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Leonard Ellerbe on May-Mac glove change: 'Floyd wants him to have every advantage possible'

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LAS VEGAS – Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe is pleased with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s (NSAC) decision to change the glove size for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor next week.

Although Mayweather (49-0 boxing) was the one to truly push the narrative to reduce glove weight from 10 ounces to 8 ounces, it was ultimately the NSAC that unanimously voted to approve the “one-time exception” that would seem to give an advantage to the bigger, heavier McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in the Aug. 26 pay-per-view showdown at T-Mobile Arena.

RelatedTwitter – including an ecstatic Dana White – reacts to Mayweather-McGregor glove change

That’s all part of the plan, though, according to Ellerbe, who said Mayweather wants McGregor to have as many positive ticks in his column as possible going into the fight. This is just another one.

“Floyd wants him to have every advantage possible that he can have,” Ellerbe told MMAjunkie after today’s hearing in Las Vegas. “Conor is a very confident young man, and I’m fully confident he’s going to lay it on the line. He’s representing not only the UFC brand, but he’s representing his country. He has the great fans from his country. They will be there backing him, and the millions of fans across the world will be tuned in watching this terrific event. We’re excited.”

Despite the fact 8-ounce gloves mesh closer to the 4-ounce fist protection UFC lightweight champion McGregor uses in MMA, it’s actually Mayweather who has more experience fighting in the newly approved glove size. Because of that, Ellerbe said he thinks the bout will look different than it would have otherwise.

RelatedReferee and judges selected for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing fight

“I think it will have an impact on the fight,” Ellerbe said. “From a fighter’s perspective, you’re more comfortable with fighting the smaller gloves. I’m pretty confident the fight will end in a knockout. Pretty confident. It’s something Conor wanted, something Floyd wanted, and both fighters got exactly what they wanted.

“Conor has guaranteed he’s going to knock Floyd out within four rounds. He just recently said he’s struggling to give him two rounds now. I fully expect him to be a man of his word and come out and be very aggressive in the small gloves. Floyd will be very aggressive, and it’s going to be a great fight. We’ve got a fight, ladies and gentlemen.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Is the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor 'Money Fight' worth watching? UFC fighters weigh in

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Will UFC fighters watch the upcoming boxing showdown between Floyd Mayweather and one of their own, Conor McGregor?

Whether they begrudge or applaud McGregor’s one-in-a-million fight with Mayweather, the overwhelming answer is yes – UFC fighters will be watching.

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At least, that’s the sense you get when they talk about “The Money Fight” on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena. No matter how they expect the fight to go, no one is declaring they’ll do something else when McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) headline the Showtime pay-per-view.

MMAjunkie spoke to fighters of all sizes and divisions about the matchup, and they all had their reasons for tuning in.

  • It will never be done again.
  • McGregor is being underestimated.
  • McGregor’s style is something Mayweather’s never seen.
  • McGregor has smashed expectations before, so he can smash them again.
  • A success for one MMA fighter is a success for all MMA fighters.
  • Who doesn’t want to see Mayweather get knocked out?

UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas was a lone voice of reason in a sea of optimistic projections.

“Listening to people make a case about how McGregor’s going to win this fight, it’s like I’m in the goddamn Twilight Zone,” he said.

Still, at no point did the one-time title challenger declare he isn’t buying. And that’s pretty much the end-all for this whole experiment – you find your own reason to justify the novelty.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Saiba tudo que rolou na Conferência de Jiu-Jitsu da Gracie Barra no RJ

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Mestre Carlos Gracie Jr. rodeado por alunos na Conferência da Gracie Barra. Foto: Reprodução

O hotel Windsor, na Barra da Tijuca, recebeu por volta de 500 pessoas, entre homens e mulheres, cada um com seu paletó para um encontro de três dias no qual o assunto principal seria a evolução e o crescimento de uma filosofia. Poderia caber facilmente em uma matéria sobre reunião de negócios ou de uma indústria qualquer, mas se trata de um encontro de Jiu-Jitsu.

