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Back from long layoff, Tatiana Suarez wants to take scenic route to UFC title

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NORFOLK, Va. – Tatiana Suarez isn’t looking to rush into a UFC title shot after returning from a long layoff with a victory over Viviane Pereira on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120.

Still young in her career, Suarez (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) labeled new UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas as an inspiration. Following her dominant unanimous decision win over Pereira (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Suarez said Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had a long road of ups and downs before claiming the belt from Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and while she’s not exactly planning to have downs, she wants to enjoy the journey.

“I want to stay busy; that’s what I want to do,” Suarez told MMAjunkie after the win. “I want to face tough opponents and put in multiple battles. I want to earn my way to the top. I don’t want to just be like, ‘Mouth, mouth, mouth – I’m fighting for the title.’ I want to work for that. I want a journey to there. That’s what makes that win that much better.”

UFC Fight Night 120 took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. Suarez beat Pereira on the FS1-televised card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Although the fight was one-sided and even earned one 30-26 scorecard, Suarez wasn’t able to get a stoppage, as she had in the majority of her fights prior. She didn’t cite any ring rust after taking more than a year off following a win on “The Ultimate Fighter 23;” she just said her Brazilian foe was tough.

“I knew she was going to be a tough opponent, and that’s what my coaches were telling me before the fight,” Suarez said. “It pushes you; it shows you how much you have. She was tough to put away, and give me five more seconds in the last round and I would have finished her, but I’m really excited. I’m proud of my performance, especially after a long layoff.”

With plans to take the scenic route to the belt, the 26-year-old said she’s willing to take on all comers in her weight class. She believes she proved herself in a big way against Pereira, and is ready to do that again against another tough opponent.

“Whatever the UFC gives me, I’ll take it,” Suarez said. “That girl was 13-0 and when they gave me her name I said yes. I’m not scared to put myself out there. You’ve got to take chances in order – you’ll never know unless you put yourself out there.”

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

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Norfolk winner Sean Strickland doesn't feel bad after draw flipped in his favor

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NORFOLK, Va. – Sean Strickland promises he’s a fighter who is humble in victory or defeat, but he’s not feeling all that bad for Court McGee after the decision in their UFC Fight Night 120 bout was flipped from a majority draw to a unanimous decision.

“When it comes down to fighting, a win’s a win,” Strickland told MMAjunkie. “If I have to rob somebody, I’m sorry, buddy, but I’m going to take that rob. … I’m a gracious winner, and I’m a gracious loser. I like to show my opponent respect before and after the fight. If that was the decision I would have sucked it up and (taken) it, but I’m happy I got the W.”

UFC Fight Night 120 took place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The welterweight fight between Strickland (19-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and McGee (18-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to the remainder of the card on FS1.

Regardless of the outcome, Strickland admits he wasn’t very happy with his performance. He’s 4-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2015 but feels he could have had much better results if his octagon showing matched what he does in the gym.

“I’m one of those guys, in the gym I’m phenomenal,” Strickland said. “Then when I come out in the fight, I’m fighting at half of what I am. I know it, and I just need to sack up and bring who I am in the octagon. Maybe my next fight you’re going to see it.”

The victory over McGee helped Strickland rebound from a loss to surging 170-pound contender Kamaru Usman at UFC 210 in April. He said he learned a lot from that defeat and plans to build off his performance at UFC Fight Night 120.

“(Usman) knocked me off the ladder, but all I can keep doing is fighting whoever they give me,” Strickland said. “Keep working my way back up to the top.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Michael Bisping opens as underdog to Kelvin Gastelum in UFC-Shanghai headliner

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Will the three-week turnaround to be too much for former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping?

The opening odds seem to suggest so.

This past weekend, UFC officials announced Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), who lost his title to Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) on Nov. 4, will fight again on Nov. 26, when he meets Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in UFC Fight Night 122’s headliner.

Bisping, who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, replaced Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), who was flagged due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. He takes on Gastelum, who’s an honorable mention in the rankings, in a five-round headliner.

RelatedUFC 217 results: Georges St-Pierre chokes out Michael Bisping to become two-division champ

The fight, which streams on UFC Fight Pass from Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, will mean Bisping is fighting on two different continents in two UFC main events in just a 21-day span. And though he ultimately got put to sleep with St-Pierre’s rear-naked choke, he did take a fair amount of punishment before the fight-ending submission.

That could be part of the reason Bisping has opened as a +120 underdog to -161 favorite Gastelum, according to William Hill, which posted the first line for the fight (via bestfightodds.com).

A winning $100 bet on Bisping would result in a profit of $120; a winning bet on Gastelum would net a profit of $62.11. That gives a implied winning probability of 45.5 percent for Bisping and 61.7 percent for Gastelum.

RelatedMichael Bisping 'crushed inside' after UFC 217 title loss, says he won't retire

Being an underdog, though, is nothing too new for Bisping. His fight with St-Pierre closed as a pick’em with even odds, but when he won the title with an upset of Luke Rockhold, he closed as nearly a 5-1 underdog. A bout prior, he upset Silva as a +210 underdog.

Who wins his next bout? Cast your vote in the poll below.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 122, 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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Dieta Gracie: prepare esta deliciosa salada de frutas e vá treinar Jiu-Jitsu

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Salada de frutas

A dieta Gracie reza que as frutas são parte primordial de uma alimentação saudável. Marco Gracie Imperial, neto de Carlos Gracie, conhece a dieta desde o nascimento. Ele diz que a combinação adequada de alimentos, pesquisada por seu avô há décadas, purifica o sangue e previne doenças.

