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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2538 with guests Daniel Cormier, Urijah Faber

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Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Daniel Cormier and Urijah Faber.

Cormier co-hosted most of the show and covered topics that included rival light heavyweights Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson. Faber said he’s happy in retirement, but could be swayed to come back with the right matchup and pay day – even though he’s not actively looking for it.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com or below.


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Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk right where she wants to be defending title vs. Rose Namajunas at MSG

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LAS VEGAS – Joanna Jedrzejczyk looked Rose Namajunas dead in the eyes and told her straight up, “I’m going to f*ck you up,” before kissing her own fist and extending it toward Namajunas’ face.

Take it as a sign this is exactly where the UFC strawweight champion wants to be.

Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) will defend her title against Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2) at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York as she aims to make a little bit of history. And she told UFC President Dana White after her last title defense, a unanimous decision over Jessica Andrade, that the Big Apple is where she wanted to make it happen.

“I’m very happy that Dana agreed with me, and here we go,” Jedrzejczyk said during a press conference Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I want to tie Ronda Rousey’s record of six title defenses (for a woman) and become the first female fighter with seven title fights. It’s a big deal.”

It also seems to have snuck up on Jedrzejczyk.

RelatedChamp Joanna Jedrzejczyk hopes to break Ronda Rousey's record – 125 then possible

She became the second-ever strawweight champion in March 2015 with a dominant TKO of Carla Esparaza and has been unstoppable ever since. Now 30 and more than two years into her title reign, Jedrzejczyk is a bit more particular about when she fights, something she’s earned given how dominant she’s been.

“I like to plan my life. I like to plan my fighting career,” she said. “I’m not that young anymore. I used to fight every month. When I was competing in muay Thai, I used to do tournament after tournament. So, two, three fights in a year is really enough. …

“I beat all the challengers from top to bottom. Now it’s going to be my ninth fight in the UFC, and the time went so fast. I just work hard, and hard work pays off. That’s why I’m here, why I will fight at Madison Square Garden. We know that I can put on a show. It’s all about trust. I always prepare good. I put on good fights, and they can always count on me.”

And how does Jedrzejczyk feel about the woman standing in front of her?

“She’s very talented, she’s still young, but she’s getting closer and closer to this belt,” Jedrzejczyk said. “… Now it’s time for Rose.

“She’s very sneaky, very tricky,” she added. “We all know that her jiu-jitsu is on point.”

Namajunas, coming off a dominant submission win over Michelle Waterson in April, is flattered by nice words from the champion. But they do nothing to shrink the chip on her shoulder.

“I’m here to show everybody my skills and show everybody that I’m ready,” Namajunas said. “Everybody thinks that maybe I’m not all the way there mentally or whatever, like I got all the talent in the world but, ‘Oh, she’s this and that.’

“I’m just here to prove to everybody that I’m getting stronger every day with every experience. I’m becoming more poised, and my desire to win is growing more and more.”

Enough to dethrone the woman known as “Joanna Champion?” That remains to be seen.

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

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UFC's 'Vegas Strong' T-shirts apparently are selling out quickly

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If you want one of the UFC’ “Vegas Strong” T-shirts, you’re not alone.

On Sunday the Las Vegas community was stunned by a mass shooting that left 58 dead and approximately 500 injured when a shooter opened fire on a crowd at a Las Vegas strip outdoor concert.

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

On Friday the UFC, which is headquartered in Sin City, announced 100 percent of the profits from the sale of special shirts will go to “families of the victims and those affected by the shooting.”

As of Saturday morning, the shirts were mostly sold out in all of the popular sizes. (However, expect them to be restocked soon since sales will continue through the end of the month.)

Here are the various styles, available at ufcstore.com (and at other UFC retail locations):

UFC 216 takes place tonight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event, which features two title fights, has been a bit of a rallying point for the UFC and MMA fans. The organization has pledged to donate $1 million to the families affected by the shooting, and UFC President Dana White, who wore one of the shirts at UFC 216’s weigh-ins, said the organization will host 1,500 first responders at tonight’s event.

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

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


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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 184

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

See what the fighters of Friday’s Bellator 184 event in Thackerville, Okla., went with as their backing tracks.

