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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 123 – Mexico City: Volkan Oezdemir, Rodrigo Del Campo

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Episode No. 123 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.

John Morgan is rolling solo in Mexico City for UFC Fight Night 114, so he brings in Indiscutido.com editor-in-chief Rodrigo Del Campo to help break down the card and talk about the state of the UFC in Mexico and Latin America. Additionally, Morgan shares an interview he did earlier in the week with UFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir, who scored a big win at this past week’s UFC 214 event.

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


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Tommy Toe Hold brings you the (NSFW) post-UFC 214 press conference you wish you had watched

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Sure, UFC Fight Night 114 is nearly upon us, but there’s still time to relive UFC 214, right? Especially if it’s Tommy Toe Hold’s version of UFC 214.

A cartoon who says bad words, Toe Hold’s recollection of UFC events differs ever-so-slightly from what the MMAjunkie cameras often collect onsite. Nevertheless, they never fail to entertain. Toe Hold may never have graced the pages of MMAjunkie before, but he’s a perfect fit for The Blue Corner.

In his latest episode, Toe Hold covers the aftermath of UFC 214, including some bold claims from UFC champions Jon Jones and Tyron Woodley, as well some impressive cameos from Brock Lesnar and Michael Bisping. Check out the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Uma das mais tradicionais academias de Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Humaitá agora é GMI

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Sempre com a intenção de oferecer aos seus leitores as melhores referências em academia de Jiu-Jitsu, o programa Graciemag Indica colocou mais uma grande equipe em seu plantel de parceiras.

A Gracie Humaitá, fundada pelo grande mestre Helio Gracie, hoje tocada pelos mestres Royler Gracie e Rolker Gracie, acaba de se filiar ao quadro de GMI com sua filial em Ramos, liderada pelo professor Carlos Wilson.

A academia, localizada no Rio de Janeiro, na rua Leopoldina Rego, número 54, está pronta para receber novos alunos na região, com a devida chancela de GRACIEMAG.

Confira no vídeo abaixo uma das posições preferidas do faixa-preta Carlos Wilson, no qual ele raspa o adversário com facilidade na guarda aberta. Assista, estude e procure uma academia credenciada próxima de você!

MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for July: One of the prettiest transitions you'll see in MMA

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With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from July. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for July.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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The nominees

Tecia Torres def. Juliana Lima at TUF 25 Finale

After going to a decision in nine consecutive fights to open her pro career, Tecia Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) finally picked up her first stoppage win when she choked out durable Brazilian Juliana Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC)

Torres became the first to tap Lima when she found a way to her opponent’s back early in the second round of the women’s strawweight bout. She secured a rear-naked choke moments later, earning a win without the help of the judges for the first time (via Instagram):

Jimmy Flick def. Johnny Bedford at LFA 16

UFC veteran Johnny Bedford (23-13-1) was a 5-1 favorite heading into his bantamweight main event, and it made Jimmy Flick’s (10-3) third-round submission win all the sweeter.

Flick, who closed as a +350 underdog to -500 favorite Bedford at the sports books, picked up arguably the biggest win of his career. He threw out a number of submission attempts, and it was finally a power guillotine choke that stuck for the finish (via Twitter):

.@jimmyflick scored an epic upset last night at #LFA16 to top off the card down in Dallas, TX! @LFAfighting https://t.co/sDRUfBPX0C

— AXS TV Fights (@AXSTVFights) July 15, 2017

Marlon Vera def. Brian Kelleher at UFC on FOX 25

After picking up a surprising and quick submission win in his UFC debut earlier this year, Brian Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) experienced the other side of the coin when he tapped out early in the first frame of his fight with Marlon Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

In a grappling exchange in the bantamweight bout, Vera transitioned to a slick armbar, which forced Kelleher to tap out, giving Vera his third consecutive victory (via Twitter):

IT IS OVER!! A beautiful transition into an arm bar gets @ChitoVeraUFC the win!! @UFCFightPass #UFCLongIsland pic.twitter.com/t6bVtuTfj2

— UFC (@ufc) July 22, 2017

Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25

Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) won’t back down. The former UFC middleweight champion survived a knockdown from Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the opening frame before taking over on the mat, securing an arm triangle at the 3:45 mark of Round 3.

Weidman snapped a three-fight losing skid that had many MMA observers doubting whether he’d be able to keep his UFC job, let alone return to championship form. He did so by becoming the first to stop Gastelum inside the distance (via Instagram):

Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano at UFC 214

Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Renato Moicano (11-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) were nearly two-and-a-half rounds into a striking war that cageside fans could hear as well as they could see. Then Moicano made the questionable decision to take down Ortega in the featherweight fight.

It played right into Ortega’s submission strengths as Moicano inadvertently stuck his neck into a guillotine choke that Ortega squeezed for the finish, forcing the tap at the 2:59 mark of Round 3 (via Twitter):

That's a UFC record fourth straight third round finish by Brian Ortega! #UFC214 https://t.co/3XDwM75XBH

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 30, 2017

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The winner: Marlon Vera

Marlon Vera

It started out looking like a run-of-the-mill submission defense by Vera, who trapped Kelleher’s arm to stop the single-leg takedown early in the opening round.

It turned into much more.

When Kelleher tried to give up on the takedown, Vera stuck with the kimura trap, using it to transition into a slick armbar that forced the submission at the 2:18 mark of Round 1.