Hoje, vamos mostrar uma receita de salada de frutas feita por Marco para você aproveitar antes ou depois do treino de Jiu-Jitsu.

Salada de frutas Gracie:

Laranjas doces cortadas em pedaços pequenos
Figos frescos (apenas a parte vermelha)
Mamão
Pera
Maçã vermelha
Uvas doces descascadas
Caqui
Mel a gosto

Preparo:

Corte os frutos em pedaços pequenos. Coloque tudo em uma tigela grande e cubra com mel. Sirva fresco!

GMI: Sem tempo para praticar Jiu-Jitsu? Academia inova com método que otimiza o treino

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Studio Personal Academy, nossa GMI no centro do Rio, investe no treino de advogados e outros profissionais com o dia corrido. Foto: Reprodução

[ Por: Bernardo Ribeiro * ]

Nos dias de hoje, o grande inimigo do praticante de Jiu-Jitsu é a falta de tempo para se dedicar ao esporte com consistência. Mas, talvez, esse perigoso obstáculo não seja exatamente “falta de tempo”, mas sim uma dificuldade natural em administrar as horas do seu dia.

Primeiro é preciso que você se conscientize que um horário para queimar algumas calorias e aliviar o estresse é fundamental para qualquer profissional, seja você um funcionário iniciante ou o presidente de uma empresa. Sem saúde não há como a mente render no trabalho.

A seguir, é preciso que você ache uma academia com horários maleáveis para sua rotina, ou seja, adequada aos horários de cada aluno.

Eu sou advogado e pratico Jiu-Jitsu desde que comecei a estudar no centro da cidade, sempre usando o kimono paralelamente ao terno. Desde o início senti a necessidade de ter um lugar para a prática de exercícios físicos ali por perto, já que era difícil sair da faculdade, emendar com o trabalho e ainda chegar a tempo de pegar o meu treino de Jiu-Jitsu. Além de cansativo, você está sempre chegando atrasado, e assim o treino nunca rende como esperado.

Além disso, por todos os colegas advogados e estagiários saberem que eu praticava Jiu-Jitsu, volta e meia eles vinham lamentar comigo por não terem tempo de voltar a vestir o kimono. Os problemas eram os mesmos: eles nunca conseguiam chegar a tempo em suas respectivas academias. A vida de um advogado pode ser muito corrida, a maioria sai dos escritórios por volta das 21h, muitos mais tarde, e isso praticamente impossibilita encontrar um dojô com horário apropriado para treinar.

Fora isso, uma questão que também sempre entrava em pauta entre os ex-praticantes arrependidos era que, hoje, muitos advogados e juízes mais velhos não contavam mais com aquela disposição de chegar à academia para enfrentar alunos na maioria jovens e adolescentes, em treinos que acabariam se resumindo a trocar força ou mesmo ser amassados por garotos novos na ponta dos cascos.

Muitos praticantes buscam voltar a treinar como estudantes de Jiu-Jitsu, não como lutadores, o que é bem diferente. São praticantes que simplesmente amam a arte suave, sentem falta de vestir o kimono e suar no tatame, e também precisam retornar aos poucos.

Daí surgiu a ideia do espaço Studio Personal Academy, uma academia em que o aluno marca um treino particular e totalmente personalizado, NO DIA E NA HORA que ele puder.

O esquema é simples: nós vendemos pacotes de aulas particulares ou em grupo de até quatro pessoas – sempre entre amigos, nunca pessoas desconhecidas. A partir daí, o aluno vai escolher o dia e horário que quer treinar. No Studio Personal Academy no Rio de Janeiro não é a academia que disponibiliza o horário da aula, o aluno agenda o horário que ele tem disponível e nós apenas damos a aula.

Na prática, a ideia inovadora tem funcionado muito bem. O aluno, por exemplo, compra dez aulas particulares para serem utilizada em até dois meses, e escolhe dia e hora do treino. Não há nenhuma restrição: ele pode pode selecionar um dia às 7h da manhã, no outro às 16h ou 19h, dependendo apenas da sua agenda naquele período.

Dessa forma, estamos conseguindo contornar essa dificuldade do público que trabalha no centro da cidade e que tem a vida constantemente corrida; o aluno sente o dia que ele estará mais tranquilo no trabalho, liga pra academia e marca a hora do treino.

Recentemente, incluímos em nosso rol de atividades a maior novidade do mundo fitness no Brasil, a tecnologia de treino EMS (eletroestimulação muscular). É um treino que na Europa e nos Estados Unidos já virou febre entre atletas de alto rendimento, como Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal e outros.

Somos um dos três únicos lugares no Rio de Janeiro a oferecer esse tipo de tecnologia. É um treinamento completo, que em 20 minutos trabalha mais de 300 músculos do seu corpo simultaneamente, sendo equivalente a 1h30min de um treino convencional. Ou seja, mais resultados em menos horas por dia.

Investimos nessa tecnologia justamente por acreditar que se encaixa na nossa proposta, oferecer ao praticante mais qualidade de vida e otimizar o tempo dos nossos alunos. Se você é um executivo e trabalha no centro, sabe como é difícil ter tempo para ir à academia, mas se uma horinha é sempre um problema, certamente 20 minutinhos você consegue.

