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

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

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

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

And for more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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After UFC debut win, Joseph Morales already eyeing title: 'Maybe next year or the year after'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are 10 memorable moments from the event.

1. A win and a wish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great transition by @SugaRashadEvans for the takedown! #UFCMexico pic.twitter.com/4zy6WnFhQl

— UFC (@ufc) August 6, 2017

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

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

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

6. That plan worked

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

Joker's Wild! Jack Hermansson's brutal ground and pound puts away a tough Brad Scott at #UFCMexico! https://t.co/zt4KBaEkWV

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

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

7. Breaking records

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

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

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

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

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

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

— UFC (@ufc) August 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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

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<p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> <p>On the one-year anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, UFC fighters including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jessica Andrade, Alexandre Pantoja, Vitor Miranda, Alan Patrick and Thiago Marreta Santos, as well as Poliana Botelho, gave kids some MMA instruction. (Photo courtesy of UFC)</p> jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/kShgUwekCXRAyQcwidaUm9/264420", customAnalytics: true, title: "UFC fighters teach kids in Rio", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For an emotional Jordan Rinaldi, first UFC win meant vindication after tough career setbacks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With the potential addition, the UFC 216 lineup includes:

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

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


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Conor McGregor lands cover of ESPN The Magazine's 'Fighting Issue' ahead of Mayweather fight

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The buildup for what is anticipated to be the biggest combat sports event in history continues this week, and Conor McGregor has another item for his resume.

McGregor has landed the cover of the next edition of ESPN The Magazine – “The Fighting Issue” – which will arrive on newsstands this Friday. ESPN The Magazine revealed the cover to MMAjunkie exclusively alongside an announcement on today’s morning edition of “SportsCenter” on ESPN.

The issue includes a cover line saying: “This is no fairy tale: McGregor and his dangerous road to Mayweather.” The cover story is a feature by veteran sports journalist and ESPN The Magazine senior writer Wright Thompson, which now is available to read online at ESPN.com ahead of the magazine’s physical release.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the UFC’s lightweight champion and the only concurrent two-division champion in the promotion’s history, fights all-time great Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in a crossover boxing match Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event is expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

According to a news release from ESPN, the issue “details how divided sports fans are about watching” the fight, and “also delves deeply into these two personalities and what has led them to where they are today.”

While Mayweather opened as a 12-1 favorite over McGregor, the odds at Las Vegas sports books now sit around -700 for the favored boxer, going after a 50-0 career record, to +500 for the brash Irishman.

Mayweather and McGregor in July participated in a four-day promotional tour spanning four cities and three countries, from Los Angeles to Toronto to Brooklyn to London, to promote the fight. This week, MMAjunkie will be hand in Las Vegas for planned media workouts for Mayweather on Thursday and McGregor on Friday.

McGregor was on the cover of ESPN The Magazine once before. In 2016, he was one of the athletes included in the multi-cover annual edition of “The Body Issue.”

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

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ONE Championship 58 highlights: Watch Brazilians Bibiano Fernandes, Adriano Moraes cruise to title wins in Asia

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It was smooth sailing this past Saturday for a pair of Brazilian standouts fighting for ONE Championship in Asia.

Champion Bibiano Fernandes (21-3), who’s No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, took less than two minutes to tap out challenger Andrew Leone (8-3) in the ONE Championship 58 main event.

In the co-main event, interim champ Adriano Moraes (16-2) unified the promotion’s flyweight title with a unanimous-decision victory over champion Kairat Akhmetov (20-1), who had been inactive since a November 2015 split-decision title win over Moraes. Not only did Moraes avenge that loss, he handed Akhmetov his first career setback.

“ONE Championship 58: Kings & Conquerors” took place at Cotai Arena in Macau, and streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

Also on the main card, lightweight Shannon Wiratchai (8-1) took out Rajinder Singh Meena (8-7) in just 29 seconds after landing a perfect knee to the head. And Hayato Suzuki (17-0-2) finished Joshua Pacio (9-2) with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their strawweight fight.

Check out the highlights from those four fights above, courtesy of Michael “The Voice” Schiavello and an always for some reason angry-sounding Mitch Chilson.

