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Ex-champ dos Anjos on possible meeting with champ Woodley: 'I won't let him feel comfortable'

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It took Rafael dos Anjos 18 fights and almost seven years to earn his first shot at a UFC belt.

The wait, however, paid off. After dominantly upsetting Anthony Pettis, dos Anjos got a taste of gold. Now, as he makes his way through a whole new division at 170 pounds, the former lightweight titleholder is confident he can do it again. Only this time, a little – or maybe a lot – faster.

“Now, as an ex-champ, I think the path is shorter,” dos Anjos told MMAjunkie. “Demian (Maia) just had his shot at the belt and couldn’t get it. Tyron Woodley defended it. (Donald) Cerrone’s fight with (ex-champ) Robbie Lawler – I thought Cerrone won, but it was tough. In my opinion, Lawler wasn’t convincing, so I think that fight removed him from a possible title rematch. (Jorge) Masvidal lost to Demian.

“Stephen Thompson will probably fight Masvidal and had two title fights already. I’m behind in the rankings, but the path is kind of open. I think with a win over (Neil) Magny, considering I’m an ex-champ, I think I’m pretty close. I’m not too far.”

But first things first. Dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) is set to continue his welterweight path next month, at UFC 215, when he meets Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It will be the Brazilian ex-champ’s second octagon go as a 170-pounder, after a June trip to Singapore resulted in an unanimous-decision win over Tarec Saffiedine.

It may be early in his 170-pound walk, but dos Anjos sees a possible win over the ranked, battle-tested Magny as a big boost in an overall stacked division. And while his focus is now on that, he has already started planting some seeds for the not-so-distant future.

A few days ago, for instance, he took to Twitter to make sure to let champion Tyron Woodley – then fresh off his UFC 214 title defense against Demian Maia – aware of his intentions. The low-key callout, however, doesn’t mean that dos Anjos doesn’t respect him.

In fact, dos Anjos thinks Woodley is great fighter. But dos Anjos also believes he has what it takes to throw the champ off his game.

“He has that game of circling around, of not wanting to take risks,” dos Anjos said. “With me, he’s going to be at risk. I won’t let him feel comfortable. I think in his past two fights, he wasn’t in jeopardy. Stephen Thompson fought very technically and strategically. Not that I won’t use strategy and technique, but I have this (stronger) pace.

“I’ll push the pace and he’ll have to go to work. I won’t let him circle around – he’ll take me down, I’ll take him down, the fight will be a scramble. I’ll push his pace. And I think that’s when I’ll get the better of him.”

Dos Anjos pauses for a second, and then adds with a laugh.

“I think after my fight with him, people might even buy his pay-per-view.”

‘Lose one more, and everyone starts calling for your retirement’

Regardless of whom he’ll have to beat to get there, dos Anjos has a few reasons to believe he can be champion again.

First of all, despite his extensive octagon experience, dos Anjos is only 32 and sees a lot of fighting ahead of him, still. That, in turn, is helped by the fact that, after years of the depleting cut down to 155 pounds, he’s found renewed energy – as well as physical and emotional relief – from his new weight status.

And there’s also the fact that, despite a two-fight skid to start his UFC run – and some tough setbacks after them – he’s made it there once.

“I tasted it, and I know how hard it is to get there,” dos Anjos said. “I know I can do it. I know I can do it again. I have it what it takes.”

From the start, dos Anjos has been clear about how comfortable he was with the decision to move up. While it was something he’d been thinking about even while he still held the belt, the definitive call came after an ill-fated UFC Fight Night 98 meeting with Tony Ferguson – which also meant a second straight loss after the title-costing TKO to now-also-ex-champ Eddie Alvarez.

After so many years of repeating the process of dehydrating his body and exposing his head to trauma the day after, dos Anjos decided it was time to put himself – and his health – first.

“I thought, ‘I’m going to end up having a problem here,'” dos Anjos said. “I heard a lot (of criticism). ‘Oh, those guys are huge.’ So what? I don’t care. I train with welterweights everyday. I train well with all them. I’ll also be stronger, healthier and my quality of life will improve. That’s what matters.”

Dos Anjos is totally at peace with the fresh start. Not only has his training improved, but even his family life has been positively impacted by what’s ultimately a much less grueling day-to-day. But, looking back, he admits it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows when he walked into the octagon for his 170-pound debut.

“I’m not going to lie, I felt very pressured for that last fight,” dos Anjos said. “I think I even got a little more tired than usual. I really pushed the pace of the fight, but I did get more tired because I was a little nervous. I lost the belt – and then, in my return fight, I lost. I switched divisions. You know how it goes – lose one more and everyone starts calling for your retirement. And I know I still have a lot to do.

“I was nervous. I was confident, but anxious. Thankfully, it all worked out. I’m on my way. I saw that the move to welterweight (worked). Although I’d fought in this division before the UFC, I was worried about the strength of the opponents. But I saw that, though the guys are stronger, I’m stronger too. The pressure is off.”

