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UFC 216 medical suspensions: Ray Borg potentially out six months with finger injury

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UFC flyweight Ray Borg could be out for six months following a failed bid to unseat dominant champ Demetrious Johnson.

Borg’s arm isn’t the problem, however. After tapping to an armbar in the fifth round of UFC 216’s co-headliner, the Nevada State Athletic Commission cited his right right finger as the area of concern.

Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) needs an orthopedist to clear him, or he could sit out a half-year, according to medical suspensions released today by the NSAC, which regulated the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Although Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) reported a potential knee injury following his record-breaking 11th title defense, he got off scot-free with no suspension.

Headliner Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who claimed the interim lightweight title, has a three-week suspension for a possible corneal abrasion, while opponent Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) sits for two months after his third-round submission loss, which came after a brutal weight cut made more miserable by an active staph infection.

The full list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 216 include:

  • Tony Ferguson: Suspended until Oct. 29 for possible left eye corneal abrasion.
  • Kevin Lee: Suspended until Nov. 7.
  • Ray Borg: Needs fourth right finger cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Mara Romero Borella: Must repeat MRI of brain in six months, due April 7.
  • Evan Dunham: Needs ophthalmologist clearance on blurred vision or no contest until Dec. 7, no contact until Nov. 22.
  • Cody Stamann: Suspended until Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Tom Duquesnoy: Suspended until Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.
  • Lando Vannata: Suspended until Dec. 7 with no contact until Nov. 22.
  • Bobby Green: Suspended until Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.
  • Pearl Gonzalez: Suspended until Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Poliana Botelho: Needs right elbow and right thumb cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Matt Schnell: Needs right forearm X-rayed; if broken, needs clearance by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6.
  • Marco Beltran: Needs left thumb X-rayed and cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Magomed Bibulatov: Suspended until Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.
  • Thales Leites: Needs possible right orbital fracture cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Oct 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) reacts after defeating Kevin Lee (blue gloves) in the third round during UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Oct 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) punches Kevin Lee (blue gloves) during the first round during UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Oct 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) fights Kevin Lee (blue gloves) during the first round during UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Oct 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) competes against Kevin Lee (blue gloves) during the first round during UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Oct 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kevin Lee (blue gloves) fights Tony Ferguson (red gloves) during the first round during UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena. 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USADA updates UFC fighters on 2018 prohibited list

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USADA wants fighters to have the most up-to-date information when it comes to what they can and can’t put in their bodes.

The UFC’s anti-doping partner today notified fighters of changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list, which serves as one of the foundations for anti-doping enforcement worldwide.

With the revised list published on Oct. 1, athletes have three months “to ensure that they are educated on and compliant” before the changes are official.

MMAjunkie obtained a copy of an email that details the changes to the 2018 list, including the removal of cannabidiol (CBD) as a prohibited substance and increase of volume of IV fluids allowed in an athlete’s system.

UFC veterans have found themselves in hot water as the result of the previous rules. Nate Diaz was issued a public warning for vaping CBD during a press conference following his rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn was suspended six months for using an IV out-of-competition.

While eliminating CBD as a banned substance, WADA has slightly relaxed its requirements for IV usage. Previously, it maintained a 50 mL cutoff for IV use that didn’t involve a hospital procedure. Athletes who did not receive a therapeutic-use exemption were subject to a disciplinary complaint. Now, the cutoff for IV “and/or injections of any substance” is 100 mL over a 12-hour period. Anything over that is prohibited at all times.

Additionally, WADA clarified banned substances in certain categories and clarified its position on others, providing:

  • A list of prohibited glucocorticoids, which help to relieve inflammation in the body.
  • Revised limits on salbutamol, an asthma medication alleged to benefit endurance when used by athletes. Doses of salbutamol may not exceed 800 micrograms over any 12 hours with a 1,600 mcg limit of inhaled salbutamol over any 24-hour period.
  • Alcohol removed from the list.
  • Glycerol, formerly on the list as a S5 diuretic and masking agents, is now allowed.
  • Eight new banned substances in various categories.
  • Gene Doping clarification to include current and emerging gene manipulating technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas9 and Targeted Genome Editing, on the prohibited list.

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


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Liam McGeary injured, fight vs. Bubba McDaniel scratched from next week's Bellator 185

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Liam McGeary just can’t catch a break.

After losing out on a high-profile fight with Muhammad Lawal on short notice, McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) has suffered an injury of his own and will not be able to compete at Bellator 185 next week. His fight against replacement opponent Bubba McDaniel (28-10 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) has been removed from the card.

The exact nature of McGeary’s injury is unknown, but it’s severe enough that the former Bellator light heavyweight champion won’t be able to fight, MMAjunkie today verified with a Bellator official.

Bellator 185 takes place Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

McDaniel will be booked for a future Bellator card, though it’s unlikely he still will fight McGeary, who he was moving up from the middleweight division to take on in a short-notice situation.

With the scratch, the latest Bellator 185 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (9 p.m. ET, Spike)

  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko
  • David Rickels vs. Brennan Ward
  • Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
  • Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres
  • Ana Julaton vs. Lisa Blaine

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie)

  • Ryan Quinn vs. Marcus Surin
  • Steve Skrzat vs. Costello Van Steenis
  • Alec Hooben vs. Jordan Young

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


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Georges St-Pierre adds former opponent Jake Shields to UFC 217 training camp

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Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is leaving no stone unturned in preparation for his UFC 217 title fight with Michael Bisping, and that includes bringing in former opponents to his training camp at Tristar Gym in Montreal.

