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Belal Muhammad's attempt to mimic Demetrious Johnson's 'Mighty Armbar' did not go well

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Joe Rogan said during the recent UFC 216 pay-per-view broadcast that he believed fighters around the globe would attempt to copy UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson’s incredible title-fight finish while in the training room. Well, he was right.

Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) set the UFC’s all-time consecutive title defense record (11) this past Saturday when he earned a fifth-round submission victory over Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the UFC 216 co-headliner, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

RelatedLet's get another look at Demetrious Johnson's ridiculous armbar win at UFC 216

“Mighty Mouse” dubbed the finish as the “Mighty Armbar,” and it was unlike anything ever seen in the octagon. Johnson hoisted his opponent and immediately transitioned from the suplex position into a slick armbar. Borg was forced to tap, and Johnson was left with a mind-blowing new highlight for his growing reel.

The move had a high degree of difficulty, and UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) found that out firsthand. He attempted to repeat Johnson’s move during training, but the end result was very different (via Twitter):

When trying to be @MightyMouseUFC goes wrong #mightyarmwhiz #remeberthename #askaraskar pic.twitter.com/RnsQVyNIVx

— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) October 9, 2017

Fortunately for Muhammad, he’ll have plenty more time to train the move. He’s not currently booked for a fight after a scheduled UFC Fight Night 121 matchup with Jesse Taylor was called off when his opponent, who’s “The Ultimate Fighter 25” winner, was flagged for a potential USADA violation.

In case Muhammad needs a refresher, here’s how it’s really done (via Instagram):

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Due to IV use, DWCS 1 winner Kurt Holobaugh suspended 9 months and win overturned

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously to suspend featherweight Kurt Holobaugh nine months and fine him $750 for failing to properly disclose IV use.

Holobaugh’s (17-4) knockout win at Dana White’s Contender Series 1 over Matt Bessette (22-7) on July 11 is now overturned to a no-contest, leaving his UFC career in limbo after he reportedly earned a UFC contract in July.

The $750 fine represents 15 percent of Holobaugh’s $5,000 “show” purse for the fight. He was also fined court costs and must pay for and provide a clean drug test if applying for another fight license in Nevada. His suspension is retroactive to the date of the July 11 fight, making him eligible to compete on April 11, 2018.

Related'Dana White's Contender Series' Week 1 results: Kurt Holobaugh KOs Matt Bessette in headliner

Officials said Holobaugh didn’t notify the commission that he used an IV containing 2,000 milliliters of fluid after the event’s weigh-ins on July 10. The injection wasn’t part of a hospital procedure or surgical procedure, and he receive a therapeutic-use exemption.

Holobaugh appeared via telephone during today’s NSAC’s meeting in Las Vegas and admitted he didn’t note his use of an IV, believing he wasn’t subject to the rules of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which oversees the UFC’s anti-doping program.

“I do take full responsibility,” he said.

NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett noted that when a USADA official spoke with Holobaugh as part of his UFC contract offer, the fighter was “honest and forthright” about his omission and amended his paperwork.

Still, the NSAC felt ignorance of its rules did not excuse Holobaugh for not disclosing the IV. The NSAC follows the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) current guidelines for IV use, prohibiting intravenous injections of more than 50 milliliters per six hour period unless part of a hospital procedure or surgical procedure, or in the case of a TUE.

RelatedUSADA updates UFC fighters on 2018 prohibited list

As MMAjunkie reported on Monday, WADA’s 2018 Prohibited List has changed the requirements for IV use, increasing the cutoff to 100 milliliters for IVs “and/or injections of any substance” over a 12-hour period.

The NSAC overhauled his anti-doping program in 2015 and fully implemented the changes in September 2016.

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series Week 1 check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Curtis Millender and R.J. Clifford.

Millender headlines Friday’s LFA 24 event against Matthew Frincu. Clifford is host of “TUF Talk” and SiriusXM’s “MMA Tonight.”

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.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2539 with guests Tony Ferguson, John Moraga, Bobby Green, Simon Samano

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Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Tony Ferguson, John Moraga, Bobby Green and Simon Samano.

Ferguson, Moraga and Green all fought this past Saturday at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. Ferguson won the interim lightweight title with a submission of Kevin Lee in the main event. Moraga knocked out previously unbeaten Magomed Bibulatov for a $50,000 bonus. Green fought to a split draw and won “Fight of the Night” against Lando Vannata. MMAjunkie’s Samano was in Las Vegas to cover the event and recapped the big stories that came out of the fight card.