The transition to the armbar was about as smooth a submission as you’re likely to see, and it clearly caught Kelleher off-guard. He started off well, moving to an early takedown attempt with Vera pressed against the cage.

But when Vera reached down to snag Kelleher’s arm in a kimura, it halted Kelleher’s hopes for a takedown and forced him to bail on the move. When he went to back out of the single-leg takedown, however, Vera clamped down harder on his arm, using it to spin him around before spinning himself right into position for the armbar.

Kelleher tried to get his arm back, but by that point, it was too late. Vera already had the limb extended and showed no indication that he was willing to give it back.

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After needed 'gut check,' Rashad Evans shares all sorts of wisdom ahead of UFC Fight Night 114

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MEXICO CITY – Rashad Evans’ record has seen better days, but the former UFC light-heavyweight champion is determined not to let the fear of the destination spoil the fun of the ride.

Evans suffered one the toughest blows of his career in his most recent octagon outing, when a UFC 209 split-decision loss to Daniel Kelly added a third defeat to his skid. The scrap was also Evans’ middleweight debut after a more than decade-long UFC run that started at heavyweight and saw “Suga” taking the 205-pound title along the way.

Looking back on the close call with Kelly, Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC)  doesn’t think the cut was the problem. If anything, he felt like he was finally in a proper weight division. Which is why the key for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 middleweight encounter with Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) – and others that may follow – lies somewhere other than his body.

“I just need to go out there and believe,” Evans told MMAjunkie. “And most importantly, have fun.”

So, just get over the mental hurdles. Sounds simple enough, right?

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“It’s the hardest part because you’re constantly compared to what your results used to be,” Evans said. “For the longest time, I went undefeated. And that’s great. But in life and in your career, sometimes you hit those valleys. And it’s about making it past those things.

“And when you get stuck in one, or when you’re in one, don’t start second-guessing yourself. It’s a difficult process, and it’s easier said than done. But at the end of the day, as long as you stay with that belief inside, you’ll be OK.”

Evans and Alvey meet on the FS1-televised main card of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 event, which takes place at Mexico City Arena, in Mexico.

The fight comes at a very delicate moment for Evans. For the first time in his pro career, he’s lost to three straight opponents: Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira and, most recently, Kelly. With those defeats and some serious injuries, Evans hasn’t won a UFC fight since a TKO victory over Chael Sonnen in November 2013.

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A negative outcome at this stage of his career could be worrisome for the former champ. Yet Evans, who needed 15 fights to take his first pro loss, just doesn’t seem all that hung up on outcomes.

“Here’s the reality: Who knows what life is going to bring?” Evans said. “I can wish for one thing, but life can have a totally different plan. All I know is that I’m very blessed to be here. All I know is that this dream came out of nowhere.

“And I’ve already won. I’ve already won just by being here. I’ve already won by being in the game for 15 years, so whatever’s to come is whatever’s to come. I’m just going to enjoy myself along the way.”

While he’s in positive spirits now, Evans admitted that it took some work to get here.

“There was definitely a part where I had that doubt, and I started to give in to what people were saying,” Evans said. “Just the mental weaknesses, just giving into the pressures of whatever was causing me to not go out and compete and be at my best.

“The easiest thing in the world is to just give in and to give up. And I really had to have a gut check. And just be honest with myself. And just face some of the things that I didn’t want to face. Get my mind turned around in order to put myself in the position where I feel like I can compete.”

It’s been a long road for the 37-year-old fighter. He won a season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He held a UFC belt. His star-studded resume includes the likes of Jon Jones, Tito Ortiz, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Chuck Liddell. If he were to call it quits today, he would already retire as a big part of MMA history.

So what keeps him going?

“It’s because it’s who I am,” Evans said. “I’m a fighter. It’s inside of me. Right now, this is what is my internal calling. In time, I’ll have a new vehicle to approach in my life and a new way to express myself. But right now, this is how I express myself. And I enjoy it.”

To hear from Evans, check out the video above.

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

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UFC Fight Night 114's Hector Sandoval on Dustin Ortiz: 'I just do everything better than him'

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MEXICO CITY – Hector Sandoval is coming into Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 scrap with Dustin Ortiz off a big first-round knockout win over Matt Schnell.

Winning, of course, is kind of the point whenever a fighter steps into the octagon. But, this time, Sandoval says there was some added motivation in meeting “The Ultimate Fighter 24” alum Schnell. Considering Sandoval wasn’t even on the show, which ended with Tim Elliott earning the crown and a shot at the UFC’s flyweight belt, the motivation might sound a tad random.

But don’t worry; he’ll explain.

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Sandoval said he was slated to be on “TUF 24” until, the day before he was supposed to fly out for it, he was told he couldn’t attend. The reason? Elevated testosterone levels. Two weeks later, however, he got a UFC contract. Understandably, he was confused.

“Ok then, then why am I not suspended – if I have high testosterone, if I’m doing something wrong?” Sandoval told MMAjunkie.

The abnormal results, Sandoval explained, turned out to simply be due to his naturally high testosterone levels.

“I haven’t told anyone what the real reason was, but that’s exactly the reason why,” Sandoval said. “The day before I flew out, they had told me that they only did one sample. So they couldn’t do the second sample, and I couldn’t be on the show because it takes two to three weeks to get those results back.”

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Things ended up working out just fine for Sandoval, who went on to follow an unsuccessful UFC debut against ex-title-challenger Wilson Reis with back-to-back wins over Fredy Serrano and Schnell. If anything, having failed to join the “TUF 24” cast gave the flyweight the added fuel to earn the last one with style points.

