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UFC Fight Night 119's Marlon Vera wants to fight in Las Vegas, but will detour for John Lineker

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UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera says it all the time – sign him up for a fight in Las Vegas.

That, or Madison Square Garden. Fight at those places, and there’s no mistaking you’ve hit the big time.

For now, Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) heads to a decidedly less hospitable locale for his next job: A fight with No. 9 bantamweight John Lineker (29-8 MMA, 10-3 UFC) in Brazil.

Until very recently, Vera wasn’t booked for a fight. Then he wound up stepping in between Lineker and Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who were bickering incessantly about a fight in December, to take on Lineker at UFC Fight Night 119.

It’s a big step up for Vera, who’s won his past three but has yet to face a fighter of Lineker’s caliber, much less in his own country.

“I’m pretty sure not many guys want to go to Brazil to fight him,” Vera told MMAjunkie Radio. “But for me, he’s just another opponent. I respect him as a person, but as a fighter, I will treat him the same way I treat other guys and do my best to beat him.”

The two open the FS1-televised main card of the event on Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

Vera recently traveled to Las Vegas to give himself a leg up by working with the specialists at the UFC’s Performance Institute and training with his jiu-jitsu coach at 10th planet.

“I’m really excited to see the place, because I hear they have everything there,” he said of the UFC’s facility. “I want to see how much we can take advantage of it, learning how to be better as an athlete.”

A trip to Sin City reminds him of how close he is to fulfilling his dream of headlining a major fight card. He’s already adorning billboards in his native Ecuador. If he can beat Lineker, it might not be long before the same happens in Las Vegas.

“For me, it’s a dream to fight on a big card here, but I’m not in a rush,” he said. “I’m getting big opportunities. I’m fighting tough fights. Definitely I want to fight here after this one.”

At the same time, Vera knows it’s best to be patient. Sometimes, you take detours before your big shot. Lineker is one of those.

“If they want to send me to China, that’s no problem,” he said. “For me, a fight is a fight, whether it’s a big card or small card. It’s still the best show in the world. I just take anything they give me. I don’t complain about that.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 132 – Las Vegas: UFC 216 preview with Samano and Barboza, featuring Ferguson and Lee

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Episode No. 132 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

Cold Coffee is off to Spain, but not before he sits down with John Morgan and MMAjunkie’s Simon Samano to preview UFC 216, as well as discuss the vibe in Las Vegas following a tragic weekend. Along the way, hear Morgan’s interview with Edson Barboza, as well as the media day talks with Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.

Listen below, or check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.


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GMI: Veja como Alberto Ramos derrubou e finalizou pelo ouro no Brasileiro de Jiu-Jitsu Sem Kimono

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Sempre ativo nas competições mais importantes do calendário da arte suave, nosso GMI Alberto Ramos, da GFTeam Cachambi, mordeu mais um ouro para seu currículo.

O competidor entrou em ação no Brasileiro de Jiu-Jitsu Sem Kimono da CBJJ, realizado no último final de semana, e voltou para casa com o título no peso pesado adulto. Para tal, Alberto encarou e venceu Lourival Neto (Ac. Atitude) em belo lance.

Para garantir o título, Alberto fintou a e derrubou com um bote certo nas pernas. Em seguida, avançou para as costas e de lá apertou num justo mata-leão.

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Episode No. 6 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'

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Episode No. 6 of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” opens with a strength and conditioning session for Team Alvarez. Coach Eddie Alvarez brings in his personal coach to help the fighters, who are beginning to feel a bit worn down by the intensity of training.

Team Alvarez’s Lauren Murphy believes the coaching methods present some danger of overtraining, but nevertheless, the sessions continue. Barb Honchak, the #2 seed who meets #15 Gillian Robertson of Team Gaethje later in the episode, is beginning to ramp up the intensity of her fight preparation.

Honchak, the former Invicta FC flyweight champion, may be 37, but she is considered one of the favorites in the tournament, which is evident by her high seeding. Although Honchak hasn’t fought in more than two years, she feels primed and prepared to show why she was once considered the top 125-pound fighter in the world.

Focus shifts to Team Gaethje’s Robertson, who at 22 is the youngest fighter in the competition and 15 years the junior of her opponent. Coach Justin Gaethje begins to go over some strategy with Robertson, who he knows is lacking some confidence but urges her to use the entirety of her skillset, not just grappling.