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


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Bubba McDaniel begs for booking after using 'money I didn't have' to train for Bellator 185

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Bubba McDaniel is apparently in a tough spot after losing out on a high-profile Bellator fight just days after being granted the opportunity.

McDaniel (28-10 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) agreed to fight former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) at next week’s Bellator 185 event after Muhammad Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) was forced to withdraw due to an injury. The matchup came together on short notice, but McDaniel was willing to move up a weight class and take on the challenge.

Just six days after he signed for the fight, though, McGeary suffered an injury of his own, and the matchup was scratched all together from the Bellator 185 lineup, which takes place Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

The change left McDaniel in a troubling position. He said he invested a great deal into the few days of training he had for the fight, and now he’s left hanging with nothing (via Twitter):

Please @BellatorMMA gimme a bone on another show against Liam soon as he is healed or something. I am out such a huge opportunity now

— Bubba McDaniel (@BubbaTheMenace) October 10, 2017

I used money I didn't even have to put myself in and through a camp for an opportunity. Please help me out guys. I needed this @BellatorMMA

— Bubba McDaniel (@BubbaTheMenace) October 10, 2017

When contacted on Monday about the news of McGeary’s injury, a Bellator official told MMAjunkie that McDaniel would be booked for a future event, albeit likely against a different opponent.

McDaniel, 34, has competed just once in the past two years. He earned a second-round TKO win over Juan Torres at Strike League 1 in April. His social media posts indicate he’s in a dire situation, and “The Menace” said he hopes Bellator can put him on an event – any event – sooner than later (via Twitter):

I'll go to the next card and make it work. Something… please @BellatorMMA

— Bubba McDaniel (@BubbaTheMenace) October 10, 2017

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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UFC 218's Henry Cejudo injured escaping fire (Updated)

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(UPDATED on 10/10/17 at 1:15 p.m. ET with Henry Cejudo’s confirmation he didn’t suffer a broken ankle.)

Deadly fires in California caused mass evacuations on Monday, and it appears they may have impacted one high-profile UFC fighter.

Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who is scheduled to fight Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at December’s UFC 218 event, suffered burns on his right foot and lost his Olympic gold medal, according to MMAFighting.com.

However, he did not suffer a broken ankle while jumping off a second-floor balcony during an evacuation, as sfchronicle.com first reported. Cejudo was at Ronnie Lott’s celebrity fundraiser at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Calif.

RelatedHenry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis rebooked for UFC 218 in Detroit

Cejudo and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, did not immediately respond for comment today when contacted by MMAjunkie. UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement regarding the the status of the bout.

For now, though, Cejudo’s UFC 218 fight appears to still be intact.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the final bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Cejudo, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, meet No. 6-ranked Pettis in what many consider a title-eliminator in the UFC flyweight division.

“The Messenger” is coming off a second-round knockout of Wilson Reis at UFC 215 in September. The performance snapped a two-fight losing skid that included Cejudo’s title loss to 125-pound champ Demetrious Johnson.

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


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Marcio “Macarrão” Stambowsky: “O ingrediente principal para evoluir no Jiu-Jitsu é o amor”

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“Os tempos vão passando, e o galo jovem vai virando o galo forte da tribo”, constata Marcio “Macarrão” Stambowsky, ao falar do filhão Neiman, que se prepara para mais um desafio no MMA, contra Javier Torres, no Bellator 185, dia no dia 20 de outubro de 2017.

Neiman, seu filho de 28 anos com Carla Gracie, coleciona seis triunfos, cinco por finalização. A cada luta, o paizão vai aprendendo mais a domar a adrenalina gigantesca de ver um filho sair na mão no MMA. Mas aprender algo novo a cada dia sempre foi a praia de Macarrão, apelido que ganhou nos tempos de surfista em Ipanema, na época em que começou a treinar com o mito Rolls Gracie.

Conversamos com o mestre de 58 anos, hoje faixa vermelha-e-branca, sobre suas famosas raspagens, sobre os treinos em sua academia Gracie Sports em Connecticut, na cidade de Norwalk, e muito mais. Leia e aprenda com quem sabe.

GRACIEMAG: Você começou a treinar em 1975, e recebeu em junho deste ano a faixa vermelha-e-branca. O que tem aprendido nesta sua nova fase, acompanhando o Neiman no MMA?

