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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2505 with Gina Mazany, Gustavo Lopez, Dave LaGreca

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Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Gina Mazany, Gustavo Lopez and Dave LaGreca.

UFC women’s bantamweight Mazany and MMA free agent Gustavo Lopez, both fighting out of the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, co-hosted the second hour of the show. LaGreca, host of the pro wrestling show “Busted Open” on SiriusXM Rush 93, talked to the hosts about crossover athletes like Brock Lesnar, Cris “Cyborg” and Shayna Baszler, and how they impact each sport.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.


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MMA coach Ray Longo on how he looks for concussed fighters and has 'the talk'

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Fighting is a rough business, but veteran MMA coach Ray Longo tries to minimize risks in the gym.

When a fighter gets too banged up, he has “the talk” with them.

Such was the case with UFC veteran Pete Sell (10-6 MMA, 2-5 UFC), who suffered knockout losses in four of his final eight fights. Sell retired in 2012.

“‘Drago’ would fight you tomorrow,” Longo told MMAjunkie Radio. “He wants to fight. That’s what he loves to do. But we’re just not having it.”

Longo said his longtime charge Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) hasn’t taken too many major hits during his decorated career in the UFC. But he’s watching.

“We do a lot of concussion testing in the gym with some newer technology stuff,” Longo said. “It’s a hot topic, and we’re definitely not turning a blind eye to it. I believe we’re on top of it.”

RelatedJoe Rogan sorry for interviewing concussed Daniel Cormier: '100 percent my (expletive) up'

The gym is one of the last lines of defense when it comes to resting concussed fighters. Although state athletic commissions issue suspensions to those who’ve been through knockouts or tough fights, enforcement of no-contact orders is not realistic for a sport that’s so geographically spread out.

In reality, there’s little to stop a fighter who wants to jump back into sparring after a knockout, other than professional colleagues.

Longo said he used to be a “wild man” when he was a young martial-arts practitioner. But now, he sometimes keeps students benched for up to one month if they’ve been concussed in sparring.

“Both (Aljamain Sterling) and Chris, I pulled back on their sparring for (their respective fights at UFC 214 and UFC on FOX 25),” he said. “I don’t think you can ever be too cautious, but this is the sport they choose, and they are going to get hit.”

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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ONE Championship 58 results and highlights

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ONE Championship 58 takes place today, and you can join us for live results and event highlights.

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

Champion Bibiano Fernandes (20-3), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, takes on challenger Andrew Leone (8-2) in the headliner.

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In a rather quick lightweight bout, Shannon Wiratchai (8-1) connected on a stiff knee to the head to earn a 29-second knockout win over Rajinder Singh Meena (8-7), who couldn’t really find his footing after the shot (via Twitter):

Shannon Wiratchai KOs (knee) Rajinder Singh Meena in 29 seconds – ONE
Wiratchai is a gentleman :) pic.twitter.com/uSHeWwVu2S

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 5, 2017

In strawweight action, Hayato Suzuki (17-0-2) needed less than a round to drag the fight to the mat and tap out strawweight Joshua Pacio (9-2) with a rear-naked choke (via Twitter):

Hayato Suzuki Taps Joshua Pacio in 1R – ONE pic.twitter.com/BF3tjUSe7J

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 5, 2017

In a featherweight bout, Kotetsu Boku (26-11-2) survived some early knockdowns to rally strong and stop a fading Eric Kelly (12-4) with third-round punches while on the mat (via Twitter):

Kotetsu Boku TKOs Eric Kelly in 3R – ONE pic.twitter.com/1eY4n0J9cN

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 5, 2017

In the main-card opener, Chen Lei (3-0) tapped out flyweight Saiful Merican (5-4) with a third-round armbar (via Twitter):

Lei Chen Taps Saiful Merican in 3R – ONE pic.twitter.com/Bhf175bx4y

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 5, 2017

Full ONE Championship 58 results include:

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

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

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

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


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#TFGinterview: The story of Indian BJJ Prospect Anjan Raman and how you can help him - The Fan Garage (press release) (blog)

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#TFGinterview: The story of Indian BJJ Prospect Anjan Raman and how you can help him
The Fan Garage (press release) (blog)
Based out of Bangalore, the undefeated MMA fighter has been consistently training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over four years now. In this span of four years, he represented India on a couple of International tournaments and added some medals to his resume.

