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LFA 27 heads to Oklahoma with Watley vs. Wilson lightweight title fight

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LFA will return to Oklahoma next month, and the lightweight title will be on the line in the main event.

Lightweight champion Robert Watley (8-1) will take on top contender Daryl Wilson (7-1) in the LFA 27 main event, the promotion today announced. In the co-feature, Myron Dennis (15-6) will take on Ryan Spann (11-5) in a light heavyweight bout.

LFA 27 takes place Nov. 10 at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. The main card will air live on AXS TV.

Watley lost his pro debut, but hasn’t looked back with eight straight wins. He signed with LFA earlier this year and got an immediate title shot against final RFA lightweight champ Thiago Moises and won a unanimous decision at LFA 17 in July to take the belt. The fight against Wilson will be his first title defense.

Wilson will be fighting in front of his home Oklahoma fans. He comes into the fight on a four-fight winning streak, including a one-punch knockout of Jarrod Card at LFA 18 in August in just 64 seconds. That fight was his promotional debut.

Dennis and Spann were supposed to fight at LFA 9 in April, but Spann was forced out with a training injury. Dennis fought and beat Danilo Marques, instead. Spann fought and submitted LeMarcus Tucker at LFA 23 in September.

The LFA 27 event includes:

For more on LFA 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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LFA 27 heads to Oklahoma with Watley vs. Wilson lightweight title fight

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LFA will return to Oklahoma next month, and the lightweight title will be on the line in the main event.

Lightweight champion Robert Watley (8-1) will take on top contender Daryl Wilson (7-1) in the LFA 27 main event, the promotion today announced. In the co-feature, Myron Dennis (15-6) will take on Ryan Spann (11-5) in a light heavyweight bout.

LFA 27 takes place Nov. 10 at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. The main card will air live on AXS TV.

Watley lost his pro debut, but hasn’t looked back with eight straight wins. He signed with LFA earlier this year and got an immediate title shot against final RFA lightweight champ Thiago Moises and won a unanimous decision at LFA 17 in July to take the belt. The fight against Wilson will be his first title defense.

Wilson will be fighting in front of his home Oklahoma fans. He comes into the fight on a four-fight winning streak, including a one-punch knockout of Jarrod Card at LFA 18 in August in just 64 seconds. That fight was his promotional debut.

Dennis and Spann were supposed to fight at LFA 9 in April, but Spann was forced out with a training injury. Dennis fought and beat Danilo Marques, instead. Spann fought and submitted LeMarcus Tucker at LFA 23 in September.

The LFA 27 event includes:

For more on LFA 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News

Ahead of Bellator 185's main event, watch Alexander Shlemenko take out Kendall Grove

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Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos

Former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko returns to Bellator this week with his sights set on a return to a title fight.

Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) takes on a big name at Bellator 185 on Saturday in Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who will be making his promotional debut after a 12-fight run in the UFC. Mousasi, a former Strikeforce champ, arguably represents one of the stiffest tests of Shlemenko’s career.

But before those two headline Bellator 185, take a look at Shlemenko’s most recent Bellator outing. He has six straight wins since losing the middleweight title in an upset to Brandon Halsey a little more than three years ago. And while only one has come under the Bellator banner (a knockout win over Melvin Manhoef in 2015 was overturned due to a positive drug test for Shlemenko), it was an impressive one.

At Bellator 162 a year ago this weekend, Shlemenko knocked out Kendall Grove in the second round. Check out that fight in full above ahead of Bellator 185, with Shlemenko vs. Mousasi in the main event, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

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

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Ahead of Bellator 185's main event, watch Alexander Shlemenko take out Kendall Grove

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Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos

Former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko returns to Bellator this week with his sights set on a return to a title fight.

Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) takes on a big name at Bellator 185 on Saturday in Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who will be making his promotional debut after a 12-fight run in the UFC. Mousasi, a former Strikeforce champ, arguably represents one of the stiffest tests of Shlemenko’s career.

But before those two headline Bellator 185, take a look at Shlemenko’s most recent Bellator outing. He has six straight wins since losing the middleweight title in an upset to Brandon Halsey a little more than three years ago. And while only one has come under the Bellator banner (a knockout win over Melvin Manhoef in 2015 was overturned due to a positive drug test for Shlemenko), it was an impressive one.