MARCIO MACARRÃO: Um prazer estar falando com o GRACIEMAG.com. Olha, cada luta dele tem sido um aprendizado imenso. É uma adrenalina gigantesca, mas acho que estou conseguindo administrar melhor esse nervosismo a cada combate. Já fui córner dele umas quatro vezes, mas realmente não gosto. O que me acalma um pouco é perceber que a determinação, a garra e a vontade dele são grandes e genuínas. E, claro, o fato de que ele está treinando sempre muito forte com seus companheiros, lá no time duríssimo do Renzo em Nova York, me passa mais tranquilidade, pois vejo que ele está pronto para os desafios que aparecem. Quando ele me vê nervoso, diz: “Pô pai, fica nervoso não que estou de boa”. Sou fã do Neiman, tenho muito orgulho dele. E, quando um pai vê que o filho se dedicou para estar ali, e realmente gosta do que está fazendo, a adrenalina dá lugar a outros sentimentos. Neiman é um casca-grossa e tem provado isso: já foi posto a testes duros algumas vezes, como em sua segunda luta (contra Dustin Holyko) e mostrou que resiste bem.

E ele já esbanjava essa vontade de competir desde garoto?

O Neiman, quando tinha 5 anos, me dizia: “Quero um dia lutar no Japão!”. Já estava vidrado ao ver os primos e tios lutando no Pride FC, o Royce, Ryan, Renzo, Ralph… Eu brinco com ele de Jiu-Jitsu desde os 3 anos, mas ele começou a se preparar de verdade na adolescência, sempre teve a mente aberta e muita vontade de aprender tudo relativo a lutas. Por exemplo: quando garoto, ia até Copacabana no Manimal se testar no muay thai. No fim das contas, acredito que o ingrediente mais importante para você atingir o sucesso em qualquer atividade da vida é o amor. Ter amor por alguma coisa é o primeiro passo, só assim você passa a se dedicar, de fato, a tentar fazer da melhor maneira, a procurar se superar e aprender cada detalhe. E isso percebo que ele tem dentro dele. É caseiro, está há 13 anos casado com a Karina, uma esposa madura… Ou seja, vive para a luta e tem muito foco fora da academia também.

Competir no Jiu-Jitsu desde criança foi vital para ele hoje, tecnicamente?

Sem dúvida, mas creio que a maior vantagem que os campeonatos de Jiu-Jitsu deram a ele foi a experiência, apesar da pouca idade. Com os torneios ele adquiriu tranquilidade, aquela capacidade de se acalmar na hora do perigo que salva o lutador de MMA. A parte psicológica dele é forte graças às competições de Jiu-Jitsu, e desde pequeno ele se mostrou muito raçudo, muito valente. Como os treinos lá na academia do Renzo são fortíssimos, ele está evoluindo bem.

É verdade que o Jiu-Jitsu entrou na sua vida quase como uma brincadeira?

Pois é. Eu gostava muito de ver filmes do Bruce Lee, de soltar as pernadas e brincar de lutas com meu irmão e os amigos. Um dia meu amigo Maurição Gomes, hoje famoso professor e pai do Roger, foi lá na minha casa no Leblon e nos embolamos de brincadeira. Mas naquela vez eu não consegui fazer nada com ele: ele me clinchou, me levou ao chão e me dominou, isso umas três vezes. “O que é isso, rapaz?”, eu me espantei. “É que agora estou fazendo Jiu-Jitsu, lá no João Alberto Barreto”, ele explicou. Meio fascinado com aquela novidade, falei com meu pai e ele falou que me levaria para treinar no Carlson. Quando cheguei lá, dei de cara com o Rolls, que dividia a academia com o Carlson, na recepção. A figura dele me causou uma grande impressão – era novinho, já de faixa-preta na cintura, simpático e magrinho. Ele me mostrou a academia e me matriculei na hora. Lembro que ainda explicou: “Os horários são diferentes. Você quer ser aluno meu ou do meu irmão Carlson?”. Não entendi direito e disse que tanto fazia. Mas ao olhar para o Rolls reparei que ele tinha um olhar forte, penetrante, e desconfiei que tinha falado besteira: “Não, olha, eu quero ser seu aluno”, emendei. Nem tinha ouvido falar do Rolls antes. Depois o Maurição acabou vindo treinar com a gente.

