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Headliner still TBA, but China's UFC Fight Night 122 lineup fills out with new bouts

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The main event is now a question mark, but the fight card continues to take shape for the UFC’s debut in mainland China.

UFC Fight Night 122 which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the full lineup and bout order haven’t been finalized.

As reported on Friday, the event recently lost its planned headliner of former middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC). Silva was notified of a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy, and he’s been pulled from the card as Gastelum awaits a replacement.

RelatedAnderson Silva flagged for potential doping violation, pulled from UFC Fight Night 122

However, three fights were recently made official for the card: welterweights Bobby Nash (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Kenan Song (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), bantamweights Bharat Khandare (5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Pingyuan Liu (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and featherweights Wuliji Buren (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Rolando Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

Nash, a 27-year-old former Michigan State wrestler, is likely in a must-win situation after suffering knockout losses to Li Jingliang and Danny Roberts in his two UFC fights. He meets Song, a 27-year-old Chinese vet who had won six straight fights – all via stoppage – before recent back-to-back losses.

Khandare, a 28-year-old who’s the promotion’s first Indian-born fighter, makes his promotional debut after competing primarily with Super Fight League, where he went 5-0 with five stoppages. He meets Liu, a vet who’s won seven straight fights while competing throughout his home country of China.

Buren, a 27-year-old from China, puts a three-fight winning streak on the line when he makes his UFC debut opposite Dy, a 26-year-old Filipino fighter and PXC vet who’s suffered losses to Alex Caceres and Teruto Ishihara since joining the UFC.

The latest UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. TBA
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Bobby Nash vs. Kenan Song
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Bharat Khandare vs. Pingyuan Liu
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Wuliji Buren vs. Rolando Dy
  • Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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LFA 27 highlights: Ryan Spann brings the power with a fight-ending right

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Friday’s LFA 27 fight card concluded with three straight knockout stoppages. Check out the highlights.

In the headliner, which aired on AXS TV from Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., Robert Watley (9-1) notched the first defense of his lightweight belt after stopping challenger Daryl Wilson (7-2) with third-round ground and pound.

RelatedLFA 27 results: Watley grinds out Wilson to retain, Spann picks up quick win

In the co-headliner, Ryan Spann (12-5) dazed fellow light heavyweight Myron Dennis (15-7) with a big right hand, which set up the first-round stoppage.

Also on the card, lightweight Alex Hernandez (8-1) made a successful promotional debut with a dominant performance over Derrick Adkins (10-5) that resulted in a third-round TKO win.

Check out all of the finishes above.

And for more on LFA 27, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Referee Marc Goddard issues statement after Conor McGregor melee at Bellator 187

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How did the man at the center of Friday’s Conor McGregor melee at Bellator 187 handle another sudden thrust into the spotlight? He’s as level-headed as always.

During the event, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin, McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) earned a first-round TKO win over John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). However, long before that main-card bout aired on Spike via same-day delay in the U.S., videos of McGregor crashing the cage after the Ward fight quickly spread on social media.

RelatedConor McGregor jumps cage at Bellator 187, confronts referee Marc Goddard

McGregor, who was not a licensed cornerman at the event, scaled the cage as part of a celebration. But he then shoved Marc Goddard when the veteran referee tried to have the UFC lightweight champion removed from the cage while medical personnel tended to Redmond.

Here was the frantic scene (via Twitter):

Madness in Dublin thanks to @TheNotoriousMMA!!! DO NOT miss #Bellator187 TONIGHT on @spike 9/8c pic.twitter.com/BGWcOBDvFb

— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 10, 2017

Additional footage showed that McGregor took a swipe at a Bellator employee who tried to get “Notorious” down from the top of the cage.

Goddard, one of the sport’s more recognizable and respected officials, today issued a statement. As with the melee on Friday, the veteran ref remained calmed and professional (via Twitter):

I operate with integrity, belief and values.

I hold MMA in a deep rooted place in my life and have considered myself most fortunate to have done so for so long.

Family first. Everything else second.

Respect.

— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) November 11, 2017

I operate with integrity, belief and values.

I hold MMA in a deep rooted place in my life and have considered myself most fortunate to have done so for so long.

Family first. Everything else second.

Respect.

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts following his TKO victory against Conor McGregor in the tenth round at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Referee Robert Byrd stops the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in the tenth round at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boxing referee Robert Byrd holds Conor McGregor after stopping the right in the tenth round against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the tenth round during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (black trunks) reacts after knocking out Conor McGregor (not pictured) in their boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather won via tenth round TKO. 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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 187

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s Bellator 187 event in Dublin, went with as their backing tracks.

