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Gegard Mousasi's Bellator plan: Shlemenko, title, MacDonald, light heavyweight – then retire?

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Gegard Mousasi sees endless possibilities for his Bellator career, but he knows it all starts with getting an impressive victory in his promotional debut next week at Bellator 185.

Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) signed with Bellator in July after a four-year run in the UFC. He said he’s excited about having more “freedom” with the rival organization, and it all starts with a middleweight main event against ex-champ Alexander Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) at Bellator 185, which takes place Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

RelatedGegard Mousasi enjoying added freedom with Bellator after 'hard road' with UFC

If he emerges victorious, Mousasi said he’s been promised the next title shot – against the winner of December’s Bellator 190 headliner between current 185-pound champ Rafael Carvalho (14-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and No. 1 contender Alessio Sakara (19-11 MMA, 2-0 BMMA). Mousasi’s primary goal is to add the Bellator title to a mantel that currently includes Strikeforce and DREAM gold, but he also believes that could be just the beginning.

Mousasi, No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, wants big-name fights, and he’s willing to welcome the likes of Rory MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) into his weight class or even make a return to light heavyweight to get them.

“For me there are a lot of options,” Mousasi told MMAjunkie. “I have to beat Shlemenko first, then the title fight, then maybe a matchup against Rory MacDonald, and then maybe light heavyweight. In light heavyweight, you have ‘King Mo’ (Lawal); you have Ryan Bader, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva, ‘Rampage’ Jackson – all big names. Plenty of names I can fight and make exciting fights.”

RelatedWhat does Gegard Mousasi's departure for Bellator tell us about the UFC's priorities?

At 32 Mousasi said he’s not yet thinking about retirement, but with a six-fight, 28-month contract with Bellator, he knows he could be one of the last contracts – if not the not last – of his career. Mousasi is currently on a five-fight winning streak, though, and said until he sees declining results, there’s no reason to consider walking away.

“As a fighter I feel like I’m not near the end of my career because I’m still winning,” Mousasi said. “But after six fights, I will probably be around 34 or 35. I think that’s a good age to retire, but I’m not thinking about that too much. I want to see what the results of the fights are going to be. If I keep losing, then of course it doesn’t make sense to continue. If I keep winning, I will keep continuing for maybe another three fights and then see again after that.”

Although Mousasi has great aspirations for what can be done over his six-fight Bellator deal, he said he’s not overlooking the task at hand. Shlemenko is one of the very few relevant opponents Mousasi can face in MMA who actually has more fights than him (65 to 50), and for that reason alone, he can’t be underestimated.

Some other UFC crossovers have struggled with the transition to Bellator, and Mousasi said he feels some responsibility to not only beat Shlemenko, but do so impressively.

“I feel like I should bee able to finish him in two rounds,” Mousasi said. “I’m too fast. Physically I’m bigger and stronger. I have the reach. I have the advantage in the stand-up and on the ground and in wrestling. Everything is to my advantage. The only thing I have to worry about is spinning back kicks, elbows and stuff like that. He’s tough and comes to fight, but I feel like he’s too aggressive. He makes a lot of mistakes. He comes to fight, and that’s why he makes a lot of mistakes, because he wants to brawl. I will land my shots.”

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


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Former UFC champ Germaine de Randamie cleared for return to training after hand surgery

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Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie has officially received clearance to return to training.

De Randamie (7-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) underwent surgery on her right hand in early September after, she said, it had been an issue for several fights. She was forced to withdraw from a scheduled UFC Fight Night 115 matchup with Marion Reneau this past month and finally opted to go under the knife.

After the operation was completed with “no complication,” de Randamie recently announced that she’s able to return to training and book her next fight.

“Got the best news today (which feels like it’s been forever),” de Randamie wrote on Instagram. “Got green light from my doctor to start training again. Thank you so much Dr. Feitz.”

RelatedUFC-Rotterdam winner Marion Reneau wants top-10 fight after ex-champ de Randamie 'backed out'

De Randamie has not competed since UFC 208 in February, when she earned a unanimous-decision victory over Holly Holm to win the inaugural UFC women’s 145-pound belt. Officials attempted to set up a first title defense against Cris Cyborg at UFC 214 in July. However, de Randamie didn’t accept the fight, and as a result, she was stripped of the title.

“The Iron Lady” moved back down to the women’s bantamweight division for the fight with Reneau, and though the bout never happened, that seems to be her desired weight class going forward.

De Randamie, No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, did not mention any potential opponents for her next fight, but she made it clear she’s returning with no shortage of motivation.

“More determined than ever before,” de Randamie wrote. “I’m coming back stronger, faster, more hungry than ever before!”

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

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Rizin FF 7 results: Rena advances with knockout, Kawajiri stopped with brutal knee

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The shining star from the Rizin FF women’s super atomweight grand prix opening round was Rena Kubota, who picked up a first-round knockout of Andy Nguyen in the main event of today’s Rizin FF 7 event.

Kubota’s (5-0) striking was on point in the tournament bout with Nguyen (5-5), which headlined the FITE TV-streamed card at Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan. She put in early body work against her opponent and capped it off with a left hook to the liver for the knockout at the 3:23 mark of Round 1.

