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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico

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We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 event in Mexico.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 114 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 114 takes place Saturday at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno

Records: Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Past five: Pettis 4-1, Moreno 5-0
Division: Flyweight
Rankings: Pettis No. 8, Moreno No. 9
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Moreno -160, Pettis +130

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Records: Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC)
Past five: Grasso 4-1, Markos 3-2
Division: Strawweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Grasso -150, Markos +120

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Records: Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC), Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Jouban 3-2, Price 5-0
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Jouban -175, Price +145

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Records: Humberto Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Past five: Bandenay 5-0, Bravo 5-0
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Bravo -300, Bandenay +240

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Records: Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC)
Past five: Alvey 4-1, Evans 2-3
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Alvey -160, Evans +130

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Records: Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC), Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Past five: Perez 3-1-1, Soukhamthath 3-2
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/31/17): Soukhamthath -120, Perez -110

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Drew Dober advocates for 165-pound division after UFC 214 knockout of Josh Burkman

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Drew Dober cuts an extraordinary amount of weight to compete in the UFC lightweight division. Even though he’s found success, such as his first-round knockout of Josh Burkman at UFC 214, he believes fighting at 165 pounds would be best for his career.

“I accept the fight at 185 (pounds),” Dober said after his win. “It’s just a matter of dropping that 30 pounds to make the 155 division. There’s always this huge talk of a 165-pound weight class. I think it’s tremendous. The 15-pound difference, we got guys who are too big for 155 but too small for 170.”

The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) recently voted to add several new weight classes to the sport, including 165 pounds. UFC brass will decide whether to adopt the division, but Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) thinks it would be best for not only himself, but several other fighters.

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Dober has mixed results during eight UFC appearances, with the first-round finish of Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC) being one of his biggest wins to date. The fight opened Saturday’s UFC 214 lineup, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Dober said moving up to welterweight wouldn’t be optimal, so unless a change is made, he will continue to fight at lightweight.

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“(Fighting at 165 would allow me to) eat to perform and relax and focus on the fight and less on the scale,” Dober said. “Walking around with guys like (welterweight champ) Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler, those guys are massive cutting down from 200 and stuff like that. Skill is the big thing. You’ve got to be skilled enough to compete in any division. When skills are matched, then size does plan as an advantage.”

Dober made quick work of Burkman at UFC 214. He landed a huge right hand that knocked down his opponent and forced the stoppage at the 3:06 mark of Round 1. With Burkman currently in a skid with one win in eight fights, Dober said the result was expected.

“When I accepted the fight, I knew I was going to knock him out,” Dober said. “It was just a matter of preparing myself for this knockout. Being able to fight someone you’ve seen fight on the big stages just proves to me I’m able to fight against these top guys.

“I had a couple hiccups, but I found the people that I need in Denver. It’s generated momentum, and I just have to keep that momentum going.”

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

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UFC 214's Aljamain Sterling jabs at Renan Barao's downfall, talks potential Jimmie Rivera clash

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling didn’t want anything raining on his parade.

Wearing his trademark gold chain, Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) reveled in his win over ex-champ Renan Barao (34-5-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) at UFC 214, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

“I’m going to the ‘Heat’ nightclub,” Sterling said backstage. “A little deuce on the rocks, bourbon and ginger ale – let’s go, baby. Dancing time. Funky city, baby.”

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Only six months ago, Sterling was again trending down after a loss to would-be title challenger Raphael Assuncao, which marked his second straight defeat. A highly publicized free agent in 2016, Sterling re-signed with the UFC only to lose a fight with the perpetually underrated Bryan Caraway. Now, Sterling has won two straight in a very competitive division.

Fighting on the FXX-televised prelims of this past Saturday’s show, “Funkmaster” took control of Barao after the second round and refused to cede control as they traded punches and fought for position on the mat. Sterling’s pace won the day – and a unanimous decision.

As positive as the win was, Sterling deflated it somewhat by calling Barao, a fighter once deemed the pound-for-pound best by UFC President Dana White, a media creation that was never as good as billed. When a reporter followed up on that by insinuating Barao’s success was attributable to performance-enhancing drugs and his decline to the UFC’s anti-doping program, Sterling didn’t disagree.

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“Maybe USADA came into effect and changed the game up a little bit for him,” Sterling said, referring to the UFC’s anti-doping partner. “I can’t really say that, but in the back of my mind, I beat a former world champion, and nobody is going to take anything away from me and this victory. It was a huge win for me and my career.”

A win over Barao puts Sterling on new footing, even if naysayers pile up on the infamous “monster” of the bantamweight division, who was forced to fight at 140 pounds after a high-profile fight cancellation at UFC 177.

Sterling estimates he’s one fight away from a title shot against champ Cody Garbrandt, whom he claimed is “overrated” during his skid.

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He added top contender Jimmie Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) used the same term, and given Rivera’s recent success, that’s the next logical fight if Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) isn’t available – and that seems the case with the champ likely to face rival T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) when he recovers from a back injury.

“Eventually, I would like to get my hands on that man,” Sterling said of Garbrandt. “He’s going to have to answer to someone that’s just as young and just as strong as he is. I think the next logical fight is Rivera. That’s another guy that’s been talking (expletive) to me, even on the regional circuit, when he wanted to fight me for ($3,000 to show and $3,000 to win). I was like, ‘Dude, are you out of your mind? We’re the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked prospects in the world. We’re going to fight each other for peanuts and pennies? Let’s be a little bit smart about this.’

“So now we’re in the UFC – let’s get paid for this (expletive). If he still wants to saddle up and thinks my standup sucks, let’s go.”

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


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Cris 'Cyborg': Holly Holm, Cat Zingano made mistake by not fighting me sooner at 140

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Newly crowned UFC women’s featherweight champion Cristiane Justino accused Cat Zingano and ex-bantamweight champ Holly Holm of ducking previous offers to fight, but said she’s now ready to take on either one.

“I accepted Cat and Holly as an opponent for both #ufc198 and #ufcbrasilia and was told neither would fight me in Brazil,” Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) wrote today on Twitter. “I asked for both to replace (Megan Anderson) when she pulled out (of UFC 214) after making such a (campaign) for the fight and was told they both declined.

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“They should have fought me at 140. I’m the best I’ve ever been in my career with my return to 145 and am ready for either next.”

At this past Saturday’s UFC 214, Justino added another belt to her collection with a third-round stoppage of Tonya Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who accepted the bout after Invicta FC featherweight champ Anderson withdrew citing personal issues.

Justino, who claimed the vacant belt after inaugural champ Germaine de Randamie refused to face her, said after her title win that she would fight whomever the UFC puts in front of her. But UFC President Dana White seems to favor a bout with Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), one of the matches he said Justino turned down for the inaugural title at UFC 208.

This past year, Holm turned down a fight with Justino at UFC 198 and wound up fighting Valentina Shevchenko one year ago at UFC on FOX 20. With Justino now holding the belt, White said the ex-champ is interested.

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Zingano (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) today told “The MMA Hour” that she was almost one of Justino’s opponents, accepting a bout early this past year. But she was told the Brazilian champ turned it down.

Today, Justino responded with her side of the story in the aforementioned series of tweets.