Você começou a treinar naquele mesmo dia?

Não, o Rolls não tinha kimono para vender e me falou para comprar ali numa loja perto da academia de judô Cordeiro. No dia seguinte voltei. E desde aquela primeira aula do Rolls fiquei apaixonado pelo Jiu-Jitsu. Percebi que era uma atividade que eu poderia realmente aprender, não era nada mirabolante mesmo para uma criança. Era curioso porque naquela época o Jiu-Jitsu era somente uma arte marcial, não era visto como esporte pois não havia quase competições. E o MMA nem existia.

O que você aprendeu nessas primeiras aulas, mestre?

O Rolls me pôs para aprender apenas defesa pessoal em pé e no chão, nas primeiras 45 aulas que tive. Defesa de gravata, quedas, paulada etc. Acredito que aquilo me deu uma base muito sólida para o meu Jiu-Jitsu, pois são nessas 45 aulas que o aluno compreende profundamente o sistema de alavancas do Jiu-Jitsu na prática. É a partir do momento que você entende o que está fazendo, que entende o que está buscando, que o aperfeiçoamento se torna possível e se acelera. Não se pode “decorar” na aula de Jiu-Jitsu.

Dá para comparar os alunos daquele tempo, os anos 1970/80, com os seus alunos de hoje? Eles buscam as mesmas respostas, quando procuram o Jiu-Jitsu?

Creio que aqui na América muitos dos meus alunos buscam a arte para saciar um lado esportivo, de disputas, que eles costumam desenvolver nos tempos de universidade. Mas muitos jovens e senhores continuam se matriculando para saberem se defender, como antigamente. Mas o Jiu-Jitsu é muito amplo, e pode ser ensinado em três partes um pouco diferentes: a defesa pessoal; o Jiu-Jitsu esportivo, com ou sem kimono; e o Jiu-Jitsu aplicado para o MMA, uma aula mais específica para atletas que buscam ser profissionais. Mas acho que todo aluno busca conhecimento: conhecer a técnica, conhecer a si mesmo.

Você buscou o Jiu-Jitsu para quê?

Para aprender meios de me defender mesmo. Como eu era o terceiro irmão mais novo, o bullying já começava dentro de casa. E nunca foi fácil ser criança no Rio de Janeiro. Eu gostava de surfar em Ipanema, perto de casa, e os mais novos também eram intimidados. Depois que comecei a treinar eu ficava até torcendo para algum surfista vir tentar alguma coisa comigo! Mas o bullying acabou rápido; em casa, fiz um dia meu irmão mais velho batucar 200 vezes… Na praia alguém comentou que eu competia e treinava no Rolls, então nunca mais mexeram comigo. Passaram até a me incentivar: “Vai que essa onda é sua!” (risos).

Qual foi a luta mais marcante da sua carreira?

Houve algumas, uns tira-teimas na academia. Mas lembro de uma das primeiras lutas que fiz, eu ainda estava começando como competidor. Eu puxei para a guarda, pus na fechada, estrangulei e o cara dormiu. O Rolls a partir daí ficava brincando comigo: “Vamos lá, usa a poderosa!”. Eu gostava muito também de raspar e cair montado, já pegando o braço. Aqui na América hoje o pessoal até apelidou de “Macarrão sweep”.

Você sempre foi considerado um mestre das raspagens. O que acha das guardas modernas?

Eu acho que tem muita novidade mas metade do que estamos vendo aí já existia antigamente, fica sendo usado por um tempo depois é esquecido… E depois volta com força, é normal. O que muda são os apelidos da posição. Os detalhes realmente novos e modernos eu gosto de experimentar. Penso como um médico: se um doutor ficar 20 anos sem estudar ele se torna obsoleto. Meu jogo sempre foi de guarda fechada, tive uma guarda poderosa como competidor, mas não gosto de ensinar somente o que funciona no meu jogo, eu passo ao aluno uma visão geral, inclusive técnicas modernas. Só não gosto é de firulas. Hoje em dia, inclusive, mais velho, estou virando até mais passador.

Algum outro episódio sensacional que você guarde com carinho?

O mais sensacional de tudo foi poder ter feito parte dessa história, do início da saga do Jiu-Jitsu. Foi um tempo romântico e muito bacana, em que ninguém conhecia a arte suave. Sempre acreditei que o Jiu-Jitsu cresceria muito e chegaria longe, mas todo dia eu me espanto ao ver a proporção que a arte atingiu nos dias de hoje, algo fenomenal.