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A.J. McKee def. Brian Moore via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:14

A.J. McKee: “A.J. McKee” by Lil’ Hef

Brian Moore: “L’Estasi Dell’oro (Bandini Remix)” by Ennio Morricone

Sinead Kavanagh def. Maria Casanova via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:34

Sinead Kavanagh: “Feel The Love” by Rudimental feat. John Newman

Maria Casanova: N/A

Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Fred Freeman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:57

Kevin Ferguson Jr.: “Bareknuckle Hits” by DJ EFN

Fred Freeman: “Dream On” by Aerosmith

Charlie Ward def. John Redmond via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:59

Charlie Ward: N/A

John Redmond: “The Last of the Mohicans Theme” by Dougie Maclean & Trevor Jones

Paul Redmond def. Sergio de Jesus Santos via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Paul Redmond: “The Harder They Come” by Jimmy Cliff

Sergio de Jesus Santos: “We Will Rock You” by Queen

For complete coverage of Bellator 187, 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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How to watch UFC Fight Night 120: Fight card, start time, online results, how to stream Poirier-Pettis

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The UFC heads returns to Virginia for the first time since 2015 with today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event. Here’s how to watch.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s digital streaming network.

The early prelims kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, the FS1 prelims commence at 8 p.m. ET, and the six-fight FS1 main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 120 play-by-play and live results (6:30 p.m. ET)

You may also be able to stream part of the event on the FOX Sports GO app. For all the ways to watch the event, check out this UFC.com list.

In the headliner, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) takes on fellow contender Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC). In the co-headliner, two fan favorites are featured as Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) takes on Diego Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) at welterweight.

The full UFC Fight Night 120 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC Fight Night 120 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC Fight Night 120 main card (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez
  • Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon
UFC Fight Night 120 preliminary card (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Viviane Pereira vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
UFC Fight Night 120 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 play-by-play and live results (6:30 p.m. ET)

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NORFOLK, Va. – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) takes on Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC). And in the co-feature, welterweight Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) takes on fellow veteran fan favorite Diego Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC).

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the FS1 prelims, and 10 p.m. ET for the FS1 main card.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC Fight Night 120 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter Matt Erickson (@MMAjunkieMatt) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Darren Stewart vs. Karl Roberson

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Records: Darren Stewart (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Karl Roberson (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
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Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna

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Records: Jake Collier (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Marcel Fortuna (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Light heavyewight
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Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland

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Records: Court McGee (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC), Sean Strickland (18-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
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Angela Hill vs. Nina Ansaroff

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Records: Angela Hill (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Nina Ansaroff (7-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Rankings: Hill No. 8
Division: Women’s strawweight
Broadcast: FS1
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Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones

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Records: Sage Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Michel Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
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Tatiana Suarez vs. Viviane Pereira

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Records: Tatiana Suarez (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Viviane Pereira (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Pereira No. 13
Broadcast: FS1
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John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes

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Records: John Dodson (19-8 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Marlon Moraes (18-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: Moraes No. 7, Dodson honorable mention
Broadcast: FS1
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Joe Lauzon vs. Clay Guida

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Records: Joe Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC), Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
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Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez

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Records: Raphael Assuncao (25-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC), Matthew Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Division: 138.5-pound catchweight (Lopez missed weight)
Rankings: Assuncao No. 4
Broadcast: FS1
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Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira

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Division: Middleweight
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Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski

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Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez

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Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis

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Records: Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC), Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC)
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UFC Fight Night 120 discussion thread

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NORFOLK, Va. – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC Fight Night 120 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the preliminary card and 10 p.m. ET for the main card.


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Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 120's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie

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UFC Fight Night 120 takes place today at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are headliners Anthony Pettis and Dustin Poirier, as well as other winners from the card.

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


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Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu: Os destaques do primeiro dia no Rio de Janeiro

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Thiago Silva em uma de suas finalizações na faixa-roxa. Foto: Ane Nunes/Gentle Art Media

Após vários dias de clima frio e nublado, o Rio de Janeiro acordou nesta sexta-feira, 10 de novembro, em um típico dia de verão. A temperatura subiu para 35° e o sol brilhou no céu para tornar os cariocas felizes. Com o clima perfeito, a Arena Carioca 1, um dos espaços construídos para os Jogos Olímpicos de 2016, recebeu uma grande multidão para o primeiro dia da terceira etapa da temporada 2017/2018 da Abu Dhabi Grand Slam World Tour . O primeiro dia foi dedicado a faixas-roxas e brancas nas divisões adulto e master.