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Darrion Caldwell def. Eduardo Dantas via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)

Darrion Caldwell: “Paranoia” by Dave East feat. Jeez

Eduardo Dantas: “Lado B Lado A” by O Rappa


Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:56

Emmanuel Sanchez: “Canción Del Mariachi (Morena De Mi Corazón)” by Los Lobos

Daniel Straus: “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar

Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

Pat Curran: “Awake” by Godsmack

John Teixeira: “Last Breath” by Future


Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Leandro Higo: “Campeao Vendor” by Jamily

Joe Taimanglo: “I Got The Feelin'” by James Brown

For complete coverage of Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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


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Bellator 184 highlights: Dethroned! New champ Darrion Caldwell tops Eduardo Dantas

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Bellator has a new bantamweight champion. Here’s how Darrion Caldwell did it.

In Friday’s Bellator 184 headliner, Caldwell (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) picked up a unanimous-decision victory and delivered Eduardo Dantas (20-5 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) his first loss in three years.

Check out the highlights of the win, which came via frequent takedowns and unorthodox striking, above.

RelatedBellator 184 results: Darrion Caldwell takes bantamweight title with domination of Eduardo Dantas

Bellator 184 took place Friday at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., and it aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Caldwell, a 2009 NCAA Division I national wrestling champion, got the victory via 48-47, 48-47 and 50-45 scores.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Darrion Caldwell's title-winning victory over Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 184

Elsewhere on the card, featherweightEmmanuel Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) picked up arguably his biggest win yet with a third-round tap-out of former champ Daniel Straus (24-8 MMA, 11-5 BMMA). Additionally, former featherweight champion Pat Curran (23-7 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) returned from a lengthy layoff for a decision victory over 145-pounder John Teixeira (21-3-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA).

Finally, in the main-card opener, Leandro Higo (18-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) nearly scored a late submission but instead settled for a clear-cut unanimous-decision win over durable bantamweight Joe Taimanglo (23-7-1 MMA, 6-3 BMMA).

Check out all of the highlights above.

And for more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Nik Lentz releases statement on UFC 216 scratch, says it's not his fault

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Nik Lentz said his decision to go to the hospital because of a health issue forced his withdrawal from tonight’ UFC 216 event.

Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) was slated to fight lightweight Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) on the FX-televised prelims of tonight’s UFC 216 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

However, while the early and official weigh-ins were underway, UFC officials announced that “medical issues” had forced Lentz, who had previously fought at featherweight, off the card.

Brooks, the former Bellator champ who was looking to halt a two-fight skid, had already made weight before the announcement was made.

On Friday Lentz posted a statement explaining his withdrawal (via Twitter):

#UFC #UFC216 pic.twitter.com/QQHXyfRvyI

— Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) October 7, 2017

As he wrote:

“I didn’t make it to weigh ins this morning because I was in the hospital. My body is not responding to insulin correctly and during my weight cut last night my feet and hands went numb, I stopped sweating, my heart rate went through the roof and I didn’t know what was going on. I decided to go to the hospital and stayed there through the night into the morning. I’m not sure just yet as to the diagnosis of what’s happening, but I’m having diabetic like issues. I figured I could push through them and still fight. I was wrong. I’m sorry to everyone involved. I bit off more than I could chew and even though my health problem is not my fault, I should have handled it differently. God Bless everyone for their support throughout my camp. I will be back soon.”

Lentz had been competing at featherweight up until two bouts ago, when he moved back up to lightweight. He was on a 3-1 run before a recent decision loss to Islam Makhachev at UFC 208.

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

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How to watch UFC 216: Fight card, start time, online results, how to stream Ferguson-Lee

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After an emotional week, UFC 216 could provide a distraction tonight in Las Vegas. Here’s how to watch.

UFC 216 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – a city still reeling from a massive shooting. Prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass (6:30 p.m. ET), the UFC’s digital streaming network, before the card shifts to FX for more prelims (8 p.m. ET) and pay-per-view for the main card (10 p.m. ET).

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

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.

In the headliner, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) clashes with Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for the interim lightweight title. In the co-main event, long-dominant flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) looks for a UFC-record 11th consecutive title defense when he meets challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

RelatedDana White says more than 1,500 Las Vegas shooting first responders will be at UFC 216

The full UFC 216 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC 216 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC 216 main card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee – for interim lightweight title
  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
UFC 216 preliminary card (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
UFC 216 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares

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

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UFC 216 play-by-play and live results (6:30 p.m. ET)

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LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 216 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) fight for the interim lightweight title. In the co-feature, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) looks for a UFC-record 11th consecutive title defense when he meets challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

RelatedUFC 216 live video chat with MMAjunkie Radio's 'Gorgeous' George, Goze and Dan (10 p.m. ET)