Nesse tipo de treino, que é intenso, o aluno veste uma roupa com eletrodos que estimulam os músculos através de estímulos elétricos e contrações involuntárias diretamente em todos seus músculos: pernas, glúteos, braços, abdome, costas e peitoral.

Após alguns minutos, o praticante sente os benefícios de um treino que tonifica os músculos, aumenta a massa muscular, melhora o condicionamento físico, reduz a celulite e a gordura corporal, melhora a dor nas costas, prorroga a atividade metabólica por até 72 horas, tudo isso sem gerar nenhum impacto excessivo nas articulações, ou seja, sem grandes riscos de lesão.

Portanto, lute com a gente para otimizar seu tempo com inteligência. Lembre-se que o dia tem 24 horas, basta você separar apenas uma delas, ou menos, para você fazer o que ama e se sentir muito melhor.

 

* Bernardo Ribeiro é advogado e fundador do espaço Studio Personal Academy, dojô no Rio de Janeiro voltado para oferecer a profissionais e ao público do centro da cidade maior qualidade de vida por meio da prática de artes marciais.

 

>>> Quer divulgar sua academia de Jiu-Jitsu e espalhar para o mundo de que modo ela está mudando sua comunidade? Mande um email para gmi@graciemag.com e saiba como entrar para o clube de vantagens GRACIEMAG Indica!

UFC 220 in Boston gets new bouts, including Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja

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The lineup is taking shape for January’s UFC 220 event in Massachusetts.

New bookings include flyweights Dustin Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and featherweights Kyle Bochniak (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Brandon Davis (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

UFC officials announced the fights via @BGlobeSports.

UFC 220 takes place Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been determined.

RelatedUFC 220 gets 2 new matchups, including Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font

Ortiz, who’s No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, is coming off a “Performance of the Night” win over Hector Sandoval. The 28-year-old registered the fastest knockout in flyweight history with the 15-second stoppage, which came after a 1-3 stretch against the upper echelon of the division. He now takes on No. 15-ranked Pantoja, a 27-year-old Brazilian who signed with the UFC after winning RFA and AXS TV “super fight” titles. He’s since defeated Eric Shelton (split decision) and Neil Seery (submission) to push his winning streak to 11 fights.

Bochniak, a 30-year-old from Massachusetts, went 6-0 with CES MMA before signing with the UFC, where he has decision losses to Charles Rosa and Jeremy Kennedy, and a decision victory over Enrique Barzola. He meets Davis, a 27-year-old from Mississippi who signed with the UFC after earning a decision win over Austin Arnett at DWCS 4. It was his seventh straight victory.

The latest UFC 220 lineup includes:

  • Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
  • Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Abu Dhabi Grand Slam de Jiu-Jitsu: Os resultados finais da faixa-preta no Rio de Janeiro

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Isaque Bahiense e Gustavo Braguinha fizeram a final até 85kg do Abu Dhabi Grand Slm do Rio. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr.

O último dia do Abu Dhabi Grand Slam de Jiu-Jitsu no Rio de Janeiro definiu os campeões da faixas-preta, no master 1 e adulto, além dos faixas-azuis e atletas do parajiu-jitsu, que também pisaram no tatame nesse domingo, dia 12 de novembro, na Arena Carioca 1.

Entre a elite da arte suave, grandes duelos foram apresentados, além da superluta do Abu Dhabi Legends entre os ex-atletas do UFC Carlão Barreto e Rafael Carino. Com uma queda, Carino, da Nova União, abriu 2 a 0 no placar e levou a vitória sobre Carlão.

Confira abaixo os resultados da faixa-preta no último dia!

MASCULINO

56kg – José Carlos “Cocó” (GFTeam) conseguiu se movimentar bem no duelo contra David Herrera (Soul Fighters) e faturou a disputa por 2 a 1 nas vantagens, após 0 a 0 nos pontos.

62kg – Companheiros de Cícero Costha, Hiago George e João Miyao fizeram um duelo com muito giro. Após forte duelo nas raspagens, e o empate em 6 a 6, Hiago faturou com 1 a 0 nas vantagens.

69kg – João Neto (Alliance) aplicou um triângulo justo em Rafael Mansur (NS Brotherhood) logo nos primeiros minutos. Mansur tentou escapar como pôde, mas acabou batendo na posição.

77kg – Com uma queda, Hugo Marques (Soul Fighters) abriu 2 a 0 nos pontos e superou Ricardo “Pingo” (NS Brotherhood) e ficou com o ouro.

85kg – Isaque Bahiense (Alliance) fez luta dura contra o não menos craque Gustavo Braguinha (NS Brotherhood). No fim das contas, a vitória veio para Isaque por 1 a 0 nas vantagens.

94kg – Patrick Gaudio (GFTeam) ficou com o título ao vencer Guilherme Santos (Alliance) na decisão dos árbitros após luta parelha na final.

110kg – Polonês integrante da NS Brotherhood, Gerald Labinski conquistou uma vantagem sobre Igor Silva (Commando Group) a partir da meia-guarda e garantiu a vitória ao estabilizar bem por cima no combate.

FEMININO

49kg – Mayssa Bastos (GFTeam) ficou com o ouro sem adversárias na categoria

55kg – Em luta parelha, Amanda Nogueira (GFTeam) superou a companheira de equipe Mayara Abraão por 2 a 0 nos pontos

62kg – Bia Mesquita e Bia Basílio mais uma vez ficaram frente a frente numa final de campeonato. Para vencer, Bia Mesquita raspou e montou por 6 pontos.