Os nove tatames instalados no Rio foram o cenário para batalhas ferozes ao longo do dia desde a cerimônia de abertura que apresentou os hinos nacionais do Brasil e Emirados Árabes Unidos. Em mais de sete horas de Jiu-Jitsu de alta qualidade, muito drama se desenrolou até que todos os campeões foram coroados. Uma divisão merece uma menção especial. Na divisão master 1 faixa-roxa de 77kg, o para-atleta Thiago Silva faturou medalha de ouro após três combates. Competindo contra adversários sem necessidades especiais, Thiago conquistou o título e deu uma poderosa declaração sobre a capacidade de adaptação que o Jiu-Jitsu fornece aos atletas.

Aqui estão os campeões da divisão masculina e feminina de faixas roxas.

Masculino

56kg – Thalison Vitorino (PSLPB Cicero Costha)
62kg – Lucas Emanuel (Equipe Cassão)
69kg – Daniel Junior (Soul Fighters)
77kg – Dionatan Santos (Alliance Mario Reis)
85 kg – Alex Munis (Clube Feijão)
94kg – Anderson Munis (Clube Feijão)
110kg – Pedro Pimenta (GF Team)

Feminino

49kg – Jessica Dantas (Caio Terra)
55kg – Andreza Sousa (Ares BJJ)
62kg – Janaina Menezes (SAS Team)
70kg – Melissa Cueto (Broca BJJ)
90kg – Raiane Santos (GB)

Na disputa de equipes, a contagem final após o primeiro dia foi:

1º – GF Team (6748 pts)
2º – Gracie Barra (2476pts)
3ª – Nova União (1984pts).

O Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio retorna neste sábado para um segundo dia de fortes emoções. A divisão dos faixas-pretas entra no jogo e traz ainda mais experiência para a competição. Para os resultados parciais, clique aqui!

Campbell McLaren, John Castaneda talk $100k Copa Combate tournament

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Former UFC executive and Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren is banking on national pride to fuel Friday’s Copa Combate tournament.

Fighters from seven different countries – all but one Spanish-speaking – will face off in a one-night tournament for $100,000. McLaren thinks of it as MMA’s answer to the World Cup and hopes the same rabid passions are stirred for the combatants.

“You’re bringing in a fighter to represent an entire country – in addition to wanting the cash,” McLaren told MMAjunkie Radio. “$100,000 is a real first prize.”

The event, “Combate Americas: Copa Combate,” takes place Saturday at Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Preliminary card fights stream live on NBCSports.com before main card fights on NBCSN.

McLaren’s prize remains the Latin American market for MMA. He boasts his promotion “continues to demolish” the ratings of industry juggernaut UFC in Mexico and doubles the industry-leader’s numbers in Spain.

Combate recently linked up with Telemundo to air Saturday’s tournament, which McLaren expects will provide another boost in recognition.

Conceiving tomorrow’s event, McLaren borrowed from a previous project he worked on, “Iron Ring,” to bring more excitement to the action. The short-lived show on BET featured an elimination tournament where contestants got one five-minute round to advance from the qualifying round.

“There may not be a lot of strategy involved in a five-minute round, but there’s a heck of a lot of action involved in a five-minute round, which is a heck of a way to kick off the tournament,” he said.

The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds feature three three-minute rounds, while the final features three, five-minute rounds. Elbows are only permitted during the championship final to minimize the potential damage rising fighters take.

Copa Combates participant John Castaneda (14-2), who faces Kevin Moreyra (3-1) in the elimination round, has a survival strategy centered around the fighters he considers to be the toughest threats.

“There’s no way to prepare for so many different styles, so I’ve done my own research, my coach has done his research, and we’ve broken it down to two main fighters – two of the biggest threats,” he said. “I’m implementing my camp around those two styles.”

If he gets those unnamed opponents, he’ll be more than ready. And he’s not sweating the others, apparently.

Castaneda doesn’t consider himself a tournament kind of guy. It hasn’t been on his competitive bucket list. But the chance to be a part of a historical event – and bank a sweet paycheck – is something he can’t pass up.

For more on “Combate Americas: Copa Combate,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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How will Paul Felder stay unbiased calling teammate Anthony Pettis at UFC-Norfolk? Let him explain

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Paul Felder will serve as a commentator for a full UFC card for the first time on Saturday when he calls UFC Fight Night 120 alongside Jon Anik.

It’s a major assignment in Felder’s (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) flourishing broadcasting career, and it comes with a significant challenge attached. Felder’s Roufusport teammate Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is one half of the main event, and calling his lightweight showdown with Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) is going to be a test of his ability to stay unbiased.

“That is tough,” Felder told MMAjunkie. “Obviously, there’s a guy going in there that I’ve shared sweat with and kicked and punched each other, and obviously I want the best for him. But this is also my career. This is an important fight for me to call to show that I’m capable of doing that. If I start losing my mind over Anthony winning or losing, it just doesn’t look good as a professional. I got to call it like it is.”