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

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 216 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) and Simon Samano (@sjsamano) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares

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Division: Middleweight
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John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov

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Records: Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC), Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
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Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer

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Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran

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Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho

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Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green

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Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann

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Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

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Records: Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC)
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Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria

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Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis

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Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg

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Records: Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
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Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee

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UFC 216 discussion thread

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LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 216 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

RelatedUFC 216 live video chat with MMAjunkie Radio's 'Gorgeous' George, Goze and Dan (10 p.m. ET)

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC 216 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

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


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5 dicas de Lucas Hulk para melhorar sua passagem de guarda no Jiu-Jitsu

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Lucas Hulk faz postura para abrir a guarda e passar. Foto: Mike Calimbas/IBJJF

Lucas Barbosa, o popular Hulk, é um caçador de medalhas da IBJJF. Só este ano, Hulk brilhou no San Diego Open, Las Vegas Open, San José Open, Chigaco Open, Asian Open e Dallas Open no peso meio-pesado e absoluto, além de uma medalha de prata no Pan da IBJJF.

Hulk é daqueles campeões que estudam e buscam alternativas para cada posição. O estudo sempre dá resultados, como podemos ver nas recentes conquistas de Hulk. Dono de excelentes passagens de guarda, o faixa-preta da Atos é o professor do dia no GRACIEMAG.com para ajustar seu jogo por cima. Leia as dicas do campeão e vá treinar com seu companheiros de equipe!

1. Quebre as pegadas

Sempre que for fazer qualquer passagem de guarda, procure quebrar as pegadas do guardeiro, principalmente se uma das mãos estiver em sua gola. A pegada é uma das partes essenciais do bom guardeiro, e você deve ficar atento. A quebra de pegadas pode ajudar muito na hora do combate, pois evita que o guardeiro arme qualquer raspagem.

2. Movimente-se

Ao se movimentar, você encontra o espaço para armar sua passagem de guarda. O ato de movimentar é para anular as tentativas de raspagem do guardeiro também. Se o guardeiro faz uma guarda laçada, por exemplo, você precisa se mexer para sair desta posição. Mova-se para abrir espaço.

3. Você primeiro

Faça pegadas dominantes. Você deve fazer suas pegadas primeiro, pois são elas que vão mostrar o caminho de como você vai passar a guarda. Se você gosta de passar emborcando, cruzando o joelho, ou de qualquer outra forma, faça sempre as pegadas dominantes. Bloquear o quadril do guardeiro é também um bom caminho para fazer sua passagem de guarda.

4. Utilize a pressão

Quando você domina as pegadas e movimenta para passar, você não pode esquecer de colocar pressão. Às vezes, os passadores não conseguem chegar do lado guardeiro, porque não colocam pressão na passagem. Quando você combina pegadas dominantes, movimentação e pressão, sua passagem torna-se justa.

5. Estabilize ou “estará tudo perdido”

Para a passagem ser concluída, você precisa estabilizar. Então, não opte somente por chegar do lado do guardeiro, mas sim, estabilizar a posição. Quando estiver perto do cem-quilos, não esqueça de manter seu quadril baixo, assim evitando que o guardeiro reponha a guarda. No mais, treine bastante e você verá sua evolução.

(Fonte: Assessoria de imprensa)

Dana White says more than 1,500 Las Vegas shooting first responders will be at UFC 216

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Earlier this week, another mass shooting rocked America.

This time, it took place in MMA’s capital city of Las Vegas. An alleged lone gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 500 at a country music festival that took place on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip across the street from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino late Sunday.

Las Vegas is home to hundreds of fighters and fight personalities. It’s the home base of the UFC, which on Saturday hosts UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena, just a short distance up the Strip from where the massacre took place.

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

Today, UFC President Dana White told TSN in Canada that the promotion will host more than 1,500 first responders from the shooting, and expects several people injured during the shooting to be on hand, as well.

“I have 1,500-plus first responders coming to the fight on Saturday: police officers, firefighters, EMTs, medical staff,” White told TSN. “All people that were involved in saving people’s lives. And (we’re) probably going to have six or seven of the people that were shot here on Saturday night. This show is going to be unlike any show you’ve ever seen the UFC produce.”

White said he turned on live coverage of the shooting’s aftermath once he heard what was happening.

“I turned the news on and I started to see it,” White said. “I was up all night watching. It was surreal. It’s very surreal to believe this was happening right down the street from where I live and where my kids are sleeping.