Justino defeated Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in her octagon debut, and then went on to beat Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95. She took the bouts at 140 pounds with the intention of making bantamweight for a fight with now-former champ Ronda Rousey, but swore off the move after two brutal weight cuts for her first two appearances.

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

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Today in MMA history: The IFL finally taps out

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The end of the International Fight League didn’t exactly come as a surprise. Even for a fight promotion as unique as that one, there are recognizable patterns to these things.

You’ve seen how it goes. The well funded start-up that charges out of the gates with big plans and big promises. The new company on the block that burns through cash before announcing sudden shifts in strategy and design that grow increasingly desperate as the noose tightens. Then come the layoffs and the cancellations, followed by the sale of every last asset on the road to bankruptcy.

The IFL wasn’t quite at the end of that journey on July 31, 2008, but it was finally ready to resign itself to its fate. Just a little over two years after its first event, with the lease on its office space at an end, the IFL formally ceased operations as a company.

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And there was another organization for UFC President Dana White’s tombstone of competitors. Another promoter that was going to redefine the sport of MMA, right up until it decided to sell the desks and office chairs instead.

That last part is not an exaggeration, by the way. I worked as the IFL’s editorial manager from the fall of 2006 to spring of 2008, leaving to write for Cage Potato and Sports Illustrated just a few months before the IFL folded. When I’d ask my former co-workers how things were going, they reported that the machine was slowly shedding its parts, slimming down to a skeleton crew and putting the office furniture up for sale on the internet.

The late IFL CEO Jay Larkin was unusually blunt in his assessment of the company’s downward trend. Earlier that spring Larkin – a former Showtime boxing executive who in November 2007 took over from the IFL’s initial CEO, Gareb Shamus, the IFL’s co-creator along with company president Kurt Otto – drew the ire of MMA fans when he compared ground fighting to “gay foreplay” in a story lamenting the IFL’s struggles.

When announcing the cancellation of the event planned for that August, Larkin admitted that continuing to hold events would put the company in immediate financial danger, adding that the IFL was “damned if we do and damned if we don’t.”

As the reality of the IFL’s demise set in, Larkin also didn’t hesitate to lay blame for the IFL’s failure on the MMA fan base itself.

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“I sincerely question whether or not there is a market place for legitimate MMA outside of the UFC,” Larkin said in 2008. “Now if you look at the card we had at the IZOD Center, that was spectacular. That was as good as MMA fighting ever gets, and it didn’t make a blip on the radar screen. It was difficult selling tickets, the Monday morning reviews of the event were the fights were spectacular, but the place wasn’t very full.

“What does one do to grow the audience? What does one do to sell tickets besides putting on the best show you could possibly put on? And when you put that show on and you still can’t sell tickets, well then you have to ask yourself does the public want this? Do they really want fights? Do they want mixed martial arts? Do they want competition at the highest level of the sport? Or do they want to run around wearing their Affliction T-shirts and swigging Xyience. What is this really about? Is there really a fan base for this or is it a cult? And I’ll tell you, as truthfully as I can, I don’t know the answer.”

Not surprisingly, that attitude did not endear Larkin to MMA fans. And blaming the audience for the IFL’s failure was an approach that ignored the many missteps the company made long before that point.

In concept alone, the IFL was already a difficult sell. It began in 2006 with the promise of a team-based approach to MMA that would more closely resemble other established pro sports. Instead of filling out events with a series of bouts between individual fighters with little or no connection to one another, the IFL matched up two five-man teams in a series of one-on-one matches that were all a part of a larger season.

That part of the format was easy enough to understand for any sports fan who’s ever watched a playoff series. It was a best-of-five contest with each team putting up a representative in every weight class from lightweight to heavyweight, with overall team victories deciding a season championship in the end.

This presented some difficulties, of course. For starters, one team’s heavyweight might be woefully outmatched against another’s, as when Bryan Vetell, a fighter from Renzo Gracie’s New York Pitbulls with a single pro fight to his credit took on Pat Miletich product Ben Rothwell, who was a veteran of more than 20 pro bouts.

For another, the cartoonish team logos – a sneering gorilla, a pitbull that looked like a near copy of the Red Dog beer logo, scorpions and sharks both inexplicably clad in MMA gloves – didn’t resonate with a fan base that gravitated more toward the skulls and wings of the nü metal era.

Plus, while some teams were comprised of genuine training partners unified under an actual coach, others were teams in name only, with fighters from different gyms and regions assigned to a squad helmed by a coach who may or may not do any actual coaching.

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(The Tokyo Sabres, for instance? Most of its fighters were Americans, with bodybuilder Ken Yasuda as the coach, despite a complete lack of MMA experience.)

Still, the IFL was ahead of its time in other respects. It linked up with William Morris, the forerunner to the UFC’s new owners at WME-IMG, and got network TV exposure long before the UFC landed on FOX. It was the first organization to offer all its fighters year-round health insurance, as well as a monthly stipend to allow them to focus on training full-time. It became a publicly traded company in the summer of 2006 and was valued at about $150 million, according to a “60 Minutes” report at the end of that year.

It also burned through cash at an unsustainable pace, reporting losses of $31 million in the spring of 2008. In late 2007 it announced that it would pivot away from the animal-based team names in favor of actual MMA “camps,” such as Miletich Fighting Systems and Team Quest. It even held a “draft” to find new fighters, and changed its design elements to remove the cartoonish logos.

By then, however, the IFL brand was tainted in the eyes of many fans. The debut of its network TV show had sensationalized the violence and the danger inherent to MMA, which alienated a fan base that was still trying to push back against earlier claims that the sport was no better than “human cockfighting.” Fighters like Rothwell and welterweight Jay Hieron had beefed publicly with IFL executives over pay and contracts, undermining the IFL’s claims to being the organization that put its fighters first.

After the team rebranding failed to revive interest, the IFL tried the next thing on the desperate promoter checklist – changing the fighting surface. For its event in August 2008, the IFL announced, it would introduce “the Hex,” a six-sided ring that never saw any actual use.

Just a couple months after that announcement in May, the IFL cancelled the event. By the end of July, the IFL was done for good, with the company filing for Chapter 11 relief that September. Mark Cuban’s HDNET would buy the IFL’s video library for a reported $650,000 that October, and the IFL soon became another ghost haunting the MMA graveyard.

“You don’t always know what you got till it’s gone,” Larkin told Sherdog.com just after the IFL officially filed for bankruptcy. “There’s a lot of lessons to be learned. One of the things I tried to do was do it in a more professional manner. The bottom line is, I feel MMA is a one-organization industry. I think UFC has done a spectacular job of branding, and UFC has become synonymous with MMA. And there’s a couple of hangers-on now. Wall Street’s having a hard time right now. I’d like to see MMA flourish, but I’m very skeptical.”