Marcin Held gets promotional newcomer as replacement at UFC Fight Night 118

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Marcin Held will remain on next week’s UFC Fight Night 118 lineup, after all.

This past week Teemu Packalen (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) announced a knee injury forced him out of his fight with lightweight Held (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC). Today, officials announced promotional newcomer Nasrat Haqparast (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement (via Twitter):

Teemu Packalen is out. @MarcinHeld will now face newcomer @Nasrat_MMA at #UFCGdansk! pic.twitter.com/Vb0VlZ4z0Y

— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) October 10, 2017

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. Held vs. Haqparast is currently slated as the featured prelim.

Haqparast, a 22-year-old Afghan, is on an 8-0 run since a loss in his 2012 pro debut. The Kings MMA fighter has scored a knockout in every one of his career victories, and six have come in the first round. Most recently, he fought at Superior FC 17 in May and stopped Ruslan Kalyniuk in the third round.

Held, a 25-year-old Polish fighter, has had a rough go of it since leaving Bellator, where he was a former title challenger, and joining the UFC. He has decision losses to Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon, though even Lauzon said Held was robbed in with the decision. In May Damir Hadzovic knocked him out in the third round. Held is now in a three-fight skid and 1-4 since 2015.

The latest UFC Fight Night 118 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (3 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (11:45 a.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marcin Held
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Jim Wallhead
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Coach: Conor McGregor 'too clean' for Tony Ferguson; fans prefer Nate Diaz trilogy

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Who’s next for UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor – new interim titleholder Tony Ferguson or two-time former foe Nate Diaz?

According to McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, both are intriguing options, though he personally prefers a third meeting with Diaz. And he thinks fans feel the same way.

This past Saturday in UFC 216’s pay-per-view headliner, Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) picked up a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) to claim the interim 155-pound title.

Immediately afterward, Ferguson called for a title-unification bout (check out the video above) with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who hasn’t fought since an August PPV boxing blockbuster loss to Floyd Mayweather.

During a recent appearance on Submission Radio, Roddy discussed McGregor’s options, including Ferguson and how a title-unification bout would play out (via YouTube):

“He’s good, obviously,” Roddy said of Ferguson. “He wouldn’t be the interim champion if he wasn’t good. His style is, you know, it’s not traditional. It’s a bit unorthodox and stuff, but I just honestly think that Conor’s going to be way too clean for Ferguson. If Ferguson tries to stand with Conor for an extended period of time, it will be lights out, in my opinion.

“You know, he’s tough as well. He’s tough and durable, so he may take a couple of smacks, but at the end of the day, Conor’s going to be way too clean and too technical. … He won’t get touched. That’s my opinion. But yeah, it will be an interesting one, and it will be an exciting fight as well because Ferguson does come to fight, and he’s aggressive. He goes in. He looks to finish fights. So it will be exciting. But yeah, without a doubt if he wants to stand and bang with Conor, it’ll be lights out fairly quick, I think.”

McGregor vs. Ferguson makes sense from a rankings, title and simple logic standpoint. Champion vs. Champion, after all. But no McGregor return would be complete without speculation of a third meeting and rubber match between McGregor and Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC). UFC President Dana White, though, suggested McGregor vs. Diaz 3 is now unlikely.

RelatedConor McGregor, it's time to defend that belt – and Tony Ferguson is the perfect man for the job

However, Rowdy, who expects McGregor to return in the first quarter of 2018, said he and a lot of fight fans would prefer that matchup over one with Ferguson.

“I honestly think that people would rather – like, I think people would rather see Conor vs. Diaz,” he said. “I just think it’s a more exciting fight for everybody. It’s the trilogy. The first two fights, the back and forth between the guys and the way the fights went – you know, who wouldn’t want to see the third fight? But of course, it makes sense that he fights (Ferguson), he defends the belt.

“Whatever happens, I don’t know, but I said this already: I would like to see (McGregor-Diaz 3). The Ferguson fight is an interesting one as well. Like, he’s an exciting fighter so it will be an exciting fight. So either or, either or.”

Roddy also didn’t rule out a possible return to boxing; McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi have some beef, after all. But like most of the MMA world, Roddy is ready for McGregor’s return to the cage rather than a ring.