LFA 18 highlights: Check out this nifty 1st-round face-plant

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Friday’s LFA 18 event had a title and a handful of stoppages, including a memorable one early in the night.

LFA 18 took place at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., and the main card aired on AXS TV.

In the main event, featherweight champion Kevin Aguilar (13-1) retained his bout with a unanimous-decision clean sweep of Justin Rader (6-3) while scoring 50-45 tallies across the board. It was “not an overly exciting fight,” as cageside commentator Pat Miletich put it.

RelatedLFA 18 results: Kevin Aguilar retains featherweight title with decision over Justin Rader

However, there was plenty of action earlier in the fight, including Daryl Wilson (7-1) knocking out and face-planting lightweight veteran Jarrod Card (16-9-1) in 64 seconds.

Additionally, in the co-main event, Brendan Allen (8-2) rallied to tap out middleweight Chris Harris (9-2) with a second-round triangle choke, and in a main-card welterweight bout, Chauncey Foxworth (7-4) bullied and beat down Braden Smith (8-2) for a third-round TKO win.

Check out all of the highlights above.

For more on LFA 18, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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How to watch UFC Fight Night 114 tonight: Fight card, start time, online results and how to stream Pettis vs. Moreno

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The UFC returns to Mexico tonight with UFC Fight Night 114. Here’s how to watch.

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. Prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass (7 p.m. ET), the UFC’s digital streaming network, before the card shifts to FS1 for more prelims (8 p.m. ET) and the main card (10 p.m. ET).

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

RelatedUFC Fight Night 114 play-by-play and live results (7 p.m. ET)

In the main event, Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) fights in front of his home Mexico fans when he takes on Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a battle of flyweight contenders. And in the co-feature, Mexico’s Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in a women’s strawweight fight (though Grasso missed weight on Friday, making it a catchweight bout).

The full UFC Fight Night 114 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC Fight Night 114 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC Fight Night 114 main card (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
  • Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo
  • Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
  • Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath
UFC Fight Night 114 preliminary card (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
  • Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas
UFC Fight Night 114 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
  • Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez
  • Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 play-by-play and live results (7 p.m. ET)

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MEXICO CITY – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the headliner, flyweight Sergio Pettis takes on Mexico’s own Brandon Moreno. And in the co-feature, Mexico’s Alexa Grasso meets Randa Markos in a women’s strawweight fight.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 7 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the FS1 prelims, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card on FS1.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC Fight Night 114 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi

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Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez

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Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas

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Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya

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Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval

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Brad Scott vs. Jack Hermansson

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Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath

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Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans

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Martin Bravo vs. Humberto Bandenay

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Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price

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Randa Markos vs. Alexa Grasso

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Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno

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MEXICO CITY – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC Fight Night 114 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 7 p.m. ET for the preliminary card and 10 p.m. ET for the main card.


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LFA 18 results: Kevin Aguilar retains featherweight title with decision over Justin Rader

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Justin Rader had two things in mind in his quest to become LFA’s featherweight champion against titleholder Kevin Aguilar: kicks and takedowns.

The kicks were mostly there throughout for Rader (6-3). The takedowns, not so much, and Aguilar (13-1) retained his 145-pound title with a unanimous decision victory in the LFA 18 main event – despite some solid moments from the challenger throughout the five-round fight. Aguilar won with scores of 50-45 across the board.

LFA 18 took place at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. The main card aired live on AXS TV.

Rader worked kicks early, including one to the head 40 seconds in, not seeming to care if it might lead to an Aguilar takedown. Aguilar landed a counter jab that put Rader on his butt. But back on the feet, Rader contineud to fire away with kicks, keeping Aguilar from getting inside. But with less than two minutes left in the round, Rader went after a single-leg takedown and it led to Aguilar landing heavy hands to the head. Rader landed a left hook on the way out, then had to get on his bike as the round came to an end when Aguilar tried to chase him down.

In the second round, Rader was all about the kicks again – sometimes flashy, sometimes just workmanlike. Late in the round, he again tried for a takedown, but it was easily stuffed. And just before the horn, Aguilar hurt him with a left hand that put him on the canvas with just a few seconds left.