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Want to wager more on Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight? Check out these prop bets

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Because betting on the fight itself simply isn’t enough, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has released a list of prop bets for the upcoming boxing showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

The list, via SportsAction.io:

  • Who will have more?
    -300: Home runs by Aaron Judge (in Seattle Mariners @ New York Yankees) (PK)
    +240: Official knockdowns by Conor McGregor
  • Which will be greater?
    -180: Total bases by Bryce Harper (in New York Mets @ Washington Nationals) (-0.5)
    +150: Official knockdowns by Conor McGregor
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Margin of victory in Big3 Championship Game
    -110: Total number of rounds completed in Mayweather-McGregor fight (-0.5)
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Margin of victory in Rice vs Stanford college football game (-7.5)
    -110: Total number of full minutes completed in Mayweather-McGregor fight
  • Who will have more?
    -110: Total rushing yards by Bryce Love (Stanford) vs Rice (-10.5)
    -110: Total number of punches landed by Floyd Mayweather Jr
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Total touchdowns by Oregon State+Colorado State (-1)
    -110: Total number of rounds completed in Mayweather-McGregor fight
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Total number of EPL goals on August 26, 2017
    -110: Total number of punches landed by Conor McGregor (-11.5)
  • Which will be greater?
    -130: Total number of goals in Manchester Utd v Leicester City (-0.5)
    +110: Official knockdowns in Mayweather-McGregor fight
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Total points + rebounds + assists by Elena Della Donne in Dallas Wings v Washington Mystics WNBA game
    -110: Total number of punches landed by Conor McGregor (-3.5)
  • Which will be greater?
    +110: Goals scored in Las Vegas Golden Knights @ Dallas Stars NHL game on October 6, 2017
    -130: Total number of rounds completed in Mayweather-McGregor fight (0.5)

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

The wagering on the bout as been massive. It’s also getting wacky, as evidenced by a recent $150,000 bet on McGregor.

When odds opened for the fight, Mayweather was widely available as a -2250 favorite, which implies a win probability of 96 percent over +950 underdog McGregor (in fact, the lines were even more lopsided at some books). Now, after money has consistently poured in on McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion can be found as low as +375 while Mayweather’s favorite status has dipped all the way to -550 (84 percent win probability).

Think about how huge of a difference that is. At those initial lines, a $100 winning bet on Mayweather would receive a $4.44 payoff; a $100 bet on McGregor, meanwhile, would have a payoff of $950.

Why all these prop bets from Westgate on top of the regular action? It’s probably got something to do with trying to help their margins, because of McGregor pulls if the upset, the sports books in Las Vegas stand to lose a lot of money.

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

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UFC 214's 10 memorable moments: Jon Jones reclaims his crown, ends feud with Daniel Cormier

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The stacked main card of Saturday’s UFC 214 did not disappoint.

In the main event, Jon Jones returned to the octagon for the first time in 15 months and put on a nearly flawless performance, regaining both the light heavyweight title and his ranking as the best 205-pound fighter in UFC history with a third-round knockout of Daniel Cormier.

RelatedSean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Jon Jones and UFC 214's other winning fighters?

In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley focused on defense, much to the chagrin of fans and UFC President Dana White, while retaining welterweight crown against challenger Demian Maia with a unanimous decision.

In the first title fight of the night, the most feared woman in MMA, Cristiane Justino, became a UFC champion with a third-round TKO victory over a very game Tonya Evinger.

UFC 214 took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Here are the most memorable moments from the biggest UFC fight card of 2017.

1. New reign, new man?

After dispatching Cormier in the third round with a head kick and ground strikes, Jones began his second stint as light heavyweight champion. The “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning victory solidified Jones as the greatest light heavyweight in MMA history. The respect Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) paid Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) after the fight was almost as noteworthy as his victory.

We don’t know if Jones has turned a corner in his life. We don’t know if the time he spent on the sidelines due to his actions and decisions has made him a more thoughtful person. But during that brief speech, Jones provided some hope that he has learned at least some lessons.

As for Cormier, he offered his congratulations to Jones and his team via social media late Sunday night.

2. Heartbreak and confusion

The decision to speak to Cormier after his knockout loss was unwise, something UFC commentator Joe Rogan acknowledged on Sunday in his apology, but Rogan did make that decision. The brief interview provided fans a glimpse of a man who was heartbroken and confused.

“I don’t know, man,” Cormier said when asked what he was feeling. “I thought the fight was going well. I don’t even know what happened. I think I got kicked in the head. It’s so disappointing.”

The raw moment revealed to everyone just how much this fight meant to Cormier and how emotionally invested he was in defeating Jones and cementing his legacy as an all-time great.

“I guess if he wins both fights, there is no rivalry,” Cormier said, fighting back tears. “I don’t know.”

(VIDEO) This overhead camera shot stays on Daniel Cormier for a few minutes following the knockout loss to Jon Jones. Not an easy watch. pic.twitter.com/5UIUDvGGIH

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) July 30, 2017

3. Recoup the losses

During his first title reign, Jones defended the light heavyweight title eight times. In his last defense, Jones earned a reported $500,000. Since then he has fought twice, taking in a reported $1 million in total for those two contests. In short, Jones left a lot of money on the table while he sat on the sidelines due to his self-destructive behavior.

What better way to get some of that money back than to follow Conor McGregor’s lead and call for the most bankable fight possible?

“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy that weights 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the octagon,” Jones said after defeating Cormier.

(VIDEO) @JonnyBones calls out @BrockLesnar. pic.twitter.com/6S2RYE3gfL

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) July 30, 2017

While that fight is far from a lock, Jones’ callout did get the attention of the former heavyweight champion.

4. Losing by winning

Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) stopped each of the 21 takedowns Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) attempted during their fight. That defense-first strategy allowed Woodley to retain his title via decision. Unfortunately, it seemingly cost him a fight against former champion Georges St-Pierre, which UFC President Dana White had said was “the plan” just days before Woodley’s win over Maia.

“Michael Bisping will show up, and he will fight,” White said when revealing the change at the post-fight press conference “So, yeah. I’m going to give it to him.”

Woodley, who predicted the St-Pierre fight wouldn’t come to fruition, was not surprised with the switch.

5. So dominant

How good is Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC)? So good that a lot of the post-fight talk wasn’t about her knockout win over Evinger but of how tough Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was for extending the fight into the third round before Justino finished her.

“Tonya Evinger was awesome,” a smiling Michael Bisping said on the UFC on FOX post-fight show. “She went out there and took a beating really, really well.”

Justino was patient and technical. She never got too aggressive until the finish was in sight. While Justino’s approach might have disappointed fans of her previous fights, it showed she’s added a new, and maybe more frightening, wrinkle to her arsenal, that of the predator tiring her prey before moving in for the kill.

6. Taking shots

For someone who didn’t compete at UFC 214, former women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie took a beating in Anaheim.

“I think it’s really important to mention that Germaine de Randamie, who won the title against Holly Holm, just did not want to fight this woman,” Rogan said before the Justino vs. Evinger fight began. “She said, ‘I’m not doing it. I’m stepping down, and I’m relinquishing my title.”

Rogan later said that while he was enjoying the Justino-Evinger bout, he felt “robbed” that de Randamie was not fighting.

“That proves that Evinger would put up a better fight,” replied fellow commentator Dominick Cruz. “She (de Randamie) didn’t even want to get in here; Evinger’s here.”

The duo then speculated what de Randamie must be thinking knowing someone was “tougher than her to take the fight.”

These comments came days after Evinger referred to de Randamie as a “coward” during her pre-fight media interview.

De Randamie was stripped of the belt in June due to her unwillingness to fight Justino.

7. Back in the mix

Almost one year to the day since losing the welterweight title to Woodley, Robbie Lawler returned to the title hunt with a unanimous-decision victory over Donald Cerrone.