70kg – Irmã de Rodolfo Veira, Ana Carolina “Baby” finalizou Thamara Silva (Cícero Costha) com um estrangulamento.

90kg – Cláudia do Val (De la Riva) encarou a dura faixa-marrom Heloisa Ferreira (Alliance) e venceu na decisão dos árbitros após múltiplas tentativas de finalizar.

Na disputa por equipes, a GFTeam ficou com o primeiro lugar, seguido pela Gracie Barra em segundo e Nova União em terceiro. Para conferir os resultados completos, clique aqui.

Fight Nights Global 79 set for Nov. 19 with champ Pavlovich vs. Sidelnikov, Pesta vs. Kudin

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Russia’s Fight Nights Global returns to action next Sunday for “FNG 79: Pavlovich vs. Sidelnikov,” a 10-fight card that takes place at Dizel Arena in Penza, Russia.

In the main event, undefeated FNG light heavyweight champion Sergey Pavlovich (11-0) meets sambo ace and longtime Fedor Emelianenko protege Kirill Sidelnikov (11-4). The co-feature sees five-time UFC veteran Viktor Pesta (11-4) make his promotional debut against Belarusian vet Alexei Kudin (23-10).

The card is expected to posted to UFC Fight Pass as Video On Demand shortly after the conclusion of the event.

Pavlovich and Sidelnikov were originally slated to meet in March, but a Sidelnikov injury forced him to withdraw from the contest, and Pavlovich went on to score the FNG title in the interim, adding significance to the rescheduled matchup.

Pavlovich’s professional record remains perfect through the first 11 bouts of his career, with eight of those wins coming by knockout – and all of those coming in the first round. Meanwhile Sidelnikov brings a five-fight winning streak into the contest.

Pesta was released from the UFC earlier this year following an unsuccessful five-fight run. However, he rebounded with a January TKO of Michal Kita in the Czech Republic and now makes his FNG debut. He now meets Kudin, who turned pro in 2002 and enters the bout on the strength of back-to-back decision wins.

The FNG 79 lineup includes:

  • Champ Sergey Pavlovich vs. Kirill Sidelnikov – for light heavyweight title
  • Alexei Kudin vs. Viktor Pesta
  • Charles Andrade vs. Vladimir Seliverstov
  • Marat Magomedov vs. Rashad Muradov
  • Mikhail Lebedev vs. Rustam Madoyan
  • Ramil Mustapaev vs. TBA
  • Chermen Kobesov vs. Andrey Kurochkin
  • Roman Silagadze vs. TBA
  • Davor Matic vs. Ivan Okhlopkov
  • Sergey Kistanov vs. Dmitriy Tomaev

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Dustin Poirier and UFC Fight Night 120's other winning fighters?

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UFC Fight Night 120 was touted as one of the most stacked non-pay-per-view and non-FOX cards this year, and in the end, the six-fight main card largely delivered at Ted Constant Convocations Center in Norfolk, Va.

Headliner Dustin Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) pulled off the crowning performance of the card when he beat former UFC champ Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) by third-round stoppage in the FS1-televised bout, continuing his solid run in the 155-pound division.

Elsewhere on the card, Matt Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC), Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC), Cezar Ferreira (12-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Raphael Assuncao (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) earned victories that ranged from total domination to scorecard squeakers.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 120’s winning fighters.

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Clay Guida

Joseph Duffy

Should fight: Joseph Duffy
Why they should fight: Guida’s return to the UFC lightweight division is proving to be a good one after he moved to 2-0 with a victory over fellow UFC veteran Joe Lauzon.

Despite spending a decade together under the UFC banner, Guida and Lauzon had never crossed paths. When it finally happened, “The Carpenter” pulled off a first-round TKO victory over Lauzon to continue his revival in the 155-pound division.

Guida said his stint in the featherweight division was only to provide “star power” to the weight class, but he admitted lightweight is best for him. He believes he can do big things, but at 35 and with more than 50 pro fights, it remains to be seen how far he can go.

If Guida can consistently rack up wins like he did against Lauzon, he’ll have a place on the UFC roster for as long as he wants. He’s going to get challenging competition every time out, though, and Duffy (16-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is a very dangerous fighter.

Duffy is coming off a TKO loss to James Vick at UFC 217 this month and will surely be looking to rebound as quickly as possible. Guida represents a solid name for the Irishman, and Duffy would be a solid win for Guida.

Raphael Assuncao

Cody Garbrandt

Should fight: Cody Garbrandt
Why they should fight: Assuncao emerged victorious in a high-risk fight against an up-and-coming bantamweight when he picked up a brutal third-round knockout of Matthew Lopez.

Lopez came into the fight looking to threaten Assuncao’s status as an established top-five fighter in the 135-pound division. The Brazilian denied that possibility, though, and improved to a ridiculous 10-1 in his past 11 UFC appearances.

There’s good and bad for Assuncao at this point. He owns a victory over newly crowned UFC bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, but he also has a loss to the currently titleholder in their rematch at UFC 200 in July 2016. A trilogy could always happen if the circumstances are right, but at this point, it’s obvious the UFC isn’t eager to push Assuncao into a title shot.