About 90 seconds into the third, after eating a right hand, Aguilar planted his shin on Rader’s head. After that, it seemed a little eaiser for him to land some heavy punches. And when Rader shot for a takedown midway through the frame, just like before, Aguilar stuffed it and made him pay. With five seconds left in the round, Aguilar drilled Rader in the face with another kick – but Rader survived it to see a fourth frame.

Rader tried to roll into a takedown right away in the fourth, but it wasn’t there. But 45 seconds later, it finally was. Rader got the takedown he seemed to want all fight – but couldn’t keep the champion there, and it was right back to the middle. Just past the midway point of the fourth, Aguilar landed a massive kick of his own to the body. Rader worked through it and landed a right hand moments later.

In the fifth, Rader had to take some punishment to get it, but was able to get his second takedown about 90 seconds in. He just couldn’t keep things there, and Aguilar quickly got back to his feet. The champ cruised the rest of the round on his way to a sweep on the judges’ scorecards.

Brendan Allen and Chris Harris

Allen taps out Harris in second round

Brendan Allen had to rally against Chris Harris in the co-main event, but he did it in a big way.

In the second round of their middleweight fight, Allen (8-2) came out swinging. Harris (9-2) fired back. But when the fight hit the canvas, Allen locked up a triangle choke. He couldn’t keep it and tried for an armbar. Harris survived initially, but Allen went after it again.

The second shot at it included Allen getting Harris’ arm into the equation, and soon Harris had to tap at the 1:22 mark of the second round.

After a decision loss to Eryk Anders in a middleweight title fight in June, Allen said he thought LFA’s upcoming vacant 185-pound title fight (Anders vacated the belt to go to the UFC) had the wrong fighters. Ian Heinisch meets Markus Perez Echeimberg for the belt at LFA 22 in September.

“I thought Chris Harris was the best in the division, outside of myself,” Allen said. “I feel like I just fought two title fights in a row. That dude’s much better than Ian Heinisch.”

UFC vet Kelades grinds out Shinn

Chris Kelades, right, and Tyler Shinn

In his first fight since a four-bout stint in the UFC, Chris Kelades got back in the win column with his first victory in more than two years.

Kelades (10-3) took a unanimous decision from Tyler Shinn (8-4) in a 130-pound catchweight fight. Kelades took a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27.

Shinn got an easy takedown 25 seconds into the fight and moved to side control. It took Shinn another 45 seconds to jump to mount, though he gave it up quickly. Kelades got back to his feet midway through the round, but Shinn brilliantly worked for a choke. He had it tight, but Kelades popped out and was able to get on top and took over the second half of the frame with ground-and-pound.

That’s how it went the rest of the way. For 10 minutes in the second and third rounds, Kelades asserted his control on top on the ground and worked enough ground-and-pound to stay busy and avoid a standup on his way to the win.

Foxworth dominates Smith for late TKO

Chauncey Foxworth

Chauncey Foxworth had to fend off some fairly vicious leg attacks from Braden Smith, but it was mostly smooth sailing for him in their welterweight bout, all the way to a late TKO.

Smith (8-2) worked for a takedown early, but couldn’t get it. When Foxworth (7-4) landed some big punches three minutes in, Smith had even more reason to want to look for a takedown. He couldn’t get it, and instead pulled guard – but it was Foxworth who got on top on the canvas and worked ground-and-pound with Smith along the fence. Smith tried for a toe hold in the final 30 seconds, but Foxworth made him pay with more punches.

In the second round, Smith struggled on the feet – then again pulled guard and got into even more trouble. But on the ground, he went after Foxworth’s leg again and cranked hard. Foxworth survived and teed off on Smith’s head and body. And in the third, it was more of the same – just absent any significant submission attempts from Smith. Finally, Foxworth was able to get full mount and pounded Smith till he got the stoppage with 29 seconds left in the fight.

Wilson KOs overzealous Card in 64 seconds

Daryl Wilson and Jarrod Card

Jarrod Card was at a big height and reach disadvantage against Daryl Wilson, but that didn’t play much of a part in working against him.

Card (16-9-1) rushed in with his hands down and his head straight up a minute into the first round, and Wilson (7-1) made him pay with a knockout just 64 seconds into their lightweight fight. When Card came forward strong trying to throw a left, Wilson peppered his left out, then threw a big right hook that planted Card on the canvas. It took Wilson only another couple punches to get the stoppage.

