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Paddy Pimblett training concussion knocks him from Cage Warriors 88 fight with Vlado Sikic

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Former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett will have to put his quest to get back to title contention on hold.

Pimblett (13-2) was scheduled to return this month at Cage Warriors 88 against Vlado Sikic (10-0-1). But the promotion today announced the Brit suffered a concussion during a training session, and that will keep him from competing at the event on medical grounds.

Cage Warriors 88 takes place Oct. 28 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, with a live stream of the main card on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedCage Warriors 88 gets 2nd title fight: Lee Chadwick vs. Victor Cheng

It would have been a hometown fight for the 22-year-old Pimblett, who lost the Cage Warriors featherweight belt to Nad Narimani in April. The fight was set to take place at a 150-pound catchweight. He was on a nine-fight winning streak before the title loss, and seven of those wins came under the Cage Warriors banner.

Sikic is an undefeated 27-year-old Croatian fighter who hopes to make his promotional debut if Cage Warriors can secure him a new opponent in three weeks’ time. He has nine stoppages in 10 career wins since his 2010 pro debut. He had a brief appearance on “The Ultimate Fighter 22” in 2015, but suffered a shoulder injury in an elimination-round loss to Abner Lloveras.

The latest Cage Warriors 88 lineup includes:

  • Champ Chris Fishgold vs. Alexander Jacobsen – for lightweight title
  • Lee Chadwick vs. Victor Cheng – for vacant middleweight title
  • Vlado Sikic vs. opponent TBA
  • Molly McCann vs. opponent TBA
  • Soren Bak vs. Martin Stapleton
  • Paull McBain vs. Sam Spencer
  • Perry Andre Goodwin vs. Jack Grant
  • Josh McManus vs. Mick Stanton
  • Jack Della Maddalena vs. James Duckett

For more on Cage Warriors 88, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 3: Who deserves the next shot at Conor McGregor?

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At Saturday’s UFC 216 event, an interim UFC lightweight champion will be crowned. But is that person the one that deserves to challenge for the undisputed belt?

Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) currently holds that title, though he has yet to defend it since claiming the belt this past November. Meanwhile, both Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) – who challenge for the interim belt at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – both believe a victory should earn them a shot at undisputed status.

Ferguson currently sits at No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. Lee resides at No. 8, though a win would certainly see him shoot up the list.

Of course, undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) holds the No. 2 spot and has constantly promised he would smash McGregor if given the chance. And Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) sits at No. 7, though his ranking is almost irrelevant when considering the type of attention a trilogy fight with McGregor would draw.

Ahead of this week’s UFC 216 event, take a look at how the lightweight rankings currently sit, because the results could prove vital in determining what comes next for “The Notorious.”

And give us your opinion below: Who does deserve the next crack at McGregor?

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Osvaldo Queixinho ensina arapuca para finalizar o passador no Jiu-Jitsu

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Queixinho conclui o estrangulamento sorrateiro com a lapela. Foto: Reprodução

Faixa-preta da Ares BJJ e competidor sedento, com participações nos torneios tanto como adulto quanto máster, Osvaldo “Queixinho” Moizinho segue em ritmo ascendente em suas conquistas no Jiu-Jitsu.

Em sua mais recente competição, Queixinho faturou dois ouro no adulto do México Open de Jiu-Jitsu, com atuações de tirar o fôlego. Numa dessas batalhas, Queixinho aplicou um estrangulamento sorrateiro com o uso da guarda de lapela, e o professor gravou um vídeo ensinando detalhes da finalização.

No detalhe, Queixinho mostra a posição correta para alimentar a mão oposta com o pano da lapela por baixo do joelho, criando a arapuca para asfixiar o adversário. Assim que o bote está montado, Queixinho deixa que o inimigo passe a guarda, para assim laçar a cabeça e estrangular com pressão.

Para o oponente que se sente ameaçado na posição e não passa, Queixinho mostra uma segundo opção para buscar a cabeça do adversário e finalizar no mesmo estrangulamento.

Confira no vídeo abaixo, fique atento nos detalhes da posição e pegue todo mundo no seu próximo treino ou campeonato!

