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UFC analyst Dan Hardy joins Sky Sports broadcast for Mayweather vs. McGregor

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MMA fans in the U.K. and Ireland will have a familiar voice taking them through the Sky Sports broadcast for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match on Aug. 26.

Former UFC welterweight title challenger and current color commentator Dan Hardy (25-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will serve as an analyst for the event, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for a high-definition pay-per-view price tag of $99.95.

On a Tuesday conference call, Hardy discussed his desire to bring “some knowledge and some intellect” to the broadcast. He doesn’t believe fellow former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub has done that during his duties with Showtime (via MMAFighting.com):

“As much as I like Brendan Schaub, I’ll admit that I thought a lot of the stuff he was saying was hot air. There were a lot of superlatives and celebration. There was not a great deal of substance to his analysis.

“He didn’t tell me where Conor should put his feet, where he should hold his hands, what we should be looking out for, what Floyd is going to be looking to do against a southpaw that fights outside of his normal range … there wasn’t really any analysis. It was more yelling over each other.”

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

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With Abu Azaitar out, Siyar Bahadurzada meets Rob Wilkinson at UFC Fight Night 115

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The lineup for the UFC’s return to the Netherlands next month has undergone a change, and an Australian will make his promotional debut.

Abu Azaitar (12-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of his welterweight fight against Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Fight Night 115. He’ll be replaced by Rob Wilkinson (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Although not yet announced by the promotion, a UFC official confirmed the change to MMAjunkie following an initial report from Fight News Australia.

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedStefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov headlines September's UFC Fight Night in Rotterdam

The 25-year-old Wilkinson, from Australia, is a perfect 11-0 to open his career. He’ll be fighting for the first time in 11 months, but brings a stellar resume to the fight. Ten of his 11 pro wins are by stoppage, including six submissions, and nine of them have come in the first round.

Bahadurzada hasn’t fought since March 2016, when he upset Brandon Thatch with a third-round submission at UFC 196. The Afghan fighter was supposed to return this past July at UFC 201, but had to withdraw from a bout with Jorge Masvidal due to illness.

Bahadurzada is no stranger to lengthy layoffs, having walked into the Thatch bout after a two-year, injury-motivated hiatus. The victory evened out a UFC record that included a debut win over Paulo Thiago and consecutive losses to Dong Hyun Kim and John Howard.

Germany’s Azaitar was set to make his promotional debut following a unanimous decision win over Mike Arrant at WSOF 33 this past October. He hasn’t suffered a professional loss since 2012, boasting a solid eight victories in nine bouts, with a draw sandwiched in the middle. But now his shot at the UFC is put on hold.

The latest UFC Fight Night 115 card now includes:

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards
  • Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Saparbek Safarov
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Nick Hein vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Steve Kozola vs. Carrington Banks added to October's Bellator 184 in Oklahoma

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What does Steve Kozola have in store for a follow-up to his impressive Bellator debut? We’ll find out soon.

The undefeated Kozola (8-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will make his second appearance for the promotion at Bellator 184, where he’ll meet another undefeated opponent in Carrington Banks (6-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).

RelatedSteve Kozola explains Bellator 175 callout of Conor McGregor 'copycat' Dillon Danis

Bellator 184 takes place Oct. 6 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., and will air live on Spike with prelims streaming on MMAjunkie. The even is headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion Eduardo Dantas and Darrion Caldwell.

Kozola will look to build on the momentum from his March 31 Bellator debut, when he defeated Jake Roberts at Bellator 185 via 28-second TKO finish. All eight of Kozola’s victory have come by stoppage, with the last seven via knockout or TKO.

Banks will enter looking to stay perfect in three Bellator appearance. His last two fights with the promotion have resulted in unanimous-decision victories.

With the addition, the Bellator 184 card now includes:

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Straus
  • Leandro Higo vs. Joe Taimanglo
  • Carrington Banks vs. Steve Kozola

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Co-Main Event Podcast: Download episode No. 267 with Ben Fowlkes, Chad Dundas

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Episode No. 267 of the Co-Main Event Podcast now is available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie/USA TODAY columnist Ben Fowlkes and Bleacher Report lead MMA writer Chad Dundas host the weekly show (also dubbed the “CME,” if you nasty). This week, Conor McGregor’s new sparring partners discuss Paulie Malignaggi, UFC Fight Night 114 and much more.

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


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Isaque Bahiense analisa superluta contra Espen Mathiesen na Copa Podio de Jiu-Jitsu

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Isaque após vencer o GP de Leves da Copa Podio. Foto: Deive Coutinho.

Rei do GP dos Leves da Copa Podio, título conquistado em fevereiro deste ano, Isaque Bahiense retorna ao evento para uma superluta contra Espen Mathiesen, vice-campeão do GP dos Leves. O duelo, marcado para o GP de Pesos Médios, que rola no próximo sábado, dia 12 em Manaus, terá duração de 10 minutos e permite apenas pontos ou finalização.

Isaque, 21 anos, garante que mudou desde a sua conquista principal dentro da Copa Podio. Agora, o jovem faixa-preta da Alliance sente que está mais maduro e pronto para soltar o jogo, até se for preciso fazer guarda.

“Amadureci e aprendi muito. Meu jogo é muito explosivo e sempre atuo bastante por cima, mas quando cheguei na faixa-preta eu abri o leque de variações para o meu jogo. Agora eu também faço guarda, sei me movimentar bem por baixo e já provei isso em algumas lutas. Contudo, minha prioridade é sempre usar meu jogo explosivo, minimizar de todas as formas a movimentação do meu oponente”, conta Isaque, que aproveitou ainda para destrinchar a nova batalha contra o guardeiro norueguês, Espen. Na primeiro confronto, ainda pelo GP dos Leves, Isaque saiu vencedor nos pontos.

“Será um duelo com mais movimentação e bonito de se ver da minha parte, tivemos tempo para nos preparar e estudar. 10 minutos é um longo tempo e, algumas vezes, esperamos muito para fazer algo, sempre pensando: ‘ainda falta muito tempo.’ Esperar muito para fazer, às vezes, pode custar caro!”

Ser o atual campeão do Grand Prix de Pesos Leves não deixa Isaque pressionado para os próximos desafios.