The keys to Neil Magny

Despite the confidence that he can make his way back to the top again, dos Anjos knows that he has a tough first step ahead, and that is Magny, who’ll return after a more than eight-month layoff – the longest of the 30-year-old fighter’s remarkably active UFC run.

Currently ranked No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, Magny comes off a decision win over ex-champ Johny Hendricks. In his past 13 fights, he’s only lost twice – falling victim to Lorenz Larkin’s heavy blows and Maia’s well-known grappling prowess.

“He’s a good fighter,” dos Anjos analyzed. “But he doesn’t have any specialties. He’s good at everything, but he’s not excellent at anything.”

While he believes that Magny does have a good ground game, dos Anjos also thinks he may be too willing to accept it. Which, for him, has meant falling into the traps of two grappling experts – other than Maia, Magny was also finished by jiu-jitsu ace Sergio Moraes.

With that in mind, dos Anjos thinks putting his black belt skills to use may  end up being a path to victory. But it’s not the only one.

“I’m going to do my usual game,” dos Anjos said. “I’m going to move forward. He has a good gas tank – he can put on a solid pace for 15 minutes. I think it will be a great fight. I’ll push the pace, too. The ground game is one way to go, but I’ll try to work my striking, too, and try to hurt him a little bit there. And, if it goes to the ground, I’ll settle it there.

“He’s long, but he doesn’t use his reach very well, from what I’ve seen. He fights with his arms closer to his body and he moves forward, chasing the fight. I like fighting taller, lankier guys like Nate Diaz, or Cerrone. I like it. Even Tarec Saffediene.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMA's week out of the cage: Chad Mendes gets hitched, Max Holloway’s sumo stop, more

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

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

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

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Weekly eats

Weddings, anniversaries and engagements

The life of “The Notorious”

Animals of Instagram

‘Blessed’ hits Japan

Summer fun

Shooting, hunting, fishing


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Michel Prazeres meets newcomer Mads Burnell, not Islam Makhachev, at UFC Fight Night 115

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With Islam Makhachev unable to compete, a lightweight bout between Michel Prazeres and UFC newcomer Mads Burnell has been finalized for September’s UFC Fight Night 115 lineup.

UFC officials today announced the switch that resulted in Prazeres (22-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Burnell (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Losing Makhachev as an opponent is a blow to Prazeres’ attempt to climb up the 155-pound rankings. He’s currently riding a four-fight winning streak in the lightweight division and his only setback in more than four years came against rising contender Kevin Lee. Moreover, the Brazilian is coming off his first stoppage win under the UFC banner, a first-round submission of Josh Burkman at UFC Fight Night 106 in March.

Burnell, meanwhile, is a 23-year-old prospect from Denmark who is riding a three-fight winning streak. He has earned all of his career stoppage victories by way of submission and is coming off a finish via Japanese necktie. The UFC debut will mark the end of a 10-month layoff for Burnell.

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
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Mads Burnell 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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Ion Cutelaba says he's fighting Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC 217 in NYC

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A light heavyweight bout between is apparently the latest addition to November’s UFC 217 lineup. Ion Cutelaba has announced a matchup with Gadzhimurad Antigulov.

UFC officials has not formally announced the bout, but Cutelaba (13-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) revealedon social media that he’s fighting Antigulov (20-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) later this year.

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Cutelaba has had an up-and-down run since joining the UFC in June 2016. He’s alternated wins and losses over his four-fight tenure but is coming off a 22-second knockout victory over Henrique da Silva at UFC Fight Night 110 in June.

Antigulov, meanwhile, has had a hot start to his UFC tenure, winning consecutive fights by first-round submission. He made his debut with a 67-second win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima in November and then proceeded to submit Joachim Christensen in just over two minutes at UFC 211 in May. The Russian has won 14 consecutive fights dating back to April 2013.

The latest UFC 217 card now includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba

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


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Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa added to UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

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A contest between a pair of international flyweight prospects is the latest addition to next month’s UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan.

UFC officials recently announced that Japan’s Naoki Inoue (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and the Philippines’ Jenel Lausa (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to the event, which takes place Sept. 23 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, but airs one day earlier in the U.S. due to the time delay. The night’s main card airs on FXX, though the full bout order has yet to be revealed.

Inoue, 20, made his promotional debut at June’s UFC Fight Night 117 event in Singapore, scoring a hard-fought decision win over then-undefeated prospect Carls John de Tomas. Inoue remained unbeaten since turning pro in February 2015, a run that includes seven wins by submission – including four armbars and three rear-naked chokes.

Meanwhile, Lausa, 29, made his UFC debut in November 2016 with a decision win over Yao Zhikui. However, he returned to action in April and saw a five-fight winning streak snapped after suffering a decision loss to Magomed Bibulatov at UFC 210.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 117 now includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
  • Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
  • Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Past his prime? Striking coach says Conor McGregor beats any version of Floyd Mayweather

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Conor McGregor’s striking coach has the utmost faith in his student’s ability to shock the world on Aug. 26, and it doesn’t matter if Floyd Mayweather is still in his prime or beyond it.