(Fonte: Assessoria de imprensa)

Prime Experience: Jiu-Jitsu reúne mais de 4 mil fãs e atletas no São Paulo Futebol Club

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Erberth Santos faturou o absoluto faixa-preta. Foto: Reprodução

O Jiu-Jitsu ganhou mais um palco especial no calendário brasileiro. Em sua primeira edição, o Prime Esportes Jiu-Jitsu Experience reuniu cerca de 4 mil pessoas no ginásio do São Paulo Futebol Club no último domingo. Além de muitas lutas boas para os fãs e oportunidades para novos atletas, o evento ainda arrecadou mais de uma tonelada de alimentos que serão doados a famílias carentes numa parceria com a Legião da Boa Vontade.

“O evento foi um sucesso. Atingimos todas as expectativas: de público, ações, infraestrutura, enfim… não poderia ser melhor. Foi um dia inteiro recheado de competições, confraternização entre a galera do Jiu-Jitsu, realmente um evento para celebrar a amizade, a união dos amantes da arte suave. A gente sabe que o dever foi cumprido quando as pessoas vêm a nós para elogiar, falar bem, e foi isso o que aconteceu ao final do evento. Estou muito feliz e aproveito para agradecer a todos que contribuíram para que nossa primeira edição tenha sido um sucesso. Ano que vem tem mais!”, declarou o diretor comercial e de marketing Fabiano Marinho.

Responsável pelas relações institucionais da Super Rádio Brasil e da Legião da Boa Vontade, que são parceiras da Prime Esportes há quase oito anos em ações que promovem as artes marciais em comunidades no estado do Rio de Janeiro, Pedro Paulo Torres exaltou a arrecadação de alimentos em prol das famílias necessitadas.

“Estamos muito contentes com o resultado dessa parceria que arrecadou mais de uma tonelada de alimentos. A nossa relação com a Prime tem quase 10 anos de existência, temos como base a instalação de modernas salas de artes marciais buscando dar o melhor para a comunidade, para que o jovem tenha a oportunidade de praticar esportes e receber os ensinamentos de disciplina e hierarquia. O presidente da LBV, o jornalista e educador José de Paiva Netto, destaca que temos que dar o melhor para os nossos jovens, para que os jovens possam nos dar o melhor que eles têm”, exaltou.

Lutador peso meio-pesado do UFC e oriundo do Kickboxing, o faixa marrom de Jiu-Jitsu Marcos Rogério Pezão também participou do evento, conquistou o ouro de sua categoria e fez elogios à organização.

“Foi um ótimo evento, muito bem organizado, lutas muito bem divididas, horários certinhos, bastante área de tatame, evento de alto nível mesmo. Geralmente os eventos de Jiu-Jitsu pecam no cronograma, mas este evento realmente cumpriu tudo que foi prometido. Estou muito feliz por voltar a competir de pano e ver que tem evento assim. Não vejo a hora de lutar de novo”.

Jovens atletas de comunidades subiram ao pódio

Além da participação de atletas já consagrados no Jiu-Jitsu, caso de Erberth Santos, e do lutador do UFC Marcos Rogério Pezão, o Prime Esportes Jiu-Jitsu Experience deu oportunidade para jovens talentos mostrarem suas habilidades no tatame. Um dos projetos sociais que faz parte da parceria entre LBV, Super Rádio Brasil Prime Esportes e Boomboxe, o EGM Team/Nova União, da favela de Manguinhos, no Rio, voltou para casa com uma coleção de medalhas.

“Graças a Deus conquistamos sete medalhas, sendo cinco de ouro e uma de prata. Ficamos muito felizes em poder representar nossa comunidade em outro estado e ainda mais com bons resultados, mostrando os talentos locais que temos. Nada disso seria possível sem a LBV, presidida pelo jornalista José de Paiva Netto, a Super Rádio Brasil e a Prime Esportes, que sempre nos dão apoio para levar nossos jovens a eventos de alto nível como este”, disse o professor Erivan Gonçalves. “Gostaria de parabenizar todos os envolvidos no evento, pois foram impecáveis, tanto na organização quanto na estrutura e na nossa recepção, nível de campeonatos importantes mesmo, sem falar nos profissionais e nos horários cumpridos, além das oficinais, como cursos de primeiros socorros, didáticas para quem pretende dar aula, uso de protetor bucal etc”.

Outro projeto que também marcou presença foi o Team Conche/Dida Jiu-Jitsu, da Zona Oeste de São Paulo, que atende a cerca de 70 crianças entre 7 e 17 anos de idade, além dos pais, quem têm uma turma especial para treinos. A equipe fez bonito no Prime Esportes Jiu-Jