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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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First, there’s the training.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UFC's Grant Dawson notified of potential USADA violation

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

Officials today announced the news.

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

From USADA:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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10 reasons to watch UFC-Norfolk, and hey, have you really seen this card's depth?

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

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

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

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

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. On the hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. That’s a lot of bonuses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. It’s been a while

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

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

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

8. He’s back

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

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

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

9. Looking for two in a row

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the video above to get their picks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) November 8, 2017

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

Here’s the full message (via Instagram):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 10, 2017

Moraes taps Kingad to defend 125 belt

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

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

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

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

Chung survives Belingon’s power

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

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

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

Complete ONE Championship 64 results included:

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

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

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

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


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Georges St-Pierre is injured, but interim UFC titleholder Robert Whittaker is a patient man

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UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is apparently a patient man.

Especially when it comes to recently crowned undisputed middleweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre.

On Thursday, St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC), who submitted Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) via third-round rear-naked choke in this past Saturday’s UFC 217 pay-per-view headliner, told reporters that he suffered a neck injury in the fight and isn’t sure when he’ll return.

RelatedUFC champ Georges St-Pierre injured but won't 'freeze' division

Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC), who’s been on the sidelines since beating Yoel Romero for the interim title in July, is supposed to be next up for St-Pierre. But St-Pierre, the former longtime welterweight champion who moved up to middleweight for his first fight in four years, isn’t sure when he’ll be back because of the injury.

The UFC is hosting UFC 221 in the Australian city of Perth on Feb. 11 (with a pay-per-view airdate on Feb. 10 due to the time difference), and having New Zealand-born Whittaker in the headliner would certainly make sense.

But whether it’s Perth or somewhere else – even St-Pierre’s native Montreal – Whittaker suggested he’s willing to wait for one of MMA’s most accomplished fighters (via Twitter):

@GeorgesStPierre wishing u a speedy recovery get well soon @dana can do this anywhere#montreal #anywhere

— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) November 10, 2017

“@GeorgesStPierre wishing u a speedy recovery get well soon @dana can do this anywhere
#montreal #anywhere”

At the sports books, St-Pierre has opened as a small underdog (+150) to “Bobby Knuckles (-190).

With his title win, St-Pierre is now No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings and No. 9 pound-for-pound. Whittaker is No. 2 at 185 pounds and No. 15 pound-for-pound.

Who wins the title-unifier? Cast your vote below.

And for more on UFC 221 and the rest of the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Valentina Shevchenko's idea for Paige VanZant: The 2 of them in UFC flyweight title-eliminator

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Paige VanZant raised eyebrows last week – during UFC 217, mind you – when she tweeted that her first fight in the women’s flyweight division would be against the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”

Which, in theory, that would mean VanZant claimed she was granted an immediate title shot, since “TUF 26” is crowning the inaugural 125-pound women’s champion, which the UFC denied.

Collectively, the MMA community’s reaction was probably something along the lines of this Nicolas Cage GIF:

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Because, c’mon, VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) hasn’t exactly performed at a championship level of late. She hasn’t fought since December of last year – when she was choked out by Michelle Waterson – and is 1-2 in her last three fights. An immediate title shot in a new division? It doesn’t seem right.

But clearly VanZant sees opportunity with the creation of the flyweight divison. And where VanZant sees opportunity so does Valentina Shevchenko.

Following her bantamweight title loss to Amanda Nunes in a narrow headliner at UFC 215, Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) announced her intention to drop to flyweight. And on Thursday night, “Bullet” had an idea that she shared on Twitter:

Don't rush girl.
If you want a title fight, first fight me. #125 #UFC #Letsdoit #dontblink @Mickmaynard2 @seanshelby @danawhite https://t.co/1ZFJCoNswV

— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) November 10, 2017

Now there’s an idea.

Given their credentials, Shevchenko clearly would deserve an immediate title shot before VanZant does. But seeing as how Shevchenko isn’t even asking for it and instead would rather earn it in a title eliminator against VanZant, what’s the holdup?

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

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Bellator heavyweight title tourney: Fedor, Mir, 'Rampage,' Sonnen among big names booked

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As expected, Bellator MMA will indeed crown a new heavyweight champion in 2018, but rather than a simple title fight to fill the vacant slot, the promotion has put together a blockbuster tournament featuring a bevy of MMA superstars.

Bellator President Scott Coker told MMAjunkie and USA TODAY Sports that the company will host an eight-man heavyweight tournament known as the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018, with the winner earning the vacant Bellator belt.

“This is going to be something that’s iconic for us,” Coker said. “Tournaments, traditionally, are kind of the way martial arts contests happen. Now we get to put eight iconic brand names in our sport together over a year, and then whoever wins will be crowned the heavyweight champion.”