Full ONE Championship 58 results include:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 9 a.m. ET)

  • Champ Bibiano Fernandes def. Andrew Leone via submission (rear-naked choke– Round 1, 1:47 – to defend bantamweight title
  • Adriano Moraes def. Kairat Akhmetov via unanimous decision – to unify flyweight title
  • Timofey Nastyukhin def. Koji Ando via unanimous decision
  • Shannon Wiratchai def. Rajinder Singh Meena via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 0:29
  • Hayato Suzuki def. Joshua Pacio via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:17
  • Kotetsu Boku def. Eric Kelly via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:27
  • Chen Lei def. Saiful Merican via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 3:58

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 a.m. ET)

  • Jomary Torres def. Rika Ishige via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:58
  • Leandro Issa def. Toni Tauru via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:36
  • Magomed Idrisov def. Herbert Burns via unanimous decision
  • Marcin Prachnio def. Gilberto Galvao via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:23
  • Leandro Ataides def. Michal Pasternak via unanimous decision

For more on ONE Championship 58, including a recap of the event, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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


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Dana White's Contender Series 6 lineup set with Charles Byrd-Gabriel Checco, first women's bout

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The lineup for the sixth edition of Dana White’s Contender Series is set.

UFC officials have revealed the five fights that will be featured at Dana White’s Contender Series 6, which takes place Aug. 15 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

For the first time in the series, a women’s fight will take place when Jamie Colleen (3-1) takes on Tiffany Masters (2-0) in a strawweight bout.

In the main event, Charles Byrd (8-4) meets Gabriel Checco (10-2) in a middleweight bout. Additional fights include Grant Dawson (11-1) vs. Adrian Diaz (11-4-1) at middleweight, Cameron Olson (6-3) vs. Karl Reed (2-0) at light heavyweight, and Jamie Alvarez (6-1) vs. Martin Day (5-1) at flyweight.

Byrd gets his second chance at DWCS when he meets Checco. At Dana White’s Contender Series 1 in July, he choked out Jamie Pickett with an arm-triangle – and a violent result. Despite the finish, he didn’t get a contract, so has another shot at it next week. The Legacy FC veteran from Texas has six of his eight career wins by stoppage.

Gabriel Checco

Brazil’s Checco is a five-fight RFA veteran who went 3-2 for that promotion with three stoppages. But he hasn’t fought since a kneebar submission of Adam Stroup at RFA 43 in September 2016, which gave him back-to-back wins.

Masters, from Wisconsin, turned pro in late 2016 after an amateur career of nearly two years. She has stoppages in both her pro fights so far, both under the King of the Cage banner. In March, she submitted Miki Rogers with an anaconda choke in 57 seconds.

Colleen trains with Renzo Gracie on the East Coast. She started her career 3-0 with three knockouts, but in March 2016 dropped a fifth-round TKO to Danielle Taylor in a King of the Cage title fight. Taylor went on to sign with the UFC, where she now is 2-1.

The Dana White’s Contender Series 6 lineup includes:

  • Charles Byrd vs. Gabriel Checco
  • Grant Dawson vs. Adrian Diaz
  • Cameron Olson vs. Karl Reed
  • Jamie Alvarez vs. Martin Day
  • Jamie Colleen vs. Tiffany Masters

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 6, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Fight Nights Global 73 set for Sept. 4 in Dagestan with Maldonado, Palhares, Brandao

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Russia’s Fight Nights Global will soon host an event with a very Brazilian flair; three of the nation’s most recognized MMA names will be featured on the card.

FNG officials recently confirmed with MMAjunkie that FNG 73 will take place on Sept. 4 at Ali Aliev Sports Palace in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia. Broadcast/streaming plans for the event have not been finalized.

Three bouts have been made official for the card, including Fabio Maldonado (23-11) vs. Kurban Omarov (8-0) for the promotion’s light heavyweight title, welterweights Rousimar Palhares (19-8) vs. Shamil Amirov (3-0), and featherweights Diego Brandao (22-11) vs. Akhmed Aliev (15-4).

RelatedVideo: Check out this slick helicopter armbar as Diego Brandao starts post-UFC run

The iron-chinned Maldonado made his promotional debut in June 2016 in a controversial majority decision loss to Fedor Emelianenko, a bout that was one of the most well-watched in Russian MMA history. Maldonado then also suffered a decision loss to Mikhail Mokhnatkin before rebounding in March with a first-round TKO win over Abdul-Khamid Davlyatov.