Nguyen didn’t appear to be overwhelmed by the moment against the highly touted 26-year-old Kubota. She came after one of the tournament’s focal-point competitors, but Kubota’s striking was too sharp. She hurt Nguyen multiple time with strikes to the body before a final shot ended the fight and solidified Kubota’s spot in seminal round.

“Thank you everybody; I’m very honored to be the main event,” Kubota said through an interpreter in her post-fight interview. “I’m happy to be able to win the opening round for the gran prix. I promise you that I’ll win the entire tournament, so all you, make sure you come out and support me.”

#RIZIN #RIZIN2017 #RIZINFF pic.twitter.com/Opd03iUwmh

— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) October 15, 2017

In other opening round tournament action, Irene Rivera (7-4) punched her ticket to the second round with a second-round armbar of Miyu Yamamoto (1-3), Kanna Asakura (9-2) picked up a unanimous-decision win over Sylwia Juskiewicz (7-5), and Maria Oliveira (10-2) overcame a late rally from Alyssa Garcia (3-4) to get a decision win.

Nasukawa stays unbeaten

Described as a “19-year-old phenom,” Tenshin Nasukawa (4-0) stayed unbeaten in his young career when he edged out a hard-fought unanimous-decision win over Yamato Fujita (0-1) in their flyweight co-headliner.

After putting in a solid opening round in which he dropped his opponent with a vicious left hook, Nasukawa began to show some vulnerabilities as the fight wore on. Fujita had some moments, but he could never find a way to get the entirety of Nasukawa’s respect.

Nasukawa was never deterred by Fujita’s toughness, though, and delivered a well-rounded performance that left him with a fourth consecutive win to start his career.

Nishiura outworks Souwer

Decorated kickboxing standout Andy Souwer (2-3) showed improvement in his ground skills, but ultimately he was unable to deal with the superior positioning of Akiyo Nishiura (14-8-1) on the mat and suffered a unanimous-decision loss.

Although he has a prestigious resume in the striking realm, Souwer opted to initiate the grappling exchanges with Nishiura in the lightweight bout. That led to his downfall; Nishiura threatened with multiple submissions and had Souwer in dangerous positions throughout the contest.

Souwer showed some resiliency in the final round, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the overall work of Nishiura, who picked up his third straight win.

Oliveira stuns Kawajiri in bantamweight gran prix

Although it was the wild card qualifying match, the bout between Gabriel Oliveira (10-0) and Tatsuya Kawajiri (36-12-2) highlighted the second half of the Rizin FF bantamweight grand prix opening round.

The Japanese legend Kawajiri fell in front of his home country crowd. After a strong start, he began to fade as time wore on. Oliveira was able to survive the early burst from “The Crusher,” but then he found his range and landed several shots that were on target.

Oliveira was firing on all cylinders going into the second round. He hurt Kawajiri multiple times before a perfectly timed left lead knee landed clean and put the lights out. With the win, Oliveira inserted himself into the eight-man quarterfinal field as the wild card.

Gabriel Oliveira Wins KO R2.#RIZIN #RIZIN2017 #RIZINFF pic.twitter.com/N3vLeTcKz8

— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) October 15, 2017

Prior to Oliveira’s victory, three others advanced to the second round of bracket B. Other performances included a 70-second TKO win for Manel Kape (7-1) courtesy of a head kick, a debatable split-decision win for Kevin Petshi (13-3), and a clear-cut decision for bantamweight King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari (23-6-4).

Manel Kape KO's Erson Yamamoto #RIZIN2017 pic.twitter.com/7gbLvUgsUb

— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) October 15, 2017

Former K-1 star tapped out

One of the more notable kick boxers in history made his return to MMA competition for the first time in nearly seven years as Jerome Le Banner (3-3) took on Roque Martinez (12-4-2) in a heavyweight fight.

Unfortunately, things did not go Le Banner’s way. He was quickly grounded by Martinez and then placed in a scarf hold. He briefly attempted to escape the submission but was forced to tap out at the 2:09 mark of Round 1.

Fat man choke! #RIZIN2017 pic.twitter.com/ltpP9mjjJB

— Tony Fagnano (@BigToneMMA) October 15, 2017

Full Rizin FF 7 results (MMA only) included:

  • Rena Kubota def. Andy Nguyen via knockout (body punch) – Round 1, 3:23 – women’s super atomweight grand prix opening round
  • Tenshin Nasukawa def. Yamato Fujita via unanimous decision
  • Akiyo Nishiura def. Andy Souwer via unanimous decision
  • Reina Miura def. Crystal Stokes via unanimous decision
  • Gabriel Oliveira def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via knockout (knee) – Round 2, 1:00 – bantamweight grand prix opening round (bracket B)
  • Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Akhmed Musakaev via unanimous decision – bantamweight grand prix opening round (bracket B)
  • Kevin Petshi def. Jae Hoon Moon via split decision – bantamweight grand prix opening round (bracket B)
  • Manel Kape def. Erson Yamamoto via TKO (head kick) – Round 1, 1:11 – bantamweight grand prix opening round (bracket B)
  • Roque Martinez def. Jerome Le Banner via submission (scarf hold) – Round 1, 2:10
  • Maria Oliveira def. Alyssa Garcia via unanimous decision – women’s super atomweight grand prix opening round
  • Kanna Asakura def. Sylwia Juskiewicz via unanimous decision – women’s super atomweight grand prix opening round
  • Irene Rivera def. Miyu Yamamoto via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 2:25 – women’s super atomweight grand prix opening round

For more on Rizin FF 7, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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What would it take to make Conor McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre a reality?