“Usually I don’t go in fights thinking I have something to prove, but I want everyone in the world to know that I belonged on that show,” Sandoval said. “People were like, ‘Oh, you were just an alternate.’ No, no, no. I was supposed to be on that show. I was supposed to be fighting all you guys.”

That’s one way to get pumped for a fight. But in Ortiz (16-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC), Sandoval (14-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has the chance for a career boost. Although Ortiz currently holds a not-so-impressive 1-3 record in his past four fights, his losses have come to top talent – and the vet is still regarded as one of the octagon’s most menacing 125-pounders.

The flyweights meet on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 114, which takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The bout, along with the main card, airs on FS1 (early prelims stream on UFC Fight Pass).

Other than his opponent, Sandoval has in front of him another well-known enemy when it comes to fights in Mexico City: the altitude. Although Sandoval was actually born in Mexico, he’s now a California resident. In fact, this is only Sandoval’s second visit to his country of birth.

After seeing even “cardio freak” Cain Velasquez struggling with the altitude in his UFC 188 title-costing loss to Fabricio Werdum, Sandoval put in the time and money to make sure he had three weeks to get accustomed to the all the different conditions.

Now, with his cardio in point, he feels extra prepared to, first, take on Ortiz.

And then, everyone else.

“He’s been around for a while, so I’m not looking past him,” Sandoval said. “But I’m definitely knowing that I’ve got the tools to get the job done. He’s good at wrestling, and he’s good at jiu-jitsu. Yeah, I can do that too. I can move, and I can do a lot of other things too. I just do everything better than him.

“I’m pumped about that. And I’m ready to climb the ladder. I want to be the best fighter in the world. So I’ve got to beat him. He’s in my way, so I’ve got to take him out.”

For more from Sandoval, check out the video above.

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

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After beating ex-UFC champ, Randa Markos now ready to play villain in Mexico City

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MEXICO CITY – Randa Markos doesn’t mind being the villain. After all, she’s done it before, and it actually got her some new fans.

Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) looks to spoil the home-country fight of Mexican strawweight Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 co-headliner.

“I’m looking forward to it, actually,” Markos told MMAjunkie. “I’ve done it before. I used to fight in Michigan, and I’m from Canada, and I’ve had just the entire crowd boo me when I’m walking out.

RelatedVideo: UFC-Mexico City face-offs, where Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso were all smiles

“But then they’re cheering for me when I walk back to my room, so I’m exited to gain fans this weekend.”

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

It’s Markos first fight since a split-decision upset of former champ Carla Esparza in February. The victory gave her a boost – but it also continued her win-one, lose-one trend in the UFC, where the 31-year-old Iraqi-Canadian fighter and Tristar Gym member ended up after a semifinal-round finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 20.”

RelatedWas first career loss actually a good thing for UFC co-headliner Alexa Grasso?

“I feel like I haven’t proven myself yet – with some losses I feel like I shouldn’t have had in the past,” she said. “I really haven’t proven myself, but this is my opportunity.

“Alexa Grasso is a very good competitor. I’m really excited to be fighting her on Saturday, and I just need to prove myself on Saturday night.”

Check out the full interview above.

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

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UFC's Diego Rivas: After beating cancer, 'no fighter in the world will give me a bigger challenge'

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This Saturday, Diego Rivas returns to the octagon on Saturday – almost one-and-a-half years after his most recent UFC bout. The time away, however, doesn’t mean Rivas wasn’t fighting.

In fact, Rivas was facing his toughest opponent yet.

At 24, fresh off a “Performance of the Night” flying-knee knockout of Noad Lahat at UFC Fight Night 82, a doctor’s visit to check on an injured knee resulted in Rivas discovering he had testicular cancer.

And, undefeated in his pro MMA run, Rivas saw himself dealing with questions much darker and deeper than his octagon career.

“It’s very hard to put into words,” Rivas told UFC.com‘s Thomas Gerbasi about the diagnosis. “I was shocked, obviously. Really, I had no immediate reaction. After the news settled in with me, I thought that my career was over. I thought nothing else was possible after my diagnosis, especially competing as an athlete.

“Honestly, I thought I was going to die.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 114 lineup set with a dozen bouts in Mexico City, led by Brandon Moreno vs. Sergio Pettis

After surgery and chemotherapy, however, Rivas’ body fought back. And with his recovered health came the certainty that the adversity would only serve to push the Chilean prospect forward in his path.

“There was no doubt in my mind that I would fight again after that,” Rivas told UFC.com.

Rivas’ (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) prediction is set to materialize on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 114, where he meets bantamweight Jose Quinonez (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in an FS1-televised preliminary-card affair at Mexico City Arena in Mexico.

This is Rivas’ third UFC outing – before Lahad, he outpointed Rodolfo Rubio for a successful octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 56. He was also a Team Werdum member on “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” but lost in the opening round to Gabriel Benitez. He was on a 5-0 pro run, with four finishes, before entering the show.

The “Pitbull” comes into Saturday’s bout propelled by a few factors. There is the training he’s been putting in at Team Oyama since his move to California. There’s his baby on the way. There’s the support that the bantamweight gets from his compatriots in Chile – where MMA is still growing in popularity.

But there’s also knowing that, whoever might be standing in that opposite corner, Rivas has faced worse.

