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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Yves Edwards, Ray Longo and Chase Kobrin.

Edwards works the FOX Sports desk for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 coverage. Trainer Longo coached Aljamain Sterling to a victory on Saturday at UFC 214. Kobrin, CEO of Tough Prints, is our in-studio guest host.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2502 with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, Angela Hill

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Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, and Angela Hill.

Felder, in Las Vegas to commentate for Dana White’s Contender Series 4 card, was in-studio to co-host the entire episode. Lamas is coming off a win vs. Jason Knight, which took place this past Saturday at UFC 214. Covington defeated Dong Hyun Kim in June at UFC Fight Night 111. Hill is coming off a victory over Ashley Yoder at last month’s TUF 25 Finale.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.


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Marcio Pé de Pano é a “velha guarda” no Grand Prix de Jiu-Jitsu da IBJJF em agosto

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Pé de Pano contra Xande Ribeiro no American Nationals, em 2015. Foto: IBJJF

Depois que Roger Gracie anunciou sua aposentadoria dos tatames, a organização do IBJJF Pro League GP, evento que paga 40 mil dólares ao campeão, ficou com um “buraco” e tanto para tapar: quem seria o substituto do mito decacampeão mundial de Jiu-Jitsu, dono de três ouros absolutos e sete ouros no peso?

O substituto foi anunciado nessa terça-feira: um faixa-preta dono de uma guarda poderosíssima, e também bom passador, que já dominou o absoluto em seus tempos áureos, e hoje é um comentarista sem papas na língua em debates pela internet. Pois é hora de Marcio Cruz, o Pé de Pano, voltar a atirar de dentro da área de luta, agora que ele foi selecionado como o oitavo participante do grandioso GP dos Pesos Pesados do dia 26 de agosto, em Las Vegas.

A missão de fazer bonito não será simples, mas cai bem para um atleta que sempre gostou de grandes desafios. Pé de Pano, que para quem não lembra passou a guarda e venceu Roger na final do Mundial em 2003. Recentemente, Pé venceu Gabriel Napão em superluta em Abu Dhabi. Pela IBJJF, Pé de Pano perdeu para Xande Ribeiro na decisão em superluta em 2015, e venceu Rodrigo Comprido no ano passado.

O professor carioca radicado nos EUA disputa o título do Grand Prix contra sete faixas-pretas de respeito: Marcus Buchecha (Checkmat), Leandro Lo (NS Brotherhood), André Galvão (Atos JJ), João Gabriel Rocha (Soul Fighters), Dimi Souza (Alliance), Ricardo Evangelista (GFTeam/Abu Dhabi) e Mahamed Aly (Lloyd Irvin). O vice também fatura um prêmio em dinheiro, no valor de 10 mil dólares.

Campeão mundial em 2017, Erberth Santos também desejava a vaga aberta por Roger, mas acabou preterido pela organização, já que André Galvão, de sua equipe, já havia aceitado o convite. O evento será no Evexia Fit Fest de Vegas, palco do Mundial de Masters no mesmo fim de semana.

Quem será o grande campeão, amigo leitor?

Relembre Pé de Pano contra Ricardo Evangelista, no torneio profissional da IBJJF, em 2014.

DWCS 4 winner Brandon Davis: 'If you want to see an exciting fight, I'm your man'

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LAS VEGAS – Brandon Davis came out victorious in one of the most exciting battles in all four of Dana White’s Contender Series events. And now, with a UFC contract locked up, he assures us there’s plenty more where that came from.

Davis (8-2) earned a unanimous-decision nod after a three-round slugfest with Austin Arnett (15-3) on Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 4 event. The battle saw blows, smiles and words exchanged between the featherweights, who got standing ovations from UFC President Dana White and matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard.

Here are the highlights (via Twitter):

Best fight of #ContenderSeries so far?!?! @AustinArnettMMA & @KillerBMMA brought @DanaWhite, @SeanShelby & @Mickmaynard2 to their feet! pic.twitter.com/ptTn3WFLet

— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 2, 2017

Davis joined fellow victor Julian Marquez – author of a thunderous head-kick – as one of two fighters scoring a UFC contract that night. The good news for the 145-pounder might just mean good news for the fans, assuming he delivers on his promises for the big stage.

“That’s honestly the way I fight every fight,” Davis told MMAjunkie after the scrap, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. “I’m not saying I get hit a lot or anything like that. I usually have a little more movement.

“I felt myself pushing a little too fast-paced in the beginning of the first round. So I slowed down, and people thought I was getting tired. But I wasn’t; I was just trying to be smart about and making sure I didn’t gas out. I slowed down, tried to use a bit more angles and drop my hands a little bit.