That leaves him in the undesirable position of fighting top opponents until he loses again or wins to the point he can’t be denied. He’ll surely want the latter, and that means taking on the next best available challenge. At this point, recently dethroned champ Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) would be his best way to make a statement.

Cezar Ferreira

Antonio Carlos Junior

Should fight: Antonio Carlos Junior
Why they should fight: Ferreira’s return to the middleweight division has been largely successful. He improved to 4-1 since returning to the weight class after scoring a split-decision victory over tough veteran and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” winner had had some ups and downs in his UFC tenure, but his form is consistently improving. He caught a version of Marquardt wh’os in the twilight of his career, but beating “The Great” is still a somewhat meaningful accomplishment.

Ferreira has fallen short against his most notable opponents in the past, but against Marquardt, he came through. He needs a solid test at this point, and when it comes to 185-pound fighters on the rise, Carlos Junior (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) looks pretty good.

Carlos Junior is another “TUF: Brazil” winner who is on a four-fight winning streak, which includes a recent submission win over Jack Marshman at UFC Fight Night 119. A matchup between the two reality-show winners is a solid enough narrative, and the fact their skills match up well only makes things better.

Andrei Arlovski

Curtis Blaydes

Should fight: Curtis Blaydes
Why they should fight: Just when Arlovski appeared to be written off for good in the UFC heavyweight division, the former champ rebounded with a crucial victory against Brazilian prospect Junior Albini.

It’s been a rough road for Arlovski in recent years. However, he managed to snap a brutal five-fight losing skid when he picked up a unanimous-decision win over Albini to return to the win column for the first time since September 2015.

Regardless of whether anyone has objections over Arlovski still fighting at this point, the 38-year-old is determined to keep going, even if he has to fight unheralded opponents in the heavyweight division.

That’s a useful item to have for UFC matchmakers, and they will likely continue to use Arlovski as a measuring stick for rising talent. Albini was unable to pass, but perhaps Blaydes (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who’s another fighter with growing momentum, would have something else to offer “The Pitbull.”

Matt Brown

Should fight: No one
Why: Although Brown has already walked back the possibility of a guaranteed retirement, a brutal knockout of Diego Sanchez seems like a solid way to ride off into the sunset for “The Immortal.”

Brown originally announced his bout with Sanchez would mark his retirement. However, he slowed those conversations ahead of fight night. Even with the first-round knockout of “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner, it’s still an option worth considering, and Brown seems like he’s going to take some time off to make that decision.

With 24 UFC fights under his belt and at age 36, Brown has gone through the ringer inside the octagon. Every fighter who retires appears to have some measure of reluctance, but for Brown, there’s not much more to prove.

He said a hiatus from competition is coming and that it’s just a matter of whether it sticks. Only time will tell, but regardless of which way it goes, it seems Brown won’t be fighting anytime soon, and for that reason, speculating on matchmaking possibilities is a useless endeavor.

Dustin Poirier

Should fight: Winner of Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Poirier should fight the winner of the UFC 218 bout between Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Injury forces champ Patricio Freire out of Bellator 188; Lahat vs. Labiano new headliner

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Injury has caused a major blow to this Thursday’s Bellator 188.

Featherweight champion Patricio Freire (26-4 MMA, 14-4 BMMA), who was supposed to meet Daniel Weichel (39-9, 8-1 BMMA) in the night’s title headliner, today announced that he had to withdraw due to “multiple injuries.” News of the canceled main event was first reported on Twitter by Ram Giboa.

Bellator 188 takes place Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. The main card airs on Spike the following day via tape delay.

In a statement released on Instagram, “Pitbull” Freire elaborated on the issues that plagued his camp. While he tried his best to work around a series of injuries, Freire said that, last Thursday, one of them got worse. After a sparring session on Friday, the champ and his team decided he was in no condition to step in the cage.

“It’d be a disrespect to me, to the fans, to my opponent and to Bellator,” Freire stated. “I’ll have to take 30 days off, and then I’ll be able to start training again. I plan to fight in February at the latest and defend my belt against Daniel Weichel.”

“I’m sad to announce I’ll no longer be fighting in Israel next week. Multiple injuries prevent me to perform.

A couple months ago due to a training accident I suffered a serious injury and started treating it immediately. I had to stop training for a few weeks and then I was able to start with several limitations. But due to those, other parts of my body were overcharged and new injuries kept piling up.

I’ve been doing physical therapy three times a day, I was lent a 25k dollars machine to sleep with every day, and although I wasn’t in my best condition I had no intention to pull out. In all my years in Bellator I only pulled out of a fight once due to a hand fracture.

Up until Wednesday the fight was 100% on. On Thursday came the doubt as one of the injuries aggravated. I deliberated with my team what to do up to 2am. I decided to test myself on Friday on my last sparring session. And then it became obvious I had no condition to step up in that cage. It’d be a disrespect to me, to the fans, to my opponent and to Bellator.

I’ll have to take 30 days off and then I’ll be able to start training again. I plan to fight in February at the latest and defend my belt against Daniel Weichel.

See you all soon.”

Freire and Weichel met before, in 2015, at Bellator 183. Freire was the winner via second-round knockout. Freire would have entered the rematch off a tetralogy meeting with former champion Daniel Straus – which saw “Pitbull” re-claim the featherweight title. Weichel, in turn, went on a four-fight streak after the loss to Freire.