At Bellator 162 a year ago this weekend, Shlemenko knocked out Kendall Grove in the second round. Check out that fight in full above ahead of Bellator 185, with Shlemenko vs. Mousasi in the main event, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

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

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Poland's Salim Touahri replaces Jim Wallhead vs. Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night 118

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Warlley Alves will stay on this week’s UFC card in Poland, and he’ll do so against a short-notice home-country replacement.

UFC welterweight newcomer Salim Touahri (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in for Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and will meet Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118 on Saturday. MMAjunkie confirmed the booking with Touahri’s team following an initial report from Combate. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

Featuring a headlining contest between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The 28-year-old Touahri has eight of his 10 career wins by stoppage ahead of his short-notice call-up to the UFC. He comes to the promotion riding a five-fight winning streak, four of which have come by knockout. When Touahri steps in the cage on Saturday, however, it will be his first fight in nearly a year.

Alves, 26, was the middleweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3,” though he immediately returned to the welterweight division for his next three contests, where he earned victories over Alan Jouban, Nordine Taleb and Colby Covington. However, Alves has struggled in his past two outings, suffering losses to Bryan Barberena and Kamaru Usman and now finds himself looking to break a two-fight losing streak.

Wallhead, 37, is a longtime veteran of the European scene, competing professionally since 2005 and earning notable career wins over the likes of Igor Araujo, Che Mills, Frank Trigg and Joey Villasenor, among others. His persistence finally earned a UFC call in late 2016, but he’s since suffered back-to-back losses to Jessin Ayari and Luan Chagas, and was looking at a third shot at picking up a first UFC win. Now he’ll have to wait.

A timetable for Wallhead’s return was not immediately clear.

With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 118 currently includes:

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

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

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

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marcin Held
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Salim Touahri
  • 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.

December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Warlley Alves is declared the winner by submission against Colby Covington during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Warlley Alves reacts following his victory by submission against Colby Covington during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Warlley Alves hugs his trainer following his victory by submission against Colby Covington during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Warlley Alves applies a chokehold to win by submission against Colby Covington during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Warlley Alves applies a hold against Colby Covington during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports December 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Warlley Alves poses with a sling shot during weigh-ins for UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Aug 1, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Warlley Alves (red gloves) after defeating Nordine Taleb (not picture) by submission during UFC 190 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Aug 1, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Warlley Alves (red gloves) after defeating Nordine Taleb (blue gloves) by submission during UFC 190 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Aug 1, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Warlley Alves (red gloves) after defeating Nordine Taleb (not picture) by submission during UFC 190 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Aug 1, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Warlley Alves (red gloves) after defeating Nordine Taleb (not picture) by submission during UFC 190 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Aug 1, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Warlley Alves (red gloves) vs. Nordine Taleb (blue gloves) during UFC 190 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Aug 1, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Warlley Alves (red gloves) vs. Nordine Taleb (blue gloves) during UFC 190 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Aug 1, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Warlley Alves (red gloves) before fighting Nordine Taleb (not pictured) during UFC 190 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Aug 1, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Warlley Alves (red gloves) enters before fighting Nordine Taleb (not pictured) during UFC 190 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Warlley Alves reacts after defeating Marcio Alexandre Junior during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Warlley Alves (right) reacts after defeating Marcio Alexandre Junior during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Warlley Alves reacts after defeating Marcio Alexandre Junior during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Marcio Alexandre Junior (red gloves) fights Warlley Alves (blue gloves) during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Marcio Alexandre Junior (red gloves) fights Warlley Alves (blue gloves) during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Marcio Alexandre Junior (red gloves) fights Warlley Alves (blue gloves) during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/HDi7EiVknNwdJGzzA9NRnb/278116", customAnalytics: true, title: "Warlley Alves", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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Poland's Salim Touahri replaces Jim Wallhead vs. Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night 118

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Warlley Alves will stay on this week’s UFC card in Poland, and he’ll do so against a short-notice home-country replacement.

UFC welterweight newcomer Salim Touahri (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in for Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and will meet Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118 on Saturday. MMAjunkie confirmed the booking with Touahri’s team following an initial report from Combate. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

Featuring a headlining contest between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The 28-year-old Touahri has eight of his 10 career wins by stoppage ahead of his short-notice call-up to the UFC. He comes to the promotion riding a five-fight winning streak, four of which have come by knockout. When Touahri steps in the cage on Saturday, however, it will be his first fight in nearly a year.