Os paletós eram de algodão, o tema a arte suave, e ao invés de números e estratégias de venda, o assunto foi a filosofia do Jiu-Jitsu. Assim aconteceu a primeira Conferência Internacional da Gracie Barra, realizada na última semana, no Rio de Janeiro. Três dias dedicados a dividir experiências e acertar os rumos e planos de uma das maiores academias do Jiu-Jitsu mundial, com filiais em mais de 600 cidades do planeta.

Na abertura da conferência, os atletas e professores puderam ouvir o mestre Carlos Gracie Jr. líder e fundador do time, que falou sobre o futuro da GB, além de lembrar causos sobre a fundação da equipe e histórias curiosas sobre a família. Ao lado de Vinícius Draculino, Márcio Feitosa e outros nomes de peso da equipe, o primeiro dia tratou também de detalhar assuntos de gerência para aqueles que possuem filiais da academia no Brasil e no exterior, sempre com a missão de espalhar o nosso esporte aos quatro cantos do globo.

No segundo dia, todos de kimono e no tatame para uma série de dinâmicas de grupo e seminários. Carlinhos deu o seu aulão, assim como astros da equipe, como Felipe Preguiça, Flávio Almeida, Rodrigo Pimpolho, Bráulio e Victor Estima, Jefferson Moura, Draculino, Feitosa e outros professores renomados.

Já no último dia, para fechar com chave de ouro, os melhores competidores da equipe se jogaram no Campeonato Brasileiro da GB, em sua primeira edição. Na divisão Pro, nossa dupla de GMIs Cláudio Caloquinha e Sérgio Beninni mostraram sua força e faturaram o título no peso e no leve, respectivamente. No feminino, Vanessa Oliveira ficou com o título no peso leve e Glaucia Braga no pesado.

O próximo encontro da equipe será entre os dias 18 e 21 de outubro, em Las Vegas, no GB World Summit.

This video of UFC's Dennis Bermudez getting Tasered in the spine is must-see

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UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez is one of the more unique characters in the sport. For proof, look no further than his Guinness World Record for “fastest time to drink one liter of lemon juice through a straw.”

Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) clearly likes to do things outside the box, and today another video surfaced adding to the legend of “The Menace.”

Bermudez is currently overseas for a military tour and visit with the likes of two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard and former UFC champions Carla Esparza and Benson Henderson.

Apparently he had some downtime while in Romania. Bermudez opted to take a Taser shot under his own free will. Not only that, but he took it directly in the spine (via Instagram):

Bermudez is currently on a two-fight skid inside the octagon. He lost a split decision to Darren Elkins at UFC on FOX 25 in July, which followed a first-round knockout defeat to Chan Sung Jung in February’s UFC Fight Night 104 headliner.

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12-fight UFC veteran Sam Sicilia latest to sign multi-fight Bellator contract

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Sam Sicilia is the latest free-agent fighter to move over to Bellator from the UFC.

Sicilia (15-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who completed his UFC contract with a unanimous-decision loss to Gavin Tucker at UFC Fight Night 105 in February, has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator to compete in the featherweight division, a Bellator official today told MMAjunkie.

After getting signed to the UFC following a stint on Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, Sicilia went on to compete 12 times in the UFC featherweight division. He went 5-7 in his dozen octagon appearances and earned three wins by knockout.

Sicilia, who trains out of the Sikjitsu gym in Spokane, Wash., told MMAjunkie he plans to make his Bellator debut in the coming months. Although he’s spent the past five-plus years in the world’s leading MMA organization, Sicilia said he only views the change of scenery as a positive.

“It’s really not a step backwards,” Sicilia said. “It’s a different company, but you still get a shot at beating the big guys and being in the big fights. A lot of guys are moving there. It just feels like a good fit to be around. It’s still the big fight. That’s the biggest thing for me: It’s still on the big stage.”