After a more than four-year layoff from competition, St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) returns to the octagon to challenge Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

It’s a crucial fight for St-Pierre’s legacy. With a win he, can become just the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two weight classes. In order to help him get ready, “Rush” has enlisted the help of Jake Shields (32-9-1), a former Strikeforce champion and former opponent of the French-Canadian (via Instagram):

St-Pierre clashed with Shields inside the octagon at UFC 129 in April 2011. He won a unanimous decision for what, at the time, was his sixth consecutive title defense. He would defend it three more times after before vacating the gold in December 2013.

With Bisping primarily being a striker, it’s safe to assume St-Pierre is working with Shields, who last found in July under the PFL banner, to sharpen his wrestling and grappling for UFC 217.

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

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Ian McCall fires manager, then gets release from UFC after $100,000 demand

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Ian McCall is striking out on his own.

The veteran flyweight asked for and received his release from his UFC contract after the promotion denied his demand for a $100,000 payout in his next fight.

MMAFighting.com first reported McCall’s release, which MMAjunkie confirmed with the promotion.

In an extended interview today, McCall (13-5-1 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC) said he also fired his longtime manager. He welcomed offers from other fight promoters while also leaving open the possibility of retirement if a good job offer materialized. He said he recently came close to a gig with a software development company to help develop a music and radio app.

“It just goes to show you that people are willing to offer me good money,” he said. “There’s other options for me out there. Good, corporate options with benefits.”

The UFC exit came after McCall discovered a treatment for a long-running stomach ailment, which led to his the cancellation of his most recent octagon bout, his fourth straight short-notice scratch in the promotion.

“I finally got out of my funk,” he said. “I finally feel like me again.”

Long dissatisfied with his pay grade, McCall said he tried to renegotiate with the UFC to receive a minimum of $50,000 to show and $50,000 to win. He said he asked his manager to be personally involved in talks, but ultimately was left out.

When a subsequent offer came for $22,000 to show and $22,000 to win, McCall fired the manager. This past week, he asked for his release from the UFC.

With the paperwork pending, McCall said he also refused a visit this past Saturday from USADA, seeing no need to do a random drug test if he’d never before tested positive and was likely to fight elsewhere. USADA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“I want to explore my options,” he said. “I’ve got one last good run in me, to go fight for a good solid couple of years, if I can keep my health up. As healthy as I am now, I can do that. The way I’ve tailored my training, it’s about getting in shape now.

“It’s more of a game at this point that I get to play to try and sell myself and see what I can pull off.”

McCall named Japanese promotion Rizin FF as a possibility, but said the highest bidder will ultimately determine his next move.

“Either tell me I’m pretty or take me to lunch,” he joked.

In the meantime, he’s working as a marketing consultant for a company that makes cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Two years ago, he signed on to be a co-manager of a medical marijuana facility before a fallout with its management.

“This is all fun and games for me,” he said. “What’s going to happen? Someone’s going to tell me, ‘You’re not worth it?’ OK. I’ll just go and do the job I’m doing now, and not hurt my body. I’ll make more money doing this, probably get offered another good corporate job, or land the job that was originally offered to me. Life doesn’t suck for me. I have options outside of fighting.

“For the first time in five years, I’m really clear-headed and ready to go. And I feel healthy. For the last five years, since I’ve been in the UFC, I’ve had seven surgeries, two or three bouts of MRSA, I tore my hip and groin, I popped my knee, and I had a blood infection. It hasn’t been a good environment for me. It’s time to move on.”

McCall ends his UFC career with a 2-3-1 record inside the octagon. Most famously, he twice fought current flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson as part of a four-man tournament to determine the inaugural titleholder; the pair was forced to rematch when a scoring error led their first bout to be declared a draw. That makes him the most recent fighter to take on Johnson and not lose.

McCall’s most recent appearance came in January 2015, when he was outpointed by top contender John Lineker.

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

 


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Georges St-Pierre would be honored to fight Conor McGregor, but won't challenge smaller guy

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Ever since Georges St-Pierre made his return to MMA competition official earlier this year, the fantasy matchmaking around the former longtime UFC welterweight champion hasn’t stopped.

One of the names that has come up most prominently as a future potential opponent for St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) is UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC). They’re two of the biggest stars in the sport’s history, and a matchup between them would likely do extraordinary business for the UFC.

St-Pierre currently is occupied with a scheduled UFC 217 middleweight title headliner with champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC), which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. McGregor, meanwhile, is likely on his way back to the octagon to defend his 155-pound title after losing a boxing match to Floyd Mayweather in August.

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If St-Pierre were to beat Bisping at UFC 217, he would be champion two weight classes above McGregor. They could meet in the middle if a fight ever were to come together, but St-Pierre said he doesn’t see it as realistic, mainly because he has no desire to chase a smaller fighter.

“We don’t compete in the same weight class,” St-Pierre told ESPN.com prior to a recent UFC 217 news conference in Las Vegas. “Everything is possible. Everybody is targeting Conor McGregor because he’s the money fight. But I don’t challenge guys who compete in lower weight classes. For me, I don’t do that. I’m going up to fight Michael Bisping now.”

If St-Pierre beats Bisping to become middleweight champion, “Rush” has said he’s contractually obligated to fight interim champ Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) next. More radical changes of direction have happened in the past, but St-Pierre said he’s not going to attempt to move mountains for McGregor.

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Although St-Pierre said he would feel privileged to participate in a fight between MMA superstars, he insisted McGregor’s name is nowhere on his hit list and doesn’t expect that to change.

“He’s an amazing fighter and it would be an amazing honor,” St-Pierre said. “I don’t know what to say. If the fans want it and he wants and whoever wants it, maybe it will happen. But right now, I’m focused on Bisping.