“We were just hoping that everyone was OK. We were checking on all of our employees, we were checking on all of our fighters, and we’re so lucky and we’re so happy to learn no one (from the UFC) was hurt or killed. We’re so lucky that none of our guys or girls were injured.”

Alleged gunman Stephen Paddock was found dead in a 32nd-floor room at Mandalay Bay. Investigators have not yet uncovered a motive for the shooting.

UFC 216 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.

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


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Bellator 184 results: Emmanuel Sanchez taps former champ Daniel Straus in third

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It took overcoming some rough spots early, but grappling-savvy Emmanuel Sanchez looked nothing short of impressive in route to a third-round submission win over former champion Daniel Straus.

After an action-packed first round, which saw some crazy reversals and near-misses, Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) took control of the featherweight co-headliner in the final two rounds, marking his best Bellator display yet with the tap of Straus (24-8 MMA, 11-5 BMMA).

Straus was off to a solid start, as Sanchez seemed in trouble for the bottom early. The roles, however, were quickly reversed, as a bloodied Sanchez got ahold of Straus’ kneecap in pursuit of a leg-lock. The ex-champ, however, stayed calm – and soon was the one applying the heat from the top. After a brief scramble, Straus seemingly dug first for a D’Arce, and then a North-South choke, but relented. Straus stayed in control from the top for a while before Sanchez was again able to reverse, taking Straus’ back on the ground. While Sanchez failed to find a fight-ending submission there, he was able to get the mount shortly before the bell rang.

While Sanchez was the only with the early success in the final round, Straus did have his moments on top position. As the ex-champ worked from the half-guard, though, Sanchez was able to once more reverse. Soon, it was Sanchez who saw himself working from Straus’ half guard. It took him a while, but Sanchez managed to pass the guard and mount, landing elbows as Straus defended his face. While Straus never stopped resisting, he was simply unable to escape the unfortunate position, as Sanchez kept landing elbow after elbow. By the end of the round, Straus didn’t have many options but to keep cover – which, though under the referee’s close watch, was enough to get him to fight another round.

Straus came out swinging in the third and final round, throwing some wild shots before landing a takedown against the cage. As Sanchez seemed to be slowly making his way up, Straus grabbed ahold of his leg and ended a scramble on top. Quickly, though, Sanchez had his legs around Straus’ neck and shoulder, setting up a triangle choke. Straus had no choice but to tap, granting Sanchez the submission win.

While Straus has seen better days, currently riding the first skid of his Bellator run after the title-costing loss to Patricio Freire at Bellator 178 in April, Sanchez certainly can’t complain. Given a 2017 that saw him taking straight wins over Georgi Karakhanyan, ex-champ Marcos Galvao and, now, Straus, no one can’t really blame him for being on a dancing mood.

That’s how you celebrate that win. Dance on @ElMatador145 #Bellator184 pic.twitter.com/hV8T89bSpE

— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 7, 2017

Bellator 184 results:

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

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:56
  • Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Bellator 184 results: Ex-champ Pat Curran tops John Teixeira after lengthy layoff

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Former featherweight champion Pat Curran picked his shots against an aggressive John Teixeira.

But, when those shots landed, they landed big. The result of Curran’s (23-7 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) accuracy was a unanimous sweep of Teixeira (21-3-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) on the judges’ interesting scorecards – which ranged from a 29-28 to a 30-26, with a 30-27 in between.

John Teixeira was the early aggressor, throwing some hard punches right off the bat. Curran was tentative early, mostly circling around and throwing rare shots as Teixeira mixed short hand combinations and low kicks. A sloppy entrance by Teixeira, however, saw a right hand by Curran landing clean on his jaw. After looking rocked for a split second, Teixeira resumed attack position. Curran, however, seemed to smell blood – and soon it was Teixeira who started backing up. After landing yet another hard shot to Teixeira’s chin, Curran grew increasingly aggressive and found another huge right hand before the round ended.

Curran came out more aggressive in the second. But Teixeira, understandably, didn’t seem too interested in engaging. A takedown by the Brazilian featherweight was short-lived, as Curran was back up in no time. As the they resumed their exchanges on the feet halfway through the second, both fighters seemed more careful about keeping the distance. Teixeira relied heavily on the low kicks, while Curran seemed to seek openings for the counters that served him well early. Curran was able to secure a takedown in the final 40 seconds of the round, but this time it was Teixeira who wanted no business on the ground. Teixeira ate one big jab before the bell rang, but a knee by Curran missed.