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Ever since Georges St-Pierre officially announced his return to MMA competition after a four-year hiatus, speculation has drifted to a possible fight with Conor McGregor. It might happen, but according to UFC President Dana White, it’s a long ways off.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the current UFC lightweight champion, and St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), the former longtime welterweight champ, are two of the biggest names and successful pay-per-view sellers in MMA history. If they were to fight, it would surely be one of the biggest events in UFC history, but many hurdles remain.

Not only does St-Pierre, who meets middleweight champ Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) in UFC 217’s main event on Nov. 4, have to win the title, but he’d be contractually obligated to meet interim 185-pound champ Robert Whittaker in a unification match.

RelatedUFC 217's Georges St-Pierre: No fight enhances my legacy more than Michael Bisping

McGregor, meanwhile, is being targeted for a title-unification match of his own – with interim 155-pound titleholder Tony Ferguson. White said all those fights must take place before giving any real thought toward booking “The Notorious” vs. “Rush.”

“GSP would need to defend his title first at 185, and Conor has some business to handle himself,” White told TSN.ca while in Toronto for a UFC 217 media tour. “It would be a year and a half down the road before we even started talking about that.”

White said it’s especially difficult to look so far ahead when it comes to St-Pierre. The French-Canadian hasn’t stepped in the octagon since November 2013 and has already stated that an official retirement could happen at any time, especially if he loses a fight.

Additionally, St-Pierre said he’s not going to pursue a fight with McGregor because he doesn’t call out smaller fighters, but he admitted he would be “honored” to compete against the brash Irishman.

RelatedTony (Ferguson or Montana?) – UFC champ Conor McGregor breaks silence on Twitter

St-Pierre has said he will likely walk away from the sport for good if he can’t beat Bisping at UFC 217, but White said he’s not necessarily buying that. St-Pierre hasn’t lost in more than 10 years, and White said his competitive instincts wouldn’t allow him to hang up his gloves on his a loss.

“I think GSP is one of those guys who wouldn’t want to go out like that,” White said. “I think he will go back to 170 (pounds) and take a fight there. I would imagine. Guy’s been a world champion most of his career. I just don’t see him going out like that.”

White said he doesn’t hate the idea of St-Pierre eventually fighting McGregor, though, but that’s mainly because he thinks any fight involving McGregor has mass appeal and significance.

“Everybody’s intriguing for Conor McGregor,” White said. “If you look at Conor at 145, 155 and 170 – everything is intriguing.”

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

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Saiba como assistir à pesagem do UFC São Paulo e de quebra ajudar projetos sociais

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Charles Do Bronx toca um projeto social no Guarujá, e receberá o apoio das doações da pesagem. Foto: Divulgação

Quem quiser marcar presença na pesagem do UFC Fight Night: Brunson x Machida já tem como garantir o seu lugar. O UFC promove uma ação com instituições sociais de São Paulo e Rio de Janeiro. O fã que doar um quilo de alimento não-perecível vai receber em troca um ingresso para ver Lyoto Machida, Demian Maia e outras estrelas do UFC subirem à balança, no dia 27 de outubro, no Ginásio do Ibirapuera.

O processo para realização da troca é simples. Basta levar uma embalagem de alimento não-perecível de no mínimo 1 kg a um dos pontos de troca e retirar a sua entrada para a pesagem (limite de oito ingressos por pessoa). A partir do dia 23 de outubro, os fãs terão a opção de levar os alimentos à bilheteria do Ginásio do Ibirapuera, localizado na Rua Manoel da Nóbrega, 1361, das 10h às 20h. Será distribuído um total de 4.500 ingressos. A ação acontece até o dia 27 de outubro, data da Pesagem do UFC Fight Night: Brunson x Machida. Todas as doações serão revertidas às seguintes instituições:

Usina de Campeões

Projeto social da Refinaria de Manguinhos, oferece aulas de artes marciais gratuitas para jovens e crianças. Criada pelo ex-lutador Pedro Rizzo, a Usina de Campeões atende cerca de 100 pessoas e tem o objetivo de formar cidadãos usando o esporte como forma de disciplina e educação.

Programa Municipal Banco de Alimentos de Santos André

Criado em 2000, é uma iniciativa da Prefeitura de Santo André que permite que a população de alta vulnerabilidade da cidade tenha acesso a alimentos de qualidade, assegurando uma nutrição saudável, além de reduzir desperdício de alimentos.

Nascidos para Vencer

Projeto social liderado por Dan Dimitrius e pelo peso meio-médio Serginho Moraes, ensina Jiu-Jitsu para crianças e adolescentes da Cohab.

Centro de Treinamento Equipe Bronx Gold Team

Criado em 2012 pelo lutador Charles do Bronx, o projeto atende crianças em situação de vulnerabilidade na região do Guarujá.

Os portões para a Pesagem do UFC Fight Night: Brunson x Machida estarão abertos a partir das 15h, com uma série de atividades exclusivas para os fãs no UFC Vila, com presença de atletas convidados e das Octagon Girls.