Sicilia’s UFC career ended with three consecutive losses. He hasn’t won a fight since July 2015 but said he feels he’s currently in his prime. The heavy-handed striker intends on showing the full extent of his skill set under the Bellator banner.

“I’ve just been staying in the gym, and I really feel like now I’m ready to compete at the highest level,” Sicilia said. “I won’t be a guy that just simply exists in Bellator and go back to the win-lose-win-lose. I’m ready now to put it all together and get this winning streak going.”

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

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Xande Ribeiro é convidado de última hora do IBJJF Pro League de Jiu-Jitsu; Entenda

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Campeão mundial na faixa-preta, Xande volta ao GP da IBJJF para representar a RIbeiro Jiu-Jitsu. Foto: Divulgação

Com dez dias para a realização do evento, no dia 26 de agosto, em Vegas, o IBJJF Pro League trouxe mais uma surpresa para os fãs que anseiam pelas disputas acirradas entre os melhores pesados do Jiu-Jitsu mundial.

Depois do anúncio de Márcio Pé de Pano como substituto de Roger Gracie na disputa, tivemos outra baixa no card. Mahamed Aly, semifinalista no GP de 2016, saiu da disputa após uma lesão.

Em seu lugar, entra no páreo o campeão mundial Xande Ribeiro, para esquentar ainda mais a disputa pelos 40 mil dólares designados ao campeão. Vale lembrar que, em 2016, Xande foi superado por Mahamed nas quartas de final da disputa.

Completam o GP, além de Xande e Pé, nomes de peso como Marcus Buchecha, André Galvão, Leandro Lo, João Gabriel Rocha, Ricardo Evangelista e Dimitrius Souza.

Poste nos comentário o seu palpite para o pódio do GP e debata conosco!

Nevada commission (surprisingly) approves 8-ounce gloves for Mayweather vs. McGregor

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously to grant a request from Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s camps to allow eight-ounce gloves to be used for “The Money Fight.”

Commissioners agreed to the change – a break from its longstanding rule that requires 10-ounce gloves be used for fights contested at 154 pounds – as a one-time exception.

Three stipulations were also added to the approval: The eight-ounce gloves and their alternate must be inspected and approved by NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell and executive director Bob Bennett; the gloves must be submitted to the NSAC after the fight; and those gloves be used for a study on glove size conducted by the NSAC (via Twitter):

Today's #MayweatherMcGregor news? Eight-ounce gloves have been approved. Does this guarantee a knockout? pic.twitter.com/hU2520G6YZ

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) August 16, 2017

“The Money Fight” takes place Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The NSAC regulates the pay-per-view event.

Longtime NSAC commissioner Raymond “Skip” Avansino, who raised the initial motion for approval, noted a study had been ordered in 2006 after a safety committee had determined a standardized set of weights and glove sizes. But the study had never been completed.

“That’s the rule for at least 11 years,” Avansino said. “However, rules need to be reconsidered from time to time.”

RelatedReferee and judges selected for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing fight

Avansino indicated the unique circumstances of the bout warranted the approval – despite his reluctance to change the rules.

Marnell offered a token of objection by noting the request had come out of a social media battle between Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), forcing the commission to address the issue after the two agreed to fight at 154 pounds.

“Frankly, that part of it, it pisses me off,” Marnell said.

But several commissioners ultimately decided that the bout’s referee, veteran official Robert Byrd, will be the ultimate gatekeeper of the fighters’ health and safety. They expressed confidence that if one fighter is not fighting to his best abilities, the bout will be stopped quickly.

RelatedAssociation of Ringside Physicians 'strongly cautions' against smaller gloves for Mayweather-McGregor

“We always pride ourselves on stopping the fight one punch too soon, rather than one punch too late,” Marnell said.

Reps for Mayweather and McGregor testified before the ruling that there were no health and safety concerns from the fighters. UFC attorney Hunter Campbell said they have agreed to wear American-style gloves that distribute the gloves’ padding to the fists rather than the “punchers-style” horsehair gloves made in Mexico.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Referee and judges selected for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing fight

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Veteran boxing referee Robert Byrd will oversee “The Money Fight.”