MMAjunkie was able to confirm with Freire’s camp that, as originally reported by MMAFighting.com, Bellator lightweight Patricky Freire tried to step in for his brother. While Patricio never got to make the trip to Israel, Patricky is there with Pitbull Brothers athlete Luiz Victor Rocha, who fights on the preliminary card.

While the former l55-pound title challenger was willing to either meet Weichel at lightweight or anyone else under a 160-pound catchweight limit, Bellator didn’t take him up on it. Bellator has confirmed that a featherweight meeting between Israel’s Noad Lahat and Jeremiah Labiano is now the night’s main event.

Freire’s camp is now hoping that Rocha’s fight, against Israeli fighter Kirill Medvedovski, will get upgraded to the main card. The promotion, however, hasn’t released a new bout order yet.

For more on Bellator 188, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Jake Collier looking for some momentum, and wants it at home at UFC-St. Louis

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NORFOLK, Va. – Jake Collier is trying to keep his career goals small and manageable at this point. Right now, that means no more than getting a few consecutive wins together.

Collier’s (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) UFC tenure has been up and down since he joined the organization in December 2014. He had another high on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120 with a unanimous decision win over Marcel Fortuna (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), and he said now is the time to get some momentum going.

For Collier, there would be no better place to do that than at UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan 14., which takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis – not far from Collier’s home

“I’d love to (fight on that card),” Collier told MMAjunkie. “I’ll take a week or so and get my fight back together and see if the UFC wants to throw me somebody. That’s seriously only an hour from my house – that’s my backyard. I want to fight on that card. I’m going to take about a week off and see if I can start making some noise and get on that card.”

Collier said he was looking for an impressive stoppage at UFC Fight Night 120, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., but knew putting away Fortuna inside the distance was going to be tough. He knows his opponent had faced bigger and stronger opponents in the past, so he still considers a victory on the scorecards to be significant.

With hopes of getting back-to-back wins for the first time in the UFC in his next fight, Collier said he will fight anyone the 185-pound division has to offer. However, if matchmakers want to give him a fellow striker, he would be more than open to it.

“Nobody in the UFC is easy,” Collier said. “I prefer a non-wrestler so we can stand and exchange a little bit and put on a show for the crowd because that’s kind of what I like to do. That’s all I really ask for.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 post-event facts: Matt Brown most prominent KO artist in UFC welterweight history

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The UFC made its fifth stop in Virginia with Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 event, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Dustin Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) continued to be one of the UFC’s biggest producers of stoppage wins when he defeated former UFC and WEC champ Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) by third-round TKO to add another signature win to his resume at 155 pounds.

Poirier’s victory concluded a 13-fight card that had several notable results. For more, check below for 55 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 120.

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General

Clay Guida

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $245,000.

Poirier, Pettis, Matt Brown and Raphael Assuncao earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 120 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 120 drew an announced attendance of 8,442 for a live gate of $642,070.

Betting favorites went 8-4 on the card. One fight had even odds.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:32:30.

Main card

Dustin Poirier

Poirier improved to 6-1 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2015.

Poirier has earned nine of his 14 UFC victories by stoppage.

Poirier’s 14 victories since 2011 in UFC competition are tied with Max Holloway for third most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (19) and champ Demetrious Johnson (15).

Poirier’s nine stoppage victories since 2011 in UFC competition are tied with Holloway and Tony Ferguson for second most in the company behind Cerrone (13).

Anthony Pettis

Pettis has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights.

Pettis fell to 1-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in July.

Pettis fell to 2-5 in his past seven UFC appearances.

Pettis has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Brown’s (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC) 14 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (19) and Matt Hughes (16).

Brown’s 12 stoppage victories in UFC welterweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Brown’s 10 knockout victories in welterweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Matt Brown and Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC) is now 0-1 since returning to the UFC welterweight division. He’s 9-5 overall at the weight under the UFC banner.

Sanchez fell to 3-6 in his past nine UFC appearances.

Sanchez has suffered all four of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC) snapped a five-fight losing skid and earned his first victory since September 2015.

Arlovski improved to 5-5 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in June 2014.

Arlovski’s 15 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Frank Mir (16).

Junior Albini

Junior Albini (14-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since August 2012.

Albini suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Cezar Ferreira (12-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) improved to 4-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in April 2016.

Ferreira has earned six of his eight UFC victories by decision.

Nate Marquardt (35-19-2 MMA, 14-11 UFC) fell to 3-6 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in June 2014. He’s 3-9 in his past 12 bouts overall.

Marquardt fell to 3-9 in his past 12 bouts.

Marquardt’s 12 knockdowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (13).

Marquardt’s 19 career losses are the most of any active member of the UFC roster.

Raphael Assuncao

Assuncao (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) improved to 10-1 since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in August 2011.

Assuncao’s 10 victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied with Urijah Faber for second most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (11).

Assuncao earned his first knockout victory since July 11, 2012 – a span of 1,949 days (more than five years) and nine fights.

Matthew Lopez (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Clay Guida

Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) improved to 2-0 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in June.

Guida earned his first knockout victory since April 2, 2008 – a span of 3,510 days (more than nine years) and 19 fights.

Joe Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) has suffered eight of his 14 career losses by stoppage.

Preliminary card

John Dodson

John Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) fell to 2-2 since he returned to the UFC bantamweight division in April 2016. He’s 3-2 in the weight class overall.