Alves, 26, was the middleweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3,” though he immediately returned to the welterweight division for his next three contests, where he earned victories over Alan Jouban, Nordine Taleb and Colby Covington. However, Alves has struggled in his past two outings, suffering losses to Bryan Barberena and Kamaru Usman and now finds himself looking to break a two-fight losing streak.

Wallhead, 37, is a longtime veteran of the European scene, competing professionally since 2005 and earning notable career wins over the likes of Igor Araujo, Che Mills, Frank Trigg and Joey Villasenor, among others. His persistence finally earned a UFC call in late 2016, but he’s since suffered back-to-back losses to Jessin Ayari and Luan Chagas, and was looking at a third shot at picking up a first UFC win. Now he’ll have to wait.

A timetable for Wallhead’s return was not immediately clear.

With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 118 currently includes:

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

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

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

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marcin Held
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Salim Touahri
  • 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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Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz targeted for UFC Fight Night 121

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The UFC is targeting a do-over for Will Brooks and Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 121.

A Brooks team member today told MMAjunkie the two will be rebooked for next month’s UFC return to Australia. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

Earlier today, Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) tweeted he will fight at the event, which takes place Nov. 19 (but airs Nov. 18 in the U.S. due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The fight marks a rebooking for the veteran lightweights, who were scheduled to meet earlier this month at UFC 216 before Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) wasn’t medically cleared to fight and was scratched from the card.

Nik Lentz

Lentz later released a statement saying his body wasn’t responding to insulin and he was having “diabetic like” issues that left him unable to cut weight.

On Twitter, Brooks indicated he received compensation for the canceled bout despite a statement from UFC 216’s official regulator, Nevada State Athletic Commission, that said he wasn’t paid.

Now, the former Bellator lightweight champ will work on reversing a career slide. He’s dropped his past two octagon bouts, losing via stoppage to Alex Oliveira and Charles Oliveira after a promotional debut win over Ross Pearson.

Lentz is 2-1 since returning to the lightweight division from featherweight. In February, he suffered a decision loss to Islam Makhachev.

The latest UFC Fight Night 121 card now includes:

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


Filed under: News, UFC

Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz targeted for UFC Fight Night 121

MMA Junkie News -

The UFC is targeting a do-over for Will Brooks and Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 121.

A Brooks team member today told MMAjunkie the two will be rebooked for next month’s UFC return to Australia. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

Earlier today, Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) tweeted he will fight at the event, which takes place Nov. 19 (but airs Nov. 18 in the U.S. due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The fight marks a rebooking for the veteran lightweights, who were scheduled to meet earlier this month at UFC 216 before Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) wasn’t medically cleared to fight and was scratched from the card.

Nik Lentz

Lentz later released a statement saying his body wasn’t responding to insulin and he was having “diabetic like” issues that left him unable to cut weight.

On Twitter, Brooks indicated he received compensation for the canceled bout despite a statement from UFC 216’s official regulator, Nevada State Athletic Commission, that said he wasn’t paid.

Now, the former Bellator lightweight champ will work on reversing a career slide. He’s dropped his past two octagon bouts, losing via stoppage to Alex Oliveira and Charles Oliveira after a promotional debut win over Ross Pearson.

Lentz is 2-1 since returning to the lightweight division from featherweight. In February, he suffered a decision loss to Islam Makhachev.

The latest UFC Fight Night 121 card now includes:

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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To overcome horrific abuse, one young fighter found solace in the sting of battle

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Kohl Laren goes to sleep most nights on a twin mattress in the bed of a 1992 Ford F-250. It’s not bad. He’s got a camper shell, a hot plate to cook his breakfast in the morning, and enough sweatshirts to keep him warm through the night.

In a lot of ways it’s better than how he grew up. At least here there’s no one yelling at him, telling him that he’s worthless and denying him food. At least now he owns more than one pair of underwear and his shoes aren’t held together by duct tape. At least these days, the only beatings he takes are in the gym – and he puts himself through them on purpose.

That’s the important part for Laren, a 22-year-old kickboxer and amateur MMA fighter. After an intensely abusive childhood that led to hospitalizations and suicide attempts, he found in martial arts a form of therapy that’s helped him in ways that more conventional methods have not.

It’s what led him to his current focus, a project he’s dubbed “Chase the Pain,” in which he aims to tour the fighting arenas of Thailand and Cambodia in a journey of self-discovery through combat.

Part of the appeal is the extreme nature of the fights and the training there, Laren said. Pushing yourself through pain and fatigue, pushing past your concept of your own limits, that evokes an intense emotional state that brings him back to his history of abuse.