“Nada me pressiona e tudo o que aconteceu ficou no passado. Hoje trabalho para ser melhor a cada dia e superar meus futuros desafios. É dormir e acordar para ser campeão. Meu objetivo no Jiu-Jitsu é conquistar os títulos principais, conhecer a minha melhor versão e pode ajudar na evolução do Jiu Jitsu”, conta.

Isaque também aproveitou para dar sua opinião sobre o GP dos Médios e apostou em dois atletas que, talvez, façam a final pela taça de campeão.

“O GP está bem equilibrado. Eu acredito que essa final será Felipe Trovo x DJ Jackson”, encerra.

(Fonte: Assessoria de imprensa)

Exclusivo: Erberth Santos é escalado para a divisão até 99kg do ADCC 2017

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Erberth Santos, ainda faixa-marrom em 2014, na busca por uma vaga no ADCC São Paulo. Foto: Carlos Arthur/GRACIEMAG

A lista de cascas-grossas para o ADCC 2017, que rola no próximo mês de setembro, na Finlândia não para de crescer. Com as categorias quase lotadas, estamos já na reta final de confirmações, e mais um nome chega para embolar ainda mais a disputa.

Conforme apurou GRACIEMAG com fontes próximas à organização, Erberth Santos, atual campeão mundial super pesado pela IBJJF, será mais uma fera para complicar a divisão até 99kg do ADCC, que já conta com nomes famosos como Yuri Simões, Felipe Preguiça, Rafael Lovato, Dean Lister, Luiz Panza, Mahamed Aly e outros.

E para você, amigo leitor, quem mais está faltando na lista estelar do ADCC 2017 na Finlândia? Confira abaixo os nomes já escalados e poste nos comentários!

Até 66kg

Rubens Cobrinha
Uranov Zhakshylyk
Janusz Andrejczuk
Justin Rader
Pablo Mantovani
Paulo Miyao
Yuta Shimada
Ethan Crelinsten
Kuba Witkowski
Bruno Frazatto
Geo Martinez
Eddie Cummings
Augusto Tanquinho
AJ Agazarm
Baret Yoshida
Léo Vieira

Até 77kg

Lachlan Giles
Tero Pyylampi
Mansher Khera
Felipinho Cesar
Marcelo Lapela
Osmanzan Kassimov
Vagner Rocha
Oliver Taza
Garry Tonon
Lucas Lepri
JT Torres
Gilbert Durinho
Gabriel Arges
DJ Jackson

Até 88kg

Craig Jones
Jesse Urholin
James Brasco
Murilo Santana
Kaynan Casemiro
Kit Dale
John Salter
Piotr Marcin Frechowicz
Romulo Barral
Keenan Cornelius
Gordon Ryan
Pablo Popovitch
Xande Ribeiro
Leandro Lo
Dillon Danis
Rustan Chsiev

Até 99kg

Roman Dolidze
Kamil Uminski
Eliot Kelly
Mahamed Aly
Salomão Ribeiro
Yukiyasu Ozawa
Paul Ardila
Abdurakhman Bilarov
Yuri Simões
Luiz Panza
Dean Lister
Rafael Lovato
Felipe Preguiça
João Assis
Jake Shields
Erberth Santos

Acima de 99kg

Orlando Sanchez
Arman Zhanpeisov
Khamzat Stambulov
Tom DeBlass
Victor Honório
Hideki Sekine
Casey Hellenberg
Abdulaev Ruslan
Vinny Magalhães
Marcus Buchecha
Roberto Cyborg
João Gabriel Rocha
Jared Dopp
Jeff Monson
Mario Rinaldi


Feminino

Até 60kg

Mackenzie Dern
Bia Basílio
Rikako Yuasa
Elisabeth Clay
Ffion Davies
Michelle Nicolini
Beatriz Mesquita
Tammi Musumeci

Acima de 60kg

Talita Treta
Tara White
Samantha Cook
Gabi Garcia
Jessica Flowers
Amanda Santana
Venla Luukkonen
Marysia Malyjasiak

Superlutas

Renzo Gracie x Sanae Kikuta
André Galvao x Cláudio Calasans
Frank Mir x Chael Sonnen

Paulie Malignaggi dishes on fallout with Conor McGregor, 'one of the biggest dirtbags I've ever met'

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Paulie Malignaggi insists he joined Conor McGregor’s training camp simply to help prepare him for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, and the only reason things went south is because of how he was mistreated.

In an extensive interview on “The MMA Hour,” Malignaggi didn’t hold back on everything that bothered him about his McGregor camp experience – ranging from blatant disrespect to his portrayal on social media.

“It’s something that I didn’t really ask for,” Malignaggi said. “I showed up with the best intentions in camp. At a certain point you start to realize your being used as a pawn where somebody is trying to get ahead at your expense and not through your help. My intention was to try to get Conor ahead through my help in camp. … I realized pretty early it was always going to be at my expense.”

RelatedPaulie Malignaggi still fuming at Conor McGregor: He 'whimpers like a girl' from body punches

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time. Malignaggi’s time with the UFC lightweight champion included two sparring sessions.

Malignaggi said things didn’t seem right from the moment landed in Las Vegas. He arrived on July 19 and was told by McGregor’s people, who picked him up from the airport, that he’d be sparring eight rounds the next day, which was odd to Malignaggi considering he’d just taken a cross-country flight. The condition and location of the house Malignaggi would be staying in didn’t help matters, either.

“It’s in a dilapidated neighborhood. It’s a rundown house,” Malignaggi said. “I mean, yeah, it works. But it’s not really what you expect. … It reminded me of some kind of crack house that had been barely renovated a little bit.”

RelatedPaulie Malignaggi continues to rip Conor McGregor after leaving camp: I beat the brakes off him

Malignaggi first sparred with McGregor on July 20, the time when McGregor posted a photo of himself showboating with his hands behind his back. Of that session, Malignaggi said McGregor got the better of him a little bit, chalking it up to bad conditioning. Tactically, though, Malignaggi said McGregor needed more work to sharpen his intelligence.

The next day, McGregor shared the showboating photo on social media.

“I was a little ticked off, but it wasn’t really like offensive,” Malignaggi said. “I had done that stuff to him, too.”