“I like to talk (expletive) during the fight, just to get to him. After the fight, we’re friends, we talk – it’s just what it is. It’s how I fight, and I feel every fight from now on is going to be like that too. It’s been like that every fight before, so – if you want to see an exciting fight, I’m your man. ”

The 27-year-old fighter was fully aware he had a tough opponent in front of him on Tuesday. Arnett, 25, came into the bout riding an impressive 13-fight winning streak with a professional record that held only two losses. Carrying in a six-fight winning streak of his own, Davis saw two ways the scrap could go.

The first was that he could finish Arnett late in the first round or early in the second – a prediction that, while unsuccessful, he believes his elbows almost helped him accomplish.

And the second?

“Or, if he was able to take it, it was going to be bloody, and we were going to make it a ‘Fight of the Night,'” Davis said. “I feel like that happened.”

The fact that Davis imagined this happening, however, didn’t take away from the “unreal” feeling of hearing his name getting called. And now, other than figuring out whether he wants to cry or to party, the featherweight is planning for a quick octagon turnaround.

At the moment, that still depends on X-ray results from his hurt ankle. If it’s broken, he says, he might be looking at an 180-day suspension. But if it’s not, he’s already got some ideas in mind.

“I know they’ve got a Sydney card (on Nov. 19) coming up,” Davis said. “I’ve never been to Australia. I’m down to fight as often as I can. I’m healthy. I’m ready to go. Other than my foot, I can fight again tomorrow.”

Check out the full post-fight interview above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 4, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Video: Watch UFC-Mexico City headliner Brandon Moreno's huge UFC debut

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How’s this for a UFC debut? An upset of a 6-1 favorite, a submission victory, and a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

In October at UFC Fight Night 96, Brandon Moreno was a big underdog to vet Louis Smolka, but the youngster pulled off the upset with a slick first-round guillotine.

Check out the full fight above.

And catch 23-year-old Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who’s No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, back in action on Saturday, when he takes on No. 8-ranked Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), also 23, in his first headliner.

It’s the featured attraction of UFC Fight Night 114, which takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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

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DWCS 4's Julian Marquez on that viral head-kick KO: 'He didn't go down all nice and easy'

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LAS VEGAS – Julian Marquez made the most of his time at Dana White’s Contender Series 4, where he scored a massive knockout, but he almost didn’t get there.

Marquez (6-1) earned his way into the UFC with a crushing knockout of middleweight Phil Hawes (4-2) on Tuesday. It was the featured bout of Dana White’s Contender Series 4, which took place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedDana White's Contender Series 4 results: Julian Marquez KOs Jon Jones training partner Phil Hawes

Marquez said he envisioned this exact scenario – winning the fight and getting a UFC contract – but he had a few hurdles. Chief among them? His weight cut.

“If you would have seen me – if I released the pictures of me cutting weight last night – you guys would definitely laugh and be like, ‘Holy (expletive),'” the former LFA/Bellator/Combate Americas fighter told MMAjunkie. “I lost a good amount.

“I was the last person in the sauna. And actually, I was lucky enough to get an extension because they said they opened up an hour early. I was there at 5 a.m. At 4:50, no one was there, and it was down to the wire, but I made the weight, and now I’m here.”

The 27-year-old ultimately connected on a head-kick KO that had social media buzzing (via Twitter):

Did you see this vicious knockout at Dana White​'s Contender Series 4 event? More: https://t.co/c0Vj6FRAmy pic.twitter.com/2thKxcJLQR

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) August 2, 2017

After Hawes attempted a takedown, Marquez said he made his opponent pay on the next one.

“On the second takedown, I pushed him up against the cage, and I saw the same thing,” he said. “So I backed up and waited to let him get up, and I just let the kick go, and it just so happened to find his chin.”

And the aftermath?

“It felt amazing,” he said. “It was a shocker. I hope he heals fast. It was a pretty nasty blow. He didn’t go down all nice and easy. He went down pretty hard.”

Check out the full post-fight interview above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 4, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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UFC 214 'Fight Motion': That time Daniel Cormier sent Jon Jones' mouthpiece flying

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Despite a crushing and emotional end, things started off well enough for Daniel Cormier over Jon Jones, as we see in the “Fight Motion” highlights for past Saturday’s UFC 214 headliner.

The super-slow-motion highlights capture the action from the event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., which aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) ultimately suffered a third-round knockout loss, and he had to surrender his light-heavyweight title to rival Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC), who reclaimed the belt with a vintage performance.

RelatedUFC 214 video highlights: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier

Initially, though, Cormier found some success in the long-awaited rematch again arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history. One early punch sent Jones’ mouthpiece flying, as you can see in “UFC 214 Fight Motion” above.