Back at the TUF house, Melinda Fabian of Team Alvarez is struggling with some homesickness. She’s also dealing with a lingering leg injury, which she says has hindered her from training at 100 percent. She believes she can make weight and fight, but is having some doubts about the level at which she can fight.

Fabian visits the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. She’s treated with massage therapy and cupping, and while her injury “is still very painful,” Fabian has not put any consideration into withdrawing from the competition.

At the weigh-in, Honchak and Robertson come in under the 126-pound flyweight limit. A friendly staredown follows, and the sixth opening-round tournament bout is official.

Fight day arrives, and Honchak and Robertson head to the TUF gym for their fight. They finalize preparation in the locker rooms with their respective coaching staffs before making the walk to the octagon. They enter the cage, and the sixth tournament fight is underway.

#2 Barb Honchak (10-2) vs. #15 Gillian Robertson (3-2)

Round 1 – They trade leg kicks to open the fight. Honchak moves forward while pumping the jab to the head and the body. Robertson is circling away and picking her shots. Honchak changes levels for a takedown and pushes Robertson’s back toward the cage. Robertson fights away from the fence and turns the position around. Robertson is controlling from inside the clinch but she can’t hold Honchak for long. They trade strikes off the break. Honchak is beginning to get loose with her hands and that forces Robertson to close the distance and force a clinch. Robertson is working knees and trip attempts but eats a hard knee to the gut which forces her to break away and back up. Robertson is clearly hurt but puts on a good poker face. Honchak changes levels and gets an easy double-leg takedown. Honchak begins to work from inside the guard. Robertson throws up an armbar attempt but her positioning isn’t right and Honchak avoids any real danger. Honchak passes to half guard and starts to land some hard blows which are slowing Robertson down. Honchak postures up and lands a flurry of strikes before the end of the round.

Round 2 – Honchak pounds Robertson’s thigh with a pair of leg kicks then follows with some hand combinations. Robertson shoots for a takedown but Honchak easily sprawls. Honchak muscles Robertson onto her back and is in a dominant top position. Honchak goes back to work from half guard as Robertson searches for submissions from her back. Honchak moves to side control and is working to isolate Robertson’s left arm for an Americana. Robertson powers through it and rolls Honchak over, but Honchak immediately stands up to escape the position. Robertson is driving for a single leg takedown against the fence but Honchak’s strength is once again too much and she’s powered onto the back. Honchak steps over into mount and is unleashes hard punches and elbows. The referee gives Robertson multiple warnings before stepping in and waving it off.

Barb Honchak def. Gillian Robertson via TKO (punches, elbows) – Round 2

“It felt good,” Honchak says after her victory. “I think everybody came in here looking at me. Now they know that I am what I was. They’re still looking at me, I think.”

Team Alvarez ties the competition 3-3 with Honchak’s victory. Team Gaethje takes control of fight selection, and with only two opening-round matchups remaining, coach Gaethje selects #10 Rachael Ostovich to go up against #7 Fabian of Team Alvarez next.

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Catch new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on FS1. MMAjunkie recaps each episode of the reality series.


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'UFC 216 Embedded,' No. 2: 'The celebration of our hard work and determination'

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The UFC returns to Las Vegas this week, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s UFC 216 event.

UFC 216, which features two title fights, takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) takes on Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for an interim lightweight title. The winner will stay in line for a potential unification bout against champion Conor McGregor.

In the co-main event, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) looks for a UFC-record 11th straight title defense when he meets challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC). That fight was pushed back from UFC 215 in September in Edmonton due to a Borg illness on fight day.

In the second episode of “Embedded,” Ferguson gets in some specialized training with coach Eddie Bravo before taking a road trip to Las Vegas. Lee goes through a fight-night simulation. Fabricio Werdum has the UFC Performance Institute all to himself and makes “the face,” while Derrick Lewis goes hard at his home gym in Houston. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson leaves Seattle for Southern California, while title contender Ray Borg introduces us to his pet pig.

Check out the full episode above.

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

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Derrick Lewis' plan vs. Fabricio Werdum? 'Swing until hopefully I hit something'

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LAS VEGAS – UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis’ back isn’t 100 percent, but he’s still confident he’ll beat ex-champ Fabricio Werdum at UFC 216.