RelatedAl Iaquinta out, Charles Oliveira in against Paul Felder at UFC 218

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Felder, a lightweight who’s scheduled to face Charles Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) at UFC 218 next month, has quickly risen up the UFC pecking order of commentators after debuting on Dana White’s Contender Series over the summer. “The Irish Dragon” helped call a handful of bouts at UFC Fight Night 116 in September, but he now gets a complete card assignment.

Although Felder intends on staying neutral for the Pettis vs. Poirier affair, he’s aware that one of the challenges of commentary is controlling emotion. He doesn’t want to let that get the best of him to the point he ends up calling a slanted fight, but fortunately for Felder, he said he has some experience in such situations.

“You’ve got to call what is actually happening,” Felder said. “You can’t call one side. If Anthony lands a head kick, you’ve got to call it. If Dustin starts piecing him up, you’ve got to go with that. You really got look at it as a fight you’re watching and take yourself out of it. But I’ve got experience on the regional scene. I’ve called close friends. Me and Anthony are teammates now, and we know each other very well, but I’ve had guys I’ve come up my whole career with, and I’ve seen them get knocked out cold in front of me.”

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

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Champ Robert Watley on life after the belt Daryl Wilson trying to take at LFA 27

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Life, Robert Watley will tell you, hasn’t changed much since he became an LFA titleholder

“It’s a cool milestone,” Watley told AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale. “But it isn’t who I am. It’s just part of what it is that I do.”

Even after a unanimous decision over Thiago Moises at June’s LFA 17 brought him the promotion’s lightweight belt, Watley remained “just Rob.” But there have been a few things here and there. The gym where he teaches striking, for instance, has gotten some added influx of people trying to train under a world champion.

“Some kid called me ‘Master Rob’ the other day,” Watley said with a laugh. “I was like, ‘No, no, no. Don’t do that. Just Rob.'”

Not to mention the other thing that usually happens whenever fighters become champions: getting one big target on their backs. Not that it’s a problem; if anything, this is exactly the type of thing that keeps Watley motivated to keep improving.

Which he does with some old school, nerdy inspiration.

“I’ve got to continue to bring things to the cage that are going to surprise people and that will keep me on top of the game,” Watley said. “Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, I grew up on all of those films. So of course I’m nerding out. I’m like, ‘I’ve got to take it back to old school, I’ve got to bring some things that nobody’s doing anymore.'”

Tonight, Watley (8-1) will get to test his evolution, as he looks to defend his 155-pound title for the first time. The champion headlines LFA 27 at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., opposite Oklahoma’s own Daryl Wilson (7-1).

A former wrestler who wanted to keep competing, Wilson had his first amateur fight a few months after he started training MMA – and it was already for a title. He kept an active pace of amateur fights all through 2013 and 2014 before making his pro debut in 2015.

As Watley, himself, assessed, Wilson is a finisher – as a matter of fact, he comes into the bout tonight off a quick knockout over Jarrod Card, which followed another knockout and a submission win.

And that’s exactly the type of result that the challenger wants to keep going tonight.

“I would like a head-kick knockout,” Wilson said. “But it is what it is. Really, I don’t know. I’ve pictured so many ways that it’s hard to really pinpoint one. I’ve just got to start working and somebody’s going to open up and something’s going to land.”

For more on LFA 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Providing for daughter is Junior Albini's 'greatest pleasure' since life-changing UFC debut

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Junior Albini’s UFC debut wasn’t the type you see every day.

Albini was by no means well known when he stepped inside the octagon to meet Timothy Johnson at UFC on FOX 25 in July. That wasn’t the case when he left, though, after scoring a first-round knockout over the veteran. The display was impressive enough, with the 26-year-old heavyweight’s quickness and accuracy standing out in a division not known for those qualities.

But the Brazilian made sure to steal the spotlight afterward, as well, as he spoke in fluent English about just how much of a struggle was behind his statement-making display. To top it all off, Albini’s first fight on U.S. soil came with a $50,000 bonus for “Performance of the Night.”

As Albini prepares to make his octagon comeback at this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120, it’s safe to say a lot more people will be paying attention. Not to mention that, as he goes up against a heavyweight legend in Andrei Arlovski, Albini walks in the favorite.

RelatedJunior Albini says UFC on FOX 25 bonus means daughter will no longer have to play with empty shampoo bottles

Albini is aware of the added stakes. But compared to his first fight experience, he has no reasons to complain.

“I take it as positive pressure,” Albini told MMAjunkie. “I believe I trained even better than for the other fight. I’m better prepared physically. It’s my second day (in the U.S.), and I’m feeling a lot better than I did the first time. My trip was much better.

“The flight was empty this time – which was a problem last time. I’m kind of big, it’s hard for me to sleep on planes. Last fight, on Friday I still felt my legs heavy. I was feeling tired. This time, I’m 100 percent. I’m very relaxed and more confident.