Confira a agenda oficial do evento:

PESAGEM – UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BRUNSON x MACHIDA
15h00 – Abertura dos portões para o público
15h30 – Sessão de fotos e autógrafos com Atletas Convidados e Octagon Girls – UFC® Vila
17h00 – Q&A com Atletas Convidados – Palco Principal
17h35 – Cerimônia de entrega da ação social
18h00 – Atletas na balança
18h30 – Exibição do documentário “Nascidos para o Combate” – episódio Demian Maia

(Fonte: Assessoria de imprensa)

MMA's week out of the cage: Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey resurface, Cerrone's rattlesnake, more

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Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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UFC champ Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre meet on the ice

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The promotion continues for UFC 217’s headliner between middleweight champion Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre.

The rivals today met at center ice for the ceremonial puck drop between the NHL game between the home Montreal Canadiens and visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

RelatedGeorges St-Pierre frightened a child after an altercation with Michael Bisping

St-Pierre, a French-Canadian who gave Canada some of the biggest events in UFC history, got a thunderous welcome from the crowd of 20,000-plus. Bisping, meanwhile, got the type of reception you might expect for an outspoken Brit who’s soon fighting the hometown hero.

Here’s video, which includes UFC President Dana White and some jawing between the fighters (via Twitter):

GSP and Michael Bisping make grand entrance in Montreal pic.twitter.com/CymHPeXzuy

— HighLight Hockey (@HILITINGHOCKEY) October 14, 2017

It's always a lovely time when @GeorgesStPierre and @bisping are together. #TORvsMTL pic.twitter.com/UoEm8bbGZd

— NHL (@NHL) October 14, 2017

From this UFC Instagram story you can really get a sense for how hot this crowd was for GSP. Deafening. pic.twitter.com/yyfNYnG2oV

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 14, 2017

Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC), who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, and St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), a longtime welterweight champ who returns from a four-year layoff, meet in UFC 217’s pay-per-view headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 4.

Their recent press conference had plenty of fireworks.

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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Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) fights against Johny Hendricks (blue gloves) in their welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 15, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC welterweight challenger Georges St-Pierre participates in the official weigh-in for UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Georges St-Pierre the training partner of Francis Carmont (not pictured) yells instructions as he fights Costa Philippou (not pictured) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 165 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Mar 13, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; UFC World champion Georges St-Pierre reacts before the game of Montreal Canadiens against Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. 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Ex-Bellator champ Liam McGeary 'broke my bloody thumb,' calls out top 205ers

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Remember that injury that knocked Liam McGeary out of next week’s Bellator 185 event? We now have an X-ray of it.

As MMAjunkie reported this past week, McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA), a replacement for Muhammad Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA), was slated to fight Bubba McDaniel (28-10 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) at the event, which takes place Oct. 20 and airs on Spike from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. However, an injury knocked him out of the bout.

The nature of McGeary’s injury wasn’t immediately known, but the former Bellator light-heavyweight champion recently revealed a “bloody thumb” he broke.

Here’s a pic (via Instagram):

In a lengthy caption that accompanied the X-ray, McGeary said he still wants to fight “King Mo” – like, really wants to fight him:

“Tell you what tho bubba, you lucky bastard! You got away from a fuckin hiding there!! I was gunna prove a point on you!! I bet I could have even done that 1 handed. But the doc wouldn’t let me!
@kingmofh , I’m gunna be out for a little while longer, heal up fast mate, let’s get this fight sorted! I want to fight you man”

McGeary, who was hoping to rebound from a submission loss to Linton Vassell in May, didn’t stop there, though. The 35-year-old English striker also called out Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA), who took the title from McGeary in 2016. He also gave out a shoutout (and callout) to Vassell (18-5 MMA, 7-2 BMMA), who meets current champ Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in Bellator 186’s main event next month.

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

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


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UFC contender Julianna Pena announces pregnancy, putting career on hold

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Julianna Pena won’t be returning to the octagon any time soon; the UFC women’s bantamweight contender is pregnant.

Pena (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) today revealed that she’s expecting the birth of her first child, and seeing as she obviously can’t fight while pregnant (or shouldn’t, anyway), her MMA career is on hold for the time being (via Instagram):

Pena, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, hasn’t competed since January. She suffered a second-round submission loss to No. 2-ranked Valentina Shevchenko in UFC on FOX 23’s main event, which marked her first defeat inside the octagon.

In the time since that fight, Pena has moved from her longtime home of Spokane, Wash., to the Chicago area, where she she’s in a relationship with a police officer and father of her child.

Pena did not reveal exactly how far along she is in her pregnancy, but regardless, it’s unlikely she returns to UFC competition until the later portion of 2018.

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


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Dhiego Lima unloads on 'TUF 25' winner Jesse Taylor after doping fail

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Dhiego Lima is feeling some type of way about Jesse Taylor’s recent failed doping test.

Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who earned the “The Ultimate Fighter 25” crown with a second-round submission of Lima (12-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) at the show’s finale back in July, was flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after estrogen blocker clomiphen was caught in a test conducted on Aug. 22.

Other than adding quite the unfortunate twist to what had been the redemption story of the year, the bust forced Taylor out of a UFC Fight Night 121 encounter and got him a one-year suspension from USADA. Still, given it stemmed from an out-of-competition test, it doesn’t change the outcome of his most recent bout.