“I have so much respect for anyone who fights for the UFC – but no fighter in the world will give me a bigger challenge than the disease I overcame,” Rivas told UFC.com. “I’ve always been a confident fighter, but this diagnosis only strengthened my will.”

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

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

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Was first career loss actually a good thing for UFC co-headliner Alexa Grasso?

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MEXICO CITY – MMA is full of fighter cliches, but in the case of young prospect Alexa Grasso, they can also be true.

Yes, losing your first MMA fight can be a good thing. To some extent, anyway.

In February Grasso suffered the first defeat of her five-year pro career when she dropped a unanimous decision to Felice Herrig at UFC Fight Night 104. Now, Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) looks to rebound when she meets fellow strawweight Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC Night 114 co-headliner.

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

RelatedVideo: UFC-Mexico City face-offs, where Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso were all smiles

Grasso, a 23-year-old Mexican fighter, gets to fight her home country – and she does so with a little less pressure now that her record is no longer unblemished.

“(To) some point, yes (there’s less pressure),” she told MMAjunkie. “In my last fight, I had a lot of pressure – a lot, a lot, a lot. … There was huge hype behind me, and I was like, ‘Damn.’

“I had to do it perfect, and I was very stressed in my training, and I was really stressed. … I was just obsessive in a bad way – train, train, train.”

Although she thought she maybe deserved the win against Herrig, she’s now feeling much more at ease ahead of her co-headlining opportunity.

“I feel relaxed now,” said Grasso, who’s a modest favorite heading into the fight with Markos. “I’m very happy to fight here in my country, and I don’t care – now it’s not about ‘I have to win all the time, all the time.’

“I just want to give my best, and that I know that giving my best will give me the win.”

Check out the full interview above.

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

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Stipe Miocic is calling out boxing champ Anthony Joshua again, and it actually makes sense

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You can’t really blame Stipe Miocic. He’s the UFC heavyweight champ, he continually earns less than his peers, and he can’t seem to get the UFC to make him a contract offer he likes.

So what does he do? Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) calls out boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0 boxing). Again. And while it actually makes some degree of sense when you think about it, it’s also starting to get a little sad in a strange kind of way.

On the occasion of Wladimir Klitschko’s retirement, the UFC champ jumped on Twitter on Thursday morning in another attempt to bait Joshua into a crossover fight:

. @anthonyfjoshua looks like your schedule is wide open. No excuses, let's dance! #BaddestManOnThePlanet

— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) August 3, 2017

He tried a similar tactic back in May – when the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight moved closer to being a reality – and was summarily dismissed by Joshua.

Undaunted, now Miocic is at it again, which is where it starts to get a little sad. You try to talk your way into a big-money fight once? That makes sense. You might as well give it a shot, right? But keep at it, and sooner or later you just look desperate.

The irony is, Miocic actually has a slightly better standing to request this fight than McGregor did to go after Mayweather. Miocic did some Golden Gloves boxing, which already puts him ahead of McGregor. He’s also challenging a fighter who only somewhat recently became the unified champion, as opposed to pitting himself against the best boxer in a generation.

Odds are that Miocic and McGregor will/would both lose when playing the other guys’ game, but Miocic would probably stand a slightly better chance.

Not that it matters, of course. Since the Mayweather-McGregor fight is and always has been more about hype than skill, the only thing that really matters is what sort of spotlight you bring. And Miocic? As good a fighter as he is, he’s probably not going to give Joshua any push that Joshua couldn’t give himself.

RelatedStipe Miocic is the UFC champion who also cleans toilets as a firefighter

In other words, this is a longshot for Miocic. At least part of the reason he’s pushing for it is because he’s been so publicly unhappy with his UFC contract, and MMA fighters are everywhere are now looking over and seeing greener grass in the boxing pasture, which probably does not say anything positive about the pay scale in MMA.

And that’s the other thing, is that there’s a certain sadness in trying to follow in the exact footsteps of McGregor. Miocic doesn’t even have novelty value going for him here. He’s merely attempting to play follow-the-leader directly into a big payday that would likely still be smaller than McGregor’s.

Again, he has a logically better position from which to operate. Unlike McGregor, at least Miocic can say he’s defended his UFC belt, and almost a record-setting amount, considering how hard the UFC heavyweight strap has been to hold onto. Then again, this is the fight game. Logic doesn’t always count for much.

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

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

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Twitter Mailbag: Was post-fight Jon Jones the real one, or just a convincing fake?

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In this week’s Twitter Mailbag, was the UFC light-heavyweight champion extending a sincere olive branch to his vanquished challenger, and where does all this leave the former champ’s legacy? Plus, is GSP-Bisping the fight that no one but the participants has been asking for? And can you really blackmail your way into an apology from the UFC president?

All that and more in this edition of the TMB. To ask a question of your own, tweet it to @BenFowlkesMMA.

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Jon Jones totally humble in victory over DC… Total troll job or was he being sincere? Or does it not matter? #TMB

— TimmyEmoDachshund (@TimmyDoesntCare) August 2, 2017

I think he was being sincere. The things Jon Jones said about Daniel Cormier immediately after the fight were not so different from what he said about him a few days before the fight. Talking to reporters after the open workouts, Jones called Cormier “a good (expletive) dude” and admitted to liking him as a person. What stopped them from getting along, he said, was that Cormier had this weird hangup that simply wouldn’t allow him to admit that Jones was better than he was.