Mayweather (49-0 boxing) will end a two-year retirement later this month when he meets McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. At 40, the undefeated former multi-weight champion has admitted he’s not what he once was but still believes he’s good enough to handily defeat “The Notorious.”

McGregor’s coach, Owen Roddy, is assertive in the team-wide prediction of an early knockout win, but he said it has nothing to do with the version of Mayweather that will show up on fight night. Roddy said the matchup is tailor-made for McGregor, and regardless of whether it’s a peak Mayweather or not, the expectations are the same.

“He’s one of the best to ever do it, but it doesn’t matter what Floyd comes,” Roddy told MMAjunkie. “The Floyd from 10 years ago or the Floyd today, it doesn’t matter. Conor will still do the same thing to either one of them. Conor just brings too much to the table.

“Every fight camp Conor improves so much. We’re in a boxing camp now, but it’s the same old story. Day by day he improves so much, he becomes twice the competitor he was the day before. It’s always an enjoyable process to watch him and watch him develop.”

With the fight two weeks away, most of the hard work in training camp has been done. Roddy and the rest of the team have strategized and refined a gameplan, but still new information can be gained as the days wind down.

Mayweather’s open workout earlier this week was somewhat serviceable, Roddy said. McGregor put in 12 rounds of bag work during his Friday workout, but Mayweather’s was far more reserved. Roddy said that’s somewhat telling.

“For me, honestly, I thought it was a little bit messy,” Roddy said of Mayweather’s display. “He didn’t do much. He hit a bag a couple times and talked. He did a couple of pushups and talked. It wasn’t very structured or anything like that. It’s similar to what he’s done every other time. At the end of the day, we’ve already watched everything we need to watch on Floyd. We watched hundreds of hours of tape, and we’ve got what we needed.”

Although McGregor has already reached, by most measures, unthinkable heights during his combat sports career (such as becoming the first to simultaneously hold two UFC titles), pulling off a win against Mayweather would be his crowning achievement. Roddy believes that high will only be temporary, though, because he expects McGregor’s next career move to supersede everything he’s done to this point.

“The exciting thing is after Conor does what he does: What is the next adventure? I don’t know, is the answer,” Roddy said. “I don’t know what he’s going to do next. It could be mixed martial arts. It could be boxing. It could be anything. But it’ll be exciting and it’ll be more exciting than the last thing, most definitely.

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

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Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez added to UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh

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A lightweight contest is the newest addition to the UFC’s return to Pennsylvania, with Gregor Gillespie (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) facing Jason Gonzalez (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC).

UFC officials recently confirmed the matchup following an initial report from the Pittsburgh’s Post-Gazette.com.

Featuring a middleweight main event between former UFC champ Luke Rockhold and former dual-division WSOF title holder David Branch, UFC Fight Night 116 takes place Sept. 16 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The night’s main card airs on FS1, though the full bout order has yet to be released.

Fighting professionally since 2014, Gillespie is undefeated through the first nine fights of his career, including seven wins by stoppage. Included in that run are two wins under the UFC banner, including a 21-second stoppage of Andrew Holbrook at April’s UFC 210 event, as well a debut victory in UFC Fight Night 95 decision result over Glaico Franca in September 2016.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez saw a six-fight winning streak snapped in his UFC debut, suffering a debut loss to Drew Dober at this past September’s UFC 203 event. However, Gonzalez rebounded with a first-round submission win over J.C. Cottrell at January’s UFC on FOX 23 event.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 116 now includes:

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Thiago Alves vs. Mike Perry
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Justin Ledet vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy
  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez

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Artem Lobov discusses Conor McGregor's 'absolutely perfect' training camp for Mayweather

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Artem Lobov struggles to see any flaws in Conor McGregor’s preparation for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather later this month.

Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC), who is a close friend and training partner of “The Notorious,” has been by McGregor’s (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) side for the majority of his career. They’ve prepared for big fights together, and in that time, Lobov has seen all the highs and lows. He pegged preparation for Mayweather (49-0 boxing) as the best he’s been involved with.

“Everything is absolutely perfect from his meal plans, diet, his training, his sparring – everything, literally,” Lobov told MMAjunkie. “No stone has been left unturned, and everything has gone very smooth. So, Aug. 26, there’s going to be a very scary animal in that ring with Floyd.”

Lobov said one of the keys to a successful training camp has been confidence in approach. Although McGregor is considered by most to be a massive underdog against Mayweather, the self-belief stemming from McGregor and everyone around him makes the situation particularly interesting.

McGregor has failed to reveal a single instance of doubt about his ability to win, and Lobov said that mindset is one of the Irishman’s most dangerous weapons.