Malignaggi said he was scheduled to spar with McGregor two days later on July 22 but was skipped at the last minute for reasons that weren’t explained. Malignaggi flew back to New York two days later but not without having a bad feeling about what the rest of his time in camp would be like.

RelatedPaulie Malignaggi is impressed by Conor McGregor's punching power – but not that impressed

“They just didn’t rub me the right away,” Malignaggi said. “It wasn’t like I was mad, but I said, ‘There’s something fishy about these people.’ They put me in some kind of crack house, they had me spar eight rounds after I just got off of a plane the day after, he put up this picture. I wasn’t mad, but I was starting to become guarded.”

Malignaggi spent the week conditioning and had one sparring session back home before he flew back to Las Vegas. Again he was told he’d be sparring with McGregor the next day – this time for 12 rounds (the session that referee Joe Cortez said “got out of control”). When Malignaggi showed up to the gym that night, he was stunned to see UFC President Dana White and other dignitaries on hand to watch.

“I was angry, but I knew I came ready this time,” Malignaggi said.

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The way Malignaggi described it, McGregor wanted Cortez to treat the session like a fight – and that included a staredown with instructions, which Malignaggi said proved “it’s all about his ego.” Malignaggi said McGregor improved from his first session and hung tough through the first five rounds but started to fade and became more hittable after that. That prompted Malignaggi to start talking trash.

“This is the (expletive) you brought me here?” he recalled asking White.

It was during this session, Malignaggi said, that McGregor pushed him down to the ground, a moment caught by one of McGregor’s photographer’s and shared on social media to make him look good at Malignaggi’s expense.

That was the final straw for Malignaggi, who decided then he would leave camp.

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“This guy is one of the biggest dirtbags I’ve ever met in my life – bar none,” he said. “I was amazed at what a dirtbag this person is. I don’t care if we never speak again. My life is fine if I never see Conor McGregor again. …

“I was dumbfounded by the way things were. It’s just about status with him. It makes me doubt if he ever really went through a tough time in his life like they try to say he did. If somebody went through that tough a time in life just a few years ago, they wouldn’t treat people who were not as fortunate as him that bad.”

Malignaggi said the bad treatment wasn’t only at him. He said McGregor and his team have fostered a “false sense of security” throughout camp by constantly changing sparring times with partners so they’re not at their best.

Why would McGregor do this?

“Because he’s a (expletive). He doesn’t like that. He doesn’t want to be put in those positions. He wants to be the front runner,” Malignaggi said. “He wants to be the guy who always has the advantage, because when he has an advantage he’s a big man. When he gets tired, he wants out of a fight.”

At this point, Malignaggi is simply glad the experience is over.

“People are going to have their own speculation about how this happened,” he said. “I have my own life. I don’t need this. I don’t need to be part of this. I didn’t ask for this. I went into it with the best intentions. Yeah, I knew we’d be competing, and it would be at a high level. But I was also excited about that. I was excited to make new friends. I was excited to be a part of something.

“I always get excited about new adventures, because that’s the kind of person I am. It was definitely an experience; it just wasn’t the experience I thought.”

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

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UFC's Aljamain Sterling wants a push: My next fight 'better be on the goddamn main card'

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Aljamain Sterling has never been shy about asking for what he wants – and believes he deserves. After a big win over a former UFC champion, that includes a main-card spot.

Shortly after beating ex-bantamweight titleholder Renan Barao (34-5-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC)  in a catchweight bout at UFC 214, Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) expressed his interest in meeting fellow contender Jimmie Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) next. That – along with the desire for a rematch with Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) – still stands.

But now two wins removed from a two-fight skid that included the first setback of his entire professional career, the 28-year-old bantamweight has another request.

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“Honestly, my next fight better be on the goddamn main card,” Sterling told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m not even kidding at this point. This is beyond ridiculous, if you ask me. (UFC 214) was a blockbuster card on paper, so I get that, but I’m like, ‘Wow, you guys got Barao, a former world champ, on the undercard.’ It’s kind of crazy. But I think I deserve my fair shake at this point.

“I think I have a big enough name now. I’m eight fights into my UFC career. So, why not? Let’s start making some real money, man. I’m in this sport to change my life. I’m in this sport to to change my parents’ lives and the loved ones around me. That’s really what I care about. And I can’t do that if they keep putting me on these prelims.”

But that’s not all Sterling would like to negotiate with the promotion at some point in the near future.

“These guys signed me to an eight-fight deal; I was so pissed,” Sterling said. “I’m still under contract, and I need a new contract.”

The bantamweight chose to re-sign with the UFC early last year after a highly publicized free-agency period. Four fights later, Sterling explains why he ended up agreeing to such a long deal.

“It was a weird period, that whole time frame, that whole free agency thing was just very very odd,” Sterling said. “And things got a little personal. And things stared going the wrong way. And I was trying to not make it go that route, I guess. And just for argument’s sake and to make everything just be at ease.

“I guess I kind of just took it, because it was kind of almost like a ‘take it or leave it’ kind of thing. I was just in a weird spot. At that point, I really felt like my back was against the wall; I really had no other options. I see these other guys, they re-sign contracts all the time.

“So I’m like, ‘Man, I’ve just got to go out there and win, beat some good guys, and I should be able to get a new contract based on increased popularity.’ I think it makes sense. Why not? At this point, why should I have to fight out four more fights at that rate when they’re going to be making more money? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.”

The eagerness to finish his contract, Sterling says, was the main reason why he managed to squeeze in four fights in a relatively short 14-month window. The first two, of course, didn’t pan out so well for Sterling, who ended up dropping admittedly frustrating split decisions to Caraway and Raphael Assuncao.

But Sterling has recovered. First, with a unanimous nod over grappling ace Augusto Mendes at UFC on FOX 24 and now with the huge win over the once-dominant Barao. Now, as Sterling resumes his way up, he looks back on the tough lessons he learned by being down.

“(The Barao win) was everything that I’d been trying to accomplish three, four fights ago,” Sterling said. “Coming off the big win over Johnny Eduardo, doing the whole free agency thing, being that guy in the limelight and then doing the whole promotion thing with Eric B, leading up to the Caraway fight and just not delivering anywhere close to my true capabilities.