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

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GMI: Paulo Peposo e a arte de socializar alunos com o Jiu-Jitsu

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Faixa-preta de Jiu-Jitsu há mais de duas décadas, Paulo Peposo tem largo histórico de contribuições à sociedade. Líder da nossa GMI Peposo Team, escola sediada em Minas Gerais, Paulo é inspetor da polícia civil e ensina defesa pessoal há 26 anos dentro da Academia da Polícia Civil do estado. Contudo, o sábio professor foi além.

Além de sua atividade profissional para auxiliar na segurança, o faixa-preta ainda tinha a preocupação com a integração dos jovens. Acostumado com a vida de antigamente, na qual a prática de esportes unia a criançada do bairro, Paulo sentiu que em tempos mais modernos a essência da atividade esportiva em grupo estava se perdendo. Sem pensar duas vezes resolveu se mexer, e a mudança veio.

“Sempre fui muito ligado ao esporte”, conta a fera. “Fiz natação, futebol, judô e Jiu-Jitsu. Fui um jovem ativo, comecei a trabalhar cedo, servi ao exército, fui lecionar judô e desenvolvi bastante o Jiu-Jitsu. Depois de fundar a Peposo Team, refleti sobre a importância do esporte na minha vida e como tais atividades estavam deturpadas. Só se fala em esporte associado ao dinheiro. Como vou fazer para que todos entendam que o esporte é para socializar, que somos todos iguais, e mesmo na dificuldade podemos superar e ter resultados que não sejam só financeiros?”

“Pensando nisso, comecei a campanha ‘Adote um Atleta’, onde um adulto ajudava um jovem a competir, contribuindo com a inscrição ou um kimono, tudo muito simples. Sabia que seria difícil, mas não desanimei e criei outro projeto, o ‘Samurais do Amanhã’. Ao longo destes anos todos dedicados ao esporte, formei 50 faixas-pretas de Jiu-Jitsu e 25 instrutores de defesa pessoal. Já ouvi dizer que agir não adianta, que não vou consertar o mundo, mas mesmo com tudo contra eu vou em frente. Desistir não é o meu forte.”

E você, amigo leitor, o que já fez para tornar sua região e seu bairro um lugar melhor? Conte a sua história de sucesso no Jiu-Jitsu nos comentários a seguir!

Dimitrius Souza finaliza no triângulo e fatura ouro duplo no Floripa Open de Jiu-Jitsu

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A bela cidade de Florianópolis, em Santa Catarina, recebeu grandes lutas com mais uma edição do Floripa Spring International Open da IBJJF. Feras do Jiu-Jitsu entraram em ação no último final de semana, e deram um show.

Na divisão adulto faixa-preta, o nome da vez foi o de Dimitrius Souza. Craque da Alliance, Dimitrius faturou ouro duplo na competição, ao vencer tanto na divisão de peso pesado quanto no absoluto.

Pelo título na categoria, Dimitrius superou Henrique Lima (Checkmat). No peso aberto, o faixa-preta da Alliance encarou José Cardoso (Ceconi Team), campeão no meio-pesado, e liquidou a fatura ao finalizar no triângulo. (Veja no fim da matéria).

Outros destaques ficaram para Otávio Nalati, que depois de passar um sufoco para chegar no evento conquistou o ouro no pesadíssimo e o bronze no absoluto; Hugo Marques, fera da nossa GMI Soulfighters que se jogou no peso médio e ficou com o ouro, assim como seu professor Leandro Tatu Escobar, campeão no master 2 peso-pluma; e Juninho Boi, nosso GMI na FF Team, que ficou com o topo do pódio na categoria super pesado do master 1.

Veja no vídeo abaixo a finalização de Dimitrius Souza pelo ouro no absoluto e confira os resultados da faixa-preta logo em seguida!

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Galo 1 – Felipe Rodrigues Giarolla – Qatar BJJ – Brasil 2 – David Herrera Jr. – Soul Fighters BJJ

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pluma 1 – Thales Nakassu – CheckMat 2 – Rafael Felippi – Nova União 3 – Alexandre Fernandes de Souza – Rostan Lacerda 3 – Marcio Ferreira do Nascimento – Colisão Jiu-Jitsu

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pena 1 – Rodrigo Francioni Dias – Rilion Gracie JJ 2 – Gustavo Mendes M. Praxedes Leal – Nova União 3 – Daniel dos Santos Fagundes – Scorpyon Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Eduardo Yezeguiellian Botega – Zenith BJJ

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Leve 1 – Luciano de Macedo Bernert – A.S Team 2 – Carlos Alberto Makla Filho – BTT 3 – Osmar Gustavo Telles – A.S Team 3 – Ricardo Rocha Lima – Ns Brotherhood

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Médio 1 – Hugo Doerzapff Marques – Soul Fighters BJJ 2 – Matheus Carmona Pequeno Barros – Akxe BJJ 3 – Jan Buatim Wamser – Ns Brotherhood 3 – Matheus Linhares Knorr – Drill BJJ

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – José Henrique Cardoso – Ceconi KMKZ 2 – Luiz Fernando Nascimento Das Neves – Ceconi KMKZ 3 – Andre Felipe Brasil Cassio – Gracie Elite Team 3 – Helvecio Augusto M. Penna Neto – De La Riva JJ

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Dimitrius Soares Souza – Alliance 2 – Henrique Russi Felix de Lima – CheckMat 3 – Juan Marcel – FF Team BJJ 3 – Manoel Fernandes de Oliveira Neto – Cia Amazonense de Jiu-Jitsu