“He always was a confident man, but when you capture two UFC world titles, something that hasn’t been accomplished before, that takes your confidence to the next level,” Lobov said. “Now you have real proof of what you believe in is in fact the truth. So of course his confidence is at an all-time high. His preparation, as well.”

Whether McGregor’s confidence will carry him to a victory over a more experienced, accomplished foe in Mayweather will only be determined on fight night. However, the official prediction coming from McGregor is that he will win by knockout in four rounds or less. It’s a bold prediction against Mayweather, who has never been beaten, much less stopped, but given McGregor’s fight outcome history, Lobov doesn’t view the assessment as unrealistic.

“Look at Conor’s fights: There’s not many decisions there,” Lobov said. “He’s been to a decision twice (in the UFC). Once with no leg, no ACL (against Max Holloway), and then another time (in the Nate Diaz rematch). Of course we’re going to knock out, we’re expecting a knockout. In a boxing fight, he’s going to have nowhere to hide, Mayweather. Conor will find him and catch him.”

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

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

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CES MMA 45 video highlights: Mouthpiece not required for victory

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Sure, the MMA world is fixated on The Money Fight right now, but the grind continues for fighters hoping to break through to the next level.

On Friday, AXS TV broadcasted CES MMA 45 from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The night’s main card featured five finishes in six bouts, including a pair of championship tilts.

Check out highlights of all the action, including a few nifty finishes, as well as an epic comeback that saw Richie Santiago (5-0) nearly finished on the feet before bouncing back to secure an impressive submission win.

For additional coverage of CES MMA 45, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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UFC's Stefan Struve: A quick Brock Lesnar return to fight Jon Jones 'would be the worst message'

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The idea of a Jon Jones-Brock Lesnar superfight excites many MMA fans. UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve, however, has concerns.

Jones  (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) and Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) started going back and forth during UFC 214 fight week, and the possibility of a future battle increased when Jones called out Lesnar following his knockout victory over Daniel Cormier to reclaim the light heavyweight title. That prompted a warning from Lesnar.

The problem, of course, is that not only is Lesnar currently retired (and employed by WWE), he still has six months left to serve on a suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stemming from multiple failed drug tests around the time of last year’s UFC 200. When Lesnar came out of retirement to face Mark Hunt at the July 2016 event, the UFC gave Lesnar a four-month exemption from USADA testing so he could take the fight right away.

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If the UFC were to try that again and allow Lesnar to jump right back into a superfight and earn a big payday, Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) feels strongly about the detrimental message it sends.

“They cannot do that. That’s impossible,” Struve told Submission Radio. “That would be the worst message the UFC could ever send out. So if he fights again, he should go through six months of testing, I believe, before he fights again. I think that’s the rule right now. So if he comes back, and they let him go through those six months of testing, then I’m curious to see how he steps in the cage.”

Struve, who headlines next month’s FS1-televised UFC Fight Night 115 against Alexander Volkov, expects Jones would win against a clean or dirty Lesnar regardless.

RelatedStefan Struve doesn't care about UFC heavyweight rankings: 'I'm where I belong'

“I think Jones beats him anyway – simple as that,” Struve said. “Jones is too good of an athlete. I don’t think Lesnar gets a hold of him to take him down. Jones moves too well. I think ‘D.C.’ is a great fighter, and of course that kick was great, but before that I didn’t see the Jon Jones who we used to see as dominant as he used to be.

“So I’m curious to see if he re-finds himself and gets to be more dominant again. But I don’t think Lesnar takes him down or anything, and he’s definitely not going to win the fight on the feet.”

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What Mayweather Promotions CEO really meant when he told us 'mind your (expletive) business'

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Speaking to reporters during a media day on Thursday to promote Floyd Mayweather’s bout with Conor McGregor, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe launched into a monologue that was part sales pitch, part defense, with all of it familiar to anyone who’s followed the UFC for any length of time.

“We appreciate all the fans,” Ellerbe said. “We don’t ever want to turn our back on anyone. But, again, the hardcore fans are the reason why our sport isn’t where football and basketball are. It’s because we stay in our own little box. It’s like, you tell me what’s wrong with these two guys fighting? If you don’t want to watch it, don’t buy it – simple as that. But you can’t be mad and going out there like some media members and promoting, ‘Oh this is why you shouldn’t buy the fight,’ and this and that. Mind your (expletive) business.”

RelatedLeonard Ellerbe: $60 million already in bank for Mayweather-McGregor, so shut up about ticket sales

Did you get all that? Because it’s a lot to take in, even if MMA fans have heard most of it – often in some of the exact same words – from people like UFC President Dana White. It’s some stream-of-consciousness accidental insight into the mind of the fight promoter, which is not to say that it’s entirely wrong.

For instance, the most recognizable part of this approach? The part where Ellerbe assures us that it’s very simple to just not buy the event if we don’t like it? That’s true. A quick review of current statutes reveals that no one is legally required to purchase this pay-per-view, which is a relief. Avoiding a $100 pay-per-view that you don’t want to see is actually shockingly easy.