Meanwhile, Omarov made his professional debut in February 2013 and has since remained undefeated in the first eight pro bouts. Most recently, Omarov notched back-to-back knockout wins over Artur Astakhov and Joaquim Ferreira while competing under the FNG banner.

Palhares made his promotional debut in July, when he needed just 37 seconds to score a heel-hook victory over Alexei Ivanov that saw “Toquinho” snap a disappointing two-fight slide. He now faces Amirov, who made his professional debut in October 2016 and has since scored three wins under the FNG banner.

Brandao was released from the UFC in 2016 following a 10-fight stint for the world’s largest MMA promotion. “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner has found success under the FNG banner, scoring a 39-second knockout of Vener Galiev in May following a highlight-reel helicopter armbar finish of Murad Machaev in January.

Meanwhile, Aliev carries a five-fight winning streak to the cage that includes a February win over “The Ultimate Fighter 8” winner Phillipe Nover. After opening his professional career with a 3-3 mark, Aliev is now 12-1 in his past 13 appearances.


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Vídeo: Bibiano Fernandes finaliza com o Jiu-Jitsu e defende cinturão no One FC 58

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Bibiano castiga Andrew Leone pelas costas antes de finalizar. Foto: One FC/Divulgação

Campeão mundial de Jiu-Jitsu e rei do peso-galo na Asia, Bibiano Fernandes mais uma vez fez bonito no One FC, agora na edição de número 58 do evento, realizada em Macau, na China, no último sábado, dia 5.

Estrela da luta principal, a fera encarou Andrew Leone, e precisou de pouco mais de um minuto para liquidar a fatura e defender com sucesso o seu cinturão.

Com uma forte joelhada, Bibiano levou Andrew ao solo e rapidamente ganhou as costas. Após uma sequência de socos e a resistência do adversário, e também do árbitro para encerrar a disputa, Bibiano atacou com sua melhor arma: o Jiu-Jitsu. O craque tratou de passar o braço com facilidade pelo pescoço do oponente e assim finalizou com um estrangulamento.

Na mesma noite, Adriano Moraes venceu sua revanche contra Kairat Akhmetov, até então campeão do peso mosca, e ficou com o cinturão da categoria, após superar o quirguistanês com propriedade na decisão dos jurados.

Confira abaixo o lance campeão de Bibiano Fernandes!

Dimitrius Souza e Fernanda Mazzelli faturam ouro duplo no Vitória Open de Jiu-Jitsu

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Sempre em expansão, o tour de Opens da IBJJF colocou mais um estado em seu currículo. O público do Espírito Santo pode presenciar o melhor do Jiu-Jitsu no Vitória Open, em sua primeira edição, no último final de semana.

Nas disputas de kimono, no faixa-preta adulto, brilharam os favoritos Dimitrius Souza (Alliance) e Fernanda Mazzelli (Striker JJ), ambos com a conquista do título tanto no peso quanto no absoluto.

No masculino, Dimitrius reinou no topo do pódio no peso pesado, ao superar Jhonatan Pio (Halavanca JJ) em sua primeira final de kimono. No absoluto, a fera partiu para cima de Admilson Gobi (Lloyd Irvin), que já havia faturado o ouro no pesadíssimo. Dimitrius impôs o seu jogo e conseguiu a vitória para voltar com duas medalhas douradas na mochila.

Entre as mulheres, foi a vez de Mazzelli brilhar. Primeiro, bateu Mariane Souza (GFTeam) no pesado, e na disputa do absoluto, venceu Ariane Guarnier (Checkmat), contabilizando seu segundo topo de pódio na disputa.

Outros destaques na disputa de kimono ficaram para nossos GMIs Cláudio Caloquinha (Gracie Barra BH), campeão no adulto peso médio, e Juninho Boi (FF Team) que levou o ouro no master 1 super pesado.

Já no domingo de duelos sem kimono, os campeões de peso e absoluto foram Marcos Junior (GFTeam), campeão no pesado e no peso aberto; e Cláudia Doval (De La Riva), que faturou tanto o absoluto quanto o peso pesado. Também no sem kimono, nosso GMI Claudio Caloquinha brilhou, e mordeu mais um ouro, desta vez entre os meio-pesados.

Confira abaixo os resultados da faixa-preta!