Related'TUF 25' winner Jesse Taylor accepts 1-year suspension for clomiphene

That’s where Lima comes in.

Had it been a straightforward steroid, Lima said, it would be one thing. But the fact that clomiphen can also be used to cycle off steroids has him thinking – well, it has him pretty damn certain – that Taylor used PEDs in the leadup to their fight.

“For our fight, he knew our anti-doping would only be a normal pee test,” Lima told MMAjunkie. “So he must have done a cycle for that. And then, one month later, he flunked with a post-cycle drug. Of course he was taking stuff to fight me.”

Understandably, Lima is grappling with quite the plethora of emotions. Let’s start with the first and perhaps most surprising one, which he got right after a Twitter user alerted him to the bust.

“It was a relief for me, to be honest,” Lima told MMAjunkie.

Allow Lima to explain. He was on the same team as Taylor on “TUF,” which means the two had trained together for weeks. Lima knew how strong Taylor was. But as a big 200-pound welterweight, Lima’s not exactly frail himself. So when Lima was faced with a much stronger opponent than the one he’d shared a mat with, he was puzzled.

“That was on my mind – ‘Why was that guy so much stronger than me?'” Lima said. “I trained so hard, and the guy tossed me around like I was nothing? How? It’s not possible. I knew how strong he was in the house. So for me, it would be the same at the fight.

“I did what I had to do to win, but come fight time, he was like three times stronger than me. I got depressed, you know. I thought about the fight so much, and I couldn’t understand. I knew it. I told everyone after the fight that he was too strong, that there was no way that was possible. And there you go.”

RelatedTwitter reacts to Jesse Taylor's submission of Dhiego Lima to win 'TUF 25' crown

Clomiphene was the same substance that caused former champions Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones to be flagged in relation to their respective UFC 200 bouts. According to USADA, it “indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone,” which, especially combined with strength training, “has been demonstrated to increase fat-free mass, muscle size, and strength in males.”

For Lima, who even considered moving up to 185 pounds in fear that his weight cut had depleted him of strength, the failed drug test meant some vindication. After months of going over it all and telling himself – and everyone else – that being “thrown around like a kid” by Taylor didn’t make any sense, he at least got some peace of mind.

“I knew I’d done everything right,” Lima said. “It all clicked.”

But there’s also quite a bit of frustration. After all, Taylor’s win over Lima earned him not only the “TUF” crown, but also a generous fight purse that had never been given to a season winner before.

“It wasn’t just any fight,” Lima said. “It was a finale. There was $250,000 (it actually ended up amounting to $290,000) on the line. I have three kids. I trained very hard for this fight. I suffered so much. Some days, I couldn’t even walk because I was training so hard. I knew about his strength. I knew about his wrestling. I prepared for everything. I trained with him for six weeks. He was on my team.

“I knew what I had to do to win the fight. I did everything right. I passed my post-fight tests. And then I hear the guy flunked a test a month later, knowing he did a cycle for my fight? This hurts me a lot. I suffered so much for this fight, and the guy cheats to beat me? It pisses me off.”

Despite Lima’s claims, Taylor has maintained his innocence (via Facebook):

While Lima is aware that he’s not seeing any of that “TUF” money, he hopes the UFC will find some way of making it up for him. Considering that “TUF” winners get better UFC deals – in this case, Lima said, Taylor’s is $20,000 heftier than his. So he’d be happy just to get that.

“USADA is trying to clean up the sport, so they need to see that he took a post-cycle drug,” Lima said. “Who doesn’t see that? It’s common sense. They need to take care of me. And I believe they will. They have to give me his contract. We’ll see. He’s suspended, so he won’t even fight. I’m here. I passed my tests. I’m training hard. I’ll fight anyone.”

Of course, there’s one pretty obvious obstacle to getting his demands met. Although Lima, personally, seems quite certain that Taylor took the substance to get his levels back to normal after a PED cycle leading up to their fight, there’s really not much he can do to prove it.

Still, Lima is confident that, with some added support from his colleagues and a proper social media campaign, he should be able to get the UFC on board.

“The fighters are all on my side – especially the clean ones,” Lima said. “They know where I’m coming from. Brian Stann, who I used to train with, always told me: ‘Dhiego, when you fight someone who’s on PEDs, you will know.’ And that’s what happened in this fight.

“I have the fighters on my side. I’m taking to social media. Dana White likes me. So I think there is a chance of at least getting a better contract, especially now that they’re trying to clean the sport with USADA.”

Taylor, who ended up getting the highest possible sanction for a first-time offender caught with a specified substance, immediately maintained he’s “never done steroids.” Lima, however, suspects that’s exactly what his former opponent had been doing for a while.

“I’m no one to judge anyone,” Lima said. “But it’s common sense. The guy is 35 and has a back full of pimples. Where have you seen that before? Is he just hitting puberty now?”

The problem isn’t personal. Lima, in fact, won’t deny that Taylor’s comeback story was quite the intriguing one. But as someone who’s adamant on the fact that he’s 100 percent clean, the Brazilian is not OK with any fighter who tries to take shortcuts.

“There is a different in strength, of course, but this also helps them mentally,” Lima said. “We do a camp, we train very hard, and sometimes our body can’t keep up. Sometimes you’re all hurt and broken, so you’re not always training at 100 percent. They say it helps with everything. Their training sessions will always be good, because they have that.