But Ellerbe’s frustration seems to stem mostly from the answer to his own rhetorical question: “It’s like, you tell me what’s wrong with these two guys fighting?”

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Plenty of people have told him. They’ve told anyone who would listen. They’ve pointed out that this is a boxing match between probably the world’s most accomplished boxer and an opponent who isn’t any boxer at all. They’ve called it a carnival hype job and a cynical cash grab, and they did it without even needing Ellerbe to ask first.

A lot of the criticism of this fight is valid. Some of it is less so. But Ellerbe’s point seems to be that there should be no criticism at all, lest we risk hurting the sport of boxing.

That’s the really baffling part, is his claim that hardcore fight fans are what’s holding fight sports back. He’s talking specifically about boxing, but he could just as well be talking about any combat sports, since they’re all niche worlds with their own little bubbles that exist outside the mainstream sports of football, basketball and baseball.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather: 'I already know' what Conor McGregor will do in our fight

The hardcore fans are the reason boxing isn’t where those other sports are, according to Ellerbe. He actually said this, with no apparent sense of irony. The people who follow this sport when others ignore it? They’re the problem, in his view. It’s like saying vegans are the ones holding the hummus industry back.

What Ellerbe means is that the people who know combat sports well enough to care about and call it out when they think it’s made a wrong turn are themselves the problem. The unstated assumption here is that without those people around, promoters could get away with doing anything they want.

One problem with that theory is that, near as I can tell, that’s what’s happening anyway. Mayweather vs. McGregor? It’s happening, and those involved will make a ton of money from it. No one is stopping them, not the media or the athletic commission or the fans.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather: Beating Conor McGregor by decision would be 'win for him'

While Ellerbe seems to want people to talk about the fight (it’s literally the only reason to have a pre-fight media day at the gym), he only seems to want to hear enthusiastic support for the purchase of this pay-per-view. Anything else is holding the sport back, apparently, which is why he’d prefer that we mind our business.

And the legitimacy of the fights that promoters are trying to sell us? That’s apparently none of our business. Unless, of course, we’re buying. But if the only thing you want to hear from your customers is credit card numbers with minimal feedback, at some point we might have to wonder who’s really holding back the sport.

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

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Mark Hunt to headline UFC Fight Night in Sydney vs. Marcin Tybura

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Mark Hunt’s career just keeps on trucking.

Hunt, coming off a hard-fought win in his last fight, will return to face Marcin Tybura in the main event of the upcoming UFC Fight Night event in the Australian capital city of Sydney.

Polish website Lowking.pl first reported the match, which MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed with multiple UFC officials. A formal announcement is expected early next week.

The event, which takes place Nov. 19 at Qudos Bank Arena, marks the 11th time the UFC has headed to Australia and fourth to Sidney. Due to the time change, the card airs on Nov. 18 in the U.S. on FS1.

RelatedWith Mark Hunt's win, the most stubborn career in all of MMA trudges on

Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) earned a grueling fourth-round TKO win over Derrick Lewis in June at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland, New Zealand. In the immediate aftermath of the fight, Hunt, 43, hinted at the possibility of retirement but wasn’t certain.

“Anybody above me is good,” Hunt said of who he wanted to face next. “I stepped down for Derrick because he was No. 6, but anyone above me, I’ll take. I’ve only got a few more fights left, so for me, if it ended here tonight, so be it. I’ve had a good run. I’ve had a lot of fun, traveled the world. But it looks like it’s still continuing.”

Indeed it is, and Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is an interesting choice of opponent considering Hunt currently is No. 6 in the official UFC heavyweight rankings, while Tybura sits at No. 10.

Tybura will be coming off of a unanimous-decision win in June at UFC Fight Night 111, where he handed Andre Arlovski his fifth straight loss. It marked Tybura’s third straight victory.

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

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Conor McGregor workout video highlights: I've been lacing up the gloves my whole life

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LAS VEGAS – What does Conor McGregor look like as a boxer?

That’s the question everyone wanted answered as a massive swarm of media crowded into the UFC Performance Institute on Friday in Las Vegas. The UFC lightweight champion obliged with a lengthy workout, including 12 simulated rounds of work on the bags, in which the bold Irishman maintained a high output of punches from start to finish.

After an equally lengthy break to shower and eat, McGregor returned to the workout floor, where he held court in front of dozens of cameras for close to 40 minutes.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC), of course, takes on all-time boxing great Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in what could very well prove the biggest combat sporting event of all time.

Check out highlights of McGregor’s work on the mats and on the mic in the video above, and check out an exclusive photo gallery of the day below.

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

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Are UFC fighters employees or contractors? Why the distinction matters – and could mean millions

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Bellator President Scott Coker heard the complaints from his new signees.

Fighters who came over as free agents after their UFC contracts expired had very similar gripes, many of them about the UFC’s “athlete outfitting policy” under an exclusive apparel deal with Reebok. What Coker couldn’t understand was how it was even legal.