As expected, Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and Cerrone (32-8 MMA, 19-5 UFC) delivered an exciting back and forth striking battle.

The win showed that Lawler remains one of the best welterweights in the UFC. More impressive was Lawler was without his good friend, former UFC champion Matt Hughes, who was in a terrible accident, throughout training camp. Lawler acknowledged it after the fight.

“I’m pretty good at focusing on the task at hand,” Lawler said post-fight. “But obviously, it’s a buddy of mine. He would’ve been right around the corner right now. He would have been here this whole week. It’s tough, but he’s fighting a fight now.”

8. Big time

Jimi Manuwa was an insurance policy, booked on UFC 214 as a safety net in case Cormier or Jones could not compete in the main event.

Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) did not get the opportunity to fight for the title in Anaheim, and after getting knocked out in 42 seconds by Volkan Oezdemir (a.k.a. “No Time”) he won’t be getting a title fight soon. As for Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who joined the UFC in February, he’s now 3-0 with two knockouts, including his “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning stoppage of Manuwa.

 

9. Nice try

Jason Knight attempted to leap up the featherweight rankings at UFC 214, stepping in to face former featherweight title contender Ricardo Lamas. It didn’t work out well for Knight.

Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was too technical for the brawling and still developing Knight (17-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), picking him apart on the feet with precise striking. Knight showed he’s a game fighter, taking everything Lamas had to offer before referee Mike Beltran came in to stop the fight in the first round.

The win gives Lamas two-straight victories and stops Knight’s four-fight winning streak. Lamas remains a player in the featherweight division, and while Knight lost via TKO, it’s hard to see the defeat hurting him too much since he took the fight on short notice against a more seasoned opponent.

10. Keep away

A word of warning for the featherweight division: If you think you have a lead over Brian Ortega heading into the third round, do whatever you can to stay out of his grasp for those 5 minutes.

At UFC 214, Ortega finished his record-breaking fourth consecutive fight with a third-round submission of Renato Moicano. Like his previous three wins, this one looked like it could have gone either way had it made it to the scorecards, but once again Ortega ensured it didn’t.

Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Moicano (11-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) slugged it out on the feet for the majority of this “Fight of the Night” winning contest, but for some reason, Moicano attempted a takedown halfway through the final stanza. As soon as Ortega hit the mat he locked in a guillotine choke and forced the quick tap from Moicano.

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

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Watch official Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor pay-per-view commercial spot

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A king is born.

Or so that’s the theme for Showtime’s pay-per-view commercial for the upcoming boxing superfight between Floyd Mayweather and UFC light heavyweight champion Conor McGregor.

RelatedCheck out the (underwhelming?) 2nd official Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight poster

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

Check out the 30-second spot above.

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

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Daniel Cormier and UFC 214's other losing fighters?

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UFC 214’s main card saw stunning results, big knockouts and somewhat underwhelming action. Nevertheless, all the losing fighters on the card were part of the biggest pay-per-view card of the year, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Daniel Cormier’s (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) more than two-year reign as light-heavyweight champion came to a decisive end in the main event when he was stopped for the first time in his career courtesy of a third-round knockout from Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC).

Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) and Tonya Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) also came up short in title fights, while Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) and Jimi Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) dropped fights which could have arguably earned them title shots of their own.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 214’s losing fighters.

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Jimi Manuwa

Daniel Cormier

Should fight: Cormier
Why they should fight: Manuwa’s chin failed to hold up to the power-punching of rising UFC light-heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir, and it led to a somewhat stunning 42-second knockout defeat.

Manuwa went from being a standby in case anything went wrong in the headlining bout between Cormier and Jones to experiencing the worst loss of his career, showing the utterly unforgiving nature of the sport. Fortunately for “Poster Boy,” he is still one of the top contenders in the 205-pound division, and the thin nature of the weight class will likely afford him another marquee fight next.

It seems backward that losing to Oezdemir could lead the Brit into a matchup with ex-champ Cormier, but strangely that’s how the sport works sometimes. Manuwa and Cormier were briefly linked to fight at UFC 214 before Jones decided against a warmup bout after his long layoff, forcing Manuwa into the matchup with Oezdemir.

Now that both are coming off knockout losses at the same event, though, a matchup is arguably more logical than ever, especially because of the history of trash-talk.

Donald Cerrone

Should fight: Dong Hyun Kim
Why they should fight: Cerrone fell just short of matching the UFC’s all-time wins record when he dropped a unanimous decision to former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, marking the first time in his career that he’s dropped back-to-back fights.

“Cowboy” gave Lawler everything he could handle in the contest, but the judges didn’t view it as enough. Regardless of the outcome, the performance proved without a doubt that Cerrone belongs in the octagon with the best in the 170-pound division, and any talks of a drop back down to lightweight should be silenced for good.

Cerrone needs to be careful when selecting his next fight to avoid dropping three straight and falling into a dangerous territory in his career. The majority of his losses have come against fighters capable of beating him on the feet, and while Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC) does have decent striking, he’s primarily a grappler, a type of fighter Cerrone has largely succeeded against.

Daniel Cormier, Demian Maia, Tonya Evinger

Should fight: Watch the video above to see why Cormier should fight Manuwa, Maia should fight Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Evinger should fight Julianna Pena (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) after their UFC 214 title-fight losses.

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

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Jon Jones and UFC 214's other winning fighters?

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The most significant UFC pay-per-view event of 2017 took place Saturday with UFC 214 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

In the main event, Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) reclaimed the light-heavyweight championship with a third-round knockout of rival Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC), completing one of the most tumultuous comeback stories in UFC history.

Additionally, Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) defended the welterweight belt while Cristiane Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) won the vacant women’s featherweight title.

Other winners included ex-UFC champ Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and rising 205-pound contender Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 214’s winning fighters.

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Volkan Oezdemir

Mauricio Rua

Should fight: Winner of Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 117
Why they should fight: Oezdemir’s arrival as a light-heavyweight contender reached another high when he put away Jimi Manuwa in just 42 seconds, marking his third consecutive win since his UFC debut less than five months ago.

Oezdemir still had questions around him after winning his first two UFC appearances in unexpected fashion, but there’s no doubting his legitimacy after he stopped Manuwa quicker than the likes of former 205-pound title challengers Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson.

In many cases, Oezdemir’s body of work would be enough for a title shot. Unfortunately, he’s in a division ruled by Jones, who’s seeking big-fight opportunities that Oezdemir simply doesn’t currently provide. That means he’s going to have to take another fight to further strengthen his case and get the champ’s attention.

Fighting the winner of September’s UFC Fight Night 117 main event between “Shogun” Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC) could be his avenue. Oezdemir beat “OSP” by split decision in his UFC debut earlier this year, but it was a short-notice fight. If Saint Preux wins, it may not make the most sense to rematch, but the thin nature of the 205-pound division may not give him any other option.

The best case scenario for Oezdemir is a Rua victory. The former UFC champ would be on a four-fight UFC winning streak if he beats Saint Preux, and while the Brazilian isn’t the same fighter he was in his glory days, he would still be a signature win for Oezdemir.

Robbie Lawler

Tyron Woodley

Should fight: Woodley
Why they should fight: Although he’s just one fight removed from losing the UFC welterweight title to Woodley at UFC 201 in July 2016, Lawler appears he could slide back into another title fight after his unanimous-decision win over Donald Cerrone.