The highlights include other bouts, including welterweight champion Tyron Woodley’s (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) decisive unanimous-decision victory over Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), as well as Cristiane Justino’s (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) lopsided third-round TKO of Tonya Evinger (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for the vacant women’s featherweight belt.

Check out the “Fight Motion” highlights above.

And for more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White's Contender Series 5 lineup revealed, with Mike Rodriguez vs. Jamelle Jones

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The lineup for the fifth edition of Dana White’s Contender Series is set.

UFC officials on Tuesday revealed the five fights that will be featured at Dana White’s Contender Series 5, which takes place Aug. 8 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

The featured bout takes place in the light heavyweight division with Mike Rodriguez (7-2) vs. Jamelle Jones (7-4).

Additional matchups include Julio Arce (11-2) vs. Peter Petties (5-2) at featherweight, Alex Perez (17-4) vs. Kevin Gray (9-3) at flyweight, Donavan Frelow (6-2) vs. Ricky Simon (9-1) at bantamweight, and Shelton Graves (5-3) vs. Everett Sims (3-0) at heavyweight.

The main event features two fighters trending in different directions. Rodriguez has won five of his past six fights, including back-to-back victories. Jones, meanwhile, has dropped two of his past three after a four-fight winning streak.

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 5, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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

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Julian Marquez (6-1) earned his way into the UFC with a crushing knockout of Phil Hawes (4-2), and you need to see – and hear – the finish.

After an opening round in which both men had some shining moments, Marquez took over in the second, walking forward with strikes and wobbling Hawes before finishing him off with a vicious high kick in the featured bout of Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 4 event.

The middleweight contest served as the featured bout of the event at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. As with all Dana White’s Contender Series events, the card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Marquez was later awarded a UFC contract for his efforts.

To get a full rundown of the night’s bouts, check out our Dana White’s Contender Series 4 results post. In the meantime, relive Marquez’s knockout in all its glory.

For additional coverage of DWCS 4, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Definidos grupos do Grand Prix dos Médios na Copa Podio em Manaus

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Inspirado no encontro das águas do Amazonas, o próximo GP da Copa Podio de Jiu-Jitsu será dividido em dois grupos: Rio Negro (o grupo dos faixas-preta) e Solimões (o dos faixas-marrons).

Presidente da Copa Podio, Jeferson Mayca anunciou nesta terça, 1º de agosto, a divisão dos dez atletas selecionados para o Grand Prix dos Pesos Médios. O evento será no dia 12 de agosto, a partir das 18h, na Arena Amadeu Teixeira, Centro Oeste de Manaus.

No grupo Rio Solimões estão os marrons Fellipe Trovo (BRA), Ruben Caveira (Angola), Fellipe Andrew (BRA), Gustavo “Braguinha” (BRA) e Jonnatas Gracie (BRA). Já o grupo Rio Negro será formado pelos faixas-pretas DJ Jackson (EUA), Tommy Langaker (NOR), William Dias (AUS), Hugo Marques (BRA) e Kywan Gracie (BRA).

Os atletas vão lutar em sistema de rodízio, todos contra todos, dentro do seu grupo – cada vitória por finalização rende cinco pontos na tabela; vitória por pontos rende três pontos; vencer nas vantagens rende dois pontos; e o empate vale um ponto.

Os dois atletas com o maior número de pontos de cada grupo se classificam para as semifinais, sendo os critérios de desempate, por ordem de prioridade: confronto direto, quantidade de finalizações, saldo de pontos obtidos no placar em todos os combates e, em última instância, nova luta entre os atletas empatados.

Ingressos e como assistir

Os ingressos estão à venda no site oficial do evento www.copapodio.com, e variam de 50 a 120 reais, com direito a mesas de área vip. Para assistir pela internet, visite o site http://www.fighteria.tv/produtos/ e garanta seu pacote.

Confira a seguir o card completo do evento:

GP dos Médios
Arena Amadeu Teixeira, Manaus, Amazonas
Sábado, 12 de agosto de 2017

Horário: 18 horas (portões abrem 16h30)

Desafio Kids

Team Isaque vs Team Espen

– Marquinho Carvalho (AM) vs Pedro Borges (RJ)

– David John (AM)  vs Cole Abate (EUA)

– Cauã Leonor (RJ) vs Yago Baía (AM)

– Arthur Elisson (PB) vs Henrique Gabriel (AM)

– Frankie Zambada (EUA) vs Davi Guimarães (AM)

– Efrain Manoel (AM) vs Marlon Silva (RJ)

Luta de Abertura

– Victor Neves (AM)  vs Fernando Toshio (GO)

Desafio de Equipes : Caboclos vs Pantaneiros

– Xande Ribeiro (AM) vs Roberto Cyborg (MS)