Kimono

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pena 1 – Bruno David Fonseca – GF Team 2 – Jorge Luiz Nakamura – GF Team 3 – Hélio Xavier dos Santos – GF Team Recreio

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Leve 1 – Talison Soares Costa – CheckMat 2 – Victor de Matos – Zenith BJJ 3 – Carlos Alberto Makla Filho – BTT 3 – Mateus Carvalho Garcia – Ns Brotherhood

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Médio 1 – Claudio de Mattos Cardoso – Gracie Barra 2 – Pedro Paulo Campi Agrizzi – Striker JJ 3 – André Luiz Cantanhede de Almeida – Soul Fighters BJJ 3 – Antonio Matheus Caldas Palagano – Nova União

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Romulo de Souza Azevedo – Vitor Shaolin BJJ 2 – Marcos Aurélio Goulart Alves Junior – GF Team 3 – Cesar Augusto Mendes Wanderley – CheckMat 3 – Christofer Biude Moreira Feijó – CheckMat

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Dimitrius Soares Souza – Alliance 2 – Jhonathan Pio – Halavanca BJJ Brasil 3 – Gildásio Sant’anna de Oliveira – Instituto Reação JJ 3 – Hebert Penido das Dores Junior – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Max dos Santos Gimenis – GF Team 2 – Vitor Fabio Martins Toledo – Atos Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Alisson Ferraz de Oliveira – Gracie Barra 3 – Rodrigo Meira – GF Team

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Admilson Gobi Junior – Team Lloyd Irvin 2 – Thiago Gaia T. Oliveira Marques – GF Team 3 – Antonio de Padua Assef N. Nascimento – GF Team 3 – Diego Ballouta Cardoso Braz – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Dimitrius Soares Souza – Alliance 2 – Admilson Gobi Junior – Team Lloyd Irvin 3 – Cesar Augusto Mendes Wanderley – CheckMat 3 – Max dos Santos Gimenis – GF Team

 

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Pena 1 – Eloisa Alexandre Souto – GF Team

 

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Leve 1 – Ariane Pereira Guarnier – CheckMat 2 – Juliana Costa Simoes – CheckMat

 

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Médio 1 – Líbia Christal Alves Gonçalves – Braziliam Power Team – Brazil

 

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Pesado 1 – Fernanda Mazzelli Almeida Maio – Striker JJ 2 – Mariane Nunes de Souza – GF Team

 

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Absoluto 1 – Fernanda Mazzelli Almeida Maio – Striker JJ 2 – Ariane Pereira Guarnier – CheckMat 3 – Líbia Christal Alves Gonçalves – Braziliam Power Team – Brazil 3 – Mariane Nunes de Souza – GF Team

Sem Kimono

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pluma 1 – Victor Santos Gomes – GF Team

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pena 1 – Marcio Ferreira do Nascimento – Colisão Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Gustavo Mendes M. Praxedes Leal – Nova União 3 – Hélio Xavier dos Santos – GF Team 3 – Jorge Luiz Nakamura – GF Team

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Leve 1 – Eduardo de Souza Campos – Nova União 2 – Victor de Matos – Zenith BJJ 3 – Wagner Nunes de Sousa – Alliance 3 – Welington Sebastiao Marques Eller – G.A Fight Jiu-Jitsu

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Médio 1 – Talison Soares Costa – CheckMat 2 – Caio Almeida Silva – JFC Almeida JJ 3 – André Luiz Cantanhede de Almeida – Soul Fighters BJJ 3 – Rodrigo Paganini Damm – G.A Fight Jiu-Jitsu

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Claudio de Mattos Cardoso – Gracie Barra 2 – Rodrigo Peixoto Pereira – Striker JJ 3 – Icaro Matheus Vidal de Oliveira – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Marcelo de Toledo Cortelassi – Calasans BJJ

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Marcos Aurélio Goulart Alves Junior – GF Team 2 – Christofer Biude Moreira Feijó – CheckMat 3 – Cesar Augusto Mendes Wanderley – CheckMat

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Mikeias Bezerra de Brito – Simetria Fight 2 – Jhonathan Pio – Halavanca BJJ Brasil 3 – Alisson Ferraz de Oliveira – Gracie Barra

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Diego Ballouta Cardoso Braz – Gracie Barra 2 – Antonio de Padua Assef N. Nascimento – GF Team

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Marcos Aurélio Goulart Alves Junior – GF Team 2 – Claudio de Mattos Cardoso – Gracie Barra 3 – Rodrigo Paganini Damm – G.A Fight Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Welington Sebastiao Marques Eller – G.A Fight Jiu-Jitsu

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Leve 1 – Juliana Costa Simoes – CheckMat 2 – Ariane Pereira Guarnier – CheckMat

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Pesado 1 – Claudia Fernanda Onofre V. Doval – De La Riva JJ

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Absoluto 1 – Claudia Fernanda Onofre V. Doval – De La Riva JJ 2 – Juliana Costa Simoes – CheckMat 3 – Ariane Pereira Guarnier – CheckMat

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Trading Shots: The UFC is taking the rest of August off, but is that a bad thing?