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Vitor Fabio Martins Toledo – Atos Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Erick dos Santos da Rosa – A.S Team 3 – Adriano da Silva Sousa – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Otavio de Souza Nalati – Team Lloyd Irvin Brazil 2 – Marcelo Tarso Strada – Atos Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Maycon Alexandre Silva Martins – Black Helmets 3 – Rafael Bettega Costa – A.S Team

 

PRETA / Adulto / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Dimitrius Soares Souza – Alliance 2 – José Henrique Cardoso – Ceconi KMKZ 3 – Henrique Russi Felix de Lima – CheckMat 3 – Otavio de Souza Nalati – Team Lloyd Irvin Brazil

 

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Super Pesado 1 – Tayane Porfírio de Araújo – Alliance

 

PRETA / Adulto / Feminino / Absoluto 1 – Tayane Porfírio de Araújo – Alliance

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Pena 1 – Marcelo Pereira Dos Santos – Nova União 2 – Josimar de Souza Sirino – Rocian Gracie Jr. 3 – Estevão dos Santos – Nova União 3 – Rafael Santiago de Oliveira – The Grind MMA Academy

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Iuri Cilenti – Alliance 2 – Henrique Colombo de Holanda – Atos Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Fabio Juliano Silva Debiaso – Gracie Humaita RJ 3 – Genes Martins de Freitas Neto – Neto Fight Team

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Médio 1 – Leonardo Barao Krauser – Marcello C. Monteiro BJJ Coach Brasil 2 – Wanduir Lima – Hélio Soneca Brazilian JJ 3 – Everthon Cavalcanti Rosas de Souza – A.S Team 3 – Ricardo Fernando da Silva – Rilion Gracie JJ

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – André Rachadel – Gracie Barra 2 – Patrique Damasio Bressan – Rilion Gracie JJ 3 – Fernando Wagner V. dos Santos – BTT 3 – Rodrigo Sodré Soares Pereira – ESJJ (Excelence School of Jiu-Jitsu)

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Rodrigo Fagonde Motta – A.S Team 2 – Bruno de Barros Rocha – CheckMat 3 – Julio Andrade Viotti – FF Team BJJ 3 – Rafael Martins de Oliveira – De La Riva SC

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Fabiano Junior Leite de Souza – FF Team BJJ 2 – Reginaldo Rocha – A.S Team 3 – Jeferson Godoi – De La Riva SC 3 – Rafael Longen – A.S Team

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Fernando Fernandes Gomes Macedo – Ryan Gracie Team B 2 – Jeferson Conceição dos Santos – CheckMat 3 – Derlis Emerson Rodriguez – Yoneda Team BJJ 3 – Tiago Pereira Neves – Rilion Gracie JJ

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Jeferson Conceição dos Santos – CheckMat 2 – Bruno de Barros Rocha – CheckMat 3 – Jeferson Godoi – De La Riva SC 3 – Ricardo Fernando da Silva – Rilion Gracie JJ

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Pluma 1 – Leandro Lopes Escobar – Soul Fighters BJJ 2 – Jairo Rogerio Flores Taborda – Tatu BJJ

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Pena 1 – Julio Cesar Augusto Mesquita Sampaio e Guadanhini – Nova União 2 – Lucas Cabeleira Flores – Gracie Barra 3 – Emanuel Ayres de Medeiros – Gracie Barra 3 – Marcos Lanzer de Souza – WinnerJJ

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Bruno Silva Souza – Flavio Teixeira Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Leonardo Andrade Santos Laiola – GF Team 3 – Marcelo Hathy Correia – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Médio 1 – Paulo Procopio de Araujo – Ryan Gracie Team 2 – Alexandre Di Chiara Guimarães Salgado – Soul Fighters BJJ 3 – Francisco Rondineli Frizon – Gracie Barra 3 – Henrique Ismael Bertoldo – Jaraguá BJJ

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Gustavo Ramos Campos – Atos Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Denys Moura Martins – Guigo JJ 3 – Alvaro Alexandre Francescon – Gracie Barra 3 – Ricardo Borges Bortoluzzi – Ataque Duplo

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Luiz Vicente Soares da Silva – A.S Team 2 – Roberto Sell Leite – A.S Team 3 – Conrado Silveira Bucker – Ns Brotherhood 3 – Mateus Conforto dos Santos – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Diogo Oliveira de Souza – A.S Team 2 – Theo Camargo de Loyola – Arena JJ 3 – Edmar de Castro Soares – Ryan Gracie Team B 3 – João Anderson Ferreira de Almeida – Zenith BJJ

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Ricardo Rubio de Carvalho – CheckMat 2 – Edson Francisco de Paula Junior – PSLPB Cicero Costha 3 – Joferson Marcio Souza de Deus – Infight JJ 3 – Leonardo Santos Ferreira – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Gustavo Ramos Campos – Atos Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Diogo Oliveira de Souza – A.S Team 3 – Ricardo Borges Bortoluzzi – Ataque Duplo 3 – Theo Camargo de Loyola – Arena JJ

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Márcio Marques Mendonça – Equipe A 2 – Rafael Azambuja Vares – Equipe Behring 3 – Dilmar Jose Dartora – Rilion Gracie JJ 3 – Samuel Saul do Nascimento – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Médio 1 – Marcelo Pereira Dourado – GF Team 2 – Cleber Maguerroski – Alliance 3 – Leonardo Augusto Martins Loureiro – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Alex Luiz dos Anjos Santos – Michel Maia Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Marcelo Quintanilha Adilino – Rilion Gracie JJ

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Marcio Pinheiro Couto – Rilion Gracie JJ 2 – Marcelo Albuquerque de B. Braga – Alliance

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Giovane Gioli Pereira – Gracie Barra 2 – Carlos Evandro Albernaz M. Neto – A.S Team 3 – Bernardo Travassos de Lucena – A.S Team 3 – Geberson Vaz Fernandes – Scorpyon Jiu-Jitsu