Curran wasn’t about to relinquish control in round three, taking full advantage of his stifling wrestling game to keep Teixeira in constant survival mode early on. While Teixeira stayed active, managing to repeatedly get back up, Curran just wouldn’t relent, staying close and landing knees to the body against the cage. Halfway through the round the two were back on their feet – but the writing was on the wall. While Teixeira was, again, the aggressor, the shots weren’t landing. Curran may have failed to keep Teixeira down late in the third, but remained elusive on the feet until the final bell rang.

The win snapped a long, injury-motivated layoff for the ex-champ, who hadn’t fought since a Bellator 155 win over Georgi Karakhanyan in May 2016. He’s now on a three-fight streak. “Macapa,” in turn, has a two-fight skid after dropping a split call to Daniel Weichel.

Bellator 184 results:

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

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Straus
  • Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Bellator 184 results: Leandro Higo outworks Joe Taimanglo for unanimous decision

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Leandro Higo came close to walking away from his second Bellator outing with a late third-round submission win.

But, judging by the smile on Higo’s (18-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) face as the 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 scorecards were read, we’re guessing a unanimous decision over fellow bantamweight Joe Taimanglo (23-7-1 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) should do just fine.

The Brazilian, who’d dropped a split decision against 135-pound champ Eduardo Dantas in a non-title bout to kick off his promotional run, is back on the pro streak that saw him taking eight straight wins before the loss to Dantas. Taimanglo, who showcased some toughness after surviving Higo’s tight third-round guillotine choke, is now on a two-fight skid after a loss to Darrion Caldwell.

Taimanglo wasted no time in the feeling-out process in Round 1, pushing Higo against cage almost immediately. The two switched positions a few times, but Taimanglo was mostly in control there. After two minutes, though, Higo managed to break away, and the two returned to the center of the cage. Taimanglo then set up some shots to once more get Higo against the cage – this time, securing a takedown. But Higo got back up, proceeding to land a big hand and get Taimanglo to the ground. Higo, however, was unable to advance from the half guard and the two were back on their feet by the time the round ended.

Taimanglo was more tentative as the second round started. Higo landed a good hand and attempted some jumping strikes early, but Taimanglo halted the action by once more pressing him against the cage. As the two resumed the action on the feet, Higo kept the distance with straight strikes, while Taimanglo entered his range with shorter punches. By the final two minutes, Higo was landing low kicks and solid punches to the face. High made a good round more favorable with a takedown. Taimanglo, however, once more kept him at half guard – and eventually got back up.

Higo kept lighter on his feet in the third round, while Taimanglo pressed forward. Taimanglo half-heartedly attempted two takedowns, which Higo escaped. The two proceeded with mostly tentative strikes, until, as the end of the fight drew near, Taimanglo managed to get to Higo’s back. While a submission didn’t really look anywhere near locked in, it took a little while for Higo to shake him off. Once he did, though, it was Taimanglo wo saw himself in a very unfortunate position – with Higo’s arms wrapped tightly around his neck. The guillotine seemed tight, but Taimanglo managed to tough it out until the final bell.

Bellator 184 results:

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

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Straus
  • Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Featherweight champ Julia Budd headlines Bellator 189 in rematch with Arlene Blencowe

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Julia Budd will put her featherweight title on the line in December when she headlines Bellator 189 in a rematch.

Budd (10-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will be challenged by Arlene Blencowe (10-6 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) in the main event, Bellator officials today announced. In addition, the co-main event is set with a middleweight bout between Chris Honeycutt (10-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) and Rafael Lovato Jr. (6-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).

Bellator 189 takes place Dec. 1 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Budd won Bellator’s inaugural women’s featherweight title earlier this year when she stopped former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen with a fourth-round TKO at Bellator 174, which also took place in Thackerville.

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Julia Budd vs. Arlene Blencowe

To get to that title shot, Budd, from Canada, won her first three Bellator fights after a 4-0 run for Invicta FC. And the third of those wins came at Bellator 162 nearly a year ago – a unanimous decision win over Blencowe, who now will challenge for her title.

Blencowe, from Australia, has gone 3-0 since that loss. She picked up a pair of knockout wins in her native Australia, then took a split call from Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 182 in August.