“I believe I’ll get him out of there before the fight is over,” Lewis (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) told MMAjunkie at a media day in support of his pay-per-view fight with Werdum (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I’m feeling in better shape than the last fight. The back is a little bit tight, but other than that, I’m feeling good.”

In June, Lewis re-aggravated a longtime back injury in a fight with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110. He hobbled out of the cage with a fourth-round TKO loss and then announced his retirement.

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Lewis, the No. 12 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, reversed course on his decision and booked the fight against No. 3 Werdum, who’s trying to work back to a title shot. The 40-year-old PRIDE vet most recently lost a majority decision to Alistair Overeem, bringing him to 1-1 since losing the belt to champ Stipe Miocic.

“I believe he still has the potential to be a champion,” Lewis said of Werdum. “He’s a tough guy. He goes out there and fights. He pushes the fight to you. He’s real strong in jiu-jitsu and his conditioning. But to me, I don’t care. I’m just going to go out there and swing until hopefully I hit something.”

So far, that approach has worked more than not. What Lewis lacks in technique, he makes up for in tenacity and aggression. Against Hunt, a far superior technical striker, he hung in until the combination that forced a referee stoppage in the fourth.

RelatedUFC 216's Fabricio Werdum: I deserve title shot with impressive win over Derrick Lewis

On several occasions, Lewis has surpassed expectations against fighters considered to be more technically advanced. And every time, he’s simply shrugged it off like it was no big deal.

Lewis thinks the same about his UFC career. Although a win over Werdum would look great on his resume and boost his chances of a future title shot, he’s more interested in financial rewards than ceremonial ones.

“I don’t care if I ever fight for the belt, just as long as they pay me good,” he said. “That’s all I really care about.”

Check out the above video to hear Lewis on the upcoming fight, his new vegan diet and other topics.

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

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UFC 216 fighters carry on with heavy hearts in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

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LAS VEGAS – Among the events taking place at T-Mobile Arena this month are Vegas Golden Knights home games and concerts by The Weeknd and Jay-Z. There’s also UFC 216 this Saturday.

In a normal week, these events would flash in rotation on the promotional video board outside the arena. This, however, is not a normal week. Displayed instead are messages of inspiration and gratitude toward first responders to the massacre outside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where a gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 500 as he shot from the 32nd floor onto a nearby concert crowd.

In the wake of this tragedy, the UFC, which is donating $1 million to affected families, is carrying on with the first major sporting event scheduled in this city. Not surprisingly, it’s difficult for some fighters to handle their business as usual just down the street from where the worst mass shooting in modern American history happened.

RelatedUFC 216's Kevin Lee a man of few words ahead of interim title showdown

That’s especially true for Las Vegas resident Kevin Lee, who admitted at Wednesday’s media day it’s been a struggle to shift focus entering the biggest fight of his career.

“Yeah, it’s rough,” said Lee, who faces Tony Ferguson in the headlining interim lightweight title bout. “There isn’t really much for me to say. …

“I’ve got a job to handle. I’m not going to let one man ruin that. He’s a coward.”

Evan Dunham also finds himself in a tough spot as a resident of the city, coping as he prepares for a lightweight bout with Beneil Dariush.

RelatedUFC pledges $1 million to families of Las Vegas mass shooting; UFC 216 will go on as planned

“It’s definitely been a tough one,” Dunham said. “I could stay focused on the task at hand. I know what needs to be done, and I’m ready to do it. Go out there and get a win for Vegas. … (This) affected everyone in one way or another. It’s just a horrible tragedy.”

Some UFC 216 fighters were on The Strip when the shooting began, including Dariush and his family. Word spread quickly, he said, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary initially.

It wasn’t until Dariush got back to his hotel room that he realized the gravity of the situation.

“It was so heartbreaking. I still don’t know how to process it exactly,” Dariush said. “I want to put it out of my mind, because I’m fighting Saturday. At the same, time I feel it’s almost selfish not to think about it. For me, if I walk inside the octagon, all I got to do is touch gloves, and it’s there. It’s natural. So, for me, not thinking about it just doesn’t feel right. I want to think about it. I want to know what is happening. I want to be more informed about it, and I want to help the families if I could.”

RelatedLas Vegas mass shooting leaves Conor McGregor 'absolutely devastated'

Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum, who’s from Brazil but is no stranger to Las Vegas, said he was playing roulette when he caught wind of what had happened.