“It just comes out of nowhere, and when that happens, you face all these weird kind of feelings,” Laren told MMAjunkie. “That takes me to a place I haven’t been before. And for me, when I get to that place, I return to those feelings from my childhood, and that’s hopelessness and despair.”

Laren grew up in the northwestern corner of Southern California’s Orange County. His parents were separated, which left him with his mother, an L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy who abused him physically, verbally and emotionally, all while taking good care of his younger sister, he said.

His mother regularly abused drugs and alcohol, Laren said, and was eventually arrested for and pleaded guilty to DUI and child endangerment charges. But her anger toward her son seemed to stem from a seething resentment of his father.

“My sister was treated better almost in spite of me,” Laren said. “She was treated almost like an example, like this is what you would be treated like if you didn’t remind me of your dad. I was made fun of and starved and made to think that I was somehow overweight or didn’t even deserve to eat food, and this was when I was 8, 9 years old. I was severely anorexic, like 25 pounds underweight as a kid. I remember being at the hospital, and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me, and then they realized I just wasn’t eating.”

His family wasn’t poor. His mother could have afforded to buy him clean clothes or working shoes. The neglect was intentional, Laren said, and he internalized the abuse he endured every day.

Maybe he really was worthless. Maybe he really didn’t deserve to eat. Maybe he was a lesser human.

“Then at a certain point, me and my mom got into a fight, and I stood up for myself,” Laren said. “It was the first time I’d ever defended myself against my mom. She threw me out of the house, I was on the curb in my underwear, and my dad picked me up. I lived with my dad after that.”

It was his father who took him to his first jiu-jitsu class. What Laren soon found was that, when he was on the mats, just trying to avoid being choked and armbarred, he wasn’t thinking about all the horrible things he’d been through. The emotional scars that followed him everywhere didn’t seem to be able to follow him into the gym. There just wasn’t room for them, not with the immediate physical urgency of the task of the hand.

“That was really comforting, because I was really a prisoner of my own thoughts,” Laren said. “Any other time when I wasn’t training, I was trapped by these terrible thoughts. But when I was in the gym, it was sort of a meditative state. I could only think of myself as a martial artist and not think of all the trauma.”

He took an MMA fight as soon as he turned 18. He lost, but it wasn’t really the point. He gravitated more toward muay Thai after that. It was just so intense, so filled with painful rituals and intense training. It was there he was introduced to the concept of “intentional suffering,” a path to self-realization articulated by early 20th century philosopher George Gurdjieff.

“It’s putting yourself through something that is uncomfortable in the hopes of growing through it,” Laren said. “If you’re always in a state that’s super comfortable, you don’t really have to think about what you’re doing. But when you’re uncomfortable, it promotes an increased self-observation.”

That, in a way, is how he ended up living in his truck.

He doesn’t have to be homeless, Laren said. He’s had an apartment and the comforts of financial self-sufficiency, even if it meant working three jobs to get there at times. But that wasn’t helping him work on his issues or process his past. His martial arts journey did, but it required a focus he didn’t feel he could give while chasing a series of simultaneous paychecks.

So he gave it up and came up with his new plan. That included getting even more serious about training with his coach, Austin Ahlgren of OC Muay Thai, as well as traveling to Southeast Asia to immerse himself in a new and uncomfortable fighting environment.

It’s an effort he’s currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with the ultimate goal of bringing the lessons he learns back home to help others who have lived through similar trauma.

“If you notice a lot of kids who’ve been abused, they turn to drugs, alcohol, partying, anything to pretend like those feelings aren’t there, to ignore them,” Laren said. “I feel like I’m in no position to help those people until I figure out how to deal with those feelings myself, and I think going into this unfamiliar environment and putting myself through this is going to help me grow through those feelings.”

The journey and the battles along the way won’t be easy, Laren said, but then that’s kind of the point. At least this time his suffering will be on purpose, in the service of some end. At least this time it’s not for nothing. And, if it all goes the way he hopes, maybe it will lead him somewhere new.


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Kohl Laren goes to sleep most nights on a twin mattress in the bed of a 1992 Ford F-250. It’s not bad. He’s got a camper shell, a hot plate to cook his breakfast in the morning, and enough sweatshirts to keep him warm through the night.