LFA 18 results:

  • Kevin Aguilar def. Justin Rader via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) – to retain featherweight title
  • Brendan Allen def. Chris Harris via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:22
  • Chris Kelades def. Tyler Shinn via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Chauncey Foxworth def. Braden Smith via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:31
  • Daryl Wilson def. Jarrod Card via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:04
  • Derrick Adkins def. Kyle Driscoll via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jose Martinez def. James Warren via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 3

For more on LFA 18, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Leandro Ataides not feeling superstitious at ONE Championship 58 despite another Eastern European foe

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Now that he’s been back in the win column for eight months, Leandro Ataides finally has a chance to put together his first winning streak in more than three years.

Ataides (9-3) takes on Michal Pasternak (12-2) in a middleweight bout on Saturday at “ONE Championship 58: Kings & Conquerors,” which takes place at Cotai Arena in Macau, China. The card streams via online pay-per-view in North America.

This past December, Ataides landed a flying knee against Mohamed Ali at ONE Championship 51 for a TKO. But most importantly for the Brazilian, he snapped a three-fight skid – the only three losses of his career after a perfect 8-0 start.

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“Losses are never good,” Ataides told MMAjunkie. “The worst was the first loss after being undefeated for a long time. My loss to Igor Svirid affected me greatly. But I truly never gave up. In a fight, you either learn or you win. So through my losses, I learned not to give up. And I’m always trying to evolve.”

That loss to Svirid at ONE Championship 22 in November 2014 came in just 17 seconds. Ten months later, he was knocked out by Aleksei Butorin at ONE Championship 31. And in May 2016, he dropped a split call to Marcin Prachnio.

The bizarre thing is, all three of Ataides’ losses are to Eastern European fighters. Pasternak? He’s from Poland. But don’t talk to Ataides about bad mojo.

“I’ve had difficulties with guys from that part of the world,” he said. “But I’m not superstitious. I’ll give my best. And if we’re going to talk about superstitions, he’s already lost to a Brazilian – Roger Gracie. I don’t put much stock in things like that. I come from jiu-jitsu so this is a good opportunity for me to showcase my ground skills.”

Speaking of parts of the world, Ataides said he arrived in China several weeks ahead of the fight in order to teach jiu-jitsu. And it went well enough that it’s possible he might wind up moving there.

“I’m really happy with how well I’ve been treated,” he said. “In the near future I’ll find out if I’ll end up living here. We’re seeing if we can bring Brazilian jiu-jitsu from my team to Beijing and around China.”

If that happens, his time there would no doubt get off to a much better start with a win over Pasternak.

For more on ONE Championship 58, check out the MMA Rumorssection of the site.


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5-fight UFC vet Leandro Issa explains why he's glad to be back in ONE Championship

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When Leandro Issa steps in the cage in Macau on Saturday, it will be for the first time in nearly a year.

It also will be for the first time for ONE Championship in more than four years. In the time since he most recently fought for the promotion, way back at ONE Championship 8 in 2013, Issa was busy – just not busy enough.

The Brazilian, based in Asia for nearly a decade, fought five times under the UFC banner, going 2-3. But he said the frequency of his fights in the world’s preeminent promotion was not up to his standards – which is why he’s glad to be back for ONE Championship.

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“Fighting in the UFC was my dream,” Issa told MMAjunkie. “I had a great experience there. I lost some and I won some. But in the last two years there, I wasn’t too happy. They only booked me once a year. I was training, never hurt, always asking to fight. I only had two fights in the last two years. It’s bad for a fighter’s career.

“It was great to fight in the greatest promotion in the world, and to fight in Brazil and in Las Vegas, which were also dreams of mine. But now I feel happy to be back at ONE Championship.”

Issa (13-6) on Saturday takes on Toni Tauru (11-5-1) in a bantamweight bout at “ONE Championship 58: Kings & Conquerors,” which takes place at Cotai Arena in Macau, China. The card streams via online pay-per-view in North America.

Issa’s tenure in the UFC started out strong enough. He fought three times for the promotion in 2014, including back-to-back submission wins. But after he tapped Yuta Sasaki at UFC Fight Night 58 in December 2014, he waited till August 2015 for a fight against Iuri Alcantara at UFC 190 in Brazil. Then he waited another 13 months to fight Taylor Lapilus at UFC Fight Night 93. He lost both those final two by decision.