“These guys don’t wanna go through the suffering, they want the easier way. The thing that helps with performance and recovery. And these guys need to be banned. For a guy like me, who’s never taken anything, who diets every day, who trains hard, who goes through all the hardships, it’s so unfair to us. It’s ridiculous. These guys need to be banned. They need to go away. It makes me angry.”

As upset as he is with the situation, Lima said that it’s also going to allow him to start fresh. When he returns to the octagon, which he plans on doing in December, he will be doing it with a clear mind.

As for his most recent opponent? Well, that’s his problem.

“His story was amazing,” Lima said. “What he did the first time, what he did to return. But if he can sleep at night knowing that he had to cheat to beat me? That’s his problem. I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night knowing I had to cheat to get something like this.

“He fought well and all, but I knew what I had to do. If he can sleep at night, that’s good for him. But I wouldn’t be able to.”

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

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MMA has inspired some terrible tattoos, but this McGregor-Diaz ink is pretty amazing

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One MMA fan now has quite the way to remember UFC 202 and the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

On Aug. 20, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, then-featherweight champion McGregor narrowly edge Diaz via majority decision in a non-title welterweight bout. McGregor avenged a submission loss to Diaz from earlier in the year, and it ultimately set up a move to lightweight, where McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez to claim the 155-pound title.

RelatedTony Ferguson responds to Conor McGregor with perfect(ly odd) 'Grand Theft Auto' video on Twitter

The rematch between McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) was a back-and-forth, bloody and often-grueling five-rounder that earned plenty of “Fight of the Year” accolades. UFC 202, which had the two rivals on the top of the bill, is also reported to have done 1.6 million pay-per-view buys – a UFC record.

So how do you honor one of the biggest fights in MMA history? One MMA fan got some nifty ink to do it.

Here’s the tattoo, in video form (via Instagram):

It appears to be inspired by this image from AP photographer Isaac Brekken:

For more on UFC 202, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Evan Dunham is a Conor McGregor fan – but if anybody asks, Tony Ferguson is the UFC champ

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While matchmaking is not an exact science, there is a general logic to the process, which often involves fighters paired with peers who are coming off equally positive or negative outcomes.

But then how do you go about planning your octagon future when you neither won nor lost your most recent bout?

That’s what lightweight Evan Dunham, who fought Beneil Dariush to a majority draw last week at UFC 216, will find out.

“I’m not going to fight down,” Dunham told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’ll tell you that right now. I’m only fighting up. And I said that going into my last fight. Because they tried to give me someone who wasn’t ranked.

“And I was like, ‘Dude, I’m coming off four wins. If this isn’t an opportunity for me to fight up, I don’t know what is.’ And since I didn’t take a loss, I’m not changing my stance.”

Dunham (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) and Dariush (14-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) opened UFC 216’s pay-per-view main card on a solid note. Dariush’s strong start had him taking a pair of 10-8 scores in the first round, but Dunham’s rally granted him the 10-9 scorecards that he needed to even things out – despite one judge seeing it Dariush’s way.

RelatedTony (Ferguson or Montana?) – UFC champ Conor McGregor breaks silence on Twitter

As it often happens with outcomes like these, both Dariush and Dunham were left thinking they’d done enough to win the fight. But at least one of them found out that, after 10 years, there are still surprises to be had in the octagon.

“A draw never even crossed my mind until they said it, to tell you the truth,” Dunham said. “Because I think this was what, my 33rd fight or something like that total, counting amateurs. And I’d never had a draw before. So I wasn’t thinking draw. I was actually thinking I won that, because I won (Rounds 2 and 3).

“When I’m there, I don’t think about, ‘How did they score this round?’ I think about, ‘Did I win that round, or did I lose that round?’ But after this fight I’m probably going to start thinking a little bit more, like ‘OK, how exactly did they score it?'”

Dunham’s plans moving forward were made clear: He’s not dipping below himself in the official UFC rankings, in which he occupies the No. 14 spot. But like a lot of his fellow UFC lightweights, Dunham knows that making your way up can be complicated given the division’s current state of affairs.

“Kevin Lee said it best, the rankings don’t mean (expletive) at this point,” Dunham said. “Which breaks my heart, hearing that as a guy who’s based my whole career trying to make my way up the rankings. Because, in my idea, you work your way up the rankings, that’s what gets you a title shot.”

RelatedTony Ferguson responds to Conor McGregor with perfect(ly odd) 'Grand Theft Auto' video on Twitter

Instead, Dunham believes there’s a logjam atop the division – with a few key players making it harder by their inactivity. That starts with champion Conor McGregor, who Dunham clarifies he is actually a fan of, but also goes by the likes of McGregor’s two-time opponent Nate Diaz and undefeated contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“The division is so jammed up at the top that it makes it really tough for anybody to work their way up,” Dunham said. “Because you’ve got Diaz, who’s not doing anything. You’ve got Conor, who’s – well, last weekend kind of helped it out. Now we have an interim champion, and there is starting to be some movement.”

The way Dunham – as well as a large group of people that includes UFC President Dana White – sees it, the title fight to make now is between newly crowned interim champion Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC). Of course, rankings logic is one good reason for that. But Dunham also sees the battle as an intriguing stylistic matchup.