Lawler vs. Cerrone was one of the most anticipated fights of the year, and for the most part, it lived up to the hype. “Ruthless” proved he’s still one of the best at 170 pounds when he went toe-to-toe with Cerrone and came out on top.

Although one win is arguably not enough to get another title shot, Lawler benefits from the fact the weight class is currently thin on worthy challengers. Most of the top-ranked fighters are coming off of losses, and the nature of Woodley’s fights since winning the belt from Lawler opens the door for a rematch.

If the first fight is any indication, Woodley is an awful style matchup for Lawler. But at the very least, it seems likely he would bring an entertaining fight out of the champ. Woodley has severely lacked that in his past two title defenses, and that’s to Lawler’s benefit in his quest to regain the gold.

Jon Jones, Tyron Woodley, Cristiane Justino

Should fight: Watch the video above to see why Jones should fight Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), Woodley should fight Lawler, and “Cyborg” should fight Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) after their UFC 214 title-fight victories.

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Confira os GMIs que fizeram bonito no Internacional Master de Jiu-Jitsu

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Nosso GMI Alberto Ramos venceu com propriedade no Internacional Master. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr.

Sempre recheada de feras, nossa lista de professores GMIs conta também com craques competidores. Exemplo prático desta força foi apresentado no Internacional Master da IBJJF, realizado no último final de semana, no Tijuca Tênis Clube. Uma legião de veteranos cascas-grossas estiveram no evento, e nossos afiliados mais uma vez brilharam.

Como é o caso do professor Guilherme Iunes da Gracie Barra Recreio. A fera encarou uma chave com mais de 30 atletas, e se saiu melhor no master 1 peso leve, categoria esta que contou inclusive com José Aldo Junior, ex-campeão do UFC. Iunes, para garantir o ouro, bateu o algoz de Aldo na semifinal e na finalíssima encarou e bateu Vagner Azevedo (Checkmat) para garantir o lugar mais alto do pódio.

Ainda no master 1, outra fera brava que brilhou foi Alberto Ramos, nosso GMI da GFTeam Cachambi. Depois de bela campanha com ouro no Gracie Pro na semana anterior, o professor voltou forte para o Internacional de Masters e garantiu mais um ouro no currículo, ao superar Diogo Almeida (Almeida JJ) na final do peso pesado.

No master 2, o campeão de destaque foi Arthur Cézar “Gogó”, nosso GMI na GFTeam Cascadura. O professor ficou com o ouro no pesadíssimo ao vencer Luis Fernandes (Nova União) e depois ainda teve pique para se jogar no absoluto, no qual mordeu o bronze.

Outro GMI que encarou fortes batalhas foi Roberto Godoi. Líder da equipe paulista G13, o veterano casca-groossa mordeu o bronze na divisão de master 3 nos pesos pesados, categoria vencida pelo professor Serginho Miranda (GFTeam) que se despediu dos tatames na competição após longos anos de luta.

Confira abaixo a lista de faixas-pretas campeões no Internacional de Masters!

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Galo 1 – Juan Lopes da Silva – PRM Team 2 – Paulo Humberto Rafael Pizziali – Nova União 3 – Anderson Augusto Sarris – Centro de Treinamento Maringá 3 – Tharcisio Luiz Teixeira B. Silva – Alliance

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Pluma 1 – Douglas Rufino da Silva – Caio Terra Association Brasil 2 – Narcisio Villaça – BARBOSA JIU-JITSU 3 – Francielio Fernandes da Costa – Alliance 3 – Victor Lucas Navarro Toledo – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Pena 1 – Rafael Porto da Costa – 014RBJJ 2 – Marcelo dos Santos Silva – Marcelo Galo Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Anderson Estevão Magon – CheckMat 3 – Thiago Otávio Cecchi Paraguassu – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Guilherme Ferreira Iunes – Gracie Barra 2 – Vagner Nascimento de Azevedo Jr – CheckMat 3 – Antonio Roberto Crivelari Jr – CheckMat 3 – Genes Martins de Freitas Neto – Neto Fight Team

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Médio 1 – Elfrankli Araruna de Souza – Pablo Silva BJJ – ZR Team 2 – Heverson Luiz dos Santos Oliveira – 014RBJJ 3 – Eduardo Lustosa Silva – João Roque JJ 3 – Ericson Dias Lima – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Luis Carlos Marques Damasceno – ESJJ (Excelence School of Jiu-Jitsu) 2 – Paulo Cesar Schauffler de Oliveira – Rilion Gracie JJ 3 – Bruno Batista de Aquino – Gracie Humaita 3 – Edjonson Rodrigues de Andrade – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Alberto Ramos de Araujo Oliveira – GF Team 2 – Diogo Almeida Silva – JFC Almeida JJ 3 – Frederico Bizam Blum – Rilion Gracie Balneário Camboriú 3 – Marcelo da Silva Bernardo – Brazilian Power Team

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Alan Regis de Assis – Academia Tatuapu Team 2 – Hélio Timbo Mourão – Gracie Barra 3 – Leandro Soares da Silva – Companhia Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Leonardo da Costa Maciel – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Thiago Gaia T. Oliveira Marques – GF Team 2 – Daniel Sobreira Galdino – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Caio Rocha Vieira – Gracie Barra 3 – Fernando Fernandes Gomes Macedo – Ryan Gracie Team B

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Thiago Gaia T. Oliveira Marques – GF Team 2 – Leonardo da Costa Maciel – GF Team 3 – Daniel Sobreira Galdino – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Marcelo da Silva Bernardo – Brazilian Power Team

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Feminino / Pena 1 – Andressa Lídia de Souza – BARBOSA JIU-JITSU 2 – Denise Macêdo de Almeida Campos – Boca Team

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Feminino / Leve 1 – Vanessa Maria Silva de Oliveira – Gracie Barra 2 – Ariane Pereira Guarnier – CheckMat 3 – Patrícia Inácio Alves – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Feminino / Médio 1 – Joslea Silva Rodrigues – CONSTRICTOR TEAM 2 – Tatiana Silva Cordeiro – Willcox Team

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Feminino / Super Pesado 1 – Luana Beatriz Gomes Fiquene – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Ana Paula Condutta – Zenith BJJ

 

PRETA / Master 1 / Feminino / Absoluto 1 – Luana Beatriz Gomes Fiquene – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Denise Macêdo de Almeida Campos – Boca Team 3 – Andressa Lídia de Souza – BARBOSA JIU-JITSU 3 – Ariane Pereira Guarnier – CheckMat

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Galo 1 – Bruno Cesar Gomes da Silva Moreno – Nova União 2 – Jesus Alberto de Almeida Ferreira – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Pluma 1 – Sergio Alexandre L. Capella Junior – Nova União 2 – Bruno Ferreira Casquilha – De La Riva JJ 3 – Bruno Vinicius Setta Lagares – De La Riva JJ 3 – Igor Rodrigues dos Santos – CheckMat