Now he’s had another lengthy time on the shelf – 11 months ahead of the fight with Tauru. It hasn’t been for lack of trying to get booked, though, and the result is his meeting with Tauru, a Finnish fighter who has dropped four of his past five fights.

Issa lives in Singapore and teaches jiu-jitsu at Evolve MMA – where he said he trains with 10 Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts. It’s not exactly a home game for him in Macau, but he expects plenty of support from the Asian MMA fans.

“My preparation has been great,” Issa said. “His strong point is jiu-jitsu; so is mine. So I feel it will be a great fight. I’ve been training a lot of muay Thai. … I’m very focused on this fight. Hopefully I can fight one more time this year. Ultimately, my goal is the championship belt, but we’re taking it one step at a time.”

For more on ONE Championship 58, check out the MMA Rumorssection of the site.


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ONE Championship 58's Adriano Moraes hopes activity pays off in title unifier vs. Kairat Akhmetov

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ONE Championship is billing Saturday’s co-main event as the biggest championship rematch in the promotion’s history, and that might not be hyperbole.

With an undefeated flyweight champion in Kairat Akhmetov (20-0), ONE Championship 58’s co-feature has his unblemished record on the line, as well as his 125-pound title against interim champ Adriano Moraes (15-2). To put a little more at stake, Moraes will be trying to avenge a loss to Akhmetov from nearly two years ago, when he dropped a split decision.

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Akhmetov has not fought since his win over Moraes in 2015, and Brazil’s Moraes is hoping his two wins over that same stretch help make the difference.

“I’m very happy with this opportunity to be able to face Kairat again,” Moraes told MMAjunkie. “It’s been two years since we last fought. Thankfully, I fought twice more since then. I’m coming off two victories. I stayed active. I’m really happy ONE gave me this shot at the belt again. I believe Kairat wasn’t fighting due to injury. Thankfully he’s well now, so we can fight again and see who really is No. 1.”

Moraes said the 20 months since their initial meeting has given him plenty of time to reflect on the split-decision setback, which took place at ONE Championship 34. And when he wasn’t preparing for his fights against Eugene Toquero and Tilek Batyrov, both of whom he submitted, he no doubt was thinking about getting another crack at Akhmetov.

“I have studied him very well,” Moraes said. “When we first fought, he took me down a few times, so I’ve been working on takedown defense. I’m working on my wrestling with Steve Mocco at American Top Team. I’m also giving emphasis to my jiu-jitsu. If we scramble, my jiu-jitsu is of a higher caliber, no doubt. My training partners are Kyoji Horiguchi, Pedro Munhoz and Gleidson de Jesus. …

“Winning is most important, but my objective is to have a great fight and win by knockout or submission. I’m looking for a great victory. I’ll give everything I have.”

But that activity, even though it was only two fights, again is something Moraes hopes is a check in his favor. Two fights in 20 months compared to none for his opponent could make a huge difference.

“It’s great to be able to be active,” he said. “If too much time goes by, we end up developing rust. There’s a lack of adrenaline. Sometimes you feel that during a fight. It’s a point in my favor. So I’ll exploit it as much as possible. … I believe he’ll be well trained, but remaining active is my advantage. I think my fight memory will be sharper.”

For more on ONE Championship 58, check out the MMA Rumorssection of the site.


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UFC strawweight Angela Hill wants Cortney Casey or Cynthia Calvillo for next fight

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Fresh off her first UFC win, Angela Hill has a hit list for her next fight.

Hill (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) would really like to mix it up with Joanne Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), whom she felt got too much credit for her striking skills during their time on “The Ultimate Fighter 20.” The only problem is that Calderwood is likely moving up to the newly opened flyweight division.

Then there’s Cortney Casey (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who recently outpointed Jessica Aguilar at UFC 211 to bounce back from a decision loss to onetime title challenger Claudia Gadelha. Casey also won a victory outside the cage when the Texas athletic commission rightly walked back a drug suspension.

But maybe the biggest target is Cynthia Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who appears to have the inside track in the women’s strawweight division. She recently extended her current winning streak to three with a decision over Calderwood. She was a guest fighter this past Saturday at UFC 214, a nod that usually indicates favor from the promotion.