“That’s why the interim title was made,” Dunham said. “That’s the reason why they did the whole thing last weekend. Ferguson is the champ. In my book, if anybody asks, Ferguson is the champ of the 155 division right now.”

The next title challenger, Dunham reasons, could very well emerge from a UFC 218 meeting between ex-titleholder Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje. A meeting that, it turns out, Dunham is particularly invested in.

“I would like to fight the loser of that,” Dunham said. “Usually, they go loser-loser, and I’m kind of in this grey area of a draw. I don’t know what it means, but I guess I’ll figure it out pretty soon. But I would love to fight the loser of that fight, because the winner should get a title shot. It makes sense to me.”

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

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Chase Sherman roasted fans who posted selfies on Twitter by telling them what they do for a living

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Chase Sherman probably has the best social media game in all of MMA, and the UFC heavyweight showed us why again with a legendary Twitter thread.

Sherman on Friday (the 13th) asked fans to post a selfie so he could predict what they do for a living, and the results were hilarious, with Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) roasting fan after fan after fan.

Here are just a few of my favorite responses, though the entire thread is worth a scroll:

Post a selfie, and I'll tell you what you do for a living. #MysticChase pic.twitter.com/avS52CTgnA

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— Josh garvey (@joshgarvey181) October 13, 2017

Whatever you do for a living didn't pay for the light bill this month. It's dark in there.

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— Demetrios N (@mitchSpartan) October 13, 2017

Backup dancer for Pitbull.

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— conor riggs (@cbr2453) October 13, 2017

Conor Mcgregor Public Relations Tweeter in your free time

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— OklahoMMA (@OklahoMMA) October 13, 2017

You drowned at Camp Crystal Lake several years ago. But it is Friday the 13th

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— ©onor (@MacMartials) October 13, 2017

You're Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Lotion Provider

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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

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

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UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz 'comfortably retired now,' shuts door on return to fighting

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Tito Ortiz made rival Chael Sonnen tap out earlier this year, and that, it seems, is how the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is content finishing his MMA career.

Ortiz, who has come out of retirement before, told MMAjunkie on Friday that he’s “comfortably retired now” and has no intention of competing ever again.

“As a fighter, it’s time to say it’s over after 20 years of competition,” the UFC Hall of Famer said. “I’m 42 years old. I’ve been through eight surgeries, and I still have my head on my shoulders, which I’m very, very lucky. Fortunate for the things that I’ve had through mixed martial arts, so I’m just trying to use the best of it to build the name of Tito Ortiz.

“I’m doing well, man. Just working hard and chasing this American dream, and I’m living it.”

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Ortiz (19-12-1), a former light heavyweight champion, first retired in 2012 after a 27-fight UFC career ended with a second loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 148. Ortiz’s retirement didn’t last long, though, as he signed with Bellator and returned to the cage in 2014.

Ortiz competed four times with the promotion, going 3-1. That includes a rear-naked choke submission win over Sonnen (30-15-1) in January at Bellator 170. Ever since then – much like before the fight – the two men have engaged in a war of words on social media and in the press.

In August, following neck surgery, Ortiz posted a video on Instagram updating his condition and seemed to call out Sonnen when he ended with these words: “Now it’s time to get ready, because, Chael, I’m kicking your ass.”

Asked if a rematch with Sonnen could actually lure him out of retirement, Ortiz mostly joked with his response.

RelatedChael Sonnen responds to Tito Ortiz's callout on Twitter just how you'd expect

“You know what? I may kick Chael’s ass just one time, just because, maybe for free,” Ortiz said, laughing. “Because I hate the guy.”

Then Ortiz’s tone of voice changed.

“I really don’t want to, but I really dislike that guy a lot,” he continued. “But I’m not looking forward to it, man. I’m not looking forward to training again. I’m not looking forward to being on the grind. But that guy just can’t shut his mouth about me.”

While Ortiz’s disdain for Sonnen is real, he insists the potential for a return to fighting isn’t. Ortiz these days is focused on other endeavors, including his sports management company, Primetime 360, which represents UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. He also has the newly formed Tito Ortiz Auto Group, a wholesale and retail car dealership.

There’s also Hollywood. Ortiz has a part in Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” which hits theaters next Friday, and is hopeful of future acting opportunities.

So, fighting again? It looks unlikely.

“I’ve learned a lot through my life – mixed martial arts, as a business man, as an entreprenuer, and as a fighter and a father,” Ortiz said. “It’s just time to shut that door and open up other doors.”

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

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Is CM Punk's return to UFC imminent? He's apparently training like it is

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CM Punk is hard at work, preparing for his second fight in the UFC.

At least that’s what it looks like based on an Instagram post by MMA trainer Duke Roufus, who serves as Punk’s head coach at Roufusport in Milwaukee.

Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former WWE star, hasn’t competed since a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall in his MMA debut at UFC 203 last year. It was widely considered a failure for Punk, who wasn’t able to mount any offense before tapping out to a rear-naked choke just 2:14 into the fight.

Roufus’ Instagram post caption is curious, with him specifically stating Punk is back in camp “working on his next fight,” which makes you wonder if a booking could be in the works. Is it possible Punk fights before the end of the year as Roufus hinted at back in August.

For what it’s worth, UFC President Dana White said shortly after Punk’s loss that he would “probably not” continue fighting for the organization, though he’s never taken a definitive stance.