“My friend called me. She said, “Fabricio, go to your room. A lot of people just died,'” he recalled. “I just went to my room, I stayed in my room, and I watched the news. I’m very sad for the families. Fifty-nine (people) died. It’s a lot. For sure, I am praying for the families, because this is a bad thing.”

As bad as it is, the hope among UFC 216 fighters is that the event serves as an escape to help this normally glowing city heal during a dark time.

Lee aims to give his adopted hometown a new champion to feel good about.

“Fighting is where I feel most alive,” Lee said. “I’m going to go out there, and I’m going to live. And I’m going to show the people what living really is. It’s going to be in the moment. It’s only going to be about that moment. And that’s how we’re going to live. It’s going to be a celebration.

“Saturday night will be a celebration for us and the city.”

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

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Oh, you have the 'remedy' for Demetrious Johnson? 'Cute,' UFC champ says

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LAS VEGAS – UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson has a word for those predicting his eventual downfall.

Cute.

“It’s always intriguing that this person thinks he can beat me,” Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie during UFC 216 media day. “And that team thinks they have the remedy of ‘The Mighty One.’ Now it’s my job to be like, ‘You guys are so far behind.'”

Of course, it’s the challenging party’s job to say they can beat the champ. In this case, it’s Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and his team that are predicting they have the remedy.

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The team, Jackson-Wink MMA, is one Johnson is very familiar with. Three of its fighters have faced Johnson in the octagon. Like the others, they’ve been confronted with defeat.

Still, longtime coach Brandon Gibson insists Borg is the one to dethrone Johnson. Just like the once-unbeatable Ronda Rousey or Dominick Cruz, he can be brought down.

When Johnson hears statements like that, he thinks about the time he sparred with a former partner of his two-time opponent Ian McCall.

“We were out there, and he goes, ‘What the (expletive)? We were so far behind. We had no idea what you were doing. I’ve never felt anything like this before in my life. Now, I can tell where we were so far behind.'”

As you can imagine, Johnson takes great pride in this story. It’s a little reminder that he keeps showing up those who predict his downfall.

RelatedRay Borg scrapped nutritionist but cutting weight same way for UFC 216 vs. Demetrious Johnson

“I get off on that, being this quiet guy who’s in the shadows, and everybody’s like, ‘This is what I do, I’m so good, look at these biceps.’And I’m like, ‘That’s real cute. Let’s dance.'”

On Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Johnson will attempt to break the record for most consecutive title defenses at 11. He then expects to face the winner of an upcoming bout between Henry Cejudo, a previous victim, and Sergio Pettis. Then the whole cycle of predictions starts over again.

But for now, a new challenger beckons, and with that the opportunity to send him and his compatriots home, wondering how they came up short.

“(Borg) is young, athletic. He seems very hungry, just like the last 10 of them were,” Johnson said. “I’m fighting Greg Jackson’s camp again. But I’m always excited and up for the challenge.”

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

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UFC 216's Fabricio Werdum: I deserve title shot with impressive win over Derrick Lewis

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LAS VEGAS – With the UFC heavyweight title picture growing increasingly crowded, Fabricio Werdum believes he can get the next crack at champion Stipe Miocic with a win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 216.

Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who meets Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the featured bout on UFC 216’s pay-per-view main card, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass, is only two fights removed from losing the heavyweight belt to Miocic by first-round knockout at UFC 198 in May 2016.

Despite the fact he’s also coming off a loss to Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who is scheduled to fight Francis Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in a crucial contender bout at UFC 218 in December, Werdum believes he can slide into the No. 1 contender spot vs. Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) with an impressive performance against Lewis.

RelatedFabricio Werdum faces 'zero, zero pressure,' will try to finish Derrick Lewis on mat at UFC 216

“I deserve (a title shot),” Werdum told MMAjunkie at today’s UFC 216 media day. “Stipe (hasn’t fought) for a long time. I don’t know how long, but he don’t fight for a long time. I think all three. Me, Overeem and Francis can go for the title shot. I think maybe, maybe, if Derrick Lewis beats me (he can get one). But he doesn’t deserve it at this moment to go for the title shot.

“I think a good fight, a good submission, a good knockout, fans will say, ‘Werdum, you’re the next one.’ … I believe I should go for the title shot again.”