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The eight contestants include some of the organization’s most recognizable heavyweights, including former PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), two-time former UFC titleholder Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), and Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).

Additionally, four light heavyweight stars are moving up a division for a chance at heavyweight gold, with current 205-pound champ Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), former UFC champ Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA), ex-Strikeforce titleholder Muhammed Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) and multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) also confirmed for the grand prix.

The tournament bouts will be contested throughout 2018, with the current plan calling for one tournament fight per night at seven yet-to-be-decided Bellator events. The final is tentatively scheduled for December 2018.

The tournament draw will be determined in the near future.

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“I think there are certain fights that people want to see,” Coker said. “Believe me, we’re going to have some amazing matchups in this tournament.

“These fights that we’re going to put together are something that the fans want to see. These are iconic names, big brands.”

Bellator’s heavyweight championship has been vacant since May 2016, when the promotion stripped then-champ Vitaly Minakov of the belt for failing to defend the title.

The first date of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018 is expected to be announced soon. All of Bellator’s events will air on the Paramount Network, which launches in January as a rebranding of the promotion’s current broadcast home, Spike.

“When Scott Coker signed on with Bellator in 2014, we knew that he would constantly innovate and bring new and creative ideas to the promotion,” Spike Senior Vice President of Sports and Specials Jon Slusser said. “The heavyweight grand prix is a perfect example of that. The tournament will provide outstanding sports content for the soon-to-launch Paramount Network in 2018, and we’re excited about delivering this type of entertainment to our viewers.”

For more on the upcoming Bellator schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 weigh-in results and live video stream (9 a.m. ET)

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s early and official UFC Fight Night 120 fighter weigh-ins, which kick off at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT).

The early weigh-ins take place at the UFC host hotel in Virginia Beach, Va. There are no ceremonial weigh-ins for the fans for this event. UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Among those weighing in are former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who meet in the main event.

The full UFC Fight Night 120 weigh-in results include:

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

  • Anthony Pettis () vs. Dustin Poirier ()
  • Matt Brown () vs. Diego Sanchez ()
  • Junior Albini () vs. Andrei Arlovski ()
  • Cezar Ferreira () vs. Nate Marquardt ()
  • Raphael Assuncao () vs. Matthew Lopez ()
  • Clay Guida () vs. Joe Lauzon ()

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

  • John Dodson () vs. Marlon Moraes ()
  • Viviane Pereira () vs. Tatiana Suarez ()
  • Sage Northcutt () vs. Michel Quinones ()
  • Nina Ansaroff () vs. Angela Hill ()

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Court McGee () vs. Sean Strickland ()
  • Jake Collier () vs. Marcel Fortuna ()
  • Karl Roberson () vs. Darren Stewart ()

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

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 137 – Las Vegas: Scott Coker, Fiasco Jones

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Episode No. 137 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

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

It’s Thirsty Thursday in Las Vegas, and you know what that means: John Morgan and Cold Coffee are sitting at home. Fiasco Jones stops by to help drown a few sorrows as the crew discusses all the latest headlines in the sport. Along the way, hear from Bellator President Scott Coker, who drops some big news regarding the promotion’s heavyweight title plans and an intriguing year-long grand prix.

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


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National champ targets major Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu events - The Sunshine Coast Daily

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Jason Knight vs. Gabriel Benitez added to UFC Fight Night 123

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UFC Fight Night 123 has a new featherweight bout on its card.

The promotion on Thursday announced Jason Knight will take on Gabriel Benitez at the FS1-televised event, which takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will enter the bout after a first-round TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas at UFC in July snapped a four-fight winning streak.

Benitez (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) also will look to get back in the win column. In his most recent bout at UFC 211 in May, Benitez dropped a unanimous decision to Enrique Barzola. Benitez is 1-2 in his last three fights, alternating wins and losses.

With the addition, UFC Fight Night 123 now includes:

  • Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Eryk Anders vs. Markus Perez
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Frankie Saenz
  • Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. opponent TBA
  • Gabriel Benitez vs. Jason Knight

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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UFC-Norfolk in-depth breakdown: Stylistic matchups, fight picks, best bets and fantasy studs

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MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 120’s main-card bouts.

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

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Dustin Poirier (21-5-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC)

Dustin Poirier

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’9″ Age: 28 Weight: 155 lbs. Reach: 73″
  • Last fight: No-conest with Eddie Alvarez (May 13, 2017)
  • Camp: American Top Team (Florida)
  • Stance/striking style: Switch-stance/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Regional MMA titles
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt
+ 10 KO victories
+ 6 submission wins
+ 12 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Improved overall boxing
^ Cage-cutting, shifting, angles
+ Accurate left cross
^ Dangerous off of the counter
+ Strong inside of the clinch
+ Underrated wrestling ability
+ Excellent transitional grappler
^ Solid submissions and scrambling
+/- Aggressive in exchanges

Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC)

Anthony Pettis

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’10” Age: 30 Weight: 155 lbs. Reach: 72″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Jim Miller (July 8, 2017)
  • Camp: Roufusport (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Stance/striking style: Switch-stance/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Former UFC lightweight champion
+ Taekowndo black belt (3rd degree)
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt
+ 9 KO victories
+ 7 submission wins
+ 12 first-round finishes
+ Good footwork and feints
+ Improved boxing
^ Accurate counter-cross
+ Diverse kicking game
^ Dangerous body attacks
+ Improved wrestling ability
+ Excellent transitional grappler
^ Slick submission setups
+/- 2-1 against UFC southpaws

Summary:

The main event for UFC Fight Night 120 is a potential barnburner between Dustin Poirer and Anthony Pettis.

Comming off of a controversial no-contest with Eddie Alvarez earlier this year, Poirer gets another opportunity against a former champion.

Looking to avoid the role of stepping stone is Pettis, a former kingpin at 155 pound who’s seeking to make a statement in his return to the division.

Starting off on the feet, we have a matchup of two dangerous and diverse strikers.

Poirier, the southpaw, has made significant improvements to his game since moving shop to American Top Team. Demonstrating an excellent awareness of footwork, the Louisianan slugger will now shift his stance for setups or adjust his angles accordingly.

Utilizing this style of shifting to create attack opportunities, Poirier has also shown to sit down more on his punches, giving three fighters their first stoppage losses since moving to lightweight. Whether he is prodding, pulling or returning, everything Poirier throws seems to have a real potency to it.

Still, firepower is a two-way street.

Coming from a taekwondo base, Pettis has been able to bring a spectacular array of kicking attacks into the cage. Balancing out his traditional stylings under the tutelage of Duke Roufus, we have seen Pettis round out his attacks with punches and feints to help set up his fight-ending kicks.

As flashy as some of the kicks on his highlight reel may be, Pettis’ body kick seems to be his bread and butter, and he unloads them from either stance with authority. Considering that his opponent likes to utilize a shell-defense, this could be a strike worth watching for from Pettis.

That said, the former lightweight champion won’t be without trends of his own. Despite having a good radar for most strikes, left hands seem to be Pettis’ common culprit. Given that the left-cross (both coming forward and off the counter) is Poirier’s best punch, Pettis, too, will have to be on high alert inside of exchanges.

Regardless of how heated striking stanzas get, this fire could reach even higher temperatures should it touch the floor.

Both men have quietly developed their wrestling games and possess serviceable takedown abilities in the open and against the fence. Although I give Poirer a slight edge in this department for being the more consistent pursuer of shots, I would not bank on either man comfortably grounding the other.

Furthermore, each fighter does well with creating scrambles once grounded, making ground exchanges even more compelling. Neither competitor is afraid to throw up attacks from their back, nor is he afraid to bait a submission from topside to pass and advance. And with the proven grit that is attached to their technical savvy, I suspect that both men will be hard to submit soberly.

With Las Vegas odds slightly favoring Pettis, I can’t say that I disagree.

Not only does Pettis have multiple paths to victory, but he is also the more proven five-round product. Poirier, who tends to give a little too much of himself at times, could find himself in troublesome spots should he not manage his approach wisely.

However, should the Louisianan avoid the big shots early and stay present at the steering wheel, I see his pressure-fighting approach paying dividends both stylistically and on the scorecards. Pettis has the propensity to fight in between the fence and inner-black octagon lines, which also just so happens to be where Poirier makes his money (whether it be by strikes or takedowns).

If Poirier is allowed to reach his cruising altitude, Pettis could quickly find himself reacquainted with the wrong side of pressure. For that reason, I will reluctantly side with Poirier in what I feel will ultimately be a back-and-forth war.

Whichever side you are on, I suggest caution in playing it; this is a gunfight, folks.

Official pick: Poirier by decision Official outcome: To be determined

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Jiu-Jitsu: Reta final de inscrições para o Classic BJJ Pro em Fortaleza

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Classic BJJ promete agitar Fortaleza no feriado de 15 de novembro. Foto: Divulgação

As inscrições para o Classic BJJ Pro estão em reta final, com encerramento neste sábado, dia 11 de novembro. O torneio com disputas com e sem kimono será realizado no feriado de 15 de novembro (Proclamação da República) e promete agitar o Colégio Gustavo Braga em Fortaleza, Ceará.

Válido pelo Ranking MeiaGuarda, o evento já tem confirmados nomes conhecidos na região, como Marcelo Marques, Pedro Henrique, Almir Jr, Aloisio Jr, Alysson Bruno, Napoleão Cavalcante, Matheus Carlos, Samuel Falcão, Luiz Otávio, Jonas Bruno, Fernando Kylderi, João Victor Machado, Davi Silva, Anderson Leal, Antonio Filho, Relter Filho, Lindisney Lima, Rodrigo Feitosa, Macksuel Maciel, Felipe Carlos, Gabriel Almeida, , Rithy Sales, Leidiane Regis e Jeanne Rafaelly, entre outros atletas.

Inscreva-se já e junte-se a eles. O registro pode ser feito nas lojas TOGO, OSS, Moringa ou Fort Nutri.

Confira os valores da inscrição:

Categoria – 60 reais
Absoluto – 40 reais
Com kimono + Sem kimono (Categorias) – 100 reais
Com kimono + Sem kimono (Categorias + Absolutos) – 150 reais
Projeto Social – 25 reais

Mais informações podem ser obtidas pelo telefone (85) 98954-3813, ou no site www.meiaguarda.com.br.

Diego Sanchez rejuvenated at welterweight, ready for resurgence at UFC-Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. – It’s been an up-and-down run for Diego Sanchez for years now.

After the Season 1 “Ultimate Fighter” middleweight winner dropped back to lightweight from a four-fight run at welterweight, he’s gone 4-4 in the division. (He also had a one-fight stint at featherweight, which was a loss to Ricardo Lamas.)

But on Saturday, Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) returns to the welterweight division to take on Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 120 co-main event, and the extra 15-pound savings has him rejuvenated and feeling like he can make a run at a title again.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1, including Sanchez-Brown in the welterweight co-feature, following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedMatt Brown having second thoughts about retirement heading into UFC-Norfolk

“After my loss at UFC 200 … I had to lose to realize that I wasn’t fighting at my best,” Sanchez today told MMAjunkie after a workout in Norfolk, Va. “I wasn’t fighting at my healthiest. It was a hard thing to do. I took that first knockout loss by Al Iaquinta and it made me realize, ‘Ya know what, Diego? You’re 35 years old. You can’t recover from these weight cuts the way you used to when you were 25 years old.’

“I soul searched for months and I said, ‘Ya know what? For the remainder of my career, I’m going to enjoy it.’ Everybody knows I can’t fight forever. Everybody knows that from 35, you’re looking at the window closing on your career. And I know that.”

Sanchez looked around and saw the sport starting to change once USADA started more stringent drug testing. He saw fighters moving up a weight class and finding success, conceivably because they were getting the training benefit of not cutting the weight they once did.

And honestly, Sanchez said needing to make the cut to 155 just had him outright unhappy.

“I went down to 155 for the challenge,” Sanchez said. “I went down to 155 back in the day when (testosterone-replacement therapy) was allowed to be done. These guys didn’t even have a test for Human Growth Hormone. On top of that, they were using IVs to rehydrate.

“So once USADA came in the game, the sport started to adapt and evolve … things are changing. The game is changing. And you’re seeing that the real truth of it is, when fighters are natural, it’s not the size of the dog, it’s the fight in the dog.”

On Saturday, he believes he’ll have plenty of fight and is hoping for a return to the “Nightmare” of old, even though Brown is a 3-1 favorite against him.

For more from Sanchez, check out the video above.

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

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LFA 29 set for Dec. 15 with bantamweight title fight

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LFA 29 is set for next month in Minnesota, and a title fight tops the card.

LFA 29 takes place at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., and the main card airs on AXS TV.

The vacant bantamweight title will on the line in the main event when former UFC fighter Chico Camus (18-7) takes on fast-rising prospect Ricky Simon (10-1).

RelatedUsually the one eating punches in training, LFA's Mackenzie Dern happy to land some of her own

Camus, who went 3-4 (with one no-contest) during a three-year UFC run, is 4-0 since then with a string of decision victories with RFA and LFA. The 32-year-old former flyweight, who’s fought at bantamweight in his past two bouts, now meets Simon, a 25-year-old Titan FC and KOTC vet who recently scored a split-decision victory over Donavon Frelow at DWCS 5 for his third straight win.

In the co-main event, former Bellator fighter and “The Ultimate Fighter 12” competitor Mike Richman (18-7) fights in his home state when he takes on lightweight Jeff Peterson (8-4), who’s won five straight.

The latest LFA 29 lineup includes:

For more on LFA 28, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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