Now, we hear that and we can spot the ridiculousness in the argument. Of course Cormier can’t admit that. He’s one of the best fighters in the world. His whole life is about being the absolute best. He’s not killing himself in the gym just to be second place. How could Jones not realize that?

I think the answer has to do with the inherent narcissism that comes with being the best fighter in the world. It’s so obvious to Jones that everyone else is just a character in his story. So why can’t they see it, and just be happy to have a supporting role in the great drama?

That’s where his head seemed to be at before the fight. Once Jones had knocked out Cormier, then he was free to let his guard down and admit that Cormier was a good guy and a great fighter. Why not? If you praise him now, it just makes you seem greater for having beaten him. And it’s not like anybody will get confused about who the best is while Cormier is stumbling around off-camera.

So yes, I think he meant every word. I also don’t think for one second that he would have uttered anything close to that if he’d lost.

Is DC' legacy better than Liddell or Ortiz? Or just a forgotten "champion"

— Zach Smith (@ZGsmith55) August 2, 2017

The book isn’t closed on Cormier just yet. He could stick around at light heavyweight and still trash nearly everyone in the top 15. Or he could go to heavyweight and end up fighting for the title by this time next year. A lot depends on what he wants to do next, so it’s hard to make too many sweeping statements about his legacy.

That said, if it ends here? I wouldn’t be surprised if the collective conventional wisdom fails to give Cormier his due. He was champion in the absence of Jones, that’s true. In a different era, he might have been his own dynasty. In my book, that puts him ahead of Tito Ortiz and somewhere right behind Chuck Liddell. Both those guys should be glad they came along before Jones did.

Would jones beat lesnar? And how?

— Osama #72 (@ohnoosama) August 2, 2017

Yes. However he wants.

Best and worse case for Woodley in his (imo unwise) threatening of Dana? Seems that that feuding with Dana never ends well for fighters.

— Max Sawyer (@maxsawyer12) August 2, 2017

Tempers seem to have cooled somewhat between Tyron Woodley and UFC President Dana White, but you’re right, that was not a great strategic move on the champ’s part. The problem with trying to blackmail your way into an apology is that even if you get what you want, what does it really mean? An apology given just to stop something bad from happening is completely insincere, thus defeating the entire point.

Then there’s the question of what you’re supposed to do about it if you don’t get the apology. Assuming Woodley really does have damaging info on the UFC, leaking it because the boss hurt his feelings would probably not improve his relationship with his employers. It also doesn’t turn him into some hero of transparency in the eyes of the public, because he already told us that the only reason he was telling secrets is because White wouldn’t say he was sorry.

Of course, if White doesn’t give you that public apology and then you back down from your leak threat anyway, it just makes you look weak and desperate.

That brings us to what actually happened in the end to resolve this situation (at least for now). According to White, he spoke to Woodley privately and smoothed things over. Also according to White, Woodley explained his outrage and his threats by saying that “he was just pissed and upset and didn’t mean it.” Maybe it’s just the source, but it kind of sounds like the apology went in the opposite direction.

If Tyron Woodley is better than gsp by default by not fighting him does that mean tj dillashaw is better than dj by not fighting him?

— Óskar Örn Árnason (@OskarEagle) August 2, 2017

With the TD being Maia's path to win, shouldn't Tyron's fence grabs be enforced more severely? The reward to cheat far outweighed the risks.

— MMA Goddess (@MMAGoddess) August 2, 2017

I see the logic at work here, but how do you enforce something like that? Especially when MMA referees seem to have such a hard time enforcing the existing rules. What, do we require fighters to tell the ref in advance what they’re game plan is, so the ref can be on higher alert for illegal moves that might nullify it? Is the ref then required to share that info with the opponent, so he can know which type of cheating will be more severely punished?

The only fix I can see is that we either allow fence-grabbing or we don’t. And if we don’t, then why aren’t fighters punished as soon as they do it? It’s not like they’re learning the rules on the fly. And a fence grab isn’t like throwing an inside leg kick and accidentally hitting the groin. It’s something you can only do on purpose. So why aren’t you penalized the moment you do it, regardless of what your opponent’s game plan is?

The Welterweight division is looking pretty sad right now. Other than Robbie Lawler, are there any compelling fights for Tyron Woodley?

— MMA Dude (@mmaduder) August 2, 2017

I think there's a foul taste behind the Bisping-GSP fight now. Do you think this might affect the PVV buys

— kit (@christopher_kit) August 2, 2017

There’s a growing sense that this is the fight no one asked for outside of Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre themselves. And that’s funny, since the reason they both seem so intent on it is because they’re convinced it will make a lot of money. But how does it make money if fans are lukewarm about it?

It’s possible that we’re just suffering from hype fatigue. They’re been talking this fight up for over a year, and still nothing. Maybe by the time it actually happens we’ll have changed our tune. The return of GSP is always going to be a big deal, and Bisping is so easily hatable whenever he opens his mouth that you know he’ll convince some people to pay just on the hope that he’ll get beaten up.

But right now? I can’t say I’m excited. There are so many compelling fights for Bisping at middleweight, and welterweight is going to need some help very soon. The more I think about this fight, the more it seems like we’re all being asked to go along so that the already rich guys can make more money. Maybe it’s just me, but that is not a compelling sales pitch.

Can we talk about Sam Alvey on the Real Legends Asswhooping tour? First Judo Dan, now heavy fave vs Rashad. Kelvin who?