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Carlos Cesar Bonassoli – CheckMat 2 – Adilson Higa Dorval – Higa Jiu-Jitsu Clube 3 – Elieser Leandro Zanella – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Giovane Gioli Pereira – Gracie Barra 2 – Elieser Leandro Zanella – Gracie Barra 3 – Alex Luiz dos Anjos Santos – Michel Maia Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Cleber Maguerroski – Alliance

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Adalton de Carvalho – Tonicão Team BJJ

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Médio 1 – José Marivan Alves Feitosa – Zenith BJJ 2 – Oswaldo Rêgo Junior – De La Riva SC

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Almansor Vaz – Zenith BJJ 2 – Francisco Slobodan Lopes – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Giovanni Reis – Giovanni Reis Team

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Marcelo Alexander Ferreira – Alliance

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Paulo Cesar Furlan – Otávio de Almeida

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – José Marivan Alves Feitosa – Zenith BJJ 2 – Oswaldo Rêgo Junior – De La Riva SC 3 – Giovanni Reis – Giovanni Reis Team 3 – Marcelo Alexander Ferreira – Alliance

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Ricardo Guimarães – Gracie Humaita Temecula

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Ricardo Guimarães – Gracie Humaita Temecula

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Antonio Carlos Leite – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Masculino / Médio 1 – Plábito Silva Dutra – N1 Cia de Artes Marciais

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Plábito Silva Dutra – N1 Cia de Artes Marciais 2 – Antonio Carlos Leite – GF Team

And for his next trick, the great Demetrious Johnson will attempt ... what, exactly?

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After submitting Ray Borg with something out of a Spiderman comic at UFC 216, the one thing Demetrious Johnson didn’t want to talk about was his immediate fighting future.

“Everyone is so quick to jump to the next one,” the UFC flyweight champ said. “It’s been 25 minutes since the fight.”

Fair enough, but now it’s been over 36 hours since the fight, so can we talk about it yet?

I only ask because it feels like Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) is at a crossroads. His win over Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) on Saturday night in Las Vegas shattered the record for consecutive UFC title defenses. It also established him as a bonafide ninja, thanks to a transition from slam to armbar that most of us didn’t even know was possible.

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So now Johnson has records and highlights that may never be topped. Who knows, he might even be on the verge of breaking through to another level of popularity with fans, since even the most curmudgeonly flyweight hater has to admit that he’s something special now.

Opportunity is in the air for the champ. But if he squanders it now, it may never come again.

Realistically, there are two options for Johnson’s next fight: 1) He can fight another flyweight, continuing his reign of terror over all 125-pound men, or 2) He can fight a bantamweight, essentially accepting a weight handicap as a means to test his skill.

If he goes with door No. 1, we’re probably looking at a fight against the winner of Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis, who are set to square off in December. The problem is, Johnson has already beaten Cejudo – easily – and he’d be a huge favorite to do the same to Pettis, who’s still a work in progress at 24.

This is a side effect of Johnson’s greatness. He’s dominated his own weight class so thoroughly that any fight in that division now comes with at least the perception of a low degree of difficulty. It feels like he’s walking a tightrope that’s six inches off the ground. He looks good doing it, and he manages to pull off some amazing tricks on his way across, but it never feels like he’s in any real danger.

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That brings us to the second option. Johnson’s been reluctant to go back up to bantamweight without the promise of a big payday, and he balked at welcoming a bigger fighter to his division because he worried that a problem on the scales might prevent him from breaking the title-defense record.

Both those concerns seem less like dealbreakers now. Johnson already has the record, so a failed weight cut wouldn’t be such a big deal. And the UFC could sure use a champion-vs.-champion superfight right about now, since there aren’t too many marquee attractions on the calendar past early November.

The point is, now feels like the time for something special. And since Johnson’s record is a testament to his consistency and longevity when it comes to the task of beating up flyweights, watching him beat up one more probably isn’t going to feel all that novel.

Now’s the time for a new challenge, one he might actually fail at.

If not, he risks letting his success become so common that we take it – and him – for granted.

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

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UFC champ Daniel Cormier apologizes to Anthony Johnson: 'The reality is, I was wrong'

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It’s not exactly rare for a fighter to have some words with past or future opponents. Apologies, though, don’t come around that often.

So there’s something refreshing about UFC light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier’s willingness to admit he was wrong, during a recent MMAjunkie Radio appearance, in the way he went about former title challenger Anthony Johnson.

Cormier (19-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) and Johnson (22-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) met twice in the octagon, at UFC 187 and UFC 210. Other than the fact both fights ended in rear-naked-choke submission wins by Cormier, they had in common somewhat respectful lead-ups. Things, however, turned sour recently – when Cormier took issue (via “Talk and Talker”) with Johnson’s possible return from retirement and buddy-buddy attitude with former 205-pound champ Jon Jones prior to the UFC 214 encounter between Cormier and Jones.

Johnson, who announced he was hanging up his gloves immediately after their UFC 210 encounter, didn’t take too kindly to being called “(expletive) soft” on Cormier’s podcast. So he responded to the “crybaby” champ on Facebook:

To which Cormier fired back. (via Twitter)

@Anthony_Rumble say it to my face! https://t.co/nZFaiR6O69

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 5, 2017

After speaking to other people, though, Cormier realized he was off base. While there’s a side of him that’s measured on his words and approach, Cormier said, there’s also the ultra competitive side, which comes out swinging when he feels disrespected in any way.

That, the champ explained, is what we got in this whole Johnson ordeal. But that doesn’t make it right.