“Also, the first thing I felt last time is that, magnitude of the promotion aside, it’s like any other fight. It’s like any other fight or even sparring at the gym. The fighting bit is the same. The only thing that changes is the venue. So I’m very relaxed for this one, for sure.”

Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) in the FS1-televised main card of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120, which takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.

Other than the fight-week specifics, there’s also been quite the shift in the lead-up to it. The expression “life changing” gets thrown around a lot in sports, but considering Albini is someone who spent four years fighting for almost no pay, the addition of UFC-level money gives it new meaning.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 120 pre-event facts: Matt Brown matches longtime record in retirement bout

First, there’s the training.

“Before, for most of my fights I had to buy my plane tickets, spend money on gas and food, on the hotel,” Albini said. “I had all these extra concerns about that. Now I got to focus solely on the fight. I was able to invest a lot in myself. I brought in a new boxing instructor to help.

“And it doesn’t just affect me. A lot of my training partners live off fighting, as well, but need to get other jobs , oo. I was able to pay them, too, so they could put in some more time to work with me.”

And that’s just on the practical side of things for Albini – who, by the way, hasn’t even touched his bonus money yet. Emotionally, too, the heavyweight gets to reap the enormous benefits of a new life.

“Right now, I can go out with my daughter,” Albini said. “I can get her anything she wants. We can go out the whole weekend, and I can treat her to whatever she wants. For me, it’s the greatest pleasure I have in my life right now: to provide my daughter with everything that she wants.”

The part where people send him messages and talk about him online, Albini says, is taking some getting used to. And he’ll also admit that he wasn’t exactly expecting his second UFC fight to come right before the co-main event in a card that includes possible barnburners like John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes and Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon.

Junior Albini.

Overall, though, he’s taking the oddity of his new status in stride.

“I try to put that in the back of my mind and focus solely on the fight,” Albini said. “But I didn’t expect it to happen like this. And, as the fight comes close, the volume gets turned up even louder. So it’s been weird. But I’ve been able to deal with it.

“I’ve been able to stay calm, focusing more on my training and on the people who are here with me.”

If in a way it’s been somewhat of an overnight shift in Albini’s circumstances, in others it’s been a lifetime in the making. Getting this far, after all, involved a lot of sacrifice. But even through the rough times, the heavyweight says he always knew things would end up falling into place.

“I’m just relieved it’s really happening,” Albini said. “I don’t even think it took to long. I think it’s the right time. I believe it happened at a time when I’m ready. Even when things were hard, when money was short and I went without a lot of things, I think it made me grow as a person.

“And I think that, with everything I went through, I came into the UFC a fully prepared athlete.”

Hearing all of this, it’s easy to see why Albini isn’t particularly fazed by the thought of facing someone like Arlovski so quickly. As it turns out, Albini has not only been following his opponent’s career since before he began his own, he’s drawn inspiration from Arlovki’s “classy and composed” style to assemble his own skills.

“He has a different style than most of the heavyweights, so I have always enjoyed him,” Albini said.

But the joy and honor of meeting one of his personal idols ends the moment Albini’s own mission begins.

“I won’t let the weight of his name affect me,” Albini said. “There are many big, tough names in the UFC. So I need to see him as if he’s anyone else.”

There’s added weight in Arlovski’s case: his current skid. While he told MMAjunkie that he still sees himself fighting for a few years, a sixth consecutive loss could certainly carry some implications at least as far as Arlovski’s octagon career goes.

Still, Albini can’t afford the luxury of worrying about that.

“I’m looking for a knockout, for sure,” Albini said. “(The bonus) wouldn’t be bad. But I’m definitely going to look for a knockout.”

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

And for more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC's Grant Dawson notified of potential USADA violation

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Grant Dawson failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.

Officials today announced the news.

The featherweight’s failed test was the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 18.

From USADA:

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Dawson. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Anyanwu (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) signed with the UFC earlier this year after scoring a second-round submission win over Adrian Diaz at DWCS 6. Dawson, a 23-year-old Titan FC and Victory FC vet, hadn’t been booked for his UFC official debut.

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


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UFC-Norfolk official weigh-in video highlights, photos: Plenty of fireworks on tap in Virginia

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The weigh-ins are in the books for Saturday’s UFC debut in Norfolk, Va., and free TV is getting arguably one of its top cards of the year.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) tries to climb back into the title picture against perennial contender Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC). And in the co-feature, Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) fights for what may be (or maybe not?) the final time when he meets “TUF 1” winner Diego Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC), who is returning to welterweight after a run at lightweight and featherweight.