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Pena 1 – Vugner Amador da Silva – Nova União 2 – João Rafael Rodrigues Carvalho – Qatar BJJ – Brasil 3 – Antonio Marcio Della Motta – Núcleo JJ 3 – Carlos Eduardo Enes Raymundo – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Fábio Valentino de Assis – A2 Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Diego Asenjo de Paula – Nova Geração 3 – Edson Diniz Fidelis – Infight JJ 3 – Teofilo Said – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Médio 1 – Adriano Ferreira Araujo e Silva – BARBOSA JIU-JITSU 2 – Leonardo Souza Melo – Nova União 3 – Claudio Roberto Souza da Silva – Ac. Atitude – Acre 3 – Jose Edson Guimaraes Sales – Clube Orley Lobato

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Eder de Souza Persiliano – DDR JJ 2 – Paulo Ricardo de Carvalho – NBJJ 3 – Raphael Xavier Abi-Rihan – Família Abi-Rihan Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Vinicius Franklin de Carvalho – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Percio Gonçalves – G13 BJJ 2 – Andre Machado Bastos – Nova União 3 – Fabricio do Couto de Araujo – 014RBJJ 3 – Washington Luis Theodoro – Soul Fighters BJJ

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Arthur Cesar Sampaio Jacintho – GF Team 2 – Luiz Fernando Fernandes – Nova União 3 – Renato Rodrigues Fraga – GF Team 3 – Vagner Luiz de Souza Barbosa – Infight JJ

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Samuel Ferronato de Lima – Alliance 2 – Andre Luiz G. Pimenta Barreira – Nova União 3 – Edson Francisco de Paula Junior – PSLPB Cicero Costha B 3 – Paulo Alexandre de Souza – BTT

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Adriano Ferreira Araujo e Silva – BARBOSA JIU-JITSU 2 – Renato Rodrigues Fraga – GF Team 3 – Arthur Cesar Sampaio Jacintho – GF Team 3 – Vinicius Franklin de Carvalho – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Feminino / Leve 1 – Melissa Anne Bardfield – Renzo Gracie St. Maarten 2 – Valeria Carvalho D. E A. Alves – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Feminino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Adriana Lima de Jesus – Gracie Humaita RJ 2 – Carolina Vianna Guimarães Barros – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Feminino / Super Pesado 1 – Carla de Souza Carvalho – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 2 / Feminino / Absoluto 1 – Carolina Vianna Guimarães Barros – GF Team 2 – Carla de Souza Carvalho – Gracie Barra 3 – Adriana Lima de Jesus – Gracie Humaita RJ

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Pluma 1 – Paulo Cezar Alves Pinheiro – Gracie Barra JJ 2 – Joelson Souza Venancio – Gracie Barra 3 – Hugo Leonardo Alves Martins – Gracie Barra 3 – Rafael Corrêa Simões – Equipe Totti Jiu-Jitsu

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Pena 1 – Gabriel Willcox Furley – Carlson Gracie Clube 2 – Marcelo Cavallieri Resende – Nova União 3 – Cassius Marcelo N. Souza Lima – Top Brother Brasil 3 – Wendell Duarte da Silva – Gracie Humaita RJ

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Gustavo Souto Perdigão Granha – Equipe Totti Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Vinicius Cesare Modernel Canevari – Magoo JJ 3 – Richard Lacerda – Hélio Soneca Brazilian JJ 3 – Vinicius Alves Alkaim – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Médio 1 – Marcelo Pereira Dourado – GF Team 2 – Cesar Drumond Barcelos – GF Team 3 – Alexander Fernandes da Silva – GF Team Sergipe 3 – Alexandre L. Martins Meadows – Alliance

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Gustavo Henrique Craveiro Costa – BTT 2 – Gustavo De Santana E Almeida Alves – GF Team 3 – Marcio Alexandre Souza Santos – Associação Oriente 3 – Rodrigo Dantas Rodrigues Alves – G13 Jiu-Jitsu

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Sergio Henrique Hora Miranda – GF Team 2 – André Luiz Novais – Nova União 3 – Roberto Godoi – G13 BJJ 3 – Tiago Schietti de Almeida – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Charles Faria Correa – G13 BJJ 2 – Rodrigo Bernardes Ferreira – Guigo JJ 3 – Isaac Araujo Ramos – GF Team 3 – Jorge Carlos da Silva de Carvalho – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Luiz Nestor Alves da Costa – GF Team 2 – Andre Luiz Candido da Silva – Nova União 3 – Douglas Teixeira Reis – Black Team Jiu-Jitsu – Café 3 – Lourival Filho – GF Team Sergipe

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – André Luiz Novais – Nova União 2 – Andre Luiz Candido da Silva – Nova União 3 – Gabriel Willcox Furley – Carlson Gracie Clube 3 – Isaac Araujo Ramos – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Feminino / Pena 1 – Adriana Rosario Rego Granja Gatto – Gracie Barra 2 – Alexandra Cardoso Leite – Assad BJJ – Brasil

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Feminino / Médio 1 – Jaqueline de Fatima Lima – Rocian Gracie Jr.

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Feminino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Maria do Carmo Paixão Teixeira – De La Riva JJ

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Feminino / Super Pesado 1 – Karla Hipolito de Albuquerque – Top Brother

 

PRETA / Master 3 / Feminino / Absoluto 1 – Karla Hipolito de Albuquerque – Top Brother 2 – Jaqueline de Fatima Lima – Rocian Gracie Jr. 3 – Maria do Carmo Paixão Teixeira – De La Riva JJ

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Pluma 1 – Sued dos Santos – Alliance 2 – Marcos Antonio Isidio Santos – Gracie Humaita 3 – Otacilio Caldas Andrade – JJFT – Jiu-Jitsu For Teens 3 – Renato de Carvalho Barboza – Brigadeiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Pena 1 – Andrei Osti Andrezzo – Tetris 2 – Alexandre Teixeira Araujo – Ataque Duplo 3 – Claudionor Cardoso da Silva – Eq. Claudionor Cardoso 3 – Marco Antonio Medeiros – Gracie Humaita RJ

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Adimilson da Rosa Brites – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Rogerio Poggio de Castro – Infight JJ 3 – José Roberto Vicente da Silva – ABC Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Paulo Alberto de G. Nardy Junior – Infight JJ

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Médio 1 – João Manuel Pinho Oliveira Roque – Nova União 2 – Alexandre Carlos dos Santos – GF Team 3 – Adir da Cunha Mendes Junior – Infight JJ 3 – José Hélio Bezerra Dias – Ns Brotherhood

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Luiz Henrique da Silva – Gracie Barra 2 – Miguel Luiz Cavallari – ZR Team Brasil 3 – Marcelo Augusto Lopes – Gracie Barra 3 – Sandro Pereira Cardoso – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Flavio dos Santos Gomes – Equipe Behring 2 – Cláudio Machado – Gordo Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Jeferson Tavares de Freitas – GF Team 3 – Marco Antonio Emerich de Melo – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Reginaldo Cardoso Liani – Gracie Barra 2 – Luis Carlos Alves de Carvalho – Nova União 3 – Charles Matola Martins – GF Team 3 – Renato José Martins de Freitas – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Marcelo Dias Rocha – GF Team 2 – Ary Sergio de Souza Bello Junior – GF Team 3 – Alexandre Gonçalves da Silva – Equipe PH 3 – Michel Eduardo Chaachaa – Manimal JJ

 