At 40, Werdum’s timeframe to regain heavyweight gold is seemingly shrinking with each passing day. He said he’s healthy and injury-free going into UFC 216, though, and intends to deliver a performance that shows exactly what he’s capable of.

RelatedThis is not a great look for you, Fabricio Werdum

Werdum, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, has never lost consecutive fights during his career, and after the setback against Overeem at UFC 213 in July, he wants to use No. 12-ranked Lewis as a platform to not only bounce back, but prove he should be the one fighting Miocic next.

“I want to beat Derrick Lewis,” Werdum said. “I respect him a lo,  because I know he’s a top fighter. He has a good punch, he has good kicks too. He’s in my way. My goal is the title shot again.”

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

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UFC 216's Beneil Dariush wants to make Evan Dunham pay for calling him out

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LAS VEGAS – Beneil Dariush isn’t offended by the fact Evan Dunham specifically requested him as an opponent for UFC 216. However, he plans to make him regret that decision.

“When somebody asks for me my first thought is, ‘Oh, he thinks I’m weak,'” Dariush told MMAjunkie at today’s UFC 216 media day.” Why else would you call somebody out if you don’t think you can beat them? That’s the most motivating part. This guy thinks he can beat me. Let’s get after it. Let’s do this. It’s the only thing on my mind.”

UFC 216 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) vs. Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) opens the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

The fight is crucial for Dariush’s career. He’s coming off his worst loss to date, a brutal “Knockout of the Year” candidate against Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night 106 in March. Dariush has never lost back-to-back fights before, and he has no intention of starting with Dunham.

Although Barboza put him on the highlight reel in one of the worst ways imaginable, Dariush said he hasn’t been deterred. He would have liked to return to competition sooner, but intends on taking out his pent up frustration on Dunham.

“Coming off a loss sucks,” Dariush said. “It’s not fun losing, and the way I lost especially. I feel I controlled the fight the entire time – then one second, one mistake – he capitalized on it, and he won the fight. I want to get back out there and just work, make a statement. I had to take a lot of time off, which is frustrating. I like to fight consistently. I just want to get back out there and move and show the world that I’m still here.”

The matchup with Dunham has potential for fireworks on the feet and ground. Both fighters have striking and grappling styles, which are largely effective for them, but it’s what happens when those two styles come together that will tell the tale.

Dariush, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, believes he has the advantage over Dunham in any scenario, and that’s why he is confident he’ll get back on track with a statement win.

“We’re both jiu-jitsu school owners,” Dariush said. “With that being said, if it goes to the grappling, let’s do it, no problem with me. If we’re standing, same thing, no problem. The pressure is going to be the difference. Whether it be on the ground, whether it be standing. I have a different pressure, and I don’t think he’ll be able to last.”

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

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UFC 216 headliner Tony Ferguson: 'Fake' Kevin Lee is 'trying to be something that he's not'

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LAS VEGAS – Tony Ferguson said he respects Kevin Lee for his willingness to compete against him in the UFC 216 headliner, but that’s where the courteous words stop.

Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) meets Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 216 main event, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass. The fight will decide the next interim UFC lightweight champion, a spot “El Cucuy” has been pursuing for quite some time.

RelatedTony Ferguson takes all business to another level ahead of UFC 216 title fight vs. Kevin Lee

“The Ultimate Fighter 13” winner believes he’s made it to the top of the 155-pound class by doing things the right way. His current nine-fight winning streak is the longest in divisional history, and that run includes notables such as ex-champion Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and Josh Thomson. Ferguson describes himself as “the most real,” from what he delivers in the octagon to his interview. He said he doesn’t view Lee in the same light.

“I’m not fake, and I see this guy as fake,” Ferguson told MMAjunkie at today’s UFC 216 media day. “He’s trying to be something that he’s not. I know where you come from. I lived in the suburbs (of Michigan), too. Trust me, I know. We have people around the block. I don’t have to be fake. I’m probably one of the most real guys.”

If Ferguson, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, is able to get past No. 8-ranked Lee at UFC 216 and push his winning streak to 10, he would likely put himself in position for a title-unification match with UFC champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC).

RelatedKevin Lee: Tony Ferguson's toughness just means he'll 'take a longer ass-whooping' at UFC 216

Although McGregor is the fight everyone in the division seems to want, Ferguson said he’s not going to exhaust himself chasing the Irishman. He insists McGregor is reluctant to fight him, and he’s not sure if that’s going to change after he puts on the type of performance against Lee that he expects of himself.