“After Rumble put that post up, I tweeted him,” Cormier told MMAjunkie Radio. “But then I texted him. Because I was mad. Like, ‘I’m mad. I want to fight.’ The reality is, I texted him, and I said some things that weren’t very cool. But then I was talking to somebody that means a lot to me and they said, ‘Why are you so mad? You started it. You said stuff. And you’re mad at him.’

“So the reality is, I was wrong. I should not have called him soft. But I thought that I didn’t like the action, but why do I expect so much out of him? Why do I expect him to not be able to be respectful and still compete at the highest level of the sport?

“So I walk it back a little bit. I was wrong. I shouldn’t have said anything about him being soft. Everybody does not have to view competition like I do. And I think that’s why – if he wants to be friends with (Jones) and be nice and cordial, then fine. What does that matter to me?”

In his post, Johnson joked about the lack of logic in Cormier’s thinking that he could have given Jones any advice on how to beat him; after all, Cormier did beat Johnson twice. And Cormier, now, agrees.

Mostly, though, Cormier said he was peeved by seeing his two two-time opponents hugging and being playful with each other – simply because that’s something that he wouldn’t do due to his competitive nature. But he, with a hand from his wife, also realizes that not everyone has to go about things the same way he does.

“I was wrong,” Cormier said. “It took me talking to Ali Abdelaziz (Johnson’s manager) of all people. Ali was like, ‘You guys are like – what the hell?’ He was right. But I talked to somebody last night. And my wife, she goes, ‘I get it. You’re a man. You’re from Louisiana. You don’t like to be disrespected. So when you feel a challenge, you go at it head-on.’

“But she goes, ‘You were wrong. You didn’t have to say that about him in the first place. What was the point? You won both fights.’ But, again, it’s just me looking at competition a certain way. And I guess just expecting people to do it too. And it really doesn’t have to be that way.”

Cormier’s issue with Johnson, however, wasn’t only with the Jones situation – but rather with the former challenger’s quite unexpected announcement that he would be leaving MMA to pursue other endeavors after the loss to Cormier. Which, again, the champ now sees is not his place to judge.

“I think the bigger issue for me was just not even the thing with Jones; it was like, ‘Man, I wish you would have just thought about it a little more before he made that decision,'” Cormier said. “Look, I said it before: I hope he comes back. Because he should be fighting. He’s that good. But it was just so quick.

“It just seemed like he should have taken a little more time in regards to making that decision, but who am I to pick when he retires? I’ve just got a different way of viewing stuff, man. I guess that’s why I am who I am.”

While Johnson has yet to formally announce anything on that end, his manager recently told “The MMA Hour” that a comeback was being discussed – this time, at heavyweight. Cormier, on his end, thinks a “Rumble” comeback is imminent. And he wants to make amends.

“I do believe he’ll fight again,” Cormier said. “So I’ve got to talk to ‘Rumble.’ I need to talk to ‘Rumble’ and try to either apologize or make it right in some way, shape or form.”

It’s unclear whether Cormier has since reached out directly to Johnson. But, in the meantime, the champ used the MMAjunkie Radio stage to get his message out there.

“The reality is, I was wrong,” Cormier said. “Not everybody should view competition like I do. So to Anthony Johnson, I apologize. I should not have said that. I should not have said that. I should not have said that. And because I said it, I have to truly expect him to respond. And he did.

“And because he responded, I should not try to fight him in the streets of Las Vegas. I’ve got to be better than that.”

To hear from Cormier, check out the video above.

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

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Bobby Green, John Moraga and Simon Samano

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Bobby Green, John Moraga and Simon Samano.

Green fought Lando Vannata to a draw at UFC 216, where Moraga scored a big knockout win over Magomed Bibulatov. MMAjunkie assistant editor Samano was in Las Vegas covering the event.

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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John Moraga knew job was on the line, fought back tears after huge KO at UFC 216

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LAS VEGAS – When he had a three-fight skid, former flyweight title challenger John Moraga was starting to have doubts about whether or not he should keep pursuing the UFC dream.

Those losses were to some pretty tough cats, though: Joseph Benavidez, Matheus Nicolau and Sergio Pettis. In July, he got his first win in two and half years when he outpointed Ashkan Mokhtarian. But this past Saturday, he got arguably the most important win of his career.

Moraga (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) was a big underdog against 6-1 favorite Magomed Bibulatov (14-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who was unbeaten going into the fight. Moraga knocked him out with a vicious left hand, giving him two wins in a row, and leaving him a bit emotional.

“There’s a lot of relief,” Moraga told MMAjunkie after the fight. “I’m just glad I was able to go out there and perform. I don’t really even pay attention (to the odds). I knew I was fighting a tough Russian, and I was just ready for a war. At this level, we’ve got to just expect to go in there and fight our heart out for 15 minutes and be hurt and still keep fighting. That’s what I was preparing for.”

RelatedJohn Moraga's UFC 216 KO of Magomed Bibulatov is even more glorious in super slow motion

But Moraga isn’t that far removed from thinking about the chance that, heck, he may have walked away from the sport had he suffered a fourth straight loss when he beat Mokhtarian.

“I’ve got a lot of stuff going on in my personal life leading up to this fight,” he said. “I was on a three-fight losing (skid) not long ago. And something hit me in there and it was a big relief off my shoulders.”

Moraga said thinking about needing to fight outside the UFC and try to earn his way back would mean he’d probably walk away from fighting. The UFC is his job, he said, because it’s his way to help provide for his children’s future.