– Eduardo Inojosa (AM) vs Paulo Azambuja (MS)

– André Júlio (AM) vs Adley Lobato (MS)

– Fernandinho Vieira (AM) vs Marcel Gonçalves (MS)

Disputa do Grand Prix (até 88 kg):

Grupo Rio Solimões

– Fellipe Trovo  (BRA)

– Ruben Caveira  (ANG)

– Fellipe Andrew (BRA)

– Gustavo “Braguinha” (BRA)

– Jonnatas Gracie  (BRA)

Grupo Rio Negro

DJ Jackson  (USA)

-Tommy Langaker  (NOR)

-William Dias  (AUS)

-Hugo Marques  (BRA)

-Kywan Gracie  (BRA)

Luta Especial (Sub-Only):

– Isaque Bahiense (BRA) vs Espen Mathiesen (NOR)

Dana White's Contender Series 4 results: Julian Marquez KOs Jon Jones training partner Phil Hawes

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Julian Marquez ended Dana White’s Contender Series 4 with a bang, laying out Jon Jones training partner Phil Hawes with a head kick to cap off the show..

Dana White’s Contender Series 4 took place Tuesday at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. The card streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

The fight was over at the 2:20 mark of the second round when Hawes dropped limp to the canvas with a scary thud.

“I was tired,” Marquez admitted after the fight. “The weight cut yesterday was pretty rough, but I just knew he was going to keep coming. I just knew if I weathered the storm, he would leave an opening, which he did.”

Check out the reaction from @DanaWhite, @SeanShelby & @Mickmaynard2!

Spectacular KO by @JMarquezMMA! #ContenderSeries pic.twitter.com/8mYYrnzg0l

— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 2, 2017

Hawes’ early drive to take the fight down to the mat may have sapped his energy reserves. Marquez proved a tough challenge to take down, and when he hit the mat, he escaped bad positions and returned to his feet. A guillotine attempt had Hawes scrambling not to tap.

At the start of the second, Marquez landed a combination that badly hurt Hawes and put him on auto pilot. A sloppy takedown attempt put Marquez on top, and when Hawes finally managed to escape, he was ready.

The head kick was perfectly timed and provided a highlight-reel finish that brought UFC contract to Marquez (6-1), who’s won his past four. Hawes (4-2), an early flameout on “The Ultimate Fighter 23,” now has dropped two straight.

Phillips quickly stops shooting Gray

Bantamweight Kyler Phillips picked up the first stoppage win of the night with a quick TKO of James Gray.

An early takedown attempt from Gray (4-2) was countered by elbows from Phillips (5-0), who pounded away with punches before returning for a hammerfist to close it out just 46 seconds into the opening frame.

Less than a minute into the fight! What a performance by @Kymatrix!#ContenderSeries Presented by @ToyoTires pic.twitter.com/UE9MnUcbpo

— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 2, 2017

“I did not want to do jiu-jitsu,” Phillips said of his win.” “I want to be exciting and get that KO. This organization, we’ve got to make money, so I’m here to do crazy kicks and crazy punches. I’ll put everybody out.”

Candelario’s damage counters Candido for decision nod

Carlos Candelario survived a last-minute submission scare from jiu-jitsu specialist Ronaldo Candido to take home a unanimous decision.

The final scores were all 29-28 for the unbeaten Candelario, who refused to cede positions on the mat and repaid Candido’s takedown attempts with consistent damage.

“He had me in that last round a little bit, but I knew I won that fight,” Candelario said.

Great escape followed by some solid ground and pound by @Los_TheCannon!#ContenderSeries Presented by @ToyoTires pic.twitter.com/eM2Zsi8OOu

— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 2, 2017

All three rounds followed a consistent pattern. Candido fought his way into a takedown and threatened a choke. But on each occasion, Candelario scrambled to safety and then pounded away with elbows and punches.

Candido (6-1), a jiu-jitsu coach of Jose Aldo, gamely pressed the action late and earned a huge slam in the final round. With Candelario (7-0) fading, he advanced to mount position and wrapped the head for a guillotine choke. When Candelario made his neck scarce, elbows opened up an arm-triangle attempt. The attempts led to a tense minute but no tap from Candelario.

Blood-and-guts thriller sees Davis edge Arnett

After three rounds, featherweights Brandon Davis and Austin Arnett were spattered with Arnett’s blood. They traded smiles and hundreds of punches in an all-out slugfest.

Davis, the busier and more effective fighter, emerged with a unanimous decision via scores of 30-27, 30-26 and 29-28 and also earned the only other UFC contract of the night. Arnett, sporting a forehead gash that flowed freely, never capitulated and kept swinging until the final bell.