Today, the fighters made weight for their bouts, then faced off with each other at the official weigh-ins at the host hotel in Virginia Beach. Check out the highlights from the six fights on the main card in the video above. And below, don’t miss our exclusive photo gallery from proceedings.

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 fight card might not be as star-studded as the recent UFC 217 blockbuster, but it’s still a deep card full of recognizable names worthy of your attention.

In the main event, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis looks to show that he’s still a player in the 155-pound division despite a record of 1-3 in his four most recent lightweight contests. Pettis’ opponent, Dustin Poirier, is anxious to keep climbing the divisional rankings since returning to lightweight in 2015.

In the co-main event, two veteran brawlers meet in a welterweight bout that might be the final fight for one of them. Matt Brown might call it a career after his bout against Diego Sanchez, but then again, he might not.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. On the hunt

With a move up the 155-pound rankings on the line, the headlining bout between Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) and Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is a must watch.

Poirier is currently No. 13 in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. Former lightweight champ Pettis checks in at No. 11.

After a two-fight run at featherweight, Pettis returned to form in his most recent fight, a decision win over Jim Miller. Pettis looked loose and relaxed in that bout. He employed a high-pressure and unconventional striking game that harkened back to his glory days. As for Poirier, he’s coming off an exciting fight with former champ Eddie Alvarez that unfortunately ended in a no-contest in the second round after Alvarez landed illegal knees to Poirier’s head.

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Before the Alvarez fight, Poirier was on a 5-1 run at 155 pounds. During that stretch, he looked like a complete and confident fighter. This bout should let us know if Pettis is indeed back to form.

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Imagine how glorious a fight between Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC)
and Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) would have been just a few years ago. Between 2013 and 2014, Brown took home a bonus in each of his four bouts. Sanchez earned bonuses in six of his nine fights between 2009 and 2013. Neither has picked up a bonus since then.

That’s not to say this welterweight matchup is going to be a snoozer. Fans are almost guaranteed a slobberknocker, but with Brown’s record at 1-5 in his six most recent bouts and Sanchez 3-3 in his past six, it feels like this fight would have been more fun had it come a little sooner.

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Brown is the more technical striker of the two while Sanchez tends to bite down on his mouthpiece and throw caution to the wind. Brown suffered the first two knockout losses of his career in his two most recent outings. Sanchez was also knocked out in his two most recent setbacks.

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In his UFC debut, Junior Albini scored a first-round knockout of Timothy Johnson. He earned a sorely needed “Performance of the Night” bonus that night.

“I was never able to buy her a toy or something like that,” Albini said of his daughter following his win. “All of her toys were like shampoos, empty bottles, because we didn’t have much money. My wife was following my dream too together, so it means a lot to me right now that I can make a living and give back to them what they suffered together with me.”

Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) faces former heavyweight champion and current rankings honorable mention Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC), who, with five straight losses on his record (four by stoppage), is in the worst slump of his lengthy career.

As an aside, hopefully the UFC gets Albini a pair of shorts that fit for this fight.

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Raphael Assuncao hoped a win over Marlon Moraes at UFC 212 would earn him a bantamweight title shot. And, he did win, but a title shot didn’t materialize. Instead, the No. 4-ranked Brazilian faces rankings honorable mention Matthew Lopez in Norfolk.

Assuncao is currently on a 9-1 run. His sole defeat was a unanimous-decision defeat to current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in 2016. That loss came after injuries kept the 35-year-old from the octagon for more than 21 months.

Lopez might not be the opponent Assuncao wanted, but he can’t take the 30-year-old American lightly. Lopez dropped his UFC debut, a short-notice fight to Rani Yahya. Since then he’s gone 2-0. After his recent first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo, Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) called for a bout with any fighter above him in the rankings. We’ll find out if he bit off more than he can chew with Assuncao (25-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC).

5. That’s a lot of bonuses

Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) vs. Joe Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) is the kind of fight with which you look at the matchup and think, “You know, these guys aren’t what they used to be. But I like it.”

Guida has had a rough run as of late. After he dropped decisions to Benson Henderson in 2011 and Gray Maynard in 2012, he decided to give featherweight a go. The results were less than ideal. Guida wrapped up his run at 145 pounds with a record of 3-4. He moved back to lightweight in June and scored a decision win over Erik Koch.

Lauzon has alternated wins and losses since 2014 and is 4-4 over that time. His most recent fight was a majority-decision loss to Stevie Ray.

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With 24 fight-night bonuses between them, expectations are high that these two will increase that number in Virginia.

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Two of the more entertaining bantamweights face off when No. 7-ranked Marlon Moraes meets rankings honorable mention John Dodson.

Moraes (18-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), the former WSOF bantamweight champ, saw his 13-fight winning streak come to an end when he dropped a split decision to Assuncao in June. Dodson (19-8 MMA, 8-3 UFC)
is 2-1 since returning to 135 pounds. In his most recent bout, Dodson earned a decision win over Eddie Wineland.