PRETA / Master 4 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Adimilson da Rosa Brites – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Ary Sergio de Souza Bello Junior – GF Team 3 – Marcelo Dias Rocha – GF Team 3 – Sandro Pereira Cardoso – Nova União

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Pena 1 – Eduardo do Valle Araújo – Gracie Barra 2 – Alexandre Abrahão da Silva – X-Team Sports 3 – Braz Barbosa Lima Filho – Team Carvalho 3 – Gilson Jose Teixeira de Farias – Gilson Farias Team

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Simão Henrique Correia Simão – Gracie Humaita 2 – Rafael Caldeira – Equipe Supreme 3 – Isaque Nunes Ferreira – GF Team 3 – Sebastião Jeronimo Pereira – Equipe GTT/IST

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Médio 1 – Marcelo Capo Martins – CheckMat Brasil 2 – Oswaldo Rêgo Junior – De La Riva SC 3 – Ariosvaldo Juvencio da Silva – PRM Team 3 – Jocinaldo Barbosa Cavacante – Luiz Paulo Jiu-Jitsu

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Meio-Pesado 1 – Leonardo Queiroz Cupolillo – Welton Ribeiro 2 – Marco Augusto Duarte Ticom – Kioto Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 3 – Helvecio Augusto M. Penna Neto – De La Riva JJ

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Van Dyck Oliveira – Nova União 2 – Marco Aurélio Muniz Barreto – Gracie Humaita RJ 3 – Marcio Borges Martins – Gracie Humaita RJ 3 – Marcone Silva Mendanha – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Super Pesado 1 – Rostan da Silva Lacerda – Rostan Lacerda 2 – Aurelio Magno Marques de Carvalho – Brazilian Fight

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Pesadíssimo 1 – Roberto Batista dos Santos – GF Team 2 – Schumann de Lyra Carvalho – ABC Jiu-Jitsu

 

PRETA / Master 5 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Van Dyck Oliveira – Nova União 2 – Rostan da Silva Lacerda – Rostan Lacerda 3 – Braz Barbosa Lima Filho – Team Carvalho 3 – Roberto Batista dos Santos – GF Team

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Masculino / Galo 1 – Paulo Cesar de Oliveira Viana – Game Fight BJJ/Manimal

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Masculino / Pena 1 – Márcio Jordão Reis – 014RBJJ 2 – Ronaldo de Souza Cardoso – De La Riva JJ

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Masculino / Leve 1 – Rolando Patrício Toro Acuña – Equipe Rolando Toro Jiu-Jitsu 2 – David Clark – Brasa USA 3 – Egidio Altino da Silva Filho – Infight JJ

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Masculino / Médio 1 – Wandro Jose Soares Ribeiro – Equipe Behring 2 – Luiz Humberto de Queiroz Guerra – Gracie Barra

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Masculino / Pesado 1 – Adalberto Casaes Jr – Infight JJ

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Masculino / Absoluto 1 – Wandro Jose Soares Ribeiro – Equipe Behring 2 – David Clark – Brasa USA 3 – Luiz Humberto de Queiroz Guerra – Gracie Barra 3 – Rolando Patrício Toro Acuña – Equipe Rolando Toro Jiu-Jitsu

 

PRETA / Master 6 / Feminino / Médio 1 – Tania Lima Freire – Gracie Humaita RJ

UFC 214's Volkan Oezdemir understands UFC might make Jones-Gustafsson 2, but wants title shot

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Upset-maker Volkan Oezdemir wants to climb the UFC light-heavyweight ranks faster than anyone else, which is fitting considering his nickname – “No Time.”

The way things are looking, Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) might have a shot. A 42-second knockout of Jimi Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 214 pay-per-view main-card opener marked his third UFC win and second straight upset of a high-ranked opponent.

The only roadblock now is Jon Jones’ unfinished business.

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“I think I proved that (I’m a top contender) because (Manuwa) was supposed to be fighting for the belt,” Oezdemir said after his bonus-winning knockout at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. “So my goal is to go for the belt right away and be the fastest rising guy for the belt.

“I understand, for sure, (if they give it to Alexander Gustafsson), because there is a beef with Jon Jones and Cormier, because both have tough five-round fights with Gustafsson, and I think the fans want to see (those) fights – the revenge. It’s a lot about what the people want to see, too. You’ve got to be able to make exciting matches. But I think I’m going to be able to make an exciting fight because I know I’m going to knock both of them out.”

Oezdemir didn’t know then that Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) would end up knocked out when Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) stopped him in the third round of Saturday’s main event with a head kick.

UFC President Dana White didn’t firmly commit to the promotion’s next move in the 205-pound class, which is once again topped by Jones after Cormier’s two-year reign. Brock Lesnar has even entered the mix.

But Oezdemir said he doesn’t want to wait around for Jones to determine his schedule.

“If I have to wait, I’ll wait, but I want to be active, too,” he said. “So I’m going to have to think about it.”

Oezdemir can count on one thing: a big jump in the top-15 list. He is now the No. 8 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, one below Manuwa. Count on a flip-flop.

The 27-year-old Oezdemir’s opportunities could lag behind his number. The good news? He’s still got time.

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC 214 and Jones-Cormier 2 recap

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) and recaps UFC 214.

We discuss all the top storylines from Saturday’s pay-per-view event, including Jon Jones’ main-event win over Daniel Cormier for the light-heavyweight title, as well as victories for champs Tyron Woodley and Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

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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Vídeo: Yuri Simões fatura ouro duplo no San Jose Open de Jiu-Jitsu

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Yuri faturou o pesadíssimo e o absoluto no Open. Foto: IBJJF

Além do UFC 214, o estado da Califórnia recebeu também neste final de semana o San Jose Open, evento que reuniu grandes nomes do Jiu-Jitsu internacional em duelos de tirar o fôlego.

Na disputa do faixa-preta adulto, Yuri Simões fez seu retorno às competições com sucesso. A fera da equipe Caio Terra faturou ouro duplo no torneio e mostrou que seu forte ritmo de luta ainda está em dia.

Para brilhar no pesadíssimo, Yuri venceu Felipe Cabral (Ares JJ), para em seguida se jogar de cabeça no absoluto. Na final do aberto, encarou e bateu o duro Victo Silvério (Gracie Barra) para garantir o segundo ouro na disputa.

Ainda no campeonato, nomes como Caio Terra (CTA), Lucas Hulk (Atos) e Gabriel Timbó (BTT) também conquistaram o lugar mais alto do pódio.

Confira abaixo a final do absoluto e em seguida os resultados!