In a lot of ways it’s better than how he grew up. At least here there’s no one yelling at him, telling him that he’s worthless and denying him food. At least now he owns more than one pair of underwear and his shoes aren’t held together by duct tape. At least these days, the only beatings he takes are in the gym – and he puts himself through them on purpose.

That’s the important part for Laren, a 22-year-old kickboxer and amateur MMA fighter. After an intensely abusive childhood that led to hospitalizations and suicide attempts, he found in martial arts a form of therapy that’s helped him in ways that more conventional methods have not.

It’s what led him to his current focus, a project he’s dubbed “Chase the Pain,” in which he aims to tour the fighting arenas of Thailand and Cambodia in a journey of self-discovery through combat.

Part of the appeal is the extreme nature of the fights and the training there, Laren said. Pushing yourself through pain and fatigue, pushing past your concept of your own limits, that evokes an intense emotional state that brings him back to his history of abuse.

“It just comes out of nowhere, and when that happens, you face all these weird kind of feelings,” Laren told MMAjunkie. “That takes me to a place I haven’t been before. And for me, when I get to that place, I return to those feelings from my childhood, and that’s hopelessness and despair.”

Laren grew up in the northwestern corner of Southern California’s Orange County. His parents were separated, which left him with his mother, an L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy who abused him physically, verbally and emotionally, all while taking good care of his younger sister, he said.

His mother regularly abused drugs and alcohol, Laren said, and was eventually arrested for and pleaded guilty to DUI and child endangerment charges. But her anger toward her son seemed to stem from a seething resentment of his father.

“My sister was treated better almost in spite of me,” Laren said. “She was treated almost like an example, like this is what you would be treated like if you didn’t remind me of your dad. I was made fun of and starved and made to think that I was somehow overweight or didn’t even deserve to eat food, and this was when I was 8, 9 years old. I was severely anorexic, like 25 pounds underweight as a kid. I remember being at the hospital, and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me, and then they realized I just wasn’t eating.”

His family wasn’t poor. His mother could have afforded to buy him clean clothes or working shoes. The neglect was intentional, Laren said, and he internalized the abuse he endured every day.

Maybe he really was worthless. Maybe he really didn’t deserve to eat. Maybe he was a lesser human.

“Then at a certain point, me and my mom got into a fight, and I stood up for myself,” Laren said. “It was the first time I’d ever defended myself against my mom. She threw me out of the house, I was on the curb in my underwear, and my dad picked me up. I lived with my dad after that.”

It was his father who took him to his first jiu-jitsu class. What Laren soon found was that, when he was on the mats, just trying to avoid being choked and armbarred, he wasn’t thinking about all the horrible things he’d been through. The emotional scars that followed him everywhere didn’t seem to be able to follow him into the gym. There just wasn’t room for them, not with the immediate physical urgency of the task of the hand.

“That was really comforting, because I was really a prisoner of my own thoughts,” Laren said. “Any other time when I wasn’t training, I was trapped by these terrible thoughts. But when I was in the gym, it was sort of a meditative state. I could only think of myself as a martial artist and not think of all the trauma.”

He took an MMA fight as soon as he turned 18. He lost, but it wasn’t really the point. He gravitated more toward muay Thai after that. It was just so intense, so filled with painful rituals and intense training. It was there he was introduced to the concept of “intentional suffering,” a path to self-realization articulated by early 20th century philosopher George Gurdjieff.

“It’s putting yourself through something that is uncomfortable in the hopes of growing through it,” Laren said. “If you’re always in a state that’s super comfortable, you don’t really have to think about what you’re doing. But when you’re uncomfortable, it promotes an increased self-observation.”

That, in a way, is how he ended up living in his truck.

He doesn’t have to be homeless, Laren said. He’s had an apartment and the comforts of financial self-sufficiency, even if it meant working three jobs to get there at times. But that wasn’t helping him work on his issues or process his past. His martial arts journey did, but it required a focus he didn’t feel he could give while chasing a series of simultaneous paychecks.

So he gave it up and came up with his new plan. That included getting even more serious about training with his coach, Austin Ahlgren of OC Muay Thai, as well as traveling to Southeast Asia to immerse himself in a new and uncomfortable fighting environment.

It’s an effort he’s currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with the ultimate goal of bringing the lessons he learns back home to help others who have lived through similar trauma.