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Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 114 was the first and last event for the company in the month of August. As the UFC clears the way for a big-money boxing match, is it a good thing to go so long between events at this point in the year? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss.

Downes: Ben, I hope you savored every bit of last night’s fight card from Mexico City, because there isn’t another UFC event planned until a Fight Pass-exclusive card on Sept. 2.

There have been similar lulls in the schedule throughout the years, but this one seems to rest on the fact that the UFC is putting all its might behind that whole Floyd Mayweathervs. Conor McGregor thing.

Why? Are you telling me that people have no interest in watching cage fights two weeks before the biggest freak show fight of this generation? Is every venue in Macau booked up this time of year? Does this mean we can now definitively say that McGregor is bigger than the UFC itself?

Fowlkes: I might wait to see what the sales figures look like for the Mayweather fight before I make too many definitive statements, but odds are that this boxing match (that the UFC is not officially involved in) will be the biggest payday for the company in 2017, solely because it gets to take a cut of McGregor’s money.

When you look at it that way, it’s understandable that the UFC opted to back off in the weeks surrounding the fight. Consider what it could possibly offer us during this time. We just wrapped up UFC 214, which was loaded with three title fights and a whole bunch of fun scraps. That was the top tier of UFC programming, and indications are that it did well on pay-per-view.

Now look at UFC Fight Night 114. It didn’t have much in the way of stars, but it was still surprisingly fun. Of course, it was also on FS1, which means you’re going to have to sit through about six hours of mostly filler just to get to the good stuff, so chances are that a lot of people skipped it and missed all that action, which was better than it looked on paper.

That wasn’t quite the lowest tier of UFC programming, but it’s close. The next UFC event on the calendar, the one headlined by Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov on Fight Pass – that’s the absolute lowest tier. At least, it is if you don’t count Dana White’s Contender Series, which is not officially a UFC product.

Seems to me that this is indicative of a shift in strategy. The UFC is churning out more content, but it is mostly concentrated on the low end of the spectrum. I suspect that’s because it’s cheaper to produce (those DWCS fights take place in a gym, for crying out loud, and the fighters all get about half the usual UFC minimum wage), but still captures a portion of the hardcore MMA fan audience that the UFC has come to take for granted.

So what are you saying here? We want more of that type of programming? And why, just so the UFC can pretend that it’s not content to sit back and wait for Red Panty Night? Which, come on – we both know it totally is.

Downes: You’re calling a Fight Pass-only fight card in Rotterdam the “lowest tier”? But it has former women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie facing off against the “Belizean Bruiser” Marion Reneau! Don’t act like you’re not intrigued to see how “The Iron Lady” competes with a hand that badly needs surgery.

I know MMA hipsters like you confuse cynicism and rudimentary knowledge of “the business” for intelligence, so I’m going to try to set you straight. First off, just because an event may not have the cache of UFC 214, it doesn’t mean that it’s not valuable in a business sense or that MMA fans don’t want to watch it.

You know what else doesn’t get the people going? Flyweight title fights with Demetrious Johnson. Yet, I’m sure once UFC 215 rolls around you’ll talk about how “real” fans appreciate his performances and you’ll probably blame Dana White for not promoting the fight properly.

Secondly, this August recess is much more than a “shift in strategy,” as you put it. Doing more Fight Pass shows would be a shift in strategy. Eliminating or revising “The Ultimate Fighter” would be a shift in strategy.

Shutting down your whole promotion to focus on one fighter, competing in a totally different sport, for one night only isn’t a shift. It’s a monumental deviation. Sure, there will be a big payoff, but it’s what we in “the business” call penny wise and pound foolish. It’s like that time you saved $50 by not buying a bike helmet.