— Cameron Chapman (@Chapperton) August 2, 2017

Oh, Cameron. Are you really going to force me to be the jerk who points out that there is a difference between being a legend and just being old? Not that I don’t have a lot of affection for Daniel Kelly, who seems awesome, but he’s also 13-2 at the age of 39. Sam Alvey beat him in 2015, when he had to cover slightly fewer body parts in supportive wrap, but he still wasn’t exactly a young sprout back then.

Rashad Evans is a slightly different story (even if he does have a recent split-decision loss to Kelly). He’s also edging into his late 30s, but he’s a former UFC light-heavyweight champion. Then again, he’s on a three-fight losing skid and has dropped five of his past seven.

You really want to know how far this is from being a part of any kind of legends tour? Just look at where it is, in the middle of the main card at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City, on the week after the biggest pay-per-view of the year. Does that seem like where you’d stick your legends, if you thought they still qualified as such?

UFC 215 has 2 title fights, but I'm way more interested in JDS/Ngannou, RDA/Magny and Giblert/Stephens. This feels weird. Am I the only one?

— Mitchell Davies (@MDavies15) August 2, 2017

I suspect you are not the only one, especially since the UFC chief recently went out of his way to disparage both champions who are slated to defend their titles at UFC 215. Plus, those other three fights each feature a former champ, and they’re all likely to be exciting, competitive matchups.

That makes you wonder how they’ll do on pay-per-view, doesn’t it? We know that the UFC has written Demetrious Johnson off as box-office poison. Amanda Nunes hasn’t been a huge draw either, and is probably less of one after pulling out of UFC 213 and getting scorched by the boss for it. But that undercard? How do you not pony up the dough to see those fights? Even if you’re not that interested in what follows.

This feels a little like a return to the old UFC strategy, back before it could rely on any one fighter to sell tons of PPVs. If the main attraction won’t do it, you have to make your case in the aggregate. Honestly, this lineup looks like a pretty good way of doing just that.

You guys spitballed a matchup on the CME between No Time & Lusty Gusty. I like Volkan in that fight; he's like Rumble w/o baggage. Agree?

— Andrew Millington (@AndrewMilington) August 2, 2017

From the sound of it, Volkan Oezdemir likes that fight too, and he’s even suggested that the winner would be dubbed “the real king of Europe,” which is obviously pretty awesome.

If I’m Alexander Gustafsson, I might rather wait for Jones. But if Jones is holding out for a big money fight with someone like Brock Lesnar, how long does Gustafsson really want to sit around waiting and not making money?

As for whether “No Time” has it in him to be the division’s new knockout artist, early indicators are good. But let’s not forget that in recent years there’s been a major drop-off in talent in that division once you get past the top three or four. If Oezdemir wants to prove he belongs in that elite club, Gustafsson’s a tough test to get in.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMAjunkie.

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Video: UFC-Mexico City face-offs, where Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso were all smiles

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MEXICO CITY – Today’s UFC Fight Night 114 fighter face-offs proved a largely friendly and upbeat affair, and that included co-headliners Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso.

The face-offs were part of today’s media day at Hotel W in Mexico City. The nearby Mexico City Arena plays host to Saturday’s FS1-televised event.

Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who meet in a strawweight bout, have second billing on the card.

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Top billing goes to flyweight headliners Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who were all business for their face-off.

Also facing off were welterweights Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), featherweights Humberto Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), middleweights Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC), and bantamweights Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

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

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Aprenda com Roger Gracie e Zé Beleza em treininho solto de Jiu-Jitsu

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Em reta final de preparação para o histórico duelo contra Marcus Buchecha no Gracie Pro, Roger Gracie fez seus últimos ajustes na Alliance Rio de Janeiro, nossa GMI no Alto Leblon liderada pelo professor Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva.

Nessa semana que precedeu o duelo de astros, Roger recebeu muitos amigos para ajustar suas posição, mas um deles esteve assíduo no período. Nosso GMI da equipe Leão Teixeira, na Gávea, o professor Zé Beleza fez questão de estar presente ao lado Roger para afiar suas armas para a luta contra Buchecha.

Grande incentivador de Rojão desde o começo de sua carreira, Zé Beleza teve a missão de dar um rolinha com a fera três dias antes da disputa, e GRACIEMAG estava lá para registrar o soltinho das lendas.

Confira no vídeo abaixo, analise a troca de posições, pegadas e ajustes, e estude com o treino dos renomados professores!

Brandon Moreno ready to take out UFC champ Demetrious Johnson

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MEXICO CITY – UFC flyweight Brandon Moreno considers himself the solution to the problem facing the 125-pound division.

Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) said he’s the “new blood” to help make it exciting again after reigning UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) cleaned it out with 10 title defenses – and possibly a record-breaking 11 if he beats Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 215.

Moreno figures if he can get past Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 main event, a new talent infusion is due at the top.

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“If the planets align and there’s a possibility (to fight for the title) – I have Sergio in front of me, and that’s a hard challenge,” the 23-year-old Mexican standout told MMAjunkie. “But if I win this Saturday, I am ready. Definitely.”

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The flyweight up-and-comers get their first main event. Both ride three-fight win streaks in the UFC and are neck-and-neck in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, with Moreno No. 8 and Pettis No. 9.

Coming into the cage in top form is a priority for Moreno after a tough outing. Dustin Ortiz repeatedly took him down and dominated on the mat, exposing a weakness in wrestling. A head kick suddenly reversed the tide in the second, setting up Moreno’s rear-naked-choke win.

