, I’m going to (expletive) this boy up. If he makes it out the first round, which I don’t see, then he’s out of there the second.”

UFC on FOX 26 takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card, headlined by a battle of ex-champs between Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos, airs on FOX. The preliminary card airs on FS1, following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

For both fighters, the meeting is a chance to get back on track. Like Trujillo, Makdessi was finished in his last outing – in this case, a knockout to Lando Vannata at UFC 206. Momentum, though, is different. While Trujillo’s last official loss before Vick came in 2014, to interim champion Tony Ferguson, Makdessi’s last win, over Mehdi Baghdad, was the only triumph in his four most recent fights.

The upcoming meeting at Makdessi’s native Canada also means Trujillo’s first foray overseas since a UFC Fight Night 77 clash with Gleison Tibau back in 2015 – which involved a trip to Brazil. The result, originally a submission win to the Brazilian, was overturned to a disqualification in Trujillo’s favor after Tibau failed a drug test.

If you ask Trujillo, he’ll tell you he would prefer to stay in the U.S. But, as his career progresses, he understands that occasionally venturing into hostile territory is part of the package.

In any case, where they are won’t matter when the cage door closes.

“He likes to pressure,” Trujillo said. “He likes to go forward. But one thing I know is he doesn’t like to be pressured. He doesn’t like being bullied. He likes to be the bully. I’m just going to go ahead and change that script real quick as soon as the bell rings.”

To hear from Trujillo, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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