“That’s every fight – sign me,” Davis said afterward. “I promise you.”

Best fight of #ContenderSeries so far?!?! @AustinArnettMMA & @KillerBMMA brought @DanaWhite, @SeanShelby & @Mickmaynard2 to their feet! pic.twitter.com/ptTn3WFLet

— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 2, 2017

Arnett’s powerful straight right was stymied by Davis’ head movement and aggressive combinations. Then an elbow split him open after he banked on a guillotine and missed in the second round. The ensuing blood was the third opponent in the cage as Davis tried to open it with spinning attacks.

Two rounds took some of the verve out of Davis’ (8-2) pace, but he managed to hold off as Arnett (15-3) landed several power shots to the body and head. The decision was his seventh straight win, while Arnett lost his first bout in three years and 13 fights.

Castaneda gets unanimous nod over Leialoha

Bantamweight John Castaneda’s last-minute rally tipped the scores in his favor against Max Holloway training partner Cheyden Leialoha.

After trading takedowns and kicks with Leialoha, Castaneda put his opponent on the mat late in the third and made a statement with a back mount and ground control.

“I’ve never been this tired in a fight, so it’s just going to motivate me to never be this tired again,” he said afterward.

Judges unanimously scored it 29-28 for Castaneda (14-2), who picked up his ninth straight win, and did so after Leialoha (6-1) cut him with an elbow on the mat in the first. With blood running into his eye, he charged back in the second by countering Leialoha’s aggressive striking, and then won a key takedown for his final push.

The official Dana White’s Contender Series 4 results:

  • Julian Marquez def. Phil Hawes via KO (head kick) – Round 2, 2:20
  • Kyler Phillips def. James Gray via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:46
  • Carlos Candelario def. Ronaldo Candido via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Brandon Davis def. Austin Arnett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)
  • John Castaneda def. Cheyden Leialoha via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

For complete coverage of Dana White’s Contender Series 4, visit the UFC Events section of the site.


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UFC 216 gets 7 bouts, including Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush, Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites

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The UFC has added seven new bouts to UFC 216, including lightweight and middleweight showdowns with implications in the rankings.

Today, the promotion announced that lightweight standouts Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Beneil Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will face off, as will middleweights Brad Tavares (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and one-time title challenger Thales Leites (27-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC).

UFC 216 take place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Also confirmed for the fall card: a heavyweight clash featuring Walt Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) vs. Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC); a lightweight fight between Lando Vannata (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Abel Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC); a previously reported lightweight contest between Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC); and a pair of flyweight bouts, John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) vs. Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Schnell (9-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Marco Beltran (8-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

Dunham, on a four-fight win streak, will look to break into the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, where Dariush stands at No. 10. Dariush, meanwhile, is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to No. 6 ranked Edson Barboza in his previous outing. Dunham previously expressed interest in a bout with Dariush.

Tavares, an honorable mention in the middleweight rankings has won his past two bouts and hopes to break into the top 15 with a win over No. 13 Leites, who recently outpointed Sam Alvey.

Heavyweight Harris is on the upswing with back-to-back knockout wins in bouts against Chase Sherman and Cyril Asker, respectively. Godbeer most recently outpointed Daniel Spitz, upping his UFC record to 1-1 after a debut loss to Justin Ledet.

Lightweight Vannata is looking to rebound after a decision loss to David Teymur that sapped his momentum after a spectacular wheel-kick knockout of John Makdessi this past December. Trujillo also needs a boost after a submission loss to James Vick, which snapped a three-fight win streak.

Lightweight Lentz mostly suffered a decision loss to Islam Makhachev, which brought his first loss since returning to the lightweight division from featherweight. Brooks has lost back-to-back fights in bouts against Alex Oliveira and Charles Oliveira, respectively.

One-time flyweight title challenger Moraga recently got back in the win column with a decision over Ashkan Mokhtarian in June, while Bibulatov puts his unbeaten record to the test after a debut decision against Jenel Lausa.

Flyweight Schnell is in dire need of a win after losses against Rob Font and Hector Sandoval in his first two UFC appearances. Beltran, meanwhile, has hit the skids with back-to-back losses after a trio of wins.

With the additions, the UFC 216 lineup now includes:

  • Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush
  • Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites
  • Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
  • Lando Vannata vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks
  • John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
  • Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran

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


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Boxing ref Joe Cortez: Conor McGregor-Paulie Malignaggi sparring session got 'out of control'

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If you’ve been paying attention to Conor McGregor’s Instagram as he prepares for his upcoming superfight with Floyd Mayweather, you might’ve noticed veteran referee Joe Cortez present in the gym.

Here he is on the left in a post from Saturday.