RelatedSergio Pettis still irked by Henry Cejudo, but UFC-Mexico City headliner is nice distraction

Pettis is not the wrestler of Ortiz’s caliber, but that’s no reason to take it easy.

“(Pettis) doesn’t make mistakes,” Moreno said. “My last fight was my smartest fight, because the first round with Dustin Ortiz was really a mess for me. But in the second round, I could change the plan, and I won.”

If he can win in his home country, Moreno will further his plan to make Mexico into an MMA powerhouse alongside Mexican MMA fighters such as Alexandre Pantoja and Erik Perez.

“We are the new blood in the country,” Moreno said. “I want Mexico to be a really strong country in this sport.”

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

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UFC Fight Night 114 pre-event facts: Flyweight division gets its first non-Demetrious Johnson headliner

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The UFC makes its fifth visit to Mexico on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 114, which takes place at Mexico City Arena and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

A somewhat historic bout is featured in the main event. The UFC flyweight division gets its first headliner without champion Demetrious Johnson. Contenders Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) look to strengthen their case for a title shot in a five-round fight.

The undercard also features five undefeated athletes. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s lone August event, check below for 40 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 114.

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Main event

Sergio Pettis

Pettis, along with his older brother Anthony Pettis, are one of 18 pairs of siblings to compete under the UFC banner.

Pettis is 3-1 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in March 2015.

Pettis’ three-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is tied with Moreno for the third longest active streak in the division behind Johnson (12) and Joseph Benavidez (six).

Pettis has earned all six of his UFC victories by decision.

Moreno’s three-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is tied with Pettis for the third longest active streak in the division behind Johnson (12) and Benavidez (six).

Moreno enters the event on a 11-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since July 2012.

Moreno has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Moreno’s submission of Louis Smolka at 2:23 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 96 marked the fastest victory by a debuting flyweight in UFC history.

Co-main event

Randa Markos

Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) competes in her seventh UFC strawweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Markos has alternated wins and losses over her past nine fights. She was victorious in her most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 105 in February.

Markos has earned all three of her UFC victories by decision.

Markos has completed at least one takedown against five of her six UFC opponents.

Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) enters the event after suffering her first career loss against Felice Herrig at UFC Fight Night 104 in February.

Remaining main card

Alan Jouban

Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn two knockout victories stemming from standing elbow strikes. Travis Browne has also accomplished the feat.

Jouban scores 1.35 knockdowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC welterweight competition, the third highest rate in divisional history.

Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) earned his first two UFC victories in a 36-day stretch between UFC 207 in December and UFC Fight Night 104 in February.

Price has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Humberto Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 11 career victories by stoppage.

Sam Alvey

Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) makes his seventh UFC appearance since June 2016. No fighter has more UFC appearances in that stretch.

Alvey’s seven victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied for second most in the division behind Gegard Mousasi (eight).

Alvey’s five stoppage victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Luke Rockhold and Derek Brunson for second most in the division behind Mousasi and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (six).

Alvey defends 85.2 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the second highest rate in divisional history behind Krzysztof Jotko (86.8 percent).

Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC), 37, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Evans enters the event on a three-fight losing skid, the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2013.

Evans was unsuccessful in his UFC middleweight debut against Daniel Kelly at UFC 209 in March.

Evans competes in a non-main- or co-main-event bout for just the fourth time in 22 UFC appearances.

Evans’ 13 victories UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied with Chuck Liddell for third most in divisional history behind Jones (17) and Ryan Bader (15).

Evans’ 50 takedowns landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Evans’ four split-decision victories in UFC competition are tied with John Howard and Benson Henderson for second most in company history behind Gleison Tibau (five).

Preliminary card

Jack Hermansson

Jack Hermansson (15-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his three-fight UFC career. He was victorious in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 109 in April.

Hermansson has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Dustin Ortiz (16-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) competes in his 11th UFC flyweight bout, tied for the third most appearances in divisional history behind Johnson (13) and Benavidez (12).

Ortiz is 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Ortiz has completed at least one takedown against nine of his 10 UFC opponents.

Rani Yahya

Rani Yahya’s (23-9 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has earned 17 of his 23 career victories by submission. He’s earned 11 of those stoppages in Round 1.

Yahya’s five submission victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with Renan Barao for second most in combined divisional history behind Urijah Faber (seven).

Yahya is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a north-south choke submission in UFC competition. Jeff Monson, Michel Prazeres, and Jake Ellenberger have also accomplished the feat.

Diego Rivas (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) competes in just his fourth bout since December 2011. His last fight was a victory at UFC Fight Night 82 in February 2016.

Rivas is one of 20 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a flying knee. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 82.

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

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Aljamain Sterling.

Sterling defeated former champ Renan Barao this past weekend at UFC 214.

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.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2503 with Yves Edwards, Ray Longo, Chase Kobrin

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Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Yves Edwards, Ray Longo and Chase Kobrin.

Former UFC fighter Edwards will be at the FS1 analysts’ desk on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City. He joined the show to break down three key fights on the card. Veteran MMA coach Longo helped corner Aljamain Sterling to a win at UFC 214 this past Saturday and Chris Weidman back into the win column the week before that. And Kobrin, an MMA industry veteran from Las Vegas-based Tough Prints, co-hosted the show in the studio.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.


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UFC 217 opening odds: Who's the favorite – champ Michael Bisping or Georges St-Pierre?