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously to appoint Byrd for the pay-per-view boxing match between Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), which takes place Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Asked whether either camp had raised any objections to the choice, NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett said, “Not to my knowledge.”

Byrd, who’s overseen several high-profile boxing matches, will be paid $25,000 for the job. He has been described by ring.tv as a referee who “who doesn’t meddle too much and gives boxers wide latitude, often standing off to the side, keeping a respectful distance” and who “often uses his voice to break the fighters” apart.

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One objection raised internally by the NSAC was not mentioned. Chairman Anthony Marnell removed Kenny Bayless from consideration, reportedly after learning of a video interview in which the veteran referee, who’s overseen Mayweather’s past three bouts, dismissed the fight as a pointless exercise. McGregor coach John Kavanagh said he would object to Bayless as a choice and suggested MMA referee Marc Goddard, who was not named as an official for consideration.

Appointed to judge the summer blockbuster is Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Guido Cavalleri, who will each be paid $20,000 for the job.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Andrea Lee and Ali Abdelaziz (in studio)

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Andrea Lee and Ali Abdelaziz.

Lee is LFA’s women’s flyweight champion. Abdelaziz, who joins us in studio, manages the likes of UFC champ Cody Garbrandt, Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2512 with Jorge Masvidal, Muhammed Lawal, Cheyanne Vlismas

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Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Jorge Masvidal, Muhammed Lawal and Cheyanne Vlismas.

Masvidal said he is fairly certain of a fight with Stephen Thompson on Nov. 4 at UFC 217. He also gave his unique perspective on Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, given that he’s also boxed professionally. Lawal, who has trained at the Mayweather Boxing Club, also chimed in on the May-Mac hoopla, as well as his thoughts on facing Liam McGeary on Oct. 20 at Bellator 185. Vlismas is an amateur fighter based out of Las Vegas and will possibly turn pro this year.

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 YouTubepages. 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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'The Reem' Season 4, No. 5: Behind the scenes of Alistair Overeem's UFC 213 win over Fabricio Werdum

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Alistair Overeem is the center of one arguably the most well-produced documentary series in MMA. Just weeks after his UFC 213 victory over Fabricio Werdum, the UFC heavyweight is back with another episode of “The Reem.”

The series is currently in its fourth season of production after debuting in February 2011, and now the latest episode has been unveiled.

In episode No. 5 of Season 4, cameras follow the former Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 champion behind the scenes of UFC 213 fight week in Las Vegas. Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) met former heavyweight champ Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in a trilogy bout at the event and earned a unanimous-decision victory over the Brazilian.

RelatedUFC 213 final salaries: Alistair Overeem earns event-high $800,000 disclosed payday

Watch the latest episode of “The Reem” above, and if you missed any previous episodes, a complete series archive can be found here.

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

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

July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) fights Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) fights Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) fights Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) fights Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) fights Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) fights Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) fights Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) fights Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fabricio Werdum (red gloves) fights Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-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/TdqoLcDQAyUKAiYtxiRuoV/265953", customAnalytics: true, title: "Overeem def. Werdum", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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After 2nd DWCS win and (finally) a UFC contract, Charles Byrd eyes dream fight in Japan

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LAS VEGAS – It took two tries and two finishes, but Charles Byrd is now officially a UFC fighter.

Byrd (9-4) stamped his octagon ticket on Tuesday after submitting Randall Wallace (15-7) in the second round of a middleweight fight at Dana White’s Contender Series 6.

What made the situation unique was that Byrd was also the first fighter to win twice at the event series after previously (and brutally) choking out Jamie Pickett in its debut.

RelatedDana White's Contender Series 6 results: Charles Byrd wins for 2nd time, lands UFC contract

With two big, high-stakes fights in a five-week span, one would imagine Byrd is ready for a bit of a break, right?

“No, man,” Byrd told MMAjunkie after the fight, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. “I want to fight in Japan. That’s been my dream, to fight in Japan.