“Listen, they’re independent contractors,” Coker said in June. “How they’re forced to wear a uniform, to this day, still baffles me. It should be against the labor laws or something.”

RelatedIs it time to do away with the show money/win bonus pay structure in MMA?

It’s not just the mandatory Reebok fight kits, either. UFC fighters are also forced to participate in an anti-doping program administered by USADA, which requires them to disclose their whereabouts at all times and make themselves available for surprise drug tests.

That’s what rankled former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, who discussed the matter on a Team Alpha Male podcast last year. With so many restrictions and requirements, Dillashaw wondered, how could fighters still be classified as independent contractors?

“They treat us like employees, but they don’t give us benefits like employees,” Dillashaw said. “It’s kind of crazy when you think about it. We have to tell them where we’re at at all times so USADA can show up and drug test us, but we don’t get health benefits. It’s kind of crazy that we are controlled. Any time you have to tell work where you’re at and what you’re doing, that’s considered an employee, not a contractor.”

It often seems like an ancillary issue, and one many UFC fighters ignore completely. The state of fighter pay, or the effects that the Reebok deal has had on the sponsor market for individual fighters, these seem to rate higher on the fighters’ lists of grievances.

But as the UFC has placed more restrictions on its fighters, the case for keeping them classified as independent contractors has weakened, according to some observers both in and outside the MMA industry. And if the employment classification of UFC fighters was ever successfully challenged, it could mean major change for the industry leader.

“One consequence for the UFC is if they’re misclassifying employees as independent contractors, then they owe the IRS a lot of money,” said Justin Swartz, an attorney with the firm Outten & Golden, one of the nation’s largest law firms to focus solely on employment law.

RelatedBellator President Scott Coker: UFC-Reebok deal 'should be against the labor laws or something'

Swartz has worked on similar cases involving the misclassification of exotic dancers in New York, where some clubs were eventually forced to pay millions of dollars in settlements after years of misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

“Dancers at strip clubs, they have schedules, they have rules to follow, and they have no business at all without the club,” Swartz said. “In some ways it’s the same with fighters. The fighters rely on the UFC in order to do their business, and they have a dress code, they have a lot of rules. But if they’re getting paid as independent contractors, then they’re paying their own employment tax, and they may be entitled to a refund.”

It’s not just a question of taxes, either. As independent contractors, fighters enjoy fewer protections than they would as employees. Their right to form a union isn’t protected. If they’re fired, they can’t seek unemployment benefits. An injury on the job doesn’t entitle them to workers’ compensation.

By keeping fighters as independent contractors while heaping more and more restrictions on them, the UFC has managed to have the best of both worlds, according to Gary Ibarra, a manager who has represented fighters such as Cung Le and Ben Rothwell. (UFC representatives declined to comment for this story.)

“(The UFC wants) the benefits of having employees, stuff like forcing the guys to wear uniforms, basically, which is an earmark of an employee,” Ibarra said. “But also when certain things happen that would be negatives, then, no, the UFC can say, ‘Hey, they’re independent contractors.’ That’s because, since the UFC has kind of gone unchecked, no one has forced them to adhere to one side or another.”

Which is not to say that a legal challenge couldn’t be forthcoming.

Recent years have seen several such challenges from workers who were long classified as independent contractors. NFL cheerleaders have successfully sued over their employment classification, and states like California have even enacted new laws to categorize them as employees. FedEx drivers have also brought successful cases, and drivers for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have also challenged their employment classification.

Such a challenge for UFC fighters could come in several forms, according to Swartz, who said his firm has used different avenues to contest employment status.

“Hiring a lawyer to help you seek overtime pay is one way to go about it,” Swartz said. “Another is to file a complaint with the Department of Labor, or with the IRS over employment taxes.”

Fighters could also seek unemployment benefits after being cut from the UFC, or file a worker’s compensation claim, or seek protections to form a union. Attempts to take actions that their status as independent contractors forbids could be enough to force a decision, Swartz said, but the result and the process could vary depending on which body is asked to issue a ruling.

“The National Labor Relations Board, their test is a little different from the IRS test, which is a little bit different than the Department of Labor test,” Swartz said. “But most of these tests, what they come down to is control and freedom. The way to look at it is, how much does the organization control these folks, and how much freedom do they have to run their own business? You need to look at the totality of the circumstances. Ask yourself, is this person in business for themselves, or do they rely on someone else whose rules they have to follow?”

Ask UFC fighters, and they’ll tell you that they have no shortage of rules to follow outside the cage – and a variety of penalties waiting if they run afoul of those rules. Whether that makes them more than just independent contractors remains to be seen, but if that designation is ever successfully challenged it could have a domino effect that’s felt throughout the MMA world.

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


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Paulie Malignaggi reacts on Twitter to Conor McGregor sparring footage released by UFC

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Dana White and the UFC released 22 seconds of footage late Friday night that shows Conor McGregor, for the most part, dominating Paulie Malignaggi during their second sparring session.