This fight is essentially a pick’em. That makes sense because it’s the most evenly matched bout on the card. While Dodson has the speed advantage, Moraes has a deeper arsenal of striking techniques. Moraes also employs good feints, which he might use to draw Dodson into striking range.

With both fighters recently coming out on the wrong end of split decisions, fans should expect a spirited display.

7. It’s been a while

It’s been 16 months since Tatiana Suarez won Season 23 of “The Ultimate Fighter”” with a first-round submission of Amanda Cooper. The accomplished wrestler has been on the sidelines since that “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning victory. She returns against Viviane Pereira, who has fought three times since Suarez (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won “TUF.”

Pereira’s (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) most recent bout was a June decision win over Jaime Moyle.

Both of these strawweights are unbeaten. Pereira has a definite advantage in experience with nine more pro fights than Suarez. However, with so much time in the gym between contests, Suarez is likely to show a fair amount of progress in her overall MMA game.

8. He’s back

Sage Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) makes his 2017 debut against Michel Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout. The contest is Northcutt’s first as a member of Team Alpha Male.

Northcutt is under a lot of pressure in this fight. After two stoppage wins in his first two UFC contests, the highly promoted 21-year-old is on a 1-2 run. Both losses came at welterweight. He also packed all five of his previous fights into a 14-month span. That rushed schedule might have hampered the development of the young fighter. With nearly a year between fights, we’ll find out if Northcutt used his time away from the octagon wisely.

Quinones had a five-fight winning streak come to an end with a TKO loss in his UFC debut in June.

9. Looking for two in a row

Angela Hill had a rough go during her first run with the UFC. She won her debut against Emily Kagan but then dropped fights to Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas. After her loss to Namajunas, which was just her fourth pro fight, Hill moved to Invicta FC. With that promotion she went 4-0, and won and defended the Invicta FC strawweight title. In her return to the UFC, Hill dropped a decision to Jessica Andrade. She bounced back with a win over Ashley Yoder in her most recent bout.

One of the biggest personalities in the sport, Hill, who is ranked No. 8 at strawweight, faces Nina Ansaroff, who ended a two-fight losing skid in her most recent fight, a January submission win over Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger.

This should be a good striking battle. Hill (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the more technical striker with a solid muay Thai base, but Ansaroff (7-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has more power. Both fighters land at a 50 percent striking rate, but Hill is more active.

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Two relatively young middleweights who like to get things done in a hurry open this card. Darren Stewart, who drops from light heavyweight for this fight, has five first-round knockouts to his name (one later ruled a no-contest due to an accidental head-butt). His opponent, Karl Roberson, has finished his past four opponents in the first stanza.

Roberson (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) comes into this contest on the strength of a 15-second knockout of Ryan Spann on DWCS 3. Stewart (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered his first career loss in his most recent bout, dropping a decision to Francimar Barroso. Stewart faded as that fight wore on, so it will be interesting to see if the drop to 185 pounds helps his cardio.

Roberson has a kickboxing background, which should give him the striking advantage in this contest. He’s also likely to have the edge in confidence, as well, after defeating 15-fight veteran Spann in July.

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Who ya got?! Fighters weigh in on Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC-Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. – A former champion continues his quest to get back to lightweight title contention in the UFC Fight Night 120 main event.

Ex-UFC and WEC champ Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) meets Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 120, which takes place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Pettis is No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. Poirier is No. 13. The bout is nearly a pick’em and the closest on the card as far as the oddsmakers are concerned with Pettis at -120 and Poirier at -110.

But who are some of their fellow UFC-Norfolk fighters picking in the main event?

Check out the video above to get their picks.

RelatedDustin Poirier trying to move past Alvarez debacle, believes win over Pettis has him in title mix

And for more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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ONE Championship titleholder Angela Lee says she fell asleep prior to horrific car accident

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Angela Lee has apologized for a horrific car accident that forced her out of a scheduled ONE Championship title defense.

Her update should also serve as a warning about driving while tired.

Lee (8-0), a 21-year-old Hawaiian-based Canadian who’s held ONE Championship’s atomweight belt since May 2016, was forced to pull out of an upcoming fight with challenger Mei Yamaguchi (16-10-1), which was slated for “ONE Championship 65: Immortal Pursuit” on Nov. 24 in Singapore.

ONE Championship officials announced the accident earlier this week, and we saw a photo of Lee’s mangled Audi (via Twitter):

BREAKING: Hawaii's @angelaleemma was involved in car accident on O'ahu Monday. Family confirms no serious injuries but will postpone #ONEFC Atomweight title defense vs. Mei Yamaguchi which was scheduled for Nov. 24th in Singapore pic.twitter.com/CZOpDo8Ueg

— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) November 8, 2017

In a message posted this morning on Instagram, Lee said she fell asleep at the wheel during an early-morning drive to practice, and she apologized to fans and Yamaguchi for the accident.