I recall you criticizing the UFC and White for telling fans that they don’t have to watch every fight. The thrust of your argument was that if you tell fans they can ignore some events, they’ll just start ignoring all the fights. The same principle applies here. If the UFC can leave the public eye for six weeks and then ask people to drop 60 bucks on a flyweight title fight, doesn’t that teach people that they don’t need the UFC at all?

Like it or not, the UFC schedule has changed. There have been some negative repercussions to the glut of programming, but that’s the new normal. Consumers and fans have adjusted to the schedule. When you cut it off completely, they’ll find something else to watch. Is feast or famine really the best way to manage your resources?

Fowlkes: You know how long it is between Saturday night’s UFC event and the next one? Slightly less than a month. Only in this age of oversaturation could you look at that and act like the UFC is starving us of the vital combat sports nutrients we need in order to keep our fandom alive.

It seems like you want the UFC to pretend that this Mayweather-McGregor thing is not the only fight people care about in the month of August, even though it clearly is. But no, what we really need is Fight Night: Tupelo to round out the schedule. As if it’s better to put on events that people don’t watch than to do nothing and let the money roll in anyway.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a terrible idea to take a few weeks off and let your fans miss you. That’s especially true if you don’t have anything to offer that they’d be really excited by anyway. Just admit the truth, which is that this boxing match will dominate the headlines, then take your cut and come back when it’s over.

By then, maybe we’ll long for the sober athletic legitimacy of Struve vs. Volkov. In the meantime, sure, people will find other stuff to watch. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t do the same thing if you were offering up bottom-shelf programming just to fill the calendar.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Danny Downes, a retired UFC and WEC fighter, is an MMAjunkie contributor who has also written for UFC.com and UFC 360. Follow them on twitter at @benfowlkesMMA and @dannyboydownes.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site. And for more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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After record-quick UFC win, Dustin Ortiz gave a must-watch backstage interview

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MEXICO CITY – Want to experience the highs and lows of being a professional fighter on MMA’s biggest stage? Dustin Ortiz crammed all of those emotions into a four-minute backstage interview.

Granted, Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) was on a bit of a high. After all, he had just scored a 15-second knockout wina UFC flyweight record – over Hector Sandoval (14-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 114.

Following the preliminary-card bout, which aired on FS1 from Mexico City Arena in Mexico, the 28-year-old talked about the new record, which also earned him a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

RelatedWatch Dustin Ortiz's record-setting UFC knockout win in Mexico City

“It’s music to my ears, he told MMAjunkie. “Never did I ever think that I would be able to set that record. (Never) did I think, ‘Hey, I’m going to go out there and set the fastest record.’ Me? I did it tonight, and man, it’s an amazing feeling.”

However, Ortiz, who’s No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, certainly prepared for it. As Sandoval pushed forward with a combination, Ortiz countered with a right that found its mark.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Ortiz said when asked if he prepared for a quick start and aggression from Sandoval. “We’re at the highest level here. We study film. We know these guys. I’ve trained with him before. He’s a heavy hitter. The game plan absolutely was my punches need to stay inside his.

“He’s a little bull. I was thrown off a little by it, but I stuck in there and threw my punches, and it got the job done.”

RelatedRelive all 7 record-tying 1st-round finishes from UFC Fight Night 114

Ortiz was fighting for the first time since April, when UFC Fight Night 114 headliner Brandon Moreno submitted him at UFC Fight Night 108. After traveling around the world – and fighting some of the very best 125-pounders in the sport – the loss to Moreno (in Ortiz’s home state of Tennessee, nonetheless) was a bitter pill to swallow.

It put him in a 1-3 skid, and even though he was fighting a who’s who of flyweights, he admitted that the setbacks allowed the doubts to creep in.

“Just being human, you’re going to have that doubt, no matter what you do,” he said. “If you’re shooting for greatness, there’s going to be a little doubt in there.”

And with MMA?

“Especially when someone’s trying to punch your face in the meantime,” he said with a smile.

Check out the full conversation above.

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

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Jack Hermansson is not surprised that his top game led him to yet another first-round finish

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MEXICO CITY – Before Saturday, Brad Scott had never been finished in the UFC.

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), however, needed less than four minutes to change that, making Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC)  the second straight victim of his unrelenting offense from top position in their 185-pound UFC Fight Night 114 bout.