Cortez, a former boxer himself, has 40 years of referee experience, officiating some of the most notable fights in boxing history. He was asked to join the McGregor camp to teach the UFC lightweight champion the rules of boxing in preparation for his in-ring debut.

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As you might already know, McGregor has spent some time sparring with former two-time boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi. Cortez was in the ring during a recent session between the two men. After their first night together, McGregor shared an image of him showboating with his hands behind his back against Malignaggi. It was an indicator that things could potentially get out of hand. Malignaggi offered insight into what that session was like, and one of the things that came up was the amount of trash-talk between the two.

So, it might come as no surprise, that during an eight-round sparring session last Thursday, according to Cortez, things got “a little out of control,” forcing him to separate McGregor and Malignaggi.

“(McGregor) was in there mixing it up a little bit with Paulie, and it was the real thing,” Cortez told Sirius XM Boxing. “I had to stop the action, say, ‘You guys are a little out of control here, you’ve got to stop this.’ You know, they got a little rough. “They were both roughing each other up, and I had to stop the action like it was a regular fight. They were holding too much; they were trying to punch each other.

“It got a little out of control to where I had to call, ‘Time! All right, guys, you’ve got to stop this right now. I want a good, clean, strong – give me a sportsman-like conduct. Understand?’”

Cortez added the amount of trash-talk didn’t help matters.

“I had to put a stop to that, as well,” Cortez said. “That’s partly why I had to stop the action.”

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Kurt Holobaugh was happy to impress UFC boss with DWCS win, but more worried about his kids

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Kurt Holobaugh didn’t take any shortcuts on his way back into the UFC, but in hindsight, he’s glad for the ride.

Holobaugh was one of five winners to come out of the first installment of Dana White’s Contender Series, after putting an abrupt end to Matt Bessette’s (22-8) seven-fight streak. The first-round knockout not only added a fourth win to Holobaugh’s (18-4) current victorious run, but also earned him re-entry into the octagon after a single 2013 showing.

Kolobaugh, who first came into the UFC off a Strikeforce decision loss to Pat Healy, was cut after an unsuccessful showing opposite Steven Siler at UFC 159. It took him another four years, and a 9-2 run outside the octagon, but Holobaugh doesn’t seem too bitter about taking the scenic route back.

“I think this definitely prepared me for a good run into the UFC,” Kolobaugh told MMAjunkie Radio. “I got to go out, I got to fight all around the world, I got to experience a lot. I’ve grown as a fighter. (I) fought some really tough, high level guys who could easily be fighting in the UFC today.

“I really think that built me up, gave me a lot of confidence going into this contract with the UFC. I really think I can make a run for the championship.”

Regardless, Holobaugh comes into the octagon on the right foot. Before his most recent win, the 30-year-old fighter had knocked out seasoned vet Gesias Cavalcante to earn Titan FC’s interim lightweight title. He was already coming off back-to-back finish wins then. He’s only needed the judges in four of his 18 career wins.

The starching of the notoriously durable Bessette made Holobaugh one of two athletes who impressed UFC president Dana White enough to earn a contract that night. The show, which heads into its fourth week tonight with only five contracts given out so far, is not only about winning – it’s about making a statement.

Judging by his history, though, one can understand why Holobaugh wasn’t particularly preoccupied about that.

“I had no clue how the contract situation was going to work,” Holobaugh said. “I just knew how I fight and how I was going to fight. I wasn’t going to be denied. Anybody can go back to any one of my fights – I’m never going backwards. I might have a wrestler shoot in and take me down and put me on my back. But I’m still throwing punches. I’m still throwing submissions.

“I’m still working, I’m not just laying there. So there really wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I was going to go out and just put on an absolute great performance.”

In fact, to be perfectly frank, White seemed like the furthest thing from his mind when he earned his UFC shot.

“I didn’t even see him or know where he was sitting,” Holobaugh said. “When I walked out – I kind of thought about it, but honestly I want to say I was thinking more about my family watching at home, my kids watching at home, and my family in the crowd.

“It was awesome having Dana White there and getting to put on a performance in front of Dana White, but I don’t want to get my ass kicked in front of my kids. That’s one thing that I don’t want to have to live with. The most important thing, to me, was to not lose in front of my kids.”

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

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Cub Swanson has interesting response to ex-champ Jose Aldo's sudden interest in rematch

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Cub Swanson has heard about Jose Aldo’s interest in fighting him. And he feels some type of way about the timing of it.

Nearly two months after a title-costing TKO loss to Max Holloway at UFC 212, former featherweight champ Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) said he would like an octagon return before November – and that, as far as targets go, Swanson (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC) would fit the bill.