“I don’t like red panties. I like blue panties,” Ferguson said. “He’s got to defend or vacate. He’s going to have to fight me. There’s no insider information. He’s never spoken my name. I’m one of the most ruthless vatos out there. This guy, he doesn’t want a part of me. I’m not aiming at him. I don’t give two (expletives).

“I don’t want to fight someone who doesn’t want to fight me or compete against some of the best. When you’re saying, ‘I’ll fight anybody, anytime.’ You’re (expletive) full of (expletive). For me, I’ve been fighting anybody, any time, any weight – straight up.”

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

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UFC 216's Kevin Lee a man of few words ahead of interim title showdown

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LAS VEGAS – Kevin Lee rarely has nothing to say. But today was a different story.

The UFC interim lightweight title challenger was far from his usual self during UFC 216 media day, giving curt answers to standard pre-fight questions.

Of course, there was the huge elephant in the room, a tragic mass-shooting on Sunday that has rocked his adopted hometown to its core.

RelatedUFC 216 headliner Tony Ferguson: 'Fake' Kevin Lee is 'trying to be something that he's not'

“Yeah, it’s rough,” Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) told MMAjunkie in advance of his Saturday pay-per-view headliner against Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “There isn’t really much for me to say.”

Lee said it’s been a struggle not to shift focus on the biggest week of his career. He said Las Vegas is “different” since he returned to the city after a press jaunt in Los Angeles. But he promises to soldier on.

“I’ve got a job to handle,” Lee said. “I’m not going to let one man ruin that. He’s a coward.”

On several occasions, Lee said his performance would be a “celebration” that would bring the city together and show them about living. He also talked about bringing the belt back to his native Detroit to “wave it around the neighborhood” and “show the kids they can do it, too.”

RelatedKevin Lee: Tony Ferguson's toughness just means he'll 'take a longer ass-whooping' at UFC 216

But in light of current events, he said the topic of fighting feels trivial. Even his animosity toward his opponent is accompanied by empathy.

“There’s so many bigger things in life,” he said. “Me and Tony, we might have a lot of back and forth, we might have a lot of disrespect, and I might not like him. At the end of the day, he’s going to be disappointed with the result, but I hope he goes home, he enjoys his life, he enjoys his family, and he keeps on living. I hope the same for me.”

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

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UFC 216 media day face-offs: (Surprisingly?) no fireworks, just some side eye

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LAS VEGAS – The UFC is back home for UFC 216, which takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and festivities kicked off today with media day, which MMAjunkie attended.

Surprisingly, there were no fireworks on stage – just a little side eye from “The Black Beast.”

In the main event, Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) face off for the interim lightweight title. And in the co-headliner, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) aims to break the UFC record for consecutive title defenses with his 11th against Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

All 10 main-card fighters, including heavyweights Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), squared off.

Watch the video above to see how it all went down.

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


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Relive Derrick Lewis' exploits helping Hurricane Harvey victims with Trae Tha Truth

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Fight week finally is here for UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis.

“The Black Beast” went through a lot more than most during his preparation for UFC 216. While training for his fight against former champion Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) put everything on hold for a couple weeks to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in his home city of Houston and surrounding communities.

Hell, he even found himself in the position to save a Confederate flag-toting victim while driving the area helpine other Houston residents from flood waters.

Today on his Instagram account, Lewis shared a video from fellow Texan and hip hop artist Trae Tha Truth showing the two of them making the rounds in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Check out that video ahead of Lewis’ crucial fight against ex-champ Werdum on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

With @traeabn @reliefgang pic.twitter.com/TlbbYzRZDJ

— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) October 4, 2017

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Demi Lovato's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu trainer explains why the sport is life changing after the singer earns her blue belt - Daily Mail

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Brandon Gibson: Jackson-Wink MMA dethroned 'unbeatable' Ronda Rousey – Demetrious Johnson next

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The Jackson-Wink MMA camp in Albuquerque, N.M., is no stranger to taking out dominant, seemingly flawless champions. Striking coach Brandon Gibson is confident Demetrious Johnson will be the next to fall.

Gibson is set to corner Ray Borg(11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on Saturday at UFC 216 when he attempts to take the UFC flyweight championship from Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), who is on the cusp of setting the record for most consecutive title defenses in UFC history. “Mighty Mouse” is a heavy betting favorite going into the fight, but that doesn’t deter Gibson’s faith.