“Big letdowns. I just feel like the media, even like close friends – I guess I can’t even call them close friends, just some friends I thought really did believe in me. They started to doubt me. And it kind of lets you know where you really stand in people’s minds. It was all a learning process. I learned a lot about myself. I learned a lot about people, and how this world works.”

To hear more of Sterling’s candid thoughts on his career, learning experiences and his future, check out the video above.

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

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UFC Fight Night 114 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

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UFC Fight Night 114 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms.

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Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 event in Mexico City, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

Check out some of those reactions.

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The defeated

The victorious

I was hoping that landing the 4th #vonflue choke in @ufc history would get me a bonus, but congrats to the gentlemen that did. @danawhite

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Considering an appeal? Randa Markos may find judges' decisions are hardest results to challenge

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Randa Markos thought she deserved the win over Alexa Grasso at UFC Fight Night 114. Two of the three judges disagreed. But as she fumed both in person and on social media after the fight, Markos was already throwing around the idea of an appeal.

“I felt that I did enough to win,” Markos (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) told MMAjunkie after the fight. “You need to win at least two rounds to get a victory. I thought I won two rounds, and the last was close. So I think I won that fight. … I feel I’m definitely going to try to fight that. Hopefully I get the victory.”

Obviously, there’s a big difference between talking about an appeal and actually filing one, but if Markos does challenge the result she wouldn’t be the first. Fighters all over the world have appealed to have results overturned for a variety of reasons, even if successful appeals are few and far between.

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That’s not to say it can’t happen, however. Former Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger retained her title thanks to an appeal that overturned her submission loss to Yana Kunitskaya last year. But Evinger was successful because, while citing a referee’s misapplication of the rules, she managed to meet the very narrow requirements for a winning appeal, which isn’t so easy to do in most cases.

Most athletic commissions adhere to an appeals process that’s similar to the one laid out by the Nevada Athletic Commission, which provides only three circumstances under which an appeal might succeed. Under NAC 467.770, the commission insists that it will not overturn a result unless:

  1. The Commission determines that there was collusion affecting the result of the contest or exhibition;
  2. The compilation of the scorecards of the judges discloses an error which shows that the decision was given to the wrong unarmed combatant; or
  3. As the result of an error in interpreting a provision of this chapter, the referee has rendered an incorrect decision.

Markos’ bout was contested in Mexico City, putting it under the jurisdiction of the Mexican Federacion de Artes Marciales Mixtas Equidad y Juego Limpio. The FAMMEJL doesn’t spell out an exact appeals procedure on its website, but a UFC official confirmed that it would follow the same guidelines in use in Nevada.

That’s bad news for Markos, should she decide to appeal the loss. Challenging a judges’ decision would require proving either collusion or a mathematical error in adding up the scorecards. The former would likely be very difficult and require an exhaustive investigation, while the latter would be as simple as combing through the scorecards with a calculator in hand.

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But as we’ve seen in the past, even fighters with legitimate complaints don’t always face great odds. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation recently shot down Dustin Poirier’s appeal of a no-contest stemming from illegal knees thrown by Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211.

In 2015, the Nevada commission declined to overturn Francisco Rivera’s appeal of a submission loss to Urijah Faber that came shortly after an eyepoke at UFC 181, opting instead to stick to the rigid definition of its own statute requiring an “error in interpreting” the rules on the part of the referee. If a referee simply misses a foul – even a foul clearly evident on replay – it isn’t enough to overturn the result on appeal, according to the NAC.

So where does all this leave Markos, or any other fighter hoping to appeal a decision he or she doesn’t like? Probably with more complaints than hope. Judges may make questionable calls at times, but commissions aren’t in the habit of revisiting them.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Go inside new ESPN The Magazine 'Fighting Issue': More than just Mayweather-McGregor

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A new edition of ESPN The Magazine hits newsstands on Friday. It’s “The Fighting Issue,” and it features Conor McGregor on the cover.

But it’s more than just coverage of McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) inside ahead of his blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) , which is set for Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event is expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

Naturally, there is plenty of MayMac content inside. But the issue goes beyond that megafight.

Included in the issue, courtesy of ESPN:

  • And the Fighter Still Remains: Through the eyes of part-time boxer Jose Haro, senior writer Tom Junod uncovers the driving forces that compel so many boxers to compete in a sport that takes so much from them and seemingly gives so little. Junod highlights Haro’s love-hate relationship with boxing, chronicling the fighter’s June title victory over featherweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco that nearly killed Franco.
  • Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino: Cristiane Justino, also known as “Cyborg” Justino, is the most fearsome women’s MMA fighter on the planet—but these days, she often wonders whether the weight cutting that could push her body to severe dehydration, heatstroke or even heart failure has been worth it. Justino’s body, a sculpted 5-foot-8, 170-pound weapon, is her greatest asset. It is also her most formidable obstacle—at once the root of her successes—and failures. At age 32, the 12-year veteran has finally found a stage to match the talent her team insists is unrivaled. In July, she competed in and won her first UFC belt in UFC 214. (Read the story online now here.)
  • Portrait of a Mixed Martial Artist: In a gritty two-page photo spread, the post-fight faces of several mixed martial artists who competed in June’s Bellator 180 at New York’s Madison Square Garden show the euphoria of victory and the bitterness of defeat in every cut and bruise.

Of course, if it’s MayMac content you want, the issue obviously will have plenty of it, as well:

  • What Makes Mayweather Money: Floyd Mayweather’s former sparring partners, among them current IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr., DeMarcus Corley and Zab Judah, discuss the many offensive, defensive and mental weapons that have helped Mayweather get to 49–0 – all the things Conor McGregor will have to be prepared for when he steps into the ring.
  • Why We Watch: Real, Not Pretty: Award-winning author and boxing fan Walter Mosley offers his take on why people watch boxing and are drawn to the Mayweather-McGregor fight. He writes that boxing, both beautiful and brutal, reveals parts of ourselves we need to see, describing it as “the poetry of the working class.” Mosley also examines the reasons sports fans continue to support Mayweather despite the fighter’s violent dark side.
  • Why We Won’t Watch: No Good Guys Here: The Undefeated senior writer and commentator LZ Granderson provides a different take—why some people won’t watch the matchup. Between McGregor’s racist barbs and Mayweather’s homophobic jabs, Granderson says there is little to root for and no good reason to tune in.
  • Tale of the Tape: Will the boxer or the brawler come out on top? Insiders Dan Rafael and Brett Okamoto go toe to toe with their predictions. The bottom line: It will be a long night for McGregor.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” 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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Jon Jones discusses UFC 214 fallout, mixed feelings on Daniel Cormier's post-KO interview with Joe Rogan

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Jon Jones agrees Daniel Cormier’s post-fight interview with Joe Rogan following his knockout loss in last month’s UFC 214 main event probably was unnecessary. However, the UFC light heavyweight champion does believe it provided a raw and enlightening moment for spectators of the sport.