The video shows McGregor landing some good, clean, hard shots and also a knockdown – or is it a pushdown?

The two sparring sessions have been a point of contention for Malignaggi, resulting in his abrupt departure from McGregor’s training camp. The retired two-time boxing champion has been vocal about how he’s been misrepresented by McGregor on social media in attempt to make himself look good ahead of his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

RelatedConor McGregor speaks out on Paulie Malignaggi sparring fallout: 'He took a lot of head trauma'

Did that continue with this hand-picked video footage that only shows a snippet of 20 rounds total the two men sparred?

As you would expect, Malignaggi’s answer is yes, and he backed it up with a lengthy series of tweets.

Lefty vs Conor righty foot position. Holdin head down with right hand while throwin left n moving me into his lead right foot of left stance https://t.co/NV2uTcuIkJ

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

As I've said, we got 36 min last Tues, I've already explained the last 2 rounds were his. I stand by the full 36 min tho. Edit how u like.

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Pushing my head down with right hand as he's draggin me in that direction by it then throwin the left, the push down is with right hand. https://t.co/txdK1ZQsIi

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Honestly he disguises it better than I thought or it the angle of the vid, in real time in gym no one thought knockdown we just continued. https://t.co/hXU6Cg37xe

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

U don't see his right hand dragging me behind my neck to the right where his lead right foot from southpaw stance is? Notoriously blind bro. https://t.co/HFebzWIK07

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

What I been saying still holds true, he gets 11 and 12 of which he shows footage and the "knockdown" is right hand draggin me down. 36 min.

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

They have rights to the footage, I've gone over all 20 rounds, he hasn't released anything I didn't already discuss from the start. https://t.co/1wKribHArl

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

That was round 12 which I've openly discussed I was fatigued and lost. The "knockdown" however watch his right hand drag me from behind neck https://t.co/UBttH2QPxL

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Having said that nothing I've said from the start has been proven different from what actually happens. Footage confirms it, now the rest? https://t.co/UBttH2QPxL

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Nice view of angles, as I said, none of this footage released 2nite denies anything I haven't already said from the start. 36 minutes. https://t.co/XjJ33QjE1D

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

All love, if it's a knockdown I would admit. I had already admitted 11 n 12 were no good for me. I also stand by the 36 min as a whole tho. https://t.co/9N53xHBg8u

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Long as it comes out right? Tonight's footage showed nothing that I hadn't already said myself about everything. https://t.co/cRbywONsBZ

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

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.

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Viúva de policial faixa-preta encontra no Jiu-Jitsu a força para seguir em frente

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Faixa-roxa de Jiu-Jitsu, Thaisa Sarmento é prova viva de que os benefícios proporcionados pela prática das artes marciais vão muito além do âmbito físico. Há dois anos ela teve o marido – o faixa-preta e policial militar Thiago Sarmento – assassinado no Rio de Janeiro, e a arte suave, somada ao apoio da família, teve um papel fundamental em sua estrutura emocional para superar a dor da perda e possibilitar seguir em frente.

“O Jiu-Jitsu transformou tanto a minha felicidade quanto a minha dor, e me mantém de pé até hoje. Comecei a treinar com cinco anos de idade, meus irmãos já treinavam e hoje todos são faixa-pretas. Seguimos muito os princípios que a arte nos ensina. Recentemente o meu marido faleceu e a vida ficou muito difícil. O Jiu-Jitsu, além de ter me apresentado ao meu marido, é a arte que salva a minha vida todos os dias. Essa arte salva a vida de muitas crianças, de muitas pessoas que passam por dificuldades, por depressão e por todos os tipos de problemas. O kimono, para mim, é uma farda que leva o legado, ordem, valor, princípio, amor, fé e garra”, exalta Thaisa, que faz parte de uma família de lutadores em Bangu, zona oeste do Rio de Janeiro.

Thiago Sarmento não era apenas um policial militar. Faixa-preta de Jiu-Jitsu, ele deu início ao projeto social “Campeões Sociais”, nos morros do Adeus e da Baiana, no Complexo do Alemão, que leva, através de policiais militares graduados, aulas de Jiu-Jitsu e taekwondo a crianças e jovens do local. Nesta semana foi inaugurada a nova sala do projeto, a Sala de Lutas 3º Sargento Thiago Sarmento dos Santos, localizada dentro de uma estação de teleférico desativada. Reformada pela parceria entre Legião da Boa Vontade (LBV), Super Rádio Brasil, Prime Esportes e Boomboxe, a sala recebeu os tatames doados por Rogério Camões, da academia X-Gym.

“A LBV e a Prime estão sempre me apoiando e é muito bom poder ajudar as comunidades. Primeiro levar arte marcial, pelos princípios e pela formação que certamente vai proporcionar às pessoas, e depois, essa aproximação da polícia militar com o morador da comunidade. E treinar num dojô que teve Anderson Silva, Ronaldo Jacaré, Allan Nuguette, Erick Silva, Rafael Feijão, Warlley Alves… todo mundo usou esse tatame por muito tempo, então ele deve ter uma energia muito boa”, lembra Camões.