Dodson has suffered all nine of his career losses by decision.

Tatiana Suarez (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) returned from a more than one-year layoff for her first victory since July 2016.

Viviane Pereira (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had her 13-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of her career.

Sage Northcutt

Sage Northcutt (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) earned the second decision victory of his career. Both those wins have come in his past two fights.

Michel Quinones (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered two of his three career losses by decision.

Nina Ansaroff (8-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) earned just the second decision victory of her career and first since Sept. 11, 2010 – a span of 2,618 days (more than seven years) and 12 fights.

Angela Hill (7-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) fell to 1-2 since she returned to the UFC for a second stint in February. She’s 5-2 since her initial release from the company in late 2015.

Hill has suffered three of her four career losses by decision.

Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland (19-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) improved to 4-2 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Strickland has earned four of his six UFC victories by decision.

Court McGee (18-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) fell to 2-3 since he returned from a nearly two-year layoff in December 2015.

McGee fell to 4-4 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2013.

McGee has suffered six of his seven career losses by decision.

Jake Collier

Jake Collier (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his six-fight UFC career.

Marcel Fortuna (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by decision.

Karl Roberson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of his six career victories by stoppage.

Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) suffered the first stoppage loss of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Bellator 187 post-event facts: A.J. McKee sets record with 10th consecutive Bellator win

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Bellator 187’s main event came down to the wire when unbeaten prospect A.J. McKee was forced to dig deep with a submission victory over Brian Moore at Friday’s event.

McKee (10-0 MMA, 10-0 BMMA) earned a third-round submission win over Moore (10-6 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) in the Spike-televised featherweight headliner at 3Arena in Dublin, giving him the longest winning streak in Bellator history.

McKee’s victory closed out of a five-fight main card that saw four contests end in a stoppage. For more on the numbers behind the show, check out 20 post-event facts about Bellator 187.

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General

Debuting fighters went 2-4 at the event.

Betting favorites went 5-0 on the main card.

Betting favorites improved to 13-4 (one fight had even odds) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the five-bout main card was 36:44.

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Main card

A.J. McKee

McKee’s 10-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.

McKee’s 10-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest streak in company history.

McKee’s 10-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division and longest in divisional history.

McKee’s 10 victories in Bellator featherweight competition are tied with Daniel Straus and Pat Curran for second most in divisional history behind Patricio Freire (14).

McKee has earned seven of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

Moore fell to 3-4 in his past seven fights overall dating back to September 2013.

Moore has suffered both of his Bellator losses by submission.

Sinead Kavanagh (5-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) improved to 1-1 since she moved up to the Bellator women’s featherweight division.

Kavanagh has earned all of her career stoppage victories by knockout.

Maria Casanova (3-6-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has just one victory in her past six fights dating back to November 2016.

Kevin Ferguson Jr.

Kevin Ferguson Jr. (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) earned the first submission victory of his career.

Fred Freeman (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) suffered the first loss of his career.

Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) snapped his two-fight losing skid for his first victory since June 2016.

Ward has earned both of his career stoppage victories by knockout.

Paul Redmond (14-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) improved to 4-1 since he was released from the UFC in July 2015.

For complete coverage of Bellator 187, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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UFC-Norfolk's Clay Guida knows how baseball's home-run sluggers must feel

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NORFOLK, Va. – Clay Guida thinks Joe Lauzon could have gone on without those follow-up blows. But landing that one solid uppercut still felt pretty good.

On Saturday Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) and Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) met in a lightweight main-card clash that, upon its announcement, had “Fight of the Night” written all over it. Guida, however, made sure it didn’t get that far, and he dropped Lauzon with a clean shot and followed it up with a few strikes to prompt a stoppage at the 67-second mark of Round 1.

The UFC Fight Night 120 win marked Guida’s first finish since 2011 – and first knockout since 2008. It’s safe to say he’s pretty happy with it.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 120 results: Clay Guida dominates Joe Lauzon, calls for meeting with Dana White

“I don’t think I’ve ever landed a flush knockout – a flush uppercut like that on someone,” Guida told MMAjunkie after the FS1-televised scrap, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va.

“I guess that’s how those professional baseball home-run sluggers feel when they smash one out of the freaking ball park. Because that felt pretty amazing.”

Here’s the blow (via Twitter)

Clay Guida combo in slow-mo #UFCNorfolk pic.twitter.com/5Atu3WPtDN

— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) November 12, 2017

The fight between the two notoriously durable brawlers didn’t turn into the drag-out war that many expected – or perhaps wanted. But for Guida, a longtime admirer of the “awesome” Lauzon, it went pretty much according to plan.

“Joe is one of those guys – you don’t want it to go too long, because he’s so dangerous he can finish a fight at any moment,” Guida said. “I’ve seen him knock guys out, we’ve seen him sub black belts, and we’ve seen him sub very good wrestlers.

“I didn’t want to give it any chance to get out of hand. So we got in there, put some hands on him, and we got our hand raised.”

That is, apart from this one thing.

“I felt like it went a few extra strikes I didn’t want to,” Guida said.

In any case, considering it was the last fight in his UFC contract, Guida picked a remarkably good occasion to find his way back into finishes. And his post-fight handling of it didn’t hurt, either.

RelatedClay Guida gets crowd to help with UFC contract negotiations after first finish since 2011

“There was a lot at stake in this fight that didn’t know about,” Guida said. “We feel we put a stamp on it and an exclamation point. So, big things to come for ‘The Carpenter’ camp and Team Alpha Male.”