Now, Hill just needs someone to step up.

“I’ve been calling out Calvillo because she’s been super active,” she said. “I’m not sure if she’s going to jump right back in there immediately, but that would be a good fight for me, too. So yeah, I have a couple people in mind.”

Whoever steps up, Hill is at least on the right side of the column as she moves on with her UFC career. After a false start on “TUF 20” and a gritty loss to onetime title challenger Jessica Andrade, she has a debut win to propel her forward.

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

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ONE Championship champ Bibiano Fernandes, 37, unfazed by younger competition: 'A lot left in the tank'

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Throughout his almost 13-year MMA career, Bibiano Fernandes has met a plethora of opponents with different styles, backgrounds and weapons. All of them thought they could win. Five of them were eyeing his ONE Championship crown.

Still, only three were able to beat him. And it’s been six and a half years since that last happened.

With that in mind, one can kind of see why, at 37, bantamweight champ Fernandes (20-3) says he’s not too bothered by the idea of facing a fighter 10 years his junior in challenger Andrew Leone (8-2).

“Experience counts for more,” Fernandes told MMAjunkie. “I train to win. I don’t care if my opponent is young or old, or if he has good or bad stamina. I’m very dedicated. You can put anyone in front of me. Most of my training partners are younger. I’ve never complained.

“Of course, everyone wants to be champion. But I have a lot left in the tank, still.”

Fernandes and Leone headline Saturday’s “ONE Championship 58: Kings & Conquerors” at Cotai Arena in Macau, China. The card streams via online pay-per-view in North America.

Fernandes’ confidence is backed up by numbers. Ranked No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, Fernandes stands at a whopping 19-1 in his past 20 bouts.

The Brazilian champ has defended ONE Championship’s undisputed belt five times, after taking the interim title and unifying it. And he remains one of the biggest 135-pound names in the world, despite the fact he’s never fought for a major U.S. based promotion.

There’s no denying he’s a force. But, after years of finishes and unanimous calls, Fernandes recently saw himself winning in not-so-dominant-fashion. After five rounds against Reece McLaren this past December, Fernandes took a split call for the first time since 2010.

Did Fernandes feel close to losing his majesty, though? Well, even if he did, it doesn’t seem like he dwells on it too much.

“We train hard to get ready, but we never know what will happen in the actual fight,” Fernandes said. “If you watch our fight, I was dominating, but he connected with a cross to my nose on the third round. I took me out of my game for a moment until I could adjust again, and keep on fighting.

“He rocked me a little, that one time, but that was the only thing he did well in the entire fight. I believe he ran a lot and whenever he’d attack, I’d hit him with a counter. He may have broken my nose on the third, but I knocked him down on the fourth. Thankfully I was victorious, and now I’m looking at my next opponent.”

After a brief free-agency period, Fernandes has recently chosen to re-sign with his longtime home at One Championship for another three years. And, as he’d spoken to MMAjunkie about before, he’s absolutely at peace with the idea of being the one who got away for a number of major events.

“I’ll end my career in Asia,” Fernandes said. “It’s my job. It’s what I enjoy. Thankfully, this allows to take care of my family. ONE has grown a lot in Asia, and around the world.

“I did have offers from other promotions, but I’m focused on my family and my future. And ONE’s offer was much more generous.”

For more on ONE Championship 58, check out the MMA Rumorssection of the site.


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Alan Jouban balancing aggression and caution with eye on 'Performance of the Night' KO

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MEXICO CITY – Alan Jouban has done the calculated “being concerned about rankings and doing what it takes to win” thing. He’s also done the reckless “going to war” thing.

Now, he thinks he’s reached healthy middle ground.

Om Saturday Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) looks to recover from a submission loss to Gunnar Nelson that snapped a three-fight winning streak. He has in Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) a peculiar choice of opponent: While Price brings in an undefeated record to the bout, he’s had only two UFC bouts. He finished both Brandon Thatch and Alex Morono – a submission and a knockout, respectively.

Price could certainly benefit a lot from a win over Jouban. But, for a goal-driven familiar name looking to resume momentum after a recent detour, a fresh face with some obvious finishing skills might look like an odd match-up.

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So why say yes to Price?