O projeto “Campeões Sociais” atende cerca de 70 crianças, que para fazerem da equipe devem obrigatoriamente estar com notas boas na escola, além de referências de bom comportamento. As aulas de Jiu-Jitsu são ministradas pelo faixa-preta e policial militar Bruno Lopes, e as de taekwondo, pelo também faixa-preta e policial militar Alessandro Cavalcante. Comandante da UPP local, a Capitão Silvia da Silva Souza Barbosa exaltou a importância do projeto.

“Essas crianças passam a ampliar os horizontes, quebram barreiras e passam a ter perspectivas de futuro, veem que é possível crescer. Todas essas crianças precisam estar frequentando a escola, com boas notas, isso é exigido, e isso estimula as crianças a crescerem não só dentro do esporte, mas também como pessoas, se formarem como profissionais, como temos alunos que passaram para o colégio Pedro II, que passaram para faculdades. Isso só engrandece as crianças e as famílias, e para a Polícia Militar isso é muito bom, porque quebra barreiras, aproxima a população da polícia e torna nosso trabalho muito mais eficaz e muito mais tranquilo dentro da comunidade.”

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Conor McGregor speaks out on Paulie Malignaggi sparring fallout: 'He took a lot of head trauma'

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LAS VEGAS – Much has been made in recent weeks of the fallout between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi after the retired two-time boxing champion abruptly left McGregor’s training camp following two sparring sessions.

Since his departure, Malignaggi has been critical – that’s putting it mildly – of the way he’s been portrayed by McGregor on social media. Malignaggi, who has claimed he got the better of McGregor, certainly won’t appreciate the 22-second footage UFC President Dana White shared late Friday night of McGregor landing some hard, clean shots on Malignaggi.

RelatedHere's video of Conor McGregor sparring Paulie Malignaggi you've been dying to see

Earlier in the day, McGregor finally addressed the drama for the first time and offered his side of the story.

“He was looking for an exit,” McGregor said during his media workout in Las Vegas. “The spars were not good for him. He took a lot of head trauma. Straight after it we were worried. The sparring partners were actually telling us when he was dropped back at the home that he was stumbling out of the car after the 12-rounder.

“He was flattened against the ropes; multiple times the ropes kept him on his feet. We were worried about him. We thought the worst was about to happen. He was certainly badly concussed. And then he just got out of there and went running.”

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

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Floyd 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. McGregor invited Malignaggi to camp to gain experience sparring a high-level boxer ahead of the showdown.

Malignaggi said he accepted the offer with the intention of simply helping McGregor but figured out early on that McGregor’s motivation was to make himself look good at Malignaggi’s expense.

Problems arose between when the UFC lightweight champion posted a photo of himself showboating with his hands behind his back during their first eight-round sparring session. Things escalated after a second photo of McGregor looking down at Malignaggi on the canvas was posted to McGregor’s social media. Malignaggi especially took umbrage with the second photo; he said that moment was the result of a pushdown, which the aforementioned video footage seems to support.

RelatedTwitter Mailbag: Is this McGregor-Malignaggi thing a feud or a plan for the future?

McGregor said he posted only the first photo intentionally, claiming the second photo of the grounded Malignaggi “got leaked.” It was later removed.

Despite whatever miscommunication there might have been between the two men, McGregor maintains that Malignaggi simply couldn’t hang with him in the ring and left because of a hit to his ego.

“He showed (up), he tried his best, it didn’t go his way,” McGregor said. “He got his ass whooped, he got his pride dented, and then he wanted a way out. What better way for a guy like him to exit under a load of questions. …

“He was flattened. What can I say? He got his ass whooped. But I like the guy. He’s kind of like a lovable mouthpiece.”

RelatedConor McGregor teammate: Paulie Malignaggi left camp because 'his pride was dented'

Malignaggi has said he wouldn’t release any tactical or strategic information following his experience with McGregor.

Mayweather on Thursday called Malignaggi a friend. With that in mind, McGregor was asked if he was worried about Malignaggi spilling anything to Mayweather.

“Let him speak (to Mayweather). I’m sure he has,” McGregor said. “You can’t prepare for me. … There’s nobody in the game that moves like me and that strikes like me and has the confidence like me. So let them talk.”

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Here's video of Conor McGregor sparring Paulie Malignaggi you've been dying to see

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That sparring footage everyone’s been looking for between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi?

It’s finally here for all to see.

Late Friday night UFC President Dana White shared some clips on his Instagram. And from the looks of it, McGregor seems to land some pretty hard, clean shots on the retired two-time boxing champion.

You can view it all above.

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

Malignaggi has claimed on multiple occasions that he got the better of McGregor during their two sparring sessions and has been critical of how he’s been portrayed on McGregor’s social media.. This snippet tells a different story.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) will fight 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.

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

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