As he’d made clear in the octagon, Guida wants one specific UFC-related meeting now – and that is with UFC President Dana White. Inside the octagon,  though, Guida’s philosophy remains the same: He’s willing to fight whomever those who sign his checks want.

But, now on a two-fight winning streak since his return from a shaky stint in the lower featherweight division, Guida wants any possible competitor to know this one thing.

“We’re back at 155, and the cream is rising to the top,” Guida said. “You guys watch out. ‘The Carpenter’ is coming. I don’t care who’s in front of me. I am the cream of the 155-pound division. You guys better watch out.”

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

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Marlon Moraes calls illegal blows at UFC-Norfolk 'friggin' accident,' wants Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219

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NORFOLK, Va. – Marlon Moraes wants a date with Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 after picking up a split decision win over John Dodson on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120.

Former WSOF bantamweight champ Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) earned his first octagon victory when he edged out a narrow win on the scorecards over “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC). The fight took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Moraes said he has no doubt that he won the fight, mainly because his coaches said he did. Now he turns his attention to Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who is need of an opponent after former champ Dominick Cruz pulled out of their year-end date due to injury.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 120 results: Marlon Moraes gets nod in bizarrely scored split over John Dodson

“I’m happy, but the judge for me is my coaches,” Moraes told MMAjunkie after his victory. “They said I won, so I’m happy, and I hope to go back to the gym and get better and Dec. 30, beating Jimmie Rivera.”

Although he won the fight on the scorecards, Moraes was showered with boos from the crowd after the decision was read. He said he doesn’t think that’s because they dislike him, but rather because he landed a pair of illegal blows on Dodson early in the contest.

Dodson complained to the referee about Moraes’ tactics several times throughout the 135-pound fight. Afterward, the Brazilian defended his actions and insisted he’s not a dirty fighter.

“I think the boos for the crowd were more for the two shots in the first round,” Moraes said. “I think they all knew I won, but they were a little concerned about the shots I landed with. That’s OK. I’ll go to the gym, I’ll be back. That was a friggin’ accident.”

After dominating the field in WSOF, Moraes has had two tough fights since coming to the UFC. He lost a competitive decision to Raphael Assuncao in his debut before rebounding with the win over Dodson. He said he’s starting to feel at home in the octagon, and wants to prove he belongs at the top of the division with a win over Rivera.

“That’s the fight to make,” Moraes said. “I want to fight, he has no opponent, let’s go. … There’s no easy fights up there. I’m here, I put in two tough fights, so I think I belong here.”

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

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Raphael Assuncao not one for 'fancy stuff,' but thinks consistency warrants UFC title shot

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NORFOLK, Va. – Back in June, Raphael Assuncao vowed to keep campaigning for a title shot. Two fights – and two wins – later, he’s making good on his promise.

On Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120, Assuncao (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) beat up-and-comer Matthew Lopez (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) to earn a third straight win. Not only that – for what was his first knockout win since 2012, the Brazilian bantamweight also took home a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

It certainly wasn’t a bad day at the office for Assuncao. But as he’d already made clear while still up in the octagon, he’s (yet again) hoping to gain something else from his most recent win: a title shot.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 120 results: Raphael Assuncao chops down, lays out Matthew Lopez

Allow him to elaborate.

“If you look at everybody I’ve beaten, everything I’ve done in the octagon – if you look at me and (UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw’s) history, why not, you know?” Assuncao told MMAjunkie after the FS1-televised main-card bout, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. “I think I deserve it. My only loss in bantamweight was (to) T.J. I lost to him in 2015. I turned around/ I won all my fights against top level guys, against up-and-comers, you name it.

“And here I am again. So we’ve got to do this trilogy.”

Assuncao does have point in that he and Dillashaw, who just recently reclaimed the 135-pound crown with a UFC 217 knockout of Cody Garbrandt, have a score to settle. The first time they met, in 2013, Assuncao walked away with a split call from a tight “Fight of the Night” affair. Then, at last year’s UFC 200 event, Assuncao returned from a long layoff to lose a clear unanimous decision.

Assuncao has since snagged three consecutive wins. Before the knockout of Lopez, Assuncao put an end to ex-WSOF-champ Marlon Moraes’ 13-fight streak and added a second straight loss to contender Aljamain Sterling’s record. Both wins came via split decision.

Still, there are roadblocks to Assuncao’s title path. After his win over Garbrandt, Dillashaw made it clear that he’d like to finally make that bout with flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson happen. Not to mention former 135-pound champ Dominick Cruz and contender Jimmie Rivera, who were supposed to meet each other in what had the makings of a title-eliminator bout before Cruz had to pull out.

Assuncao is currently No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings. Garbrandt and Cruz are immediately below Dillashaw, as No. 2 and No. 3 respectively, while Rivera appears just below Assuncao at No. 5.

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Even if it doesn’t happen now, though, Assuncao believes his long-awaited attempt to claim gold is only a matter of time.

“Look – I’m not the type of fighter who’ll get up there and do backflips and fancy stuff,” Assuncao said. “But I’m very consistent. I show up, I make weight, and I do my job. I don’t talk. I don’t do anything. I have fun. I treat people well.

“I’m a martial artist. And a title shot will come.”

To hear from Assuncao, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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