“They can call me whenever; I’ll tell you that much. I’ll go home. I’ll heal up quick. I’m ready. I’m ready to fight.”

Whether Byrd will end up getting his spot at UFC Fight Night 117, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena on Sept. 22, remains to be seen. But, hey, his willingness – or better yet, eagerness – to make quick turnarounds has already paid off once.

“I love this kid, Byrd, for coming back twice and finishing both times,” UFC President Dana White told reporters after the event. “I respect it, so I’m going to give him a shot.

“He asked to (return to the show), I guess. I guess it was him. He wanted to come back and do it again, and he did it again, so you’ve got to respect that.”

Byrd was, indeed, the one who asked to come back, motivated by the “pit in his stomach” left from his first attempt. After an arm-triangle put a first-round end to his meeting with Pickett, Byrd admitted he – as well as the people around him – anticipated a contract coming.

The situation, Byrd said, hurt. But he wasn’t about to let it stop him.

“I told the matchmaker I was sick to my stomach; I told him I’d fight again next week,” Byrd said. “That’s kind of how it felt. You come out here, you put it all on the line, you get the finish, and you don’t get what you came here for. Of course I’m going to come back. What fighter wouldn’t?”

After reality failed to live up to his expectations the first time, Byrd said he went into his second try with a “we’ll-see-what-happens” mindset. The result, of course, was yet another finish – and one that took overcoming a little more adversity than the first one.

Now, with not only a contract but some personal praise by White, Byrd is not about to rest on his laurels. In fact, it’s quite the contrary: He’s all the more motivated to keep working.

“My goal is to have a strap around my waist,” Byrd said. “I’ve got one goal accomplished. I’m going to keep pushing to the next one.”

To hear from Byrd, check out the video above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 6, visit the UFC Events section of the site.


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UFC-bound DWCS 6 winner Grant Dawson achieved a dream he had as a 15-year-old

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LAS VEGAS – Grant Dawson was just 15 when he chose his profession and focused on one dream: securing a contract with the world’s largest MMA promotion.

On Tuesday at Dana White’s Contender Series 6 event, Dawson (12-1) choked out featherweight Adrian Diaz (11-5-1). The performance, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las vegas, earned Dawson his coveted UFC contract.

RelatedDana White's Contender Series 6 results: Charles Byrd wins for 2nd time, lands UFC contract

“I wanted to be in the UFC when I was 15 years old, when I decided to fight,” the 23-year-old Titan FC and Victory FC vet told MMAjunkie after the win. “I was 15 years old, and all I imagined is pressing my face and the bright lights and big fights.

“So this is natural to me. I’ve thinking about this. This is what I want. I have it. I’ve been here before. All right.”

Dawson, who has three knockouts and nine submissions in 12 career wins since his 2014 pro debut, dominated Diaz and ultimately earned a victory via second-round rear-naked choke. It impressed cageside UFC officials (via Twitter):

He made it look easy! @dawsongrant20y1 has never had a fight go the distance and wasn't going to start tonight! #ContenderSeries @ToyoTires pic.twitter.com/gIp4ryDuV2

— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 16, 2017

But for Dawson, who points to Conor McGregor and the ultra-aggressive Rafael dos Anjos (his “all-time favorite” fighter) as inspirations, it’s just the beginning.

“My path is getting in the UFC,” he said. “I’m there.

“Win some fights. That’s next.

“And then get a UFC title. The fame, the fortune – if it comes, that’s great. But this journey won’t be complete until I have a UFC world title. Some guys get in the UFC, and they say, ‘Yeah, I’m in the UFC. This is what I want.’ I don’t want to be in the UFC. I want to be a world champion. That’s the only goal.”

Check out the full interview above.

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 6, visit the MMA Events section of the site.


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Top 25 finishes in Invicta FC history (Nos. 21-25): Cat Zingano vs. Raquel Pennington pre-UFC

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More than five years have passed since Invicta FC hosted its first event. During that time the all-female organization has gone through a number of different incarnations.