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light-Feather 1 – Caio Terra – Caio Terra Association

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Feather 1 – Joe Hisataka Frederick Chiaki Scovel – Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu 2 – Brandon Woodly Walensky – Clark Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy 3 – Jose Luis Alvarez Albor – Renzo Gracie Mexico 3 – Manuel Alejandro Moreno Macias – Ares BJJ

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light 1 – Francisco Antonio Iturralde Lara – Del Mar Jiu-Jitsu Club 2 – Breno Henrique Abreu Bittencourt – Ares BJJ 3 – Scott Richard Thometz – SBG International (SBGI)

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle 1 – Nathan Albrecht Mendelsohn – Coalition 95 2 – Victor Silverio Santos – Gracie Barra 3 – Igor Matosinho de Paiva – Soul Fighters BJJ Tijuca 3 – Johnny Joachin Tama Apolinario – Alliance

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Medium-Heavy 1 – Lucas Daniel Silva Barbosa – Atos JJ Rio Claro 2 – Ross Daniel Keeping – Gracie Humaita Las Vegas 3 – Ronald A. Keslar Jr. – CheckMat

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy 1 – Gabriel Procópio da Fonseca – Brazilian Top Team 2 – Michael Nelson Martinez – Cleber Jiu Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Super-Heavy 1 – Omar Sabha – Brazilian Top Team 2 – Richard Selmar Bothun – Yemaso Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Ultra-Heavy 1 – Yuri Costa Simões M. da Silva – Caio Terra Association 2 – Felipe Cabral Pinheiro Abad – Ares BJJ

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Open Class 1 – Yuri Costa Simões M. da Silva – Caio Terra Association 2 – Victor Silverio Santos – Gracie Barra 3 – Breno Henrique Abreu Bittencourt – Ares BJJ 3 – Omar Sabha – Brazilian Top Team

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Middle 1 – Sábatha Laís dos Santos – Ryan Gracie Team B

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Open Class 1 – Sábatha Laís dos Santos – Ryan Gracie Team B

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MMA coach hints at a CM Punk return to UFC this year

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It appears a second MMA fight is on the horizon for former WWE wrestler and current UFC competitor Phil “CM Punk” Brooks.

Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former standout WWE superstar, hasn’t competed since a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall in his promotional debut at UFC 203 in September. It was one of the more curious debuts in recent memory, but Punk was unable to generate any offense against a younger, faster and stronger opponent.

Although he called it a tremendous learning experience and expressed his desire to compete again as soon as possible, 11 months have now passed.

He apparently hasn’t given up on the sport, though, and according to traner Duke Roufus, who is Punk’s head coach at Roufusport in Milwaukee, the 38-year-old is slated for another fight (via Instagram):

A potential opponent for Punk was not listed in Roufus’ post.

The proposition of a second fight for Punk is somewhat newsworthy; UFC President Dana White has been asked about giving Punk another bout many times since UFC 203, and while he’s never committed one way or another, he’s said it’s “probably not” going to happen.

It appears that stance has now changed, though.

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

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An inside look at Conor McGregor's meal plan ahead of Floyd Mayweather boxing match

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is eating well ahead of his highly anticipated boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who meets Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in the combat sports pay-per-view extravaganza on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is taking a different dietary approach to the contest than he would for an MMA fight, according to nutritionist George Lockhart (check out the video above).

The goal is for McGregor to go through training camp and arrive at fight week at a lighter weight than he would an MMA fight. The bout with Mayweather takes place at 154 pounds, and 155-pound UFC champ “The Notorious” will favor a lean-and-mean approach rather than trying to pack on mass to outsize Mayweather.

Lockhart is one of the most reputable weight-management specialists in the sport, and throughout McGregor’s training camp, he’s shared an inside look at the meals he’s preparing for the Irishman (via Instagram):

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UFC champ Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar odds: Will it happen and who wins?

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The lines have opened for a potential fight between newly crowned UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former heavyweight titleholder Brock Lesnar.

And according to the current odds, the fight is likely to happen – and “Bones” is expected to defeat the WWE star turned MMA fighter turned MMA star (again).

On Saturday in UFC 214’s pay-per-view headliner at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) returned to his former glory with a third-round knockout win to dethrone Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and reclaim the belt.

Immediately afterward, Jones issued a challenge to Lesnar – “If you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy that weighs 40 pounds less than you, come meet me in the octagon,” he said in his post-fight interview – and the heavyweight responded with a warning (“Be careful what you wish for, young man,” Lesnar said in response).

RelatedMMA fighters react to potential Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar showdown: 'A disgrace'

So, what are the odds the potential mega-fight – which has already ticked off fellow fighters – actually happens? Jones already said he prefers Lesnar over a fight with reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic – assuming he makes a move up to heavyweight – and the oddsmakers apparently heard him.

New lines released by Bovada suggest the fight is likely to happen – with Jones as the winner:

Will Jon Jones face Brock Lesnar in the UFC before July 15, 2018?
Yes: -160 (5/8)
No: +120 (6/5)

Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar (if fight happens before July 15, 2018)
Jon Jones -350 (2/7)
Brock Lesnar +265 (53/20)

At those odds, a winning $100 bet on the fight happening would result in a net profit of $62.50 (for a total payout of $162.50). A winning bet on the fight not happening would result in a net profit of $160 (for a total payout of $260).

As for a fight winner, betting $100 on Jones would result in a profit of $28.57; a winning $100 bet on Lesnar, meanwhile, would net a profit of $265. The current lines give Jones an implied win probability of 78 percent.

Lesnar, who retired earlier this year, is still subject to punishment for a high-profile doping violation a year ago at UFC 200. Six months remain on Lesnar’s one-year suspension, which was frozen due to his retirement.

Who are you picking in the proposed matchup? Cast your vote below.

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After disappointment in UFC 214 debut, Jarred Brooks to 'fight like a god' next time

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jarred Brooks his not happy with the performance he delivered in his UFC debut, despite picking up the win.

Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned a split-decision victory over Eric Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC 214 card, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

The debuting flyweight, who was part of the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, talked a lot of smack in the lead-up to the contest. The result narrowly went his way, but he pointed to feeling off in the days prior to the event as one of the reasons behind what he considered an underwhelming effort. He promised to do much better in his sophomore outing.

RelatedUFC 214 results: Jarred Brooks edges Eric Shelton for split decision in UFC debut

“I felt like crap leading up to the fight, but everything happens for a reason,” Brooks said after his win. “Usually when I do things first off, I do things really (expletive) – then I always end up doing really good. I beat a qualified opponent. Eric Shelton is really good. … Hats off to him. He’s a hell of an opponent. Hopefully in the future I will show a better form of Jarred Brooks. They call me ‘The Monkey God.’ I’m going to come out there and fight like a god in the future.”

Brooks said his long layoff also contributed to his performance. He was originally scheduled to make his UFC debut on short notice against Ian McCall at UFC 208 in February, but the matchup fell apart on fight day when “Uncle Creep” was hospitalized with illness.

He doesn’t want another similar break between fights, and said he hopes the UFC will book him again immediately.

“I haven’t fought in almost year,” Brooks said. “People like Ian McCall, I wish I could have fought Ian in February. I felt a lot better leading up to that fight. Eric Shelton is a hell of an opponent, hell of a striker. He’s well-rounded. Thank God for giving me that win, but expect more out of me, guys. I’m going to come out, and I’m going to bring the ruckus within the next few months.

“Hopefully they can get me a fight every two months. I’m like ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. I only weigh about 129. I’m probably weighing around 125 sopping wet right now. If they’re putting me to fight in the next two months, two weeks – whatever.”

If Brooks can’t get a quick fight, though, he has a more longterm plan. He would like to fight on the rumored December UFC card in Detroit, and he named Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Ben Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) as two opponents he’d like to face in the 125-pound division.

“I’m ready to go,” Brooks said. “I would really like to fight Magomed Bibulatov in Detroit in December or Ben Nguyen. I think those are really good fights for me in the future.”

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