Honeycutt has won four straight fights. He has decisions over Matt Secor, Mikkel Parlo and Ben Reiter. But at Bellator 182, he picked up his first stoppage win in two and half years when he took out Kevin Casey with a second-round TKO. His four-fight winning streak comes on the heels of a pair of fights with Paul Bradley. The first of those ended in a no-contest from an accidental headbutt, and Bradley won the rematch with a 40-second knockout – Honeycutt’s lone pro loss.

Lovato won Legacy FC’s middleweight title in just his third pro fight in 2016. After defending it later that year with a submission of Cortez Coleman, he moved to Bellator – where he has been impressive in a hurry. He stopped Charles Hackman in just 13 seconds with a TKO at Bellator 174. And in July, he submitted Mike Rhodes in the first round.

For more on Bellator 189, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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So why did Kevin Lee get 1 extra hour to make weight for UFC 216? An explanation

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Since the UFC adopted early weigh-ins, fans have seen several fighters fail to make weight without a second chance.

There’s widespread perception the procedure is a one-shot deal: If you miss weight, you miss weight.

That wasn’t the case Friday, when UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee stepped on the scale for the official UFC 216 weigh-ins, which took place at The Mirage in Las Vegas. It was 11:01 a.m. PT when he weighed in and he came in heavy at 156 pounds – or one pound over the limit for his lightweight title fight with Tony Ferguson. Lee then was allowed one additional hour to make the weight.

RelatedKevin Lee on near-miss at UFC 216 weigh-in: 'I ain't no bitch'

Was something off? The short answer is no.

First and foremost, the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the proceeding, supersede any policies or procedures put in place by a promotion. While the commission generally tries to work with promoters to ensure a drama-free event, its policies are the ultimate authority on how the event is regulated.

The statute that references the NSAC’s one-hour window is NAC 467.522, which states:

“except as otherwise provided in subsection 3 of NAC 467.476 and subsection 2 of NAC 467.7956, if, during the 1 hour following the time of weighing in, an unarmed combatant is able to make the weight or weighs 1 pound or less outside the agreed limits, no forfeit may be imposed or fine assessed upon him or her.”

As NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett told the assembled media after Lee’s initial miss, the second chance was approved after a check from the commission’s doctor to ensure the fighter wasn’t endangering himself by cutting additional weight.

RelatedCoach: Don't like Kevin Lee's massive UFC 216 weight cut? Change the rules

Bennett said regardless of when a fighter weighs in, he or she gets one additional hour if they miss weight, provided an NSAC doctor signs off.

“The doctor finished evaluating Kevin Lee at 11:15, and he had to be back here no later than 12:15,” Bennett said. “There has been times where we didn’t allow a fighter to lose those pounds because he or she was too sucked out or too dry. This is nothing new for us.”

Even if Lee might have been a hair late according to the UFC’s timeline, Bennett said by his watch, he was on target.

“Most important is the doctor if somebody misses weight,” Bennett said. “They’ve got to see the doctor, and the doctor has to agree on it. And in this particular case, the doctor said, ‘I’m not going to allow him to use more than one pound.’ And I asked another doctor, and he agreed. This is not an anomaly. This is not unusual. This is in accordance with our code.”

RelatedVideo: Watch Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee face off at UFC 216 weigh-ins – while 'El Cucuy' jams out

Bennett also said if Lee were to rehydrate intravenously, he would be required to notify the commission, which would then sign off on whether the treatment was medically necessary.

The commission banned IV rehydration as part of an overhaul of its anti-doping policies in September 2016. The commission recently filed a complaint against a UFC fighter who allegedly received an IV without the commission’s approval.

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

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

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LAS VEGAS – There were injuries, delays, ships leaving and returning to port – the fight between UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and ex-welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 was not a lock until August.

But through its ups and downs, Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) always thought his date with St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) would come, even if the reason wasn’t the most flattering to him.

“I knew this fight would come off, because he hasn’t got the balls to fight anyone that he doesn’t think he can beat, like Anderson Silva, like many other people,” Bisping said today at a news conference in Las Vegas for the Nov. 4 pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Such a point of view fits in perfectly with the brash Brit’s style, of course. But you could also forgive him if he didn’t genuinely believe it’s true.

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

During his reign as welterweight champ, interest in a superfight between St-Pierre and Silva went on for so long it took on a life of its own. St-Pierre kept pumping the brakes, maintaining he needed time to properly bulk up before facing Silva. Eventually, the fire underneath the fantasy bout died down. And then, St-Pierre stepped away from the sport after a highly controversial win over Johny Hendricks in 2013.