“If you notice a lot of kids who’ve been abused, they turn to drugs, alcohol, partying, anything to pretend like those feelings aren’t there, to ignore them,” Laren said. “I feel like I’m in no position to help those people until I figure out how to deal with those feelings myself, and I think going into this unfamiliar environment and putting myself through this is going to help me grow through those feelings.”

The journey and the battles along the way won’t be easy, Laren said, but then that’s kind of the point. At least this time his suffering will be on purpose, in the service of some end. At least this time it’s not for nothing. And, if it all goes the way he hopes, maybe it will lead him somewhere new.


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Jason Knight says he's fighting Gabriel Benitez at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno

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Fan favorite “Mississippi Mean” is headed to California.

Jason Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) today announced he’s slated to fight fellow featherweight Gabriel Benitez (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 123 (via Instagram):

UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement.

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Knight, also known as “Hick Diaz,” was recently riding a four-fight winning streak – one that earned him three fight-night bonuses and stoppage wins over Alex Caceres and Chas Skelly. However, in his most recent bout, the 25-year-old Mississippi native got a step up in competition and suffered a TKO loss to former title challenger Ricardo Lamas, who’s No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings.

RelatedJason Knight explains how Ricardo Lamas' dad helped him deal with UFC 214 loss

He now meets Benitez, a semifinalist on “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.” The 29-year-old Mexican fighter, who has 16 stoppages in 19 career wins, was on a 4-1 run before a recent decision loss to Enrique Barzola in a back-and-forth bout at UFC 211 in May.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 123 now includes:

  • Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Eryk Anders vs. John Phillips
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders
  • Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales
  • Gabriel Benitez vs. Jason Knight

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Ex-Bellator champ Will Brooks says he's fighting at UFC Fight Night 121

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After losing his latest matchup on a day’s notice, Will Brooks apparently will return to action next month.

Brooks (19-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), the former Bellator lightweight champion, recently tweeted that he’s slated for a fight on Nov. 19 in Australia:

I put my faith and trust in God and like always he comes through doing great works.

I'll see y'all Nov. 19th in Australia. #Godhasgotme

— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) October 15, 2017

Comeback season. #saylessdomore #ufcsydney

— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) October 16, 2017

That event, UFC Fight Night 121, takes place Nov. 19 (but airs Nov. 18 in the U.S. due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

It’s not clear whom Brooks will be fighting at the Sydney show.

Earlier this month at UFC 216, the 31-year-old was slated to fight fellow vet Nik Lentz, who ultimately was forced off the card on weigh-in day due to “medical issues.”

RelatedNik Lentz releases statement on UFC 216 scratch, says it's not his fault

Brooks, an American Top Team fighter who made his UFC debut in 2016 after a Bellator title reign from 2014-2015, scored a decision victory over Ross Pearson in his first trip to the octagon. However, “Ill Will” now looks to halt a two-fight skid following stoppage losses to Alex Oliveira and Charles Oliveira in his two most recent bouts.

The latest UFC Fight Night 121 card now includes:

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Will Brooks vs. TBA

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Why UFC 218's Justin Gaethje is publicly declaring short-notice fights are a no-no

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LAS VEGAS – A lot of big UFC opportunities have been earned through short-notice fights. And more than a few dreams have been dashed.

Lightweight standout Justin Gaethje doesn’t want to wind up in the latter situation. As frenzied as he is in the octagon, he attributes his success to long training camps. He wants it to stay that way as his UFC career develops.

Should he find himself winning the lightweight-title sweepstakes, he’d like to think he could say no. But just to provide a little extra incentive, he recently declared it to reporters.

“The effort I put in, I expect myself to have eight to 12 weeks of preparation, and that’s the way I do things,” said Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who next faces Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. “So I hope to never make the mistake – I just want to put it on the record for myself, to look back on – that I hope I never make the mistake of taking a last-second fight. Because inside, I would want to. But it shouldn’t happen.”

RelatedEddie Alvarez talks 'TUF 26' gripe with Lauren Murphy – and lack of heat with Justin Gaethje

Gaethje, the No. 3 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, spoke to reporters backstage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It was prior to the pay-per-view event’s headliner, an interim lightweight title fight between No. 2 Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) and No. 8 Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC). He hinted one was about to deliver a boring performance. With Lee enduring a brutal weight cut, the likelihood of a lay-and-pray snoozer seemed high, which invited the question of what the promotion would do when undisputed champ and No. 1 ranked lightweight Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) returned.