In the immediate aftermath of Jones’ (23-1 MMA 17-1 UFC) third-round knockout victory, a distraught and emotional Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was interviewed by the UFC’s longtime color commentator. It was a highly criticized moment Rogan later apologized for orchestrating, and while Jones called it “unfair” to his rival, he said there was some importance to it, as well.

RelatedJon Jones is the greatest light heavyweight of all time, and he has Daniel Cormier to thank

“I think it is unfair for ‘D.C.’ to be interviewed, but Joe Rogan apologized for it, and his explanation made great sense,” Jones told MMAjunkie. “He was caught up in the moment, which we all were. I think it’s unfair for Daniel to be interviewed, but at the same time it is fair to the fans. It is fair to see just the raw emotion that goes into it. This fight has been two years in the making, and people want to hear from Daniel.

“Even if he’s fresh off a knockout they just want to see how he feels and where he was at. The UFC slogan is ‘as real as it gets.’ It was a very real moment, a moment that I appreciated and I’m sure all the fans appreciated, even though it probably wasn’t the best moment for Daniel.”

Jones’ victory over Cormier came after a more than 15-month layoff and just one fight in 31 months. Jones won the initial meeting by unanimous decision at UFC 182 in January 2015, and the goal for the rematch was to win more emphatically.

RelatedWatch Jon Jones meet The Rock, who was inspired by UFC 214 title win

Jones, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings, said he’s watched the fight multiple times. In a career that includes 11 different triumphant title-fight performances, Jones ranks the Cormier rematch among his best.

“I loved the performance,” Jones said. “I thought myself and ‘D.C.’ fought very well. Very, very high level martial arts fight. I felt like ‘D.C.’ got a lot better; I felt I’ve gotten a lot better. It’s beautiful, a great fight to be a part of. It’s definitely up there with some of my really impressive wins. I definitely think it was up there.”

After a back-and-forth two rounds, Jones found his fight-ending opening in the third frame with a perfectly placed head kick that caught Cormier flush and caused him to stumble around the octagon. Jones pounced and showed the fight-ending instincts that have led to 10 UFC stoppage wins.

Throughout Jones’ career he has criticized his own ability to display one-strike finishing power. The way he put away Cormier was the closest he’s come inside the octagon, and it’s actually something the pair foreshadowed at a press conference in August 2014.

“I’ve always had it in my head to catch Daniel with a high kick,” Jones said. “The first (fight) I went for it several times, and he did a good job blocking it. The second fight I felt so much better setting it up. I felt patient and composed, and I earned that head kick by really distracting him with all the body attack.”

RelatedDaniel Cormier congratulates Jon Jones, apologizes to 'Big' John on Instagram after UFC 214 loss

Jones and Cormier have been scheduled to fight five different times over the past three years. They’ve only met twice, but over time have exchanged countless unpleasant comments. Although Jones showed tremendous respect toward Cormier with a heartfelt post-fight interview, he said there’s a chance the business between them isn’t over.

Jones said prior to UFC 214 he would have greater admiration for Cormier if he would simply admit that he’s, “(expletive) around with the wrong era.” Those exact words may not ever come out of his mouth, but Jones believes his two wins left no doubt about the superior fighter.

Jones said Cormier could have a chance to get one over on him in the future, though. Cormier has beaten all of his opponents not named Jon Jones. If that continues, a third showdown isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

RelatedTwitter Mailbag: Was post-fight Jon Jones the real one, or just a convincing fake?

“I think Daniel is proud of himself for what he’s been able to accomplish,” Jones said. “He should have his head high. At this point, I don’t think it’s much of a debate where he stands in this sport when it comes to me and him. I think it’s a closed chapter. With that being said, I do think he has every right to be proud of his career, and his career’s not over yet.

“We never know. There could be a Jones-Cormier 3. I know that’s a strong possibility. I know he’s going to be a very hard guy to beat for these other guys. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if I saw him again maybe a year or two from now.”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Rani Yahya hopes Henry Briones isn't hurt after he says ref took too long to intervene

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MEXICO CITY – On Saturday, Rani Yahya needed approximately two minutes to bounce back from his first loss in more than three years and bring his record to a 5-1 in his past six outings.

It was a somewhat breezy win for Yahya  (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who was quick to get fellow bantamweight Henry Briones (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) where he wanted and seamlessly flow through submission positions before locking in the fight-ending kimura.

In a finish-heavy night at Mexico City Arena, the first-round submission wasn’t enough to earn Yahya a post-fight bonus. But who knows – maybe it earned him a little more respect.

“I think it’s more like – the trash-talking thing,” Yahya told MMAjunkie after the FS1-televised UFC Fight Night 114 preliminary card bout. “It’s not really my profile, to talk trash about a lot of people. But bro, I’m right there, man. This is my ninth win in the UFC (and) my 13th win under the Zuffa banner overall, since the WEC times.

“(Briones) fought Cody Garbrandt, and the fight went three rounds. They both got damage from that fight, a lot of blood. And I just came and beat that guy in two minutes, with no damage. So. I’m sure I’m right there.”

Briones did in fact fight champ Garbrandt to a decision, at UFC 189 in July 2015. Garbrandt, who then had a 1-0 octagon record, went on to knock out his following three opponents before the decision over Dominick Cruz that earned him the 135-pound title. Briones has gone on a three-fight losing skid since.

Yahya, in turn, is now recovered from a unanimous decision loss to Joe Soto at UFC Fight Night 106 in March. The Brasilia native switched things up for this camp, which he did at American Top Team. The decision paid dividends, as Yahya credits ATT’s Conan Silveira with advising him not to spend too much energy fixated in a single position and go with the flow of the fight.

The result of his willingness to look for other submissions when one – like an anaconda choke – wasn’t all the way there resulted on the perfect kimura. It’s a finish that Yahya is rather fond of, but hopes didn’t cause too much damage after being locked in for too long.

“I had his arm, he was already screaming and the referee took so long to stop the fight,” Yahya said. “But before, he went to the locker room, and said, ‘Just stop the fight when I put my hands on you.’ And it was there, like two or three seconds. I hope he doesn’t get injured or anything, but I think he will be OK.”

While he didn’t have a specific target in mind for his next fight, Yahya used his post-fight speech as an opportunity to ask for a spot in the upcoming UFC Fight Night 117 – which takes place Sept. 23 in Japan. Backstage, he explained why.

“I just want to fight in Japan because Japan is part of my career,” Yahya said. “I fought there seven times. I’ve had maybe like 10 Japanese opponents during my career. I think it’s a good opportunity for me.

“Most of the fighters in Asia – Japan, Korea, around that area – they’re light people. So, I think (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) can get a fight for me. If not, I will talk to my coaches to see what’s the best thing to do.”

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

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch Jon Jones' Monday appearance with the UFC title on 'Good Morning America'

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Jon Jones’ victory tour landed in “The Big Apple” today, where he brought his recaptured light heavyweight title to “Good Morning America.”

Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) went on the popular ABC morning news show to talk to co-host and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan about his UFC 214 main event win over heated rival Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) a little more than a week ago.

Jones picked up a third-round knockout of Cormier to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title he once held before it was stripped in the wake of a hit-and-run accident.

Check out Jones’ conversation with Strahan above in Times Square, which included some talk about the possibility of a superfight against WWE star and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

And for more on UFC 214, 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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After UFC debut win, Joseph Morales already eyeing title: 'Maybe next year or the year after'

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MEXICO CITY – Joseph Morales didn’t really look like an octagon newcomer en route to his UFC Fight Night 114 win, which might have something to do with the fact he didn’t feel like one, either.

After dropping Roberto Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) early with a right hand, Morales (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) sunk in a fight-ending rear-naked choke in the first round of their flyweight bout. The win not only got Morales’ octagon career started on the right track, but it also meant an added $50,000 to his bank account after receiving “Performance of the Night” honors.

It’s not like there weren’t emotions involved in his UFC debut. But, after dealing with those before he even set foot in the octagon, the 22-year-old says jitters had no place when its doors closed.

“I’ve been doing it for so long and I’ve been training with some of the best – a legend like Urijah Faber – (that) I think it was just kind of like any other fight for me,” Morales told MMAjunkie after the preliminary card bout, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass. “And just going out to the cage before the fight, it was just surreal, so I was able to get the emotion and the anxiety out before the fight. So that way, I wasn’t feeling any of it during it.”

It’s not like Morales’s confidence is unwarranted. Despite his young age, he walked into Mexico City Arena propelled not only by one of the world’s leading teams, Team Alpha Male, but also by the strength of an undefeated pro record that he’s been building since 2014. Before that, Morales had an unbeaten amateur career.

The accomplishment is made all the more impressive by the fact he did it where his opponent was best: the canvas. But, fresh off a Cage Fury win over another grappling specialist in Sean Santella, Morales wasn’t particularly worried about that, either.

“I grapple with the best in the world,” he said. “My first skill of MMA that I learned was jiu-jitsu. I wasn’t like nothing special that I had to train before. My last fight was a high-level black belt under the Miller brothers. He rocked me and had my back the whole round and he couldn’t submit me. And I don’t remember that first round.”

For now, Morales’ plans includes going back home, relaxing with his family and maybe throwing back a few beers. But, after that, the confident flyweight already has some ambitious ideas.

“The ultimate goal is just getting that championship belt,” Morales said. “I’m looking forward to that. Maybe next year or the year after, but I’m shooting for that.”

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

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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10 memorable moments from UFC-Mexico, including those insane 7 first-round stoppages

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The UFC dropped by Mexico City Arena this past Saturday for UFC Fight Night 114, and while the event was light on big-name talent, the fighters who fought on the card made up for it by delivering a UFC record-tying seven first-round finishes.

The main event was not one of the fights that ended in a hurry. The bout between fast-rising flyweight Sergio Pettis and Brendan Moreno went the five-round distance; Pettis won a unanimous decision.

The co-main event between Alexa Grasso and Randa Markos also went the distance. Grasso secured a split-decision win in the strawweight contest.

Here are 10 memorable moments from the event.

1. A win and a wish

Pettis had some trouble early. He was taken to the mat and kept there by Moreno for the majority of the first round. For the next four rounds, though, Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) used a smart and technical striking style to avoid Moreno’s (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) takedowns and aggression. That style paid off and earned Pettis a unanimous decision victory.

The win moved Pettis to 4-1 as a UFC flyweight, and it could have set him up to call for a title eliminator fight or even the winner of the upcoming bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg. Instead, Pettis said he continues to pine for a fight against Henry Cejudo, the man who withdrew from their scheduled meeting at UFC 211.

“I still want to fight Henry,” Pettis said after the event. “He pulled out of a fight two days before the fight. I was three pounds away from making weight. I think he dodged a bullet and I’m ready to make that happen.”

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In a competitive 119-pound catchweight fight, Grasso (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who came in three pounds overweight for the scheduled strawweight contest, earned a split-decision victory over Markos (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC). She returned to the win column after tasting defeat for the first time earlier this year.

Grasso’s striking seemed to give her the first and third round, while Markos’ takedowns won the second stanza.

Not surprisingly, each woman thought she was the rightful victor.

“I felt that I did enough to win,” Markos told MMAjunkie. “You need to win at least two rounds to get a victory. I thought I won two rounds, and the last was close. So I think I won that fight…I feel I’m definitely going to try to fight that. Hopefully I get the victory.”

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“I never stopped moving,” Grasso told MMAjunkie through an interpreter. “In the second round, maybe I started getting better control, but in the third round, I got my strategy right, and I think I never stopped moving and fought very well.”

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Niko Price took a step up in competition when he met Alan Jouban in a welterweight contest at UFC Fight Night 114. Price made the most of his first fight on a UFC main card. He knocked out the more experienced Jouban in less than two minutes.

A big right from Price (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) dropped Jouban (15-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) to the mat and brought referee Gary Copeland in for a quick, but correct, stoppage.

Price was overjoyed after the finish, the 10th of his career. He landed a cartwheel and shouted as he stalked around the cage. After the fight, Price apologized for the profane words during his celebration.

“I said ‘expletive’ a lot,” Price told MMAjunkie. “I’m sorry.”

If he does somehow end up with a fine, Price should be able to pay. He won a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his TKO.

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Martin Bravo was the biggest favorite on the card, coming in at -300 against fellow featherweight Humberto Bandenay. Bandenay (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who made his UFC debut on short notice, didn’t let the odds affect him one bit. He knocked Bravo (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) cold in 26 seconds with a brutal knee to the chin while Bravo was changing levels.

Bandenay, whose father recently died, broke down in tears at the end of his post-fight interview with UFC commentator Brian Stann, took home a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for the knockout.

“It was one or the other – go back to Peru and see him before he passed away, or live my dream away, (which was) also his dream,” Bandenay told MMAjunkie. “Because my dad said, ‘Go live your dream. Don’t come back.’ I have my dad in my heart, and he was today with me in my corner.

“He would be super proud of me. He’s my No. 1 fan, and this victory is for him.”

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Rashad Evans’ foray to middleweight has not been a success. After dropping a split decision to Daniel Kelly in his debut, he moved to New Jersey, living Frankie Edgar’s father-in-law’s basement to prepare for his fight against Sam Alvey. Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) lost to Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) in a lackluster affair by split decision.

The loss was Evans’ fourth consecutive defeat and second straight defeat to an unranked opponent. That skid has left many wondering what’s next for the former light heavyweight champion.

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As for Alvey, who is on a 5-1 run, he knows what he wants next: a “Vengeance Tour” on behalf of his friend and teammate, retired MMA legend Dan Henderson.

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“It started with Rashad,” Alvey told MMAjunkie. “Vitor (Belfort), you’re next. I don’t care where or when. You just tell me where, and I’ll sign the dotted line tomorrow.”

Belfort sounds like he’s OK with Alvey’s proposition.

6. That plan worked

Jack Hermansson entered his middleweight fight against Brad Scott wanting to spotlight his ground-and-pound. Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) accomplished his goal and in the process earned a TKO over Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at the 3:50 mark of the first round.

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Hermansson used distance well early in the fight. He avoided Scott and took him to the ground when the opportunity arose. Scott did his best to secure a triangle choke, but he was never able to lock up the hold. Not long after he gave up on the submission, Scott found himself in Hermansson’s mount. From there, Hermansson unleashed elbows and punches on the ground, bringing the fight to a finish.

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Hermansson celebrated the victory by suplexing his coach in the middle of the octagon.

7. Breaking records

Heading into UFC Fight Night 114, Dustin Ortiz was known as a grinder, someone who was tough to put away and hard to get away from once the fight hit the mat and he established top control. Fifteen seconds into his flyweight fight against Hector Sandoval, he added flyweight record holder and knockout threat to his resume.

Sandoval came out aggressive, but Ortiz was well prepared for the attack. He took a step back to avoid Sandoval’s strikes and delivered a counter right that staggered him. A second right ensured the finish, the fastest in UFC flyweight history. The hammerfists that followed on the ground were academic.

The knockout earned Ortiz his first fight-night bonus in 11 UFC contests.

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Rani Yahya tried the striking route in his last fight and it didn’t work out. He dropped a decision to Joe Soto and had a four-fight winning streak snapped. Against Henry Briones, he returned to his grappling roots, and it paid off.

Yahya (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC) wasted little time taking the bantamweight fight to the mat. From there, he opened up his submission game. He attempted a guillotine choke, then a north-south choke, before moving into half-guard to crank a brutal kimura that left Briones (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) with no choice but to tap at the 2:01 mark of Round 1.

AND THATS IT! @RaniYahyaMMA gets the kimura submission on enemy soil! #UFCMexico pic.twitter.com/XF2B7iuQgY

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After the fight, Yahya implored the crowd to follow him on social media, where he would reveal how he secured his 18th career submission. (As of Monday midday, he is yet to share his secret.)

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The UFC booked unbeaten flyweight prospects Joseph Morales and Roberto Sanchez against each other in the UFC Fight Pass featured prelim contest. The two did not disappoint.

Sanchez took the fight to the ground early. But other than landing a few strikes, he was unable to capitalize on that takedown, and Morales regained his feet. Once standing, Morales (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) followed a left jab with a huge right that dropped Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to the mat. Sanchez tried to recover, but by the time he had his wits about him, Morales was latched onto his back and working for a rear-naked choke. He locked it in and forced Sanchez to tap at the 3:56 mark of Round 1.

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Morales remained undefeated and picked up an extra $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his efforts.

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Jordan Rinaldi was probably feeling pretty confident he was going to walk away from Mexico City with a performance bonus check in his pocket. After all, Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) accomplished what only two other UFC fighters had ever done during his lightweight fight against Alvaro Herrera (9-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC): He earned a submission by a Von Flue choke.

THATS IT! @JordanRinaldi gets the finish in the first! #UFCMexico pic.twitter.com/j8BOAJTwSO

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Rinaldi did not get his desired bonus. Instead, he settled for footnote status on a card that tied a UFC record with seven first-round stoppages.

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with MMA manager Brian Butler in studio

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Brian Butler.

Butler, who client list includes UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, will co-host the show in the studio. He’ll help the hosts break down this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 114 event, as well as other recent news, and give some insight into the latest for his stable of fighters.

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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Having a bad day? These pics of kids getting a cool MMA masterclass from UFC fighters in Rio should help

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<p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> 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/kShgUwekCXRAyQcwidaUm9/264420", customAnalytics: true, title: "UFC fighters teach kids in Rio", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

As far as MMA introductions go, it’s hard to top the masterclass a group happy-looking children and teenagers from social projects in Rio de Janeiro got this past Saturday.

As part of the celebrations of the one-year anniversary the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio, former PRIDE heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was joined by six active UFC fighters in teaching the free class, held at the venue that hosted basketball competitions at the Olympics.

Former strawweight title challenger Jessica Andrade, flyweight Alexandre Pantoja, lightweight Alan Patrick, strawweight Poliana Botelho and middleweights Vitor Miranda and Thiago “Marreta” Santos all shared some knowledge.

“Social actions like these bring the children closer to martial arts and work as motivation for them to follow this path, as many have little access to sports,” Nogueira stated. “I believe that, by allowing direct access with idols such as UFC fighters, we help both the self-esteem and the development of these children.

“I’ve been working with this for a while and I understand how much the engagement between sports and social projects benefits the future of or country.”

Did the kids enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience? Check out the photos in the gallery above and decide for yourself.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, 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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For an emotional Jordan Rinaldi, first UFC win meant vindication after tough career setbacks

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MEXICO CITY – Jordan Rinaldi was clearly thrilled after getting his first UFC win on Saturday. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for him to get to it – both during and before the fight.

Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) overcame some early adversity to use Alvaro Herrera’s (9-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) own submission attempt against him in route to locking in a rare Von Flue choke. The first-round submission, which opened up UFC Fight Night 114 at Mexico City Arena, got Rinaldi back on the winning path he was riding before a UFC debut loss to Abel Trujillo.

But, more than that, it meant some reassurance for the 29-year-old fighter, who admitted to past doubts about his place in MMA during an emotional post-fight chat backstage.

“I’ve had some real fights and some big setbacks,” Rinaldi told MMAjunkie after the lightweight bout, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass. “I was distraught a few times when I got knocked out by (James) Moontasri. I got choked out by (Brian) Ortega, I got beat by Ronnie Rogers – who, personally, I think I won.

“But, at that point, after I lost that split decision to (Rogers), I went to the back and bawled my eyes out because I had no idea if this was for me anymore. And it’s just fantastic to finally get that vindication in the cage, in the UFC. I mean, it’s fantastic.”

So what kept him going even when he thought about giving up? Well, in summation, “a whole mass of people.”

“I’ve always had a little bit of a problem with confidence, and the people really rallied around me – my brother, my wife, my team,” Rinaldi said. “They came around and said, ‘You have what it takes. You have the skills. You have the athletic abilities and the drive and everything.'”

It’s been more than three years since the RFA loss to Moontasri. After that, Rinaldo went on a five-fight winning streak that was only stopped by the decision loss to Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88. Now, not only has he bounced back, but he’s done so impressively – with a submission that had only been seen thrice before in the octagon.

THATS IT! @JordanRinaldi gets the finish in the first! #UFCMexico pic.twitter.com/j8BOAJTwSO

— UFC (@ufc) August 5, 2017

In what turned out to be a finish-filled night, the lightweight ended up not scoring a post-fight bonus for his efforts. But at least he’s guaranteed the bragging rights of getting the job done just like he thought he could.

“I told my team before that he would be a sucker for it,” Rinaldi said. “(That) he would die with the guillotine, because he doesn’t go from that often. But any time someone goes to his hips, he goes immediately to the choke. And he hit me hard, and had me – it didn’t feel good.

“When I got to that leg, and he started wrapping that up, I was like, ‘That’s not tight at all.’ And then I knew he had a terrible weigh cut. So I knew that he wouldn’t be able to hold that long. So I just grit my teeth and I said, ‘Hey, we’re going down with this ship.'”

Now, with his first octagon win under his belt, Rinaldi would like to keep the momentum going with a quick turnaround – preferably one that would allow him to visit (and feast with) his relatives for the first time in half a decade.

“If I can get a fight right before Thanksgiving – that New York card (UFC 217 on Nov. 4),” Rinaldi said. “Maybe stay in New York for a little while, train, and then go up to Connecticut, eat a ton of food. (That would) be fantastic.”

To hear more of Rinaldi’s emotional post-fight interview, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Report: Paige VanZant heading to flyweight for fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

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The UFC’s new women’s flyweight division will get rolling in earnest later this year after Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

But ahead of that, a pair of big names reportedly will move up and down in weight to fight in the weight class at UFC 216. Strawweight Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), according to a report from FloCombat.com, will move up to 125 pounds to take on Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC), who finally will move down from bantamweight after talking about the change for months.

UFC officials have not yet announced the fight, which the report says has verbal agreements from the fighters in place. UFC 216 takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

VanZant will be looking to get back in the win column after being choked out by Michelle Waterson in the main event of UFC on FOX 23 this past December in front of her home fans in Sacramento, Calif. She has alternated wins and losses her past four fights after starting a perfect 3-0 in the UFC with a TKO of Kailin Curran, a decision over Felice Herrig, and a submission of Alex Chambers.

But after that 3-0 run in the UFC, she was submitted by Rose Namajunas in their UFC Fight Night 80 main event in Las Vegas. She rebounded with a highlight-reel head kick knockout of Bec Rawlings at UFC on FOX 21, which earned her a $50,000 bonus, but then made it 0-2 in UFC headliners when she was put to sleep by Waterson.

There may be no one more in need of a UFC win, though, than Eye. After having her split-decision win over Sarah Kaufman overturned in 2013 for a positive marijuana test, it’s been tough sledding for the Ohio-based training partner of heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic. Eye has gone 1-5 since then, including losses in four straight fights.

She dropped a split call to Alexis Davis at UFC 170 in February 2014, but rebounded with a TKO over Leslie Smith at UFC 180 later that year – her lone UFC win. Since then, it’s been four straight setbacks, all by decision, to Miesha Tate, Julianna Pena, Sara McMann and Bethe Correia.

At the same time, though, perhaps no one in the UFC’s women’s ranks has had a tougher strength of schedule: Davis, McMann and Correia all challenged ex-champ Ronda Rousey for the women’s bantamweight title, and Kaufman once fought her for the Strikeforce belt; Tate is a former UFC and Strikeforce champion; and Pena was the Season 18 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

With the potential addition, the UFC 216 lineup includes:

  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Abel Trujillo vs. Lando Vannata
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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