“At this point, it’s a rough sport,” he said. “If I’m not going to be able to do it at the highest level anymore, if I was to get cut, I don’t see why I’d put myself through that. I’ve got kids. I’m focused on my kids. I do this for my kids. I’m trying to buy a house and put them through college. That’s my only purpose for doing this. I don’t really care about anything else. I’m not really good on the microphone. I don’t really care about taking pictures or being around people. At that point, that was what was going through my head.

“I do (enjoy the sport). It’s fun. What else would I be doing? This is me. But at the same time, you want to make it worth it, too. There’s no backup plan.”

For more from Moraga, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Gokhan Saki quickly booked again, meets Khalil Rountree at UFC 219

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UFC matchmakers wasted no time booking Gokhan Saki for his second bout.

Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 219, officials today announced.

UFC 219 takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Saki, a 33-year-old Dutch-Turkish kickboxer, returned to MMA for the first time in 13 years this past month at UFC Fight Night 117, where he scored a blistering first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva. The victory earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus and resulted in a memorable post-fight interview.

RelatedGokhan Saki's UFC debut was kind of crazy, both during and after

He now meets Rountree, who was a runner-up on “The Ultimate Fighter 23” and started his UFC career with losses to Andrew Sanchez and Tyson Pedro. However, the 27-year-old has since rebounded with back-to-back first-round knockouts of Daniel Jolly and Paul Craig.

With the addition, the UFC 219 lineup now includes:

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka
  • Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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In new UFC 217 preview, Bisping says GSP was 'a little bitch' for vacating title in 2013

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Don’t expect Michael Bisping to show much respect for his upcoming opponent – even a legend of the sport.

This past weekend at UFC 216, the organization released a trailer for its next pay-per-view offering: November’s stacked UF 217 card.

Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC), the UFC’s reigning middleweight champion and the all-time UFC wins leader, meets former longtime UFC welterweight champion George St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) in the Nov. 4 headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It’s one of three title fights on the card, but understandably, Bisping vs. St-Pierre is getting a lot of the spotlight.

RelatedMichael Bisping: Georges St-Pierre doesn't have balls to fight anyone he thinks he can't beat

In the new trailer, dubbed “Battle Cry,” the fighters, who recently mixed it up at a UFC 217 press conference, discuss the upcoming bout.

St-Pierre, the 36-year-old Canadian who posted nine consecutive title defenses from 2008-2013, discusses his decision to vacate the belt and walk away from the sport. According to St-Pierre and longtime trainer Firas Zahabi, he’s coming back as a new and different fighter – one with a clearer mind and new tools.

RelatedGeorges St-Pierre: 'Water is wet, fire burns, and I'm going to beat Michael Bisping' at UFC 217

Bisping, though, seems hardly impressed, as he mentioned in both the recent press conference and the preview above.

“Georges retired when he did because he couldn’t take the pressure,” he said. “You can’t start feeling sorry for yourself because you’re a champion. You’re in the position that everyone wants to be in.

“It just shows what a little bitch he is.”

Check out the full trailer above.

The latest UFC 217 card includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

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

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Cody Stamann had a plan after wondering why Tom Duquesnoy was getting all the UFC 216 hype

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LAS VEGAS – Despite equal experience and records, all the hype for up-and-coming bantamweight UFC prospects seemed to be on Tom Duquesnoy going into UFC 216, not Cody Stamann.

Sure, Duquesnoy was a two-division champion for BAMMA on the European scene before coming to the UFC, and that probably went a little farther toward building that hype than Stamann’s wins on the U.S. regional circuit.

But Stamann (16-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) knew what was at stake when he fought Duquesnoy (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) to a split-decision win to close out the prelims at UFC 216 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

RelatedCody Stamann geared up for bantamweight title run after UFC 216 vs. Tom Duquesnoy

“I had no doubt in my mind I was going to win that fight,” Stamann told MMAjunkie after the fight. “Duquesnoy is a very formidable opponent, but I have a great team around me. … I knew exactly what he was going to do. He did exactly the same thing he did in the last fight. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. But I knew exactly what he was going to do. The kid hits hard. There’s no doubt. There’s a reason he’s a top prospect. But now I’m that top prospect.”

Stamann said much of his motivation going into their fight came from all the love Duquesnoy, from France, was getting. Stamann was a mild underdog in the fight, but never went away against the Frenchman.

And maybe it served him well to have people doubting him a little.

“I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder going into this fight because I felt like I wasn’t getting the respect,” Stamann said. “I was 15-1, too. I’d fought a bunch of tough guys. I’d knocked people out. I’ve beat everyone they’ve put in front of me. My only loss is a controversial split decision.

“Why does he get the hype and I don’t? And I’m like, ‘Well, there’s only one way to take it from him, and that’s go out and beat his ass.’ And I did.”

For more from Stamann after his big win over Duquesnoy, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 216 winner Brad Tavares ready to go into new daddy mode after win over Thales Leites

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LAS VEGAS – Brad Tavares found himself in new territory on Saturday night. And in a month, he’ll find himself in new territory again.

At UFC 216, Las Vegas native Tavares (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) opened up the card with a unanimous decision over former middleweight title challenger Thales Leites (27-8 MMA, 12-7 UFC). It arguably was the biggest win of his career, even if he can’t recall ever being a curtain-jerker prior to that.

“Through my whole career, I’ve never ever fought first – in my whole career. Ever,” Tavares said after the fight. “I found it so weird. I don’t care where I’m at on the card. It was weird to have nobody in front of me.”

UFC 216 took place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedLas Vegas resident Brad Tavares kicks off UFC 216 with powerful message

That meant he didn’t have to wait for someone fighting in front of him to get his hands wrapped, or wait for someone fighting in front of him to finish warming up on the mats in the locker room. It meant he could do his business, then take the rest of the night off to enjoy the fights.