It’s a somewhat familiar situation for Gibson. Jackson-Wink MMA fighter Holly Holm entered UFC 193 in November 2015 as a massive underdog to former women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, who was undefeated and at her championship peak. By the second round, Rousey was knocked out cold, and the MMA world was left in awe.

Gibson said that’s going to happen again.

“Since I met him, I knew his goal was to beat Demetrious,” Gibson told MMAjunkie. “Not only to be UFC champion, but to be the one to dethrone the great. That has equal stake for him. Demetrious has been champ since Ray was in high school. A lot of these great champions look unbeatable. We were able to put a game plan to beat the unbeatable Ronda Rousey. Cody (Garbrandt) did it against Dominick (Cruz). There’s a history of those great champs (falling). Their time is going to come.”

UFC 216 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Borg vs. Johnson co-headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

The obvious difference between Rousey and Johnson are the contrast in skillsets. Rousey’s judo and submission ability took her a long way, but once she ran into strikers who could avoid being taken down, her downfall began. Johnson is among the most well-rounded fighters in the game, and throughout his nearly five-year title reign has defeated numerous stylistic challenges.

Gibson said Johnson’s longevity as champion is somewhat of a disadvantage, though. In more than four hours of UFC cage time, Johnson has shown many different tools, but Gibson said that only provides more footage to discover the shortcomings in his game.

“I have a lot of respect for Demetrious,” Gibson said. “Obviously he’s been such a great champion, and he’s shown so many different facets of his game against so many different types of styles. He has a very high fighter IQ, he has a lot of amazing gifts, amazing cardio and he can fight at any range, at any level. He’s a brilliant fighter, he comes from a great team, but I do think in those four hours of cage time, he’s shown obvious flaws, and those are what we’re going to try to exploit.”

At 24, an argument can be made Borg’s title shot is coming too early in his career. He clearly doesn’t believe that, because he’s made the bold proclamation that he won’t merely beat the champion but send him into retirement.

Gibson said he’s not necessarily convinced Johnson will never fight again after his pupil takes the belt, but he does reject the notion Borg is not yet ready to face one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport.

“No matter when this fight took place, he knew he’s the guy to beat Demetrious,” Gibson said. “Ray’s the guy – he has all the tools. I think he’s a bad style matchup for Demetrious. I know a lot of people have said that, but I think Ray has all the tools to come out victorious on Saturday.”

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

Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) before fighting Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Jussier Formiga (red gloves) before fighting Ray Borg during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Jussier Formiga (red gloves) after fighting Ray Borg during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/EWi6H7j54RhgfyXvdRtm4H/270671", customAnalytics: true, title: "Borg def. Formiga", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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Fans at Bellator 185 can get a Royce Gracie bobblehead to go next to their Fedor one

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Bellator is staying in the bobblehead business this month with another MMA legend.

In September, Bellator gave away 5,000 Fedor Emelianenko bobbleheads to fans at Bellator 183 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The promotional move was a hit with fans in California who got a mini version of the Russian heavyweight legend wearing his “glorious sweater of absolute victory.”

Later this month at Bellator 185, which takes place Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., the promotion will give away Royce Gracie bobbleheads.

RelatedFedor Emelianenko approves of his 'Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory' bobblehead

The promotion today announced the first 5,000 fans into Bellator 185 will get a Gracie bobblehead. Plus, Gracie, a UFC Hall of Famer, will be on hand from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to sign autographs and greet fans in the Mohegan Sun concourse outside the arena.

Here’s the bobblehead fans can pick up in Connecticut in 16 days’ time:

Bellator 185 is headlined by the promotional debut of Gegard Mousasi vs. former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko.

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

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Hospital honors nurses who cared for UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes after train accident

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UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes struggled to contain his emotion as the nurse described his journey to recovery.

On Tuesday, Hughes, 43, returned to the hospital that treated him following a horrific truck-train collision in June. He was there to attend a private ceremony for nurses Ashley Hull and Megan Simpson, who were honored for going above and beyond following the accident.

“My family and friends have told me that the entire team at St. John’s was really good to me and all of them,” Hughes said in a release posted by HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill. “It means the world to me. Thank you all so very much.”