Despite having its roster consistently ravaged by the UFC, Invicta FC frequently hosts solid fight cards to help further the growth of women’s MMA. The fighters do their part by delivering inside the cage, and with the 25th event in company history set to go down later this month, Invicta FC has decided to highlight its young history.

Invicta FC 25 takes place Aug. 31 at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Ahead of the seminal event, Invicta FC’s social media team is rolling out a countdown of the 25 best finishes in its history.

Check out the first portion of the list, which counts down No. 25 to No. 21.

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25. Ashley Yoder def. Amber Brown at Invicta FC 20 (Nov. 18, 2016)

Ashley Yoder was successful in her Invicta FC debut when she locked up a tight armbar on Amber Brown to win in the second round.

24. Megan Anderson def. Peggy Morgan at Invicta FC 18 (July 29, 2016)

Megan Anderson’s charge toward the Invicta FC featherweight title continued at Invicta FC 18 when she throttled Peggy Morgan with a series of right hands for the first-round knockout.

23. Ayaka Yamasaki def. Amber Brown at Invicta FC 16 (Mar. 11, 2016)

Invicta FC atomweight champion Ayaka Yamasaki made her first successful title defense at Invicta FC 16 when she caught Brown with a second-round armbar to stay unbeaten in her career at 105 pounds.

22. Cat Zingano def. Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 3 (Oct. 6, 2012)

In a bantamweight matchup between two fighters who now hold a place among the UFC elite, Cat Zingano put away Raquel Pennington by second-round rear-naked choke at Invicta FC 3.

21. Livia Souza def. Katja Kankaanpaa at Invicta FC 12 (Apr. 24, 2015)

The triangle choke is now fairly rare in top-level MMA, but Livia Souza proved it still works. At Invicta FC 12, she caught Katja Kankaanpaa with the technique in the fourth round of their bout to win the vacant strawweight belt.

Check out the Blue Corner on Saturday for the next installment of Invicta FC’s top 25 finishes countdown.

And for more on the Invicta schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC boss wants Conor McGregor back in MMA: 'What's the point' of Floyd Mayweather rematch?

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LAS VEGAS – Even if Conor McGregor pulls off an upset and beats Floyd Mayweather in their boxing match later this month, what’s the point of a rematch, Dana White wonders.

“What’s the point?” White told MMAjunkie and other reporters during a small media scrum on Tuesday. ” … What’s the point if Conor beats him – to do it again?”

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the reigning UFC lightweight champion, crosses over on Aug. 26, when he meets undefeated boxing legend Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in a boxing pay-per-view blockbuster at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It’s supposed to be a one-off, one-night MMA-vs.-boxing spectacle – with massive potential paydays for all involved. Mayweather is approximately a 6-1 favorite (though he arguably should be a much bigger one), though there’s no contractual obligation to grant a rematch if McGregor pulls off the upset.

RelatedSo, how do you determine odds for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, anyway?

“I guess, if that happened, we’d talk about it, but there’s no rematch clause in there,” White said. “I’m ready for Conor to get back to MMA.”

And what’s he coming back? Likely a fight with Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, or No. 8 Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), who are now slated to fight for an interim title at UFC 216 on Oct. 7.

No. 1-ranked McGregor is expected to face the winner, but White said McGregor is still entertaining the idea of future boxing bouts (watch the full scrum).

RelatedConor McGregor's 10 most memorable in-the-cage moments

“We’ll see,” White said. “When you deal with Conor, I’ll take it day-by-day.”

While an embarrassing loss to Mayweather could force the Irish superstar back to MMA on a permanent basis, White said he hopes McGregor pulls off the upset.

“Conor’s going to get in there and rough him up – probably fight him a lot like (Marcos Maidana did in 2014),” he said. ” … I stopped doubting the kid a long time ago, and I’m hoping for this knockout. I’m hoping for him to knock Floyd out.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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