Hermansson knew he had a tough, durable opponent heading into Mexico City Arena. But as the Swede will tell you with his signature wide smile, he also knew he had the proper tools to end things as spectacularly as he did.

“I knew it would be hard (to get a finish) if we were just in the standup,” Hermansson told MMAjunkie after the FS1-televised preliminary card scrap. “But I’m very, very confident in my top game. Everybody in my camp, we talked to each other and we knew that if we had more than a half-round left when I get on top, I’m going to finish. And that’s something we said all the way.”

Although their fates were similar, Scott did manage to outlast Hermansson’s previous victim, Alex Nicholson, surviving until the 3:50 mark of Round 1. While at least 30 seconds of that saw Scott taking some heavy elbows and punches somewhat helplessly, Hermansson believes the stoppage came at the right time.

“He’s a tough guy and I think he’s worthy of having a good chance to fight out of that,” Hermansson said. “I don’t think that he took unnecessary damage, so I think it’s right.”

Joker's Wild! Jack Hermansson's brutal ground and pound puts away a tough Brad Scott at #UFCMexico! https://t.co/zt4KBaEkWV

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) August 6, 2017

Hermansson is now two fights removed from his sole octagon loss, a UFC Fight Night 100 submission to Cezar Ferreira. Not only has he racked up his most recent consecutive wins impressively, they were only a little more than two months apart.

The key to Hermansson’s undeniable momentum?

“I think that’s just my mental game that’s coming together,” Hermansson said. “And, when I get everything right up here (he pointed to his head), I will be the best in the world. So that’s what you can expect.”

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

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

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With help from Marlon Vera, Humberto Bandenay dedicates huge UFC debut to father

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MEXICO CITY – Humberto Bandenay’s UFC debut was pretty much as good as they get, but it didn’t come without sacrifice.

Bandenay (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was a huge underdog heading into Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 bout against featherweight Martin Bravo (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)  – an understandable status given a short-notice replacement call against an undefeated opponent. Still, it took less than 30 seconds for a knee to have Bravo lying defenseless on the mat (via Twitter):

PERU STAND UP! Humberto Bandenay with the ridiculous flash KO on Martín Bravo! #UFCMexico https://t.co/ojkPt0XuEc

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After dedicating the knockout win to his father, who died recently, the 22-year-old Peruvian fighter spoke backstage about the tough decision he had to make before his stellar debut.

“It was one or the other – go back to Peru and see him before he passed away, or live my dream away, (which was) also his dream,” Bandenay said after the FS1-televised main-card bout at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. “Because my dad said, ‘Go live your dream. Don’t come back.’ I have my dad in my heart, and he was today with me in my corner.

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

RelatedUFC Fight Night 114 video highlights: Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo

If Bandenay’s interpreter looks oddly familiar, that could be because you’ve seen him – albeit in much different context – before. He was actually the one being interviewed not that long ago, after scoring his own first-round finish – a UFC on FOX 25 submission of Brian Kelleher.

Ecuador’s Marlon Vera and Bandenay are friends and teammates at California-based Team Oyama, and also exchanged some adorably kind words toward one another during the interview.

To hear more from Bandenay – and the seemingly multi-talented “Chito”– check out the video above.

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

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Sergio Pettis and UFC Fight Night 114's other winning fighters?

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UFC Fight Night 114’s main card, which aired Saturday on FS1 from Mexico City Arena in Mexico, featured a mix of brutal knockouts and hard-fought decisions.

Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) picked up his fourth consecutive victory in the headlining act when he delivered a superior performance to Brandon Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and was rewarded with a unanimous decision victory in the matchup of rising flyweights.

Alexa Grasso (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Humberto Bandenay (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Sam Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Alejandro Perez (18-6-1 MMA, 4-1-1 UFC) got their hands raised, as well. The wins ranged from highlight-reel material to competitive fights decided on the scorecards.

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 114’s winning fighters.

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Alejandro Perez

Joe Soto

Should fight: Joe Soto
Why they should fight: “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” winner Perez put on another winning performance when he edged Andre Soukhamthath by split decision in a fight in which he made a bit of history.

Perez became the first fighter in UFC history to suffer three knockdowns in a fight and come back to win on the scorecards. It’s a remarkable accomplishment, even if some believe he shouldn’t have gotten the nod in the bantamweight affair.