“I think the name of this game is not how you win; obviously, you have to win,” he said of Ferguson and Lee. “But it’s how you win. These guys are going to come in tonight, and if there’s a decision or they have a boring decision … they’re not going to come out with any negotiating tactics.”

As it turned out, Ferguson and Lee put on a spirited fight. Lee nearly put away Ferguson in the first round before running out of energy, allowing Ferguson to take over and secure a submission in the third round.

RelatedNew UFC champ Tony Ferguson: I'm going to expose Conor McGregor

Now, UFC President Dana White maintains Ferguson is the No. 1 contender to unify the belt against McGregor. But between the Irishman’s mercurial relationship with the promotion and the constant threat of injury withdrawal, there’s a lot to prevent that fight from happening. There’s a chance Gaethje could win that sweepstakes if he puts away No. 5-ranked Alvarez.

A fight with the UFC’s biggest box-office star is a temptation hardly any fighter could resist. Maybe that’s why Gaethje won’t entirely swear off short-notice. Instead, he’ll leave himself a public reminder.

Perhaps then, he won’t let it dictate the shape of his career.

“I’m going to go in there and finish Eddie absolutely as fast as possible,” he said. “I deserve a shot at the championship if I keep beating these guys. So I hope I earn that. I will earn it. I think Conor’s going to make somebody earn it. These boys tonight, I hope they put on a show for us. But I have a feeling one of them just wants to win.

“I don’t want to win. I want to put on a show. I want to be the most violent lightweight in the world. And if I have to go through one of these guys after I beat Eddie, I will. But I’m going to be running for sheriff around here.”

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland

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We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 event in Poland.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 118 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 118 takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till

Records: Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC), Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC)
Past five: Cerrone 3-2, Till 4-0-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Cerrone No. 10
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Cerrone -150, Till +120

Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Records: Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Past five: Esquibel 3-2, Kowalkiewicz 3-2
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Kowalkiewicz No. 4
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Kowalkiewicz -465, Esquibel +345

Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark

Records: Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC), Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Past five: Blachowicz 1-4, Clark 4-1
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Clark -150, Blachowicz +120

Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

Records: Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Past five: Piechota 5-0, Wilson 3-2
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Piechota -200, Wilson +160

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

July 29, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Donald Cerrone lands a kick against Robbie Lawler during UFC 214 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports July 29, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Donald Cerrone moves in with a hit against Robbie Lawler during UFC 214 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Jan 28, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) competes against Jorge Masvidal (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Jan 28, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Jorge Masvidal (blue gloves) looks on during his fight against Donald Cerrone (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Matt Brown (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Matt Brown (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts to fight with Matt Brown (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Patrick Cote (blue gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (red gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Patrick Cote (blue gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (red gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Patrick Cote (blue gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (red gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts after his welterweight bout against Patrick Cote (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) walks to the octagon to compete against Alex Oliveira (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) competes against Alex Oliveira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts after defeating Alex Oliveira (not pictured) by submission during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (left) reacts as he is named the winner by submission against Alex Oliveira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/F9WgF2phYGaNBwTu7LymjZ/277939", customAnalytics: true, title: "Donald Cerrone", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Colby Covington and Alexander Shlemenko

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Colby Covington and Alexander Shlemenko.

Covington fights Demian Maia on Oct. 28 in UFC Fight Night 119’s co-headliner. Shlemenko headlines Friday’s Bellator 185 event against Gegard Mousasi.

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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BJJ star Garry Tonon to make MMA debut with ONE Championship - FanSided

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BJJ star Garry Tonon to make MMA debut with ONE Championship
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Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Garry Tonnon has announced that he will be transitioning into MMA via the ONE Championship promotion. If you follow the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu circuit you have probably heard of Garry Tonon, and if you haven't — you will ...
ONE Championship Signs BJJ Ace Gary TononCageside Press

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Aposentado no Jiu-Jitsu, Roger Gracie pendura as luvas no MMA: “Parei em alto nível”

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Roger Gracie em ação no MMA com seu fino Jiu-Jitsu. Foto: Divulgaçã/Strikeforce

Lenda do Jiu-Jitsu, Roger Gracie está em outro patamar no esporte. Campeão de tudo que encarou, o craque fez sua última luta de kimono recentemente, encarou o astro Marcus Buchecha, finalizou a fera e pendurou o kimono ao se aposentar oficialmente do Jiu-Jitsu. A expectativa, agora, era ver Roger de volta ao MMA, para defender e buscar outro cinturão no One FC, mas o Gracie teve outros planos.