Hull and Simpson, who work in St. John’s intensive care unit, both received the nationally recognized DAISY Award, which honors extraordinary nurses. They were nominated by Hughes’ longtime friend Tony Zucca, who’s updated fans on the UFC Hall of Famer’s comeback since the accident.

“Being able to be a small part of Matt’s miraculous recovery is nothing short of amazing,” said Hull, a fan of Hughes from his days in the UFC. “Matt, Audra, Tony and the rest of his family and friends are all an inspiration to me, and the absolute perfect example of why I became a nurse. Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. I am honored and humbled to have been his nurse.”

Hughes was placed in a medically induced coma with a brain bleed after his truck crossed a set of railroad tracks near rural Raymond, Ill., directly in front of an oncoming train. Pat Miletich, his longtime teammate and coach, speculated Hughes was trying to beat a long wait for the train and spun his wheels on the gravel prior to the tracks.

Initially, there were conflicting reports of Hughes’ recovery before he took a turn for the better. According to the hospital, he was transferred to an outside facility in Springfield, Ill., as his condition improved. Two months after the accident, he was awake and getting some sushi with Zucca, and then on the mats doing jiu-jitsu with him.

“Ashley Hull and Megan Simpson were blessings in the middle of a nightmare,” Zucca wrote in his letter nominating the nurses. “While everyone at St. John’s was wonderful, these two nurses simply went above and beyond and brought as much peace and calm to our lives that was humanly possible. They were extremely patient and knowledgeable with our countless questions; they would bring coffee when our eyes couldn’t stay open a minute longer. And the professionalism they displayed instilled confidence in us in that we knew Matt was in great hands.

“They are masters of their craft and the most caring nurses I have ever encountered. Matt has a long road ahead of him, and I can say with certainty that the family wishes Ashley and Megan could stick with us every step of the way. St. John’s should be proud of employing people of their caliber.”

The hospital’s president and CEO also gave Hughes a crucifix that hangs in all of the patients’ rooms.

“Being a nurse means stepping into the lives of strangers and allowing them to lean on you in their darkest hours,” said Simpson. “It is a great honor that Matt’s family and friends trusted me to care for him. Accepting the DAISY Award from the Hughes family and Tony Zucca is something I truly will never forget. Seeing Matt healthy and thriving is exactly the reason why I love being a critical care nurse.”

Hughes was contemplating a comeback to MMA when the accident occurred.

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

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'UFC 216 Embedded,' No. 1: Tony Ferguson hits the beach, Kevin Lee hits the gas

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The UFC returns to Las Vegas this week, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s UFC 216 event.

UFC 216, which features two title fights, takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) takes on Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for an interim lightweight title. The winner will stay in line for a potential unification bout against champion Conor McGregor.

In the co-main event, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) looks for a UFC-record 11th straight title defense when he meets challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC). That fight was pushed back from UFC 215 in September in Edmonton due to a Borg illness on fight day.

In the first episode of “Embedded,” the four headliners and co-headliners wrap up camp, which includes Ferguson training at the beach; Lee getting a hair cut and racing a car; Johnson talking about what it will mean to break Anderson Silva’s record; and Borg doing some meal prep at home.

Check out the full episode above.

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

Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Tony Ferguson (blue gloves) defeats Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. Mandatory Credit: Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout against Michael Johnson during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Michael Johnson (left) fights Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Michael Johnson (left) fights Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. 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Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports May 24, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tony Ferguson (red) locks onto Katsunori Kikuno (blue) during their UFC 173 welterweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ferguson won the bout by TKO. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports August 30, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) fights against Danny Castillo (blue gloves) during the lightweight bout of UFC 177 at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports August 30, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) fights against Danny Castillo (blue gloves) during the lightweight bout of UFC 177 at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports August 30, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Danny Castillo (blue gloves) during the lightweight bout of UFC 177 at Sleep Train Arena. 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Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Jul 15, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Josh Thomson (red) fights Tony Ferguson (blue) during UFC Fight Night at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Jul 13, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) fights against Lando Vannata (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Jul 13, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) fights against Lando Vannata (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Jul 13, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) fights against Lando Vannata (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) fights Tony Ferguson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. Mandatory Credit: Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) fights Tony Ferguson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. Mandatory Credit: Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) fights Tony Ferguson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. Mandatory Credit: Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) fights Tony Ferguson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. Mandatory Credit: Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) and Tony Ferguson (blue gloves) react after their fight during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. 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