Since word of the potential Bisping fight surfaced, St-Pierre’s motives for returning to a UFC division in which he never fought, long after the opportunity appeared ripe for the taking, have been amply questioned.

Today, the ex-champ seemed intent to address the doubts. Bisping’s hazing certainly provided an easy opening.

“So, one time I’ve been offered the fight (with Silva) is when I stopped fighting after my fight with Hendricks,” St-Pierre said. “After my fight with Hendricks, (UFC President) Dana (White) called me and said, ‘Do you want to fight Anderson Silva?’ But I didn’t want to fight anybody. Not Silva. You would have put a three-foot midget, and (I wouldn’t want to fight him). I just wanted to take a break. That’s the only time.

“There’s been a lot of talk about fighting, but never has anything significant been proposed. It’s all rumor and talks. If I go up in weight class, I need time to gain weight and adjust myself for that challenge. At that time, I was very busy. I had challenge after challenge. I was fighting all these guys at 170 that were challenging me one after the other. So if I do something, I want to focus on it and do it well. That’s why I’ve been preparing myself for more than six months to fight Bisping. And I put on some weight, and I feel good now, it feels natural, and I’m ready to go.”

Naturally, Bisping was unconvinced.

RelatedChamp Michael Bisping mostly walks back his Georges St-Pierre steroids comments on 'Conan'

“He didn’t want to fight because Johny Hendricks hit him in the head so many times, he thought he’d been abducted by aliens,” he shot back. “I’m surprised you’re not wearing a tinfoil hat today to stop the messages coming. Dude, I’m going to hit you so many times, you’re going to think you’re going to disappear on the mothership.”

The middleweight champ is happy to pick at St-Pierre, as he is with any foe who agrees to a fight. But he knows a lot about facing doubters. He’s been written off after multiple high-profile losses. When he finally managed to win the title, critics and potential opponents had a field day when he fought Dan Henderson. Getting credit has never been easy.

“I’ve never avoided a fight in my life,” Bisping said. “And Dana is standing right here. In fact, I accepted the winner of Yoel (Romero) vs. (Robert) Whittaker (at UFC 213). We figured it all out. Prior to them fighting, in the backroom, I accepted the fight with Whittaker or Romero.

“Whittaker won the right, so that means Romero is at the back of the line, and then Whittaker didn’t want to do ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and injured his knee. So that leaves me without a fight again, and in the meantime, ‘GSP’ grew a pair.”

Whatever ultimately brought them together, Bisping and St-Pierre have something else in common – a big question mark hanging over their next move.

Both stars have talked about retirement as an imminent possibility after UFC 217. Bisping could sail into the horizon with a win over St-Pierre, which would give him wins over two of the sport’s most celebrated and dominant champions. St-Pierre has said he could walk away for good if he loses in New York. Even if he wins, he has only one contractual obligation at middleweight before he’s afforded the opportunity to return to his native division.

One thing is for sure: The sight of the UFC’s former face alongside the once-dogged middleweight hopeful is something fans probably won’t see again.

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

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Video: Watch Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee face off at UFC 216 weigh-ins – while 'El Cucuy' jams out

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LAS VEGAS – For one final time before Saturday’s UFC 216 main event, heated lightweight rivals Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee got face to face.

And Ferguson was intent on not hearing anything Lee had to say. Instead, he came equipped with his buds in, listening, he said, to “Strawberry Letter 23” by The Brothers Johnson, a 40-year-old funk song.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) meet Saturday for the interim lightweight title in the UFC 216 main event, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Ahead of their headliner, check out the title challengers facing off at the ceremonial weigh-ins today at T-Mobile Arena, where UFC President Dana White made sure the two didn’t get that close to each other.

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

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LAS VEGAS – Just how confident is Georges St-Pierre that he’ll return after a nearly four-year hiatus and win a title in a higher weigh class he’s never competed?

He guarantees it.

St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) and middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) will fight in the UFC 217 headliner on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Today they came face to face for a press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Much like their first press conference when the fight was announced earlier this year before St-Pierre withdrew, the two men traded verbal barbs. It was jab after jab after jab until, perhaps surprisingly, St-Pierre delivered the proverbial knockout punch.

If Bisping wins, he’ll lay claim to defeating both St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, two fighters often in the discussion for greatest of all time. To Bisping, that would solidify his legacy.