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

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2543 with Eddie Alvarez, Brad Tavares, Ben Fowlkes

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Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Eddie Alvarez, Brad Tavares and Ben Fowlkes.

Alvarez discussed his upcoming Dec. 2 fight vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218 and his coaching stint on ‘TUF 26.’ Tavares was in studio to recap his UFC 216 win over Thales Leites. Fowlkes talked about the latest MMA news, including Mark Hunt vs. the UFC and the dangers of weight cutting.

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


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After TKO loss in GLORY debut, 'Bigfoot' Silva wants rematch vs. Rico Verhoeven – but on his turf

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It wasn’t exactly a closely contested affair, but for what it’s worth, Antonio Silva managed to take one of the best kickboxers in the world to the second round in his debut.

“Bigfoot” Silva (19-12-1 MMA) met GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven (52-10-1 kickboxing) in a non-title headliner at today’s GLORY 46 SuperFight Series event in Guangzhou, China.

The bout, scheduled for three three-minute rounds, was called to a stop early in the second after a flurry by Verhoeven had “Bigfoot” cornered against the ropes.

Verhoeven relied heavily on low kicks in the first round – a strategy that seemed to pay dividends as Silva twice struggled to keep his footing. A low blow by the GLORY champ, however, caused the fight to be paused for a bit.

The beginning of the end would come in Round 2 – courtesy of a swift head kick that sent “Bigfoot” to the mat. While he did get back to his feet, Verhoeven would soon start to unleash, following a spinning kick with some punches to prompt the referee to intervene 47 seconds into the round.

While a rematch in the ring doesn’t seem all that likely, how about one in the cage? According to Silva’s longtime manager, Alex Davis, “Bigfoot” would be glad to make it happen.

“Antonio went out there and did his first kickboxing fight against the current GLORY champ and legend, Rico Verhoeven,” Davis told MMAjunkie. “And not even himself expected to win. But he fought like a lion. Nothing to be ashamed of. And nor was it the manslaughter everyone predicted.

“Now, Antonio thinks that it is Verhoeven’s turn to debut in MMA. And since he took the first challenge, he now respectfully invites Rico to do the same in MMA. Bigfoot would be more than happy to welcome him.”

In any case, the Brazilian heavyweight seems to be taking the loss like a champ. In his social media, Silva said it was “an honor” to share the ring with his foe and made it clear that he would like other opportunities to perform under the GLORY banner. (via Instagram)

“Bigfoot,” 37, was a massive underdog going into the fight, which, given the current trend of the fighters’ careers, wasn’t exactly received well by fans, media and even Davis himself when it was first announced.

Not only was it Silva’s kickboxing debut, the UFC and Strikeforce vet has lost his past five MMA fights – the last one, which ended in a knockout, took place in Russia in June. The 28-year-old kickboxing veteran Verhoeven, in turn, is now riding an eight-fight streak.

Check out the full fight, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, above.

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


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Check out the 'Why We Fight' series trailer that has backing from Ronda Rousey

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A new eight-part documentary series debuts next week that promises to take viewers inside the minds and hearts of fighters.

“Why We Fight” debuts next Wednesday on Verizon’s go90 streaming network. The eight-episode series is executive produced by former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

The series follows fighter Zac Wohlman as he travels around the world seeking answers to not only some of his own struggles and demons, but to the question: “Why do we fight?” Wohlman meets fellow fighters to hear their own reasons for why they do what they do.

Wohlman, a California native, fought through a drug addiction and went on a trip that he hoped would help heal old wounds to let him return to boxing. In the premiere episode, Wohlman travels to Tijuana, Mexico, to study the art of boxing.

“‘Why We Fight’ is a powerful, visceral and multi-layered journey that goes beyond the ring and explores the motivations that compel these athletes to compete in their sport,” stated Justin Killion, general manager of premium content for Complex Networks, which is distributing the series through go90. “We’re honored that Zac shared his personal story with us.”

Check out the series’ trailer in the video above.

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


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Zach Makovsky doesn't have plan beyond ACB 72 headliner vs. Yoni Sherbatov

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Former UFC and Bellator veteran Zach Makovsky takes on Yoni Sherbatov tonight at ACB 72 in Montreal, but beyond that he’s not sure what his fighting future holds.

During an appearance this week on MMAjunkie Radio, Makovsky (20-8), a former Bellator bantamweight champion, said his headliner with Sherbatov (6-0) concludes a two-fight deal he signed with the Russian-based ACB promotion after exiting the UFC last December.

What comes afterward? He’s not really sure.

“I don’t have any real long-term plans,” Makovsky said. “I’m definitely toward the end of my career. I’ve been fighting professionally for almost 11 years, 34 years old. I’m really just looking for the best possible deal, situation for myself. And I’m really open to whatever that is – if it’s continuing to sign more fights with ACB, if it’s going back to UFC, whatever. I’m open to whatever is the best deal for me at the time.”

Makovsky submitted Josiel Silva with a guillotine choke in May at ACB 60 to snap a three-fight losing streak in the UFC, where he went 3-4 in seven appearances. That included losses to former flyweight title challengers Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson, as well as a win over Tim Elliott.

To hear more from Makovsky, including his assessment of Sherbatov, watch the video above.

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