“I think even Conor said himself that he’s got unfinished business in the octagon and he wants to go back and defend his belt,” Roddy said. “So yeah, I think that’s what’s going to happen. Is he done with boxing? Probably not. If the right fight comes up and the right money’s on the table, I’m sure he would jump in and go again. You know, without a doubt. So who knows what next year is going to be like anyway? It’s going to be bigger than 2017 anyway. That’s what I imagine.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Police waiting to hear from UFC vet Rony Jason after alleged assault of woman caught on tape

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Brazilian police are expecting to hear from Rony Jason after videos of what appears to be the UFC featherweight allegedly assaulting a woman started circulating online.

According to a report from Brazilian news outlet G1.com, the woman shown in the videos is Jason’s sister. The outlet spoke to the chief of the local Women’s Protection Police Precinct, Janaina Siebra, who said police have seen the images and are taking “appropriate measures. However, to not disrupt the investigations, she didn’t say what those measures are.

The alleged assault took place in the city of Quixada this past Saturday after a party. Two videos of the Oct. 7 incident have surfaced since. The first, which is 13 seconds long, shows what appears to be Jason having to be pulled away by bystanders after striking the downed woman. The second one lasts three seconds and shows him pointing and yelling at her (via Twitter):

Rony jason agredindo uma mulher em festa cidade de Quixadá CE. pic.twitter.com/qmAzi6HmcX

— Arthur Romão ⓟ (@arthuromao) October 8, 2017

Siebra said the alleged assault is being looked into as intentional bodily harm under Brazil’s “Maria da Penha” law, designed to protect victims of domestic and family abuse. The alleged victim, the report says, so far hasn’t pressed charges. But, in this case, that doesn’t stop investigations from going forward.

“We were made aware (of it) through social media, and we’ve notified the victim,” Siebra said. “Since it’s a public action, the investigation doesn’t depend on the victim’s will. She didn’t reach out to the precinct. The precinct reached out to the victim to investigate the fact.”

The police did not say if they’d located Jason, but did say he’s expected to give a statement “soon.” The report also said there was no information about his sister’s health conditions.

After becoming the 145-pound winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” Jason has fought another eight times under the UFC banner. His octagon run, however, hasn’t exactly been smooth. Other than a nine-month suspension after testing positive for a diuretic after a UFC Fight Night 67 encounter with Damon Jackson, Jason was also suspended for 30 days due to a backstage outburst after a knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens.

Although Jason submitted Jackson, the result was overturned. That means Jason hasn’t had an official win since March 2014, when he knocked out Steven Siler. He’s currently on a two-fight skid after dropping unanimous decisions to Dennis Bermudez and Jeremy Kennedy.

UFC officials did not respond to an MMAjunkie request for comment.

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

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Co-Main Event Podcast: Download episode No. 276 with Ben Fowlkes, Chad Dundas

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Episode No. 276 of the Co-Main Event Podcast now is available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie/USA TODAY columnist Ben Fowlkes and Bleacher Report lead MMA writer Chad Dundas host the weekly show (also dubbed the “CME,” if you nasty). This week, the devious and dastardly duo (oops; wrong show) look back at UFC 216 and discuss Tony Ferguson and Demetrious Johnson and their futures.

Check it out at comainevent.com, or download the podcast directly.


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Vitor Terra ensina transição da omoplata para as costas com finalização no Jiu-Jitsu

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Uma opção da chave omoplata para surpreender seus adversários. Foto: Reprodução

Professor da Gracie Terra, nossa GMI na Zona Sul do Rio de Janeiro, Vitor Terra mostrou uma valiosa transição da chave omoplata para chegar direto às costas, com opção de finalizar no braço. Você, leitor estudioso de GRACIEMAG, pode conferir a aula e adicionar mais este macete no seu jogo.

Na aula, Vitor primeiro ressalta a importância de não deixar espaço algum para o adversário que se encontra na chave. Depois, antes de arrochar no braço na omoplata, o faixa-preta dá um passo para fora e joga a perna por cima das costas do adversário, já com os ganchos praticamente postos para pontuar.

Como se não bastasse a posição de superioridade, Vitor Terra ainda mostra uma opção de finalização no braço que sobra da transição. Basta prender o membro embaixo da axila, dar um pequeno passo à frente e torcer a articulação.

Ficou curioso? Clique no vídeo abaixo e confira mais uma aula com a excelência do nosso time GMI!