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The odds have opened for UFC 217’s recently announced headliner between UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former longtime welterweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre.

Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) formally announced his title fight with St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) during Tuesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.” This past weekend at UFC 214, UFC President Dana White confirmed the previously announced and then subsequently canceled fight was back on again (watch the video above).

According to the oddsmakers, St-Pierre, who hasn’t fought in nearly four years – and who will move up a weight class for the fight – is actually the favorite heading into UFC 217.

The event takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In widely available lines, St-Pierre is a -155 (20/31) favorite over +125 underdog Bisping (5/4). That gives St-Pierre an implied win probability of 61 percent.

At those odds, a winning $100 bet on St-Pierre would result in a net profit of $64.52; a winning $100 bet on Bisping would net a profit of +$125.

Bisping is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, which included a title win over Luke Rockhold and an October 2016 title defense over rival Dan Henderson. He was the underdog in two of those five wins:

EVENT FIGHTER ODDS FIGHTER ODDS RESULT UFC 204 Michael Bisping -280 Dan Henderson +167 Bisping UD UFC 199 Michael Bisping +330 Luke Rockhold -900 Bisping KO UFC Fight Night 84 Michael Bisping +160 Anderson Silva -275 Bisping UD UFC Fight Night 72 Michael Bisping -150 Thales Leites +100 Bisping SD UFC 186 Michael Bisping -160 C.B. Dollaway +105 Bisping UD

St-Pierre, meanwhile, has won 12 straight fights, and he was the favorite in each of them, including his past five:

EVENT FIGHTER ODDS FIGHTER ODDS RESULT UFC 167 Georges St-Pierre -225 Johny Hendricks +155 St-Pierre SD UFC 158 Georges St-Pierre -430 Nick Diaz +330 St-Pierre UD UFC 154 Georges St-Pierre -315 Carlos Condit +205 St-Pierre UD UFC 129 Georges St-Pierre -550 Jake Shields +250 St-Pierre UD UFC 124 Georges St-Pierre -360 Josh Koscheck +300  St-Pierre UD

Should St-Pierre, who hasn’t fought since November 2013, actually be the favorite – or do the current odds underestimate Bisping’s chances? Cast your vote below.

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

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Unbeaten welterweight Darren Till signs new 5-fight UFC deal

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One of the top welterweight prospects in the UFC will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. Darren Till announced he’s signed a new five-fight UFC contract, which he believes will set up his run as UFC champion.

Till (14-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC), who is unbeaten over his more than four-year pro career, announced the deal (via Instagram):

Till, 24, is coming off a unanimous-decision victory over Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 109 in May. The win pushed the Brit’s undefeated streak to 15 bouts, three of which have taken place under the UFC banner.

Although he’s still young, Till is not short on confidence. He said he can turn himself into the No. 1 contender at 170 pounds over the course of his new contract, but as he said following his most recent contest, he’s not interested in calling out names.

“I’m not really at that stage,” Till said. “I feel like when I start breaking into the top 15, then I’ll start calling out people. Right now it’s just about knocking all the other prospects. … Who’s the next prospect? I’ll just knock him off as well because I’m the king.”

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

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

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LFA 22 headed to Colorado with Ian Heinisch vs. Markus Perez Echeimberg middleweight title fight

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LFA is heading back to Colorado this fall, and the vacant middleweight title will be on the line.

Colorado’s own Ian Heinisch (8-0) will take on Brazil’s Markus Perez Echeimberg (8-0) for the vacant 185-pound belt at LFA 22, the promotion announced Wednesday. In the co-feature, UFC and Bellator veteran and two-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Gilbert Smith (12-6) will compete in his retirement bout when he takes on Andrew Kapel (10-6) at welterweight. Plus, Maycee Barber (1-0) meets Mallory Martin (1-1) in a women’s strawweight fight.

LFA 22 takes place Sept. 8 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., near Denver. The main card will air live on AXS TV.

Heinisch will be hoping to provide his home Colorado fans a thrill in the headliner. He made his promotional debut in April and submitted Lucas Rota with a scarf hold armlock in the LFA 10 main event. His resume includes a win over Tyler Vogel at WSOF 29.

Echeimberg will be making his U.S. debut against Heinisch. But his resume already is impressive. A little more than a year ago, he beat 13-fight UFC veteran Paulo Thiago by decision in Brazil. And in February, he outpointed seven-fight UFC veteran Ildemar Alcantara.

Gilbert Smith

Smith is coming off a stint on “TUF 25,” his second shot on the long-running UFC reality competition. Prior to that, he had back-to-back decision losses under the Bellator banner to Fernando Gonzalez and Ricky Rainey in 2016. But before those setbacks, he won RFA’s welterweight title with a submission of Benjamin Smith at RFA 26. He’ll be fighting in front of his home Colorado fans in what he says will be his final bout.

Kapel is an teammate of Benjamin Smith, whom Gilbert Smith beat to win RFA’s welterweight belt. So he may have some revenge on his mind. He’ll also be trying to get back in the win column after a submission loss in Minnesota this past September. Prior to that, he had won three of four fights. All 10 of his career wins are by stoppage, including seven submissions.

The LFA 22 card includes:

  • Ian Heinisch vs. Markus Perez Echeimberg – for vacant middleweight title
  • Andrew Kapel vs. Gilbert Smith
  • Maycee Barber vs. Mallory Martin

For more on LFA 22, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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