But in a month, Tavares will get to experience something new again when his girlfriend gives birth to their first baby.

“I actually have my first ‘keiki’ on the way – that’s ‘child’ in Hawaiian,” Tavares said. “That’s why I wanted to bang out another fight really, really quick because once the baby gets here, I heard a bunch of stuff about how you don’t sleep. So I’m not sure how soon I’ll be able to take another fight. My girl is due Nov. 9. Hopefully my baby is just an angel and she wants to fight and let daddy rest, and I can get another fight immediately.”

Whenever that happens, Tavares hopes he can get booked against an even bigger name than Leites so he can keep climbing the ranks.

“He’s just another guy on the list,” Tavares said. “He’s on my way up. But definitely having beat somebody that formerly challenged for a belt, and has been around for so long, and has beat some good guys, it really made my case.

“I think Thales was (No.) 12 or 13 (in the UFC rankings), and I’m not sure who’s in front of him. But whoever they want me to fight, I’m fine with it. I’m going to keep climbing and eventually they can’t deny me.”

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

And for complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Tony Ferguson, Demetrious Johnson and UFC 216's other winners?

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UFC 216 took place on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card that saw every winner beat her or his opponent by some form of submission.

The two championship fight finishes were especially impressive, with Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) winning the interim lightweight title against Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the main event while Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) produced more excellence with his historic flyweight title defense against Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the co-headliner.

Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Mara Romero Borella (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) forced their opponent so tap out in short order, picking up wins early in the first round. The main card also featured one fight that didn’t produce a winner, as Evan Dunham and Beneil Dariush fought to a draw.

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 216’s winning fighters.

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Mara Romero Borella

Should fight: Andrea Lee
Why they should fight: Just the second women’s flyweight fight in UFC history went in the favor of Romero Borella, who earned a main card victory over fellow promotional newcomer Kalindra Faria.

Romero Borella made her UFC debut on less than a week’s notice and managed to top a seasoned veteran in Faria by first-round submission, immediately putting her on the radar in the budding 125-pound division.

She will likely have to wait a little while to get another fight as the UFC rolls out the new weight class with the ongoing season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which will crown the inaugural women’s flyweight champion.

Romero Borella could fight anyone who doesn’t make it to the finals of that show, but giving her a fight with Lee (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who she stepped in for at the event, in the first quarter of 2018 would also be an option that would work.

Fabricio Werdum

Should fight: Cain Velasquez
Why they should fight: Former UFC heavyweight champion Werdum bounced back from his loss to Alistair Overeem over the summer with a crucial first-round submission of outmatched last-minute replacement Walt Harris.

Had he lost, Werdum would be 1-3 in his past four octagon appearances. Instead, he’s 2-2 and can still make the argument he’s one of the top contenders in the heavyweight division.

Although Werdum seems to believe the win over Harris puts him at the top of the line to rematch current UFC champ Stipe Miocic, that’s not likely to be the case. He can strengthen his argument with another win against a contender, and if Velasquez (13-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) can get healthy, it’s the fight to make.

Werdum won the UFC title from Velasquez by submission at UFC 188 in June 2015. The promotion has attempted to set up a rematch several times since, but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened. Velasquez recently said he’s seeking a return to action in early 2018, and that would be a perfect timeframe for Werdum’s return.

Demetrious Johnson

Sergio Pettis

Should fight: Winner of Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis at UFC 218
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Johnson should fight the winner of the UFC 218 bout between Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) next for his 12th consecutive title defense.

Tony Ferguson

Should fight: Conor McGregor
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Ferguson should meet McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) next in a lightweight title unification bout.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kevin Lee, Ray Borg and UFC 216's losing fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 216’s winning fighters?)

UFC 216 will go down as event to forget for some, because all four main card losers were put away in the distance on the pay-per-view lineup at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

After the opening between Evan Dunham and Beneil Dariush went to a draw, each subsequent fight saw the loser forced to tap out, including Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in his interim lightweight title headlining bout with Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) as well Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in his first UFC title bout with Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC).

Prior to the championship bouts, Walt Harris (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) were put away by there respective opponents in less than three minutes each.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters 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 216’s losing fighters.

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Kalindra Faria

Should fight: “The Ultimate Fighter 26” cast member
Why they should fight: Faria’s UFC debut came under less than ideal circumstances. After being booked or short notice then having her opponent switched on even shorter notice, the Brazilian fell short against Mara Romero Borella with a first-round submission loss.

Faria is one of the most established veterans of the women’s flyweight division, and although the UFC debut didn’t go her way, she’s still a promising member of the organization’s newest weight class.

The Brazilian would have liked her octagon career to begin under better circumstances, but Faria will certainly get another chance to prove herself. The infancy of the 125-pound division makes it difficult to judge who her next fight should be, but a matchup with someone who does well on the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which will crown the division’s inaugural champion, would be fitting.

Walt Harris

Should fight: Mark Godbeer
Why they should fight: Opportunity knocked and Harris answered, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to charge through the door. After Derrick Lewis fell off the card just before it was scheduled to begin, Harris stepped in to take on a huge task in Fabricio Werdum. To the surprise of almost no one, it didn’t go his way.

Harris had never fought anyone close to Werdum’s caliber, and it showed. He was quickly taken down and submitted within 65 seconds. Instead of getting down on a high-profile loss, though, “The Big Ticket” took it all as a learning experience to get better.

Before the last-minute scramble Harris was booked to fight Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the card. It would be fair to both sides to put that matchup back together considering both men put in an entire training camp for each other but never got to put it to use.

Ray Borg

Should fight: Brandon Moreno
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Borg should fight Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) next.

Kevin Lee

Should fight: Al Iaquinta
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Lee should rematch Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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