Champ Cody Garbrandt: T.J. Dillashaw moves around gyms like 'a prostitute on the corner'

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The feud between UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw is one that could last more than one fight. In fact, Garbrandt predicts it could stretch for generations to come.

Both Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who meet for the 135-pound belt in UFC 217’s pay-per-view co-headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York City, are soon expecting the arrival of their first children. What those kids choose a profession remains to be seen, but the champ said if they go into fighting, the upcoming match could be the first of many between the families.

“I’m very fortunate and blessed to have a baby son come up, just like T.J.,” Garbrandt said. “Maybe years down the road it will be Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt, and we’ll be in the opposite corners as well.”

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The Garbrandt-Dillashaw tension has simmered in recent months. The former Team Alpha Male teammates have become enemies after Dillashaw famously left the team to explore other training options. That decision still doesn’t sit well with Garbrandt, who considers himself a loyalist.

After serving as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 25,” Garbrandt was supposed to make his first title defense against Dillashaw at UFC 213 in July. Unfortunately, “No Love” suffered a back injury that forced him out of the bout, but four months later, he’s now ready to go.

Despite some health issues, Garbrandt, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, said he’s stuck to what works. He doesn’t believe No. 3-ranked Dillashaw can say the same.

“(He has been) bouncing around from camps,” Garbrandt said. “He left Colorado. (Now) he’s out in California. You’re like a prostitute on the corner bouncing around from gyms.”

RelatedEx-UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw talks about why drama always seems to find him

Dillashaw has always explored his training options. Even when at Team Alpha Male, he dabbled elsewhere, which helped prompt the ugly falling out from the team. The former bantamweight titleholder said he makes no apologies for his decision-making since it helped him become a better fighter, he said.

“At least I’m out there learning new (expletive),” Dillashaw said.

Garbrandt said he intends to put it to the test when he finally shares the octagon with his rival.

“I’m finally healthy,” Garbrandt said. “We’ll find out Nov. 4.”

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


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This video from Japan should make you want to ban extreme weight cutting in MMA

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Extreme weight cutting in MMA has been increasingly under the microscope in recent months.

And if you needed any further evidence the practice needs to stop before someone gets killed, take a look at Daniel Lima merely trying to stand on the scale to make weight for his strawweight bout at Pancrase 290 in Japan.

Lima needed two people to help him to the weigh-in stage, and then it took a couple minutes before his helpers could even take their arms off him with confidence he wouldn’t collapse so he could make weight.

Lima told MMAFighting.com he cut 16 pounds in two days for his first fight outside his native Brazil and underestimated how difficult it would be.

Still, despite the scene, his team let him go on to fight the next night, and so did the promoters. Lima (12-6) lost a unanimous decision to Daichi Kitakata (17-8-1) and had a seven-fight winning streak snapped. Lima told MMAFighting.com he was “100 percent” for the fight. (Watch it in full below.)

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

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UFC 216 medical suspensions: Ray Borg potentially out six months with finger injury

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UFC flyweight Ray Borg could be out for six months following a failed bid to unseat dominant champ Demetrious Johnson.

Borg’s arm isn’t the problem, however. After tapping to an armbar in the fifth round of UFC 216’s co-headliner, the Nevada State Athletic Commission cited his right right finger as the area of concern.

Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) needs an orthopedist to clear him, or he could sit out a half-year, according to medical suspensions released today by the NSAC, which regulated the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Although Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) reported a potential knee injury following his record-breaking 11th title defense, he got off scot-free with no suspension.

Headliner Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who claimed the interim lightweight title, has a three-week suspension for a possible corneal abrasion, while opponent Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) sits for two months after his third-round submission loss, which came after a brutal weight cut made more miserable by an active staph infection.

The full list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 216 include:

  • Tony Ferguson: Suspended until Oct. 29 for possible left eye corneal abrasion.
  • Kevin Lee: Suspended until Nov. 7.
  • Ray Borg: Needs fourth right finger cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Mara Romero Borella: Must repeat MRI of brain in six months, due April 7.
  • Evan Dunham: Needs ophthalmologist clearance on blurred vision or no contest until Dec. 7, no contact until Nov. 22.
  • Cody Stamann: Suspended until Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Tom Duquesnoy: Suspended until Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.
  • Lando Vannata: Suspended until Dec. 7 with no contact until Nov. 22.
  • Bobby Green: Suspended until Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.
  • Pearl Gonzalez: Suspended until Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Poliana Botelho: Needs right elbow and right thumb cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Matt Schnell: Needs right forearm X-rayed; if broken, needs clearance by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6.
  • Marco Beltran: Needs left thumb X-rayed and cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Magomed Bibulatov: Suspended until Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.
  • Thales Leites: Needs possible right orbital fracture cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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USADA updates UFC fighters on 2018 prohibited list

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USADA wants fighters to have the most up-to-date information when it comes to what they can and can’t put in their bodes.