“Yeah, the two best fighters of our generation,” Bisping said. “I’ll beat them both. I beat Luke Rockhold (to win the title), and defended by loss to Dan Henderson. I’m one of the greatest MMA fighters there’s ever been.”

The follow-up question to St-Pierre was whether he agreed. He gave credit where credit was due, but there’s a catch.

“Yes, he is,” said St-Pierre. “But he’s going to lose November 4th. This I guarantee you. He’s not going to beat me. Nothing is more sure.

“Water is wet, fire burns, and I’m going to beat Michael Bisping.”

There you have it.

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

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For Demetrious Johnson's head coach, PED users have no place in GOAT discussions

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When it comes to G.O.A.T. discussions in MMA, Demetrious Johnson’s name is certainly in the hat. But it’s commonly listed alongside the likes of former champions like Jon Jones and Anderson Silva.

If Johnson beats Ray Borg at this Saturday’s UFC 216, as we know, he’ll break Silva’s longstanding record for most consecutive title defenses in UFC history. But, for Johnson’s head coach Matt Hume, that’s not the only thing that makes the UFC’s first and only flyweight champion a standout in the sport.

Unlike Silva and Jones, who have both failed doping exams in their UFC careers, the 125-pound kingpin has a squeaky clean sheet. And while Hume wouldn’t direct his stern words toward anyone specific, he did not wince when asked if a PED failure should disqualify fighters from discussion as Greatest Of All Time.

“Yes, of course,” Hume told reporters on Thursday. “Because if you have a PED failure, then the things you have done before were on PEDs. If you’re going to count that – you don’t know when he was, when he wasn’t. With anyone. I’m not just singling out Jon Jones. But I’m saying that anyone who’s taken drugs to accomplish their goals.

“Are we just going to then open it up and say, ‘Let’s see what Demetrious Johnson would do with PEDs in his system?’ Because then we could compare him to those guys. But he’s done more than any of the guys and he’s beaten guys who were on PEDs in title fights – who tested positive later.

“And he’s done all that without taking anything. And he never will. He doesn’t even do supplements. So yes, if people are taking things that they shouldn’t be taking to help their performances, then it doesn’t count against guys like Demetrious Johnson – who do it clean.”

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While Silva was suspended in 2015 after testing positive for drostanolone metabolites and methyl androstane, a form of endogenous testosterone, he maintained throughout he never took PEDs – pointing to an off-brand sexual enhancement drug as the cause for his bust. He caught a one-year hook for it.

Jones, who was stripped of the 205-pound title after testing positive for the steroid turinabol, has also vehemently denied using steroids. He’d previously tested positive for two banned estrogen blockers, but, like Silva, pointed to a tainted sexual enhancement pill for the situation. After the commission decided he hadn’t taken the drug intentionally, he was also suspended for one year.

While all-time best discussions are bound to remain subjective for the foreseeable future, fact is that an 11th straight title defense would solidify Johnson’s name in the sport’s history. But, in order for that to happen, he must first win the pay-per-view co-headliner of Saturday’s event at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), who hasn’t lost an MMA bout since a 135-pound encounter with former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in 2011, is a heavy favorite against Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) – who, in turn, comes off consecutive wins over gifted grapplers Louis Smolka and Jussier Formiga.

But, despite the odds, Hume insists they are not overlooking the 24-year-old title challenger.

“(Borg) is fast,” Hume said. “And when he throws his punches, he throws everything into them. He’s a good grappler. He’s good at taking the back – I’ve seen him outgrapple some black belts. So he mixes it up very well. And athletically, he’s very talented. So we’re not taking him lightly at all.”

When it comes to Borg’s own firm belief that he’s better at scrambles than Johnson, Hume’s sincere smile would have sufficed. But he was still kind enough to offer a follow-up.

“No, he’s not better in scrambles than Demetrious, let’s put it that way,” Hume said. “He can be wrong on that one. He’s a great fighter, he’s got a lot of attributes. But none of them are better than Demetrious’.”

If you ask Johnson about his own achievements, you’re likely to get a humble, measured response. Quite often, he points to himself as mostly a hard worker. But if his pupil won’t brag about himself, Hume will do it for him.

“I’ve always said – to be a champion takes everything,” Hume said. “You have to have the mentality. You have to have the work ethic. You have to have the athleticism, you have to have the technique. You have to have all the intangibles that go along with it.

“And then to be the greatest champion in the history of the sport, you have to magnify that. So, it would be an understatement to say it’s just hard work.”

To hear from Hume, check out the video above.

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

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