“My opinion was it doesn’t really matter in the UFC that much,” Jouban told MMAjunkie ahead of the welterweight main-card scrap, which airs on FS1 from Mexico City Arena in Mexico. “Unless you’re in the top five or 10, if you’re in a three-fight streak, guys aren’t really going back and saying, ‘But who did he fight?’ They’re saying, ‘He’s on a three-fight win streak. What’s the momentum like?’

“And also, it’s not only if you’re winning fights, but it’s how you’re dong it. If I go out here and if I can real quick knock out this guy and I get on ‘SportsCenter’ the next day, that does just as much as if I had had a boring fight, or a great fight against a top-five or top-10 guy. So that’s my plan in this fight.”

Although he’s not exactly planning on getting hit, Jouban has prepared for war against Price. And for that, he’s brought out the fired-up “Alan Jouban of old” – you know that guy, the one who survived a hell of a scare before flooring Seth Baczynski in the first round of his UFC debut back in 2014.

But that doesn’t mean he’s about to entirely relinquish the more cerebral, defensive version that we saw picking apart Belal Muhammad and the hyper-aggressive Mike Perry en route to dominant decision wins a couple of years later.

The Price version, Jouban said, will still keep it smart. But it will also know when to pull the trigger, which he believes was lacking in his UFC Fight Night 107 outing with Nelson.

“The last fight, I stressed myself out too much on where am I the rankings, I need to fight a top guy, and this and that,” Jouban said. “And it kind of threw my game off. I was too cautious, too hesitant.

“Going into this fight, I don’t have those worries. I’m just here to knock somebody out, put on a ‘Performance of the Night’ for the Mexican fans and get the UFC fans behind me again. Letting them know that’s the same exciting fighter, and you never want to walk away from him when he’s fighting.”

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

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Who ya got?! Fighters weigh in on Brandon Moreno vs. Sergio Pettis at UFC Fight Night 114

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MEXICO CITY – Flyweights are on display when the UFC returns to Mexico on Saturday, including a home-grown fan favorite in the main event.

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, Mexico’s own Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) takes on Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a crucial fight for the 125-pound title picture. Moreno is a slight favorite on his home turf.

Our staff picks are in. But who are some of the other fighters on the UFC Fight Night 114 card picking in the main event?

Check out the video above to get their picks.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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LFA CEO Ed Soares explains why, rather than threatened, he feels good about DWCS

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There are different ways that LFA CEO Ed Soares could look at Dana White’s Contender Series weekly events.

On the one hand, with a number of active fighters on the LFA roster fighting for the UFC Fight Pass-streamed show – and some of them getting coveted UFC contracts in the process – Soares could have trouble with a top-level talent glut in his own promotion.

But aware of LFA’s specific role in the bigger picture, that’s not how the promoter and longtime MMA manager sees it.

“I’ve always taken a very positive approach about it, because at the end of the day, I realize there are a lot more fighters out there than there are opportunities,” Soares told MMAjunkie Radio on July 26, the day after Dana White’s Contender Series 3 took place in Las Vegas. “Last night, there were five fights. Four of the fights, three were guys from the LFA that won. One of them got signed. Some of those guys are going to come back with a win on the Contender Series. So that makes them more valuable to promote.

“At the end of the day, we’re there to build them up and feed them up there. Play like a minor league sort of thing. I do think that there might be some adversity at times, and we’ll have to make the adjustments. But I feel in the long run it’s going to be OK, because it’s just more opportunity for the guys.”

RelatedVideo: The sound of this devastating high-kick finish at DWCS 4 is guaranteed to make you cringe

Since Soares’ chat with MMAjunkie Radio, yet another former LFA fighter got an octagon contract: Julian Marquez, who stamped his ticket with a highlight-reel head-kick this week at Dana White’s Contender Series 4. Rather than a loss in his own fight cards, Soares sees that type of migration as a strong indicator of success.

“Our goal was to get as many guys as we can up into the UFC and Bellator,” Soares said. “And to think that eight people got signed in the month of July – and five of them got signed to UFC contracts. Three of them got signed through the Contender Series. So, basically, every week of the Contender Series, one guy from the LFA has been signed. At the end of the day, I feel like what we set out to do, we are doing.”

As the former president of RFA, which merged with Legacy FC to form LFA late last year, Soares has grown accustomed to “feeding” some of the talent they built in their cards, and considering their looser contracts, not getting any direct financial compensation for it.