Here’s the full message (via Instagram):

“On Monday November 6, 2017 I was in a car accident.
I woke up early (4:30am) to drive to my gym, which is 5 minutes from my house and in a blink of an eye… I dozed off, woke up and the next thing I️ knew, my car had hit the guardrail and flipped over about 6 times.
I️ am so grateful that no one else was hurt. It’s also a miracle that I’m still here today, alive and well.
I️ admit that I️ shouldn’t have been driving if I️ was tired… At the time however, I️ was not aware of how tired I️ really was. This incident was truly an eye opener. Like every obstacle or adversity in life, I️ will face it and I will overcome it. I️ will learn from it and it will be used as a lesson. I️ want to personally thank each and every person for their love, support and words of encouragement during this time.
I️ want to send an apology to my opponent, Mei Yamaguchi, the fans looking forward to the fight and my organization, ONE Championship. It was not my intention to withdraw from this fight and I️ will be back. Although I️ will not be fighting on the 24 November card in Singapore, I️ will still be in attendance, showing my support.
In closing, I️ would like to say that physically I️ may look a little banged up but I️ know that these scars and bruises will heal rather fast. The majority of my time spent healing will be focused more on my emotional and spiritual state of mind. I️ appreciate your patience & understanding during this time.
With love,
Angela”

Lee didn’t give a time table for her possible return to the cage, where she will look for her third straight title defense.

For more on ONE Championship 65, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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ONE Championship 64 results: Martin Nguyen becomes 2-division champ with highlight-reel KO

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Eduard Folayang attempted to put Martin Nguyen on his highlight reel with a knockout via spinning kick. The result, however, was a crushing knockout defeat that caused him to lose his ONE Championship lightweight title.

ONE Championship featherweight titleholder Nguyen (9-2) moved up to 155 pounds for the champion-vs.-champion affair, which headlined today’s ONE Championship 64 event. That decision paid off, and he added a second belt to his collection with a second-round knockout of Folayang (18-6) in the online pay-per-view bout at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Folayang entered the contest as the betting favorite, and in the early going, the odds seemed justified. His size and range gave Nguyen some troubles, but he figured out the solution to the puzzle going into the second round.

During a striking exchange in the second frame, Nguyen perfectly countered the spinning attack of his opponent and caught Folayang with a clean right hand. He went down in a heap, and just like that a new 155-pound champion was crowned and history was made (via Twitter):

Martin Nguyen KOs Eduard Folayang
to become the first 2-division One champion pic.twitter.com/TueUy2Nycc

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 10, 2017

Moraes taps Kingad to defend 125 belt

Adriano Moraes (16-2) continued his dominant run in the ONE Championship flyweight division when he earned his first title defense with a first-round submission of an overmatched Danny Kingad (7-1).

It was a classic performance from Moraes, who spent the first few minutes of the fight engaging with his opponent on the feet. He waited for Kingad to throw a lazy kick and caught it to secure a takedown. Once he was on top, Moraes went to work.

Moraes broke down Kingad on the mat and threatened from a number of positions. Moraes found his way to the back, and once there, he locked in a rear-naked choke to get the tap at the 4:45 mark of Round 1.

“This is my house, this is my belt, and this is my class,” Moraes said after his victory. “Thank you very much.”

Chung survives Belingon’s power

Kevin Belingon (17-5) proved why he’s one of the most prolific strikers in ONE Championship history when he put on another display of striking violence with a unanimous-decision victory against Kevin Chung (4-1).

The heat behind Belingon’s strikes was too much for Chung to handle in the bantamweight bout. He consistently rocked his opponent with hard punches and kicks, and though Chung managed to survive the pressure and sprinkle in some moments of success, he couldn’t thwart Belingon’s offense, and he lost on the scorecards.

With the victory, Belingon improved to 5-1 in his past six fights. Chung, meanwhile, suffered his first career loss.

Complete ONE Championship 64 results included:

Main card (Online pay-per-view, 7:30 a.m. ET)

  • Martin Nguyen def. Eduard Folayang via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 2:20 – to win lightweight title
  • Champ Adriano Moraes def. Danny Kingad via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:45 – to defend flyweight title
  • Kevin Belingon def. Kevin Chung via unanimous decision
  • Alex Silvadef. Hayato Suzuki via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:22
  • Reece McLaren def. Anatpong Bunrad via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:52
  • ZhiKang Zhao def. Thai Rithy via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:31

Preliminary card (Facebook, 6 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 64, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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