Roger, de 36 anos, decidiu pendurar também as luvas, e se aposentar como campeão do One FC. A fera deu seu parecer sobre a decisão.

“Eu decidi parar porque eu não acho que o MMA estava me motivando o suficiente para me dedicar 100% à vida de atleta”, disse Roger em entrevista ao MMA Fighting. “Eu adorei, foi um prazer fazer essas 10 lutas profissionais de MMA, mas eu não tenho outras ambições nesse esporte. Eu fiz 36 anos, não queria competir depois dos 38, e eu não tenho muito mais a conquistar no MMA, algo que mudaria a minha carreira.

“Eu terminei minha carreira em alto nível. Eu teria mais a perder do que a ganhar se eu continuasse no MMA. Se eu tivesse a mesma paixão que eu tenho pelo Jiu-Jitsu no MMA eu continuaria, mas a única motivação que me manteria no MMA seria o dinheiro, mas eu sou contra fazer algo pensando só no dinheiro. Penso inclusive que eu não daria 100% de mim numa situação dessa, então eu decidi me aposentar e focar em outras coisas na minha vida.”

Dez vezes campeão mundial na faixa-preta, Roger segue como professor de Jiu-Jitsu e tem planos de crescer ainda mais com a sua equipe, com sede em Londres, além do Roger TV, projeto no qual a fera ensina seu melhores macetes pela internet.

E para você, amigo leitor, Roger Gracie fez a decisão certa ao se aposentar também no MMA? Comente conosco!

Friday's Bellator 185 lineup loses 2 main-card bouts

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Friday’s Bellator 185 main card has undergone some major changes.

Officials today told MMAjunkie that an undisclosed injury has forced Brennan Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) out of the night’s scheduled co-headliner, and as a result, welterweight opponent David Rickels (18-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) has also been pulled from the card.

Additionally, Javier Torres (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has also suffered an injury, and welterweight Zak Bucia (18-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Neiman Gracie (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the new co-main event.

Bellator 185 takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and the main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

With the loss of Ward vs. Rickels, a fight between lightweights Ryan Quinn (13-7-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) and Marcus Surin (4-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has been promoted to the five-fight main card.

The latest Bellator 185 card now includes:

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

  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko
  • Zak Bucia vs. Neiman Gracie
  • Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
  • Lisa Blaine vs. Ana Julaton
  • Ryan Quinn vs. Marcus Surin

PRELIMINARY CARD (7 p.m. ET)

  • Joaquin Buckley vs. Vinicius de Jesus
  • Steve Skrzat vs. Costello Van Steenis
  • Alec Hooben vs. Jordan Young
  • Kevin Carrier vs. Kastriot Xhema
  • Vovka Clay vs. Frank Sforza
  • John Beneduce vs. Dean Hancock

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


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Veja rapidinho o melhor post sobre Jiu-Jitsu que lemos no Dia do Professor

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Por Jiuliano Leon*

Já parou para pensar quantos professores foram necessários até você aprender sua primeira chave de braço? Já tentou medir a corrente de ensinamentos e energia utilizada ao longo da história até tal conhecimento chegar a você?

Consegue ter a noção do nosso tamanhinho perante a história?

Sim, o seu aprendizado só foi possível porque incontáveis samurais, guerreiros, monges e mestres ensinaram outros tantos alunos que se tornaram mestres até chegar ao instrutor que ensinou você.

E é por isso que, quando você se propõe a ensinar, ajuda a prolongar esse fluxo de ensinamentos por, no mínimo, mais 50 ou cem anos. Se você adicionar honra, caráter, amor, disciplina, compaixão e a busca da verdade aos seus ensinamentos técnicos, você pode realmente transformar o mundo. Porque aprender e ensinar é, também, um modo de se transformar num mecanismo de mudança da sociedade.

Ser um professor ou sensei de artes marciais é, assim, ter inúmeras dúvidas e apenas uma certeza: a de que um faixa-preta é capaz de mudar o mundo todos os dias.

Para isso, é preciso contar não com mil técnicas mirabolantes nem saber duzentos golpes eficazes, e sim ter em mente que se é apenas um sensei entre muitos que vieram antes – e os inúmeros que virão depois, sem sombra de dúvidas.

Oss!

*Jiuliano Leon é  professor de judô e Jiu-Jitsu formado pela Alliance Rio.

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