With just one defeat in six UFC appearances so far, Perez is putting himself in position to be someone capable of making noise at 135 pounds. Soto (18-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is on a solid run in his own right, with three consecutive wins. The former title challenger would be a strong test for Perez, who would benefit to fighting a name like Soto.

Sam Alvey

Vitor Belfort

Should fight: Vitor Belfort
Why they should fight: Despite a lack of action, Alvey picked up the signature win of his 40-fight career when he edged former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans by split decision.

Alvey narrowly outpointed Evans in the middleweight bout, giving him his eighth victory since he joined the UFC in 2014. After the fight, Alvey called out another former UFC champion in Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-9 UFC), and his reasoning actually comes with a line of logic.

“Smile’n” said he wants to go on a “Vengeance Tour,” fighting those who have beaten his longtime friend, mentor and training partner, Dan Henderson. Evans beat Henderson in 2013, and Belfort actually has two victories over the former PRIDE and Strikeforce champ under the UFC banner.

Belfort is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 in June. “The Phenom” said he’s looking to make a run at 185 pounds once again, but he needs to beat some more middling fighters in the division before he can get there. In that case, Alvey is the perfect matchup.

Humberto Bandenay

Jared Gordon

Should fight: Jared Gordon
Why they should fight: As far as UFC debuts go, Bandenay’s win was about as good as it gets. Not only did he pick up a highlight-reel knockout courtesy of a perfectly timed knee, but he got the job done in a mere 26 seconds against Martin Bravo.

Bandenay was the biggest betting underdog on the card. However, that didn’t prevent him from stealing the spotlight for himself with a “Performance of the Night” effort. The nature of his victory instantly gives him traction as one to watch in the featherweight division, where there’s a plethora of top competition.

Gordon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is also coming off a solid UFC debut win when he stopped Michel Quinones by second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 112 in June. “The Flash” not only owns a strong record, but his trying life story proves he’s not going to quit easily. Chances are he wouldn’t go down as quickly as Bandenay’s first opponent, and that’s when the fight would get interesting.

Niko Price

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Should fight: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Why they should fight: Price’s quick start to his UFC career continued when he earned what should have been his third victory in under six months (one was overturned for a positive marijuana test) with a first-round TKO over a tough UFC veteran in Alan Jouban.

Price extended his undefeated record to 10-0, but the win over Jouban easily was his most significant. It was the first time Jouban suffered a truly unexpected loss inside the octagon, and that’s proof of what Price is capable of in the welterweight division.

Zaleski dos Santos (17-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is hoping to break through into big fights after a “Fight of the Night” win over Lyman Good at UFC on FOX 25. With both men coming off bonus-winning performances, pitting them against each other to see who can reach the next level is the right idea.

Alexa Grasso

Angela Hill

Should fight: Angela Hill
Why they should fight: Grasso rebounded from the first loss of her career when she defeated Randa Markos, one of the most durable strawweight fighters on the roster, by split decision.

The Mexican prospect suffered a setback to Felice Herrig earlier this year, but the performance against Markos proved it was just that: a setback. Although the result was debatable, Grasso showed improvement, and now the 23-year-old has momentum back on her side in the 115-pound weight class.

Grasso still has strides to make before joining the conversation of contenders who could possibly fight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. There are many names she can fight en route to getting there, though, and a foe like Hill (7-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) would be a rightful fit.

Hill has faced some elite names in her division, and while she’s come up short in most of those opportunities, she’s never been embarrassed. Grasso would have a tough time being the first, but a win in itself would mean a lot.

Sergio Pettis

Should fight: Winner of Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis at UFC 215
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Pettis should fight the winner of Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at UFC 215.

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

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Vitor Belfort responds to Sam Alvey after UFC-Mexico: He'll be first to get knocked out smiling

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Vitor Belfort didn’t take long to accept Sam Alvey’s challenge to be the next stop on the “2017 Vengeance Tour.”

Following Alvey’s (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) split-decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114 on Saturday, “Smile’n” Sam called for a matchup with Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC). He said he wants to get revenge against everyone who has beaten his friend, mentor and training partner Dan Henderson – something “The Phenom” has done twice.

Belfort caught win of Alvey’s request for a future middleweight fight, and the Brazilian accepted with a threat (via Instagram):

Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 in February, mentioned Las Vegas as a possible destination for the matchup. The organization’s next stop in “Sin City,” is UFC 216, slated for Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site. And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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