But that, he explains, is simply part of the trade-off.

“I’m going to be very honest: It’s not like guys that are fighting for us are making a ton of money,” Soares said. “And that’s kind of the exchange that you get. We have a very open, very fighter-friendly – but how can we afford to pay you if there’s not a way for us to make a return in our investment?

“So our business model with our fighters is a little bit different: I can’t pay you maybe the amount that you want, but I’m also not locking you down and limiting you from making more money. I’m just giving you a platform to promote you.”

As for the state of his promotion less than one year since the merger, Soares is pleased. Not only is he exporting talent, but expanding his events throughout the U.S. way beyond their now-insufficient “regional” promotion status. With business going well, he’s confident RFA did “the right thing” by joining forces with Legacy FC.

“I think they did some things really well; they did some things better than the RFA,” Soares said. “And I think that there were certain things that the RFA maybe did better than Legacy. So I think what made us better is that we took the best of both worlds and put them together in the LFA.

“I think Legacy had some really great things. They created some huge stars: Holly Holm, Henry Cejudo, (Thomas) Almeida. A lot of people. And we did, too. We just had different strong points, and we were able to combine them and make our product even better.”

LFA returns to AXS TV on Friday. Headlined by a featherweight title fight between champ Kevin Aguilar and challenger Justin Rader, LFA 18 takes place at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla.

For more on LFA 18, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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LFA 18 headliner Justin Rader got a win, cheeseburger, fries, milkshake and title-shot offer

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Featherweight Justin Rader was two days removed from his victorious LFA debut, treating himself to a cheeseburger, fries and a milkshake when he got the call.

“They were like, ‘Hey, do you want to fight for the title here in 32 days?'” Rader told AXS TV’s Ron Kruck. “We talked about it. Slept on the decision. Opportunity knocked, and I was ready to go. I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ It was best for me, (for) my career.

“Opportunity knocks, and I’m going to answer.”

And answer he did. Tonight Rader (7-2) meets fellow Legacy FC vet and reigning LFA titleholder Kevin Aguilar (12-1) hoping to become LFA’s second featherweight champ. The two headline LFA 18, which airs on AXS TV from FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla.

RelatedLFA champ Kevin Aguilar on how KO loss to Leonard Garcia helped change his game

Rader, a jiu-jitsu black belt with two world titles in no-gi competition, is not exactly a stranger to high-level competition. However, tonight is the 30-year-old’s first time fighting for a belt since his transition to MMA in 2014.

In order to get it, he’ll have to snap Aguilar’s four-fight winning streak, which includes three TKO finishes and both LFA and a Legacy FC title wins. And he gets to do it in front of his Oklahoma home fans.

Still, Rader doesn’t seem all that fazed by the high stakes.

“I don’t put any pressure on myself for fights,” Rader said. “This is the toughest opponent I’ve face yet, and my toughest opponents bring out the best in me. That’s really how I’m looking at this fight. I’m very excited for it.”

The stylistic setup for this one is pretty easy to spot. Rader obviously knows his way on the ground, the same way Aguilar has been known to inflict some damage on the feet. And Rader has prepared for that.

But, much like his opponent, he’s careful not to look past the many unexpected ways the title scrap can unfold.

“Hey, anything can happen while you’re in there,” Rader said. “And things start going bad, I’m not going to be afraid to stand and strike. When I start to get afraid, that’s when things can start to break down and I can abandon the gameplan. Hey, he’s a tough guy – no doubt about it, no way around it.

“I have a lot of respect for Kevin, and especially how hard he hits. Those things are going to happen. And things go bad, I need to stay calm, and I need to keep my composure. Exactly the same way that he does. We’ve prepared. We’re ready. It could be one heck of a fight.”

To hear from Rader, check out the video above.

And for more on LFA 18, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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UFC Fight Night 114 official weigh-ins video, photos: WEC never die!

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MEXICO CITY – With only two middleweight matchups and one welterweight contest – along with 10 other fights contested at 155 pounds or below – the UFC might have to break out the blue canvas for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114.

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at Mexico Arena in Mexico City. The card is headlined by flyweights Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and strawweights Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Official weigh-ins took place earlier today. Check out the video highlights in the video above. Below, don’t miss our exclusive photo gallery from the event.

There are no ceremonial weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 114.

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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