The UFC’s anti-doping partner today notified fighters of changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list, which serves as one of the foundations for anti-doping enforcement worldwide.

With the revised list published on Oct. 1, athletes have three months “to ensure that they are educated on and compliant” before the changes are official.

MMAjunkie obtained a copy of an email that details the changes to the 2018 list, including the removal of cannabidiol (CBD) as a prohibited substance and increase of volume of IV fluids allowed in an athlete’s system.

UFC veterans have found themselves in hot water as the result of the previous rules. Nate Diaz was issued a public warning for vaping CBD during a press conference following his rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn was suspended six months for using an IV out-of-competition.

While eliminating CBD as a banned substance, WADA has slightly relaxed its requirements for IV usage. Previously, it maintained a 50 mL cutoff for IV use that didn’t involve a hospital procedure. Athletes who did not receive a therapeutic-use exemption were subject to a disciplinary complaint. Now, the cutoff for IV “and/or injections of any substance” is 100 mL over a 12-hour period. Anything over that is prohibited at all times.

Additionally, WADA clarified banned substances in certain categories and clarified its position on others, providing:

  • A list of prohibited glucocorticoids, which help to relieve inflammation in the body.
  • Revised limits on salbutamol, an asthma medication alleged to benefit endurance when used by athletes. Doses of salbutamol may not exceed 800 micrograms over any 12 hours with a 1,600 mcg limit of inhaled salbutamol over any 24-hour period.
  • Alcohol removed from the list.
  • Glycerol, formerly on the list as a S5 diuretic and masking agents, is now allowed.
  • Eight new banned substances in various categories.
  • Gene Doping clarification to include current and emerging gene manipulating technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas9 and Targeted Genome Editing, on the prohibited list.

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


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Liam McGeary injured, fight vs. Bubba McDaniel scratched from next week's Bellator 185

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Liam McGeary just can’t catch a break.

After losing out on a high-profile fight with Muhammad Lawal on short notice, McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) has suffered an injury of his own and will not be able to compete at Bellator 185 next week. His fight against replacement opponent Bubba McDaniel (28-10 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) has been removed from the card.

The exact nature of McGeary’s injury is unknown, but it’s severe enough that the former Bellator light heavyweight champion won’t be able to fight, MMAjunkie today verified with a Bellator official.

Bellator 185 takes place Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

McDaniel will be booked for a future Bellator card, though it’s unlikely he still will fight McGeary, who he was moving up from the middleweight division to take on in a short-notice situation.

With the scratch, the latest Bellator 185 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (9 p.m. ET, Spike)

  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko
  • David Rickels vs. Brennan Ward
  • Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
  • Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres
  • Ana Julaton vs. Lisa Blaine

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie)

  • Ryan Quinn vs. Marcus Surin
  • Steve Skrzat vs. Costello Van Steenis
  • Alec Hooben vs. Jordan Young

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Georges St-Pierre adds former opponent Jake Shields to UFC 217 training camp

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Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is leaving no stone unturned in preparation for his UFC 217 title fight with Michael Bisping, and that includes bringing in former opponents to his training camp at Tristar Gym in Montreal.

After a more than four-year layoff from competition, St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) returns to the octagon to challenge Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

It’s a crucial fight for St-Pierre’s legacy. With a win he, can become just the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two weight classes. In order to help him get ready, “Rush” has enlisted the help of Jake Shields (32-9-1), a former Strikeforce champion and former opponent of the French-Canadian (via Instagram):

St-Pierre clashed with Shields inside the octagon at UFC 129 in April 2011. He won a unanimous decision for what, at the time, was his sixth consecutive title defense. He would defend it three more times after before vacating the gold in December 2013.

With Bisping primarily being a striker, it’s safe to assume St-Pierre is working with Shields, who last found in July under the PFL banner, to sharpen his wrestling and grappling for UFC 217.

For more on UFC 217, 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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