The meeting, of course, would be a rematch – their first bout, which took place over eight years at WEC 41, ended in less than 10 seconds thanks to Aldo’s perfectly-placed knees. Now, Aldo’s the one coming off a loss. And Swanson is riding a four-fight streak – including two “Fight of the Night” battles – since his own loss to Holloway and has been making the case for his first UFC title shot.

In light of this turn of events, Swanson took to Twitter – and the ancient art of GIF expression – to issue a response.

I've been trying to fight Aldo for over 8 years and all of a sudden he wants to do it now pic.twitter.com/TrvFeD2pJJ

— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) August 1, 2017

The matchup does carry some logic, though. Despite Swanson’s pleas, it seems like former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will be the one challenging for Holloway’s 145-pound belt. And, currently ranked No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, Swanson could do worse than No. 2 Aldo.

Aldo, in turn, would be involved in his first non-title fight since he joined the UFC as its original 145-pound champion back in 2011. He’s now lost two of his past three fights – a UFC 200 win over Frankie Edgar sandwiched in between the TKO to Holloway and a knockout to lightweight champ Conor McGregor.

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

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UFC 214 medical suspensions: Donald Cerrone gets potential 6 months for eye issue

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UFC welterweight standout Donald Cerrone is facing a six-month suspension for a possible eye injury following his loss to ex-champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 214.

Cerrone, who was outpointed on the event’s pay-per-view main card, needs doctor clearance for a “possible fracture to the left eye,” according to medical suspensions issued by the California State Athletic Commission, which regulated the event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

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According to cageside doctors notes, Cerrone’s (32-8 MMA, 19-5 UFC) pupil was constricted, indicating a possible fracture after his slugfest against Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC).

In other suspensions, headliner and now-former UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) must sit out 60 days after suffering a knockout loss to re-crowned champ Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC).

Additionally, the CSAC made official an order requiring lightweight Drew Dober move up to the welterweight division because his fight-day weight was 18 percent above the 155-pound limit, or approximately 183 pounds. The commission earlier this year passed a 10-point plan that recommends fighters move up a division if they are over 10 percent above their contracted weight on fight day.

Following his first-round knockout of Josh Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC), Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) advocated for a 165-pound weight class.

The full list of UFC 214 medical suspensions includes:

  • Jon Jones: suspended 7 days
  • Daniel Cormier: suspended mandatory 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for knockout, and suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to right eye. Neurological clearance required
  • Tyron Woodley: suspended 7 days
  • Demian Maia: suspended 7 days
  • Cristiane Justino: suspended 7 days
  • Tonya Evinger: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Robbie Lawler: suspended 7 days
  • Donald Cerrone: suspended 7 days; also suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for possible left eye fracture (traumatic myosis)
  • Volkan Oezdemir: suspended 7 days
  • Jimi Manuwa: suspended mandatory 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for knockout, and suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to right eyebrow
  • Ricardo Lamas: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Jason Knight: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Aljamain Sterling: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Renan Barao: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Brian Ortega: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Renato Moicano: suspended 7 days; also suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for possible jaw/facial fracture
  • Calvin Kattar: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Andre Fili: suspended 7 days; also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for right upper eyelid
  • Alexandra Albu: suspended mandatory 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout; suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to nose; suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared via CT scan by physician, for possible fracture to left orbital
  • Kailin Curran: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout
  • Jarred Brooks: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Eric Shelton: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Drew Dober: suspended mandatory 7 days; must be cleared by physician or must move up in weight due to greater than 18 percent weight increase. Fighter needs to be in a heavier weight class per medical evaluation
  • Josh Burkman: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for KO

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Colby Covington explains tweet siding with Dana White over 'shady person' Tyron Woodley

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UFC welterweight standout Colby Covington is unapologetic after offering “serious dirt” on Tyron Woodley after the champ demanded an apology from UFC President Dana White and threatened to “leak” damaging information.

Covington’s tweet spurred backlash from fans and fellow UFC fighters, including lightweight Kajan Johnson, who called him “lowest of the low.”

Those fighters that stand for the company against their fellow martial artists are the lowest of the low. #houseninjas #ufc

— kajan johnson (@IamRagin) August 1, 2017

It also prompted a call from his manager, American Top Team chief Dan Lambert, who licensed the team’s name to Woodley for his “ATT: Evolution” gym in St. Louis (Lambert declined comment).

“What I would say is, where’s the money?” Covington told MMAjunkie when asked to respond to Johnson’s tweet. “It’s all about the money in this game. I’m trying to get the No. 1 spot and make a financially better future for me and my family. (Expletive) everybody else.”

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Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) demanded the apology from White on “The MMA Hour” after White criticized his title defense against Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) at UFC 214. White also reneged on a verbal agreement to set up a fight with returning ex-champ Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) and indicated Woodley will next fight ex-champ Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC).

Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) then stepped into the breach, tweeting White and tagging Woodley.

Don't worry boss @danawhite I know some serious dirt on @TWooodley that would ruin his life. #fake https://t.co/MK9SdXRgge

— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) August 1, 2017

“Don’t worry boss @danawhite I know some serious dirt on @TWooodley that would ruin his life. #fake.”

The 29-year-old up-and-comer said the message was a little bit of a troll and a little bit serious. But mostly, it was aimed at advancing his own interests.

“It’s a career move, if you want to call it that,” Covington said. “I’m looking for big fights, and I’ve got to promote and market myself any way I can. If people hate me and want to see me get knocked the (expletive) out, then sign someone the (expletive) up. I guarantee there’s not a man in the world that can knock me out now. It’s just a reminder that I am the No. 1 best fighter in the world right now.”

Woodley did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Covington’s remarks.

Covington, who in June outpointed Dong Hyun Kim for his fourth straight UFC win, previously has struggled to get opponents to fight him.

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Today on MMAjunkie Radio, he noted ex-lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos and Neil Magny both turned him down in favor of a fight against each other. He added Lawler – another former ATT regular – “knows what’s up.”

While Covington said he’s trained with Woodley on a few occasions, he doesn’t consider the champ part of ATT. Covington said he wouldn’t have blasted a teammate in the way he did Woodley. But because Woodley isn’t a teammate, the same loyalty doesn’t apply.

“He was here in the beginning, and he has an ATT gym – but at the end of the day, he has what I want,” Covington said. “He’s trying to ruin this sport. He needs to know that I’m here, and I want what he has.”

“When I first met Tyron, he acted real fake to me,” Covington later added. “I just think he’s a shady person. His character is not good. So I’m not afraid to attack his character, because he’s not everything he says he is. He’s a fake champion.”

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Not surprisingly, Covington was not impressed by Woodley’s showing against Maia.

“I thought it was pathetic,” Covington said. “I’ve got some better footage of him in the gym throwing a strike. It was bad. He fights conservative. He’s not a real fighter. He doesn’t want to get into a tough fight. He’s got no gas in the tank, which is why I think it’s a good stylistic matchup for me. He explodes for one or two punches, but that’s about it. He plays it safe.”

Woodley defended his performance at the UFC 214 post-fight press conference and noted he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him from throwing his favored right hand with regularity. On “The MMA Hour,” he said he might’ve suffered a labrum tear, which could require extensive rehabilitation.

“Fans, they want to see blood, they want to see cuts, and they want to see a back-and-forth exchange,” Woodley said. “You also have to recognize that I’m fighting specialists. Stephen Thompson, I’m not going to sit there and try to out-spin kick him. I’m not going to take down Demian Maia and prove it’s time for me to get a black belt.

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“I felt like it was a very tactical fight. I felt like I did everything and stuck to the game plan. I walk around with my head up and the belt around my waist.”

Covington is convinced if he had a chance to put the belt around his waist, fans would see a completely different type of fight.

“If you give me a welterweight title shot, I guarantee I’m going out there looking for blood, and I’m going to be coming forward for five rounds straight,” Covington said. “I’m not going to be backing up to the cage like a little (expletive). I’m going to fight, because that’s what people want to see.”

But in the meantime, he is eyeing a fight with Maia, whose world-class jiu-jitsu Woodley stymied over five rounds of lackluster action this past Saturday.

“Tell Google Translate that he’s a little (expletive), and I’m coming for his ass,” Covington said of Maia.

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) reacts after his fight against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) prior to his fight against Colby Covington (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) prior to his fight against Colby Covington (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) prior to his fight against Colby Covington (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) competes against Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Jun 17, 2017; Singapore, Singapore; Colby Covington (blue gloves) hugs Dong Hyun Kim (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-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/PWhZN9wrNEhtDwFQPvUSzn/263181", customAnalytics: true, title: "Covington def. Kim", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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FS1 broadcast plans set for UFC Fight Night 114

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The UFC’s fifth event in Mexico takes place Saturday when UFC Fight Night 114 goes down at Mexico City Arena.

The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and features a flyweight headliner between Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

MMAjunkie today confirmed with a FOX Sports official that Todd Grisham and former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann will call the fights cageside.

Analysts for Friday’s UFC Fight Night 114 weigh-in show on FS1, as well as the pre-fight and post-fight shows Saturday on FS1, will be former multi-time UFC title challenger Kenny Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and retired lightweight veteran Yves Edwards (42-22-1 MMA, 10-10 UFC). Karyn Bryant serves as anchor for the programs.

The UFC Fight Night 114 card, along with broadcast plans and air times, are as follows:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
  • Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo
  • Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
  • Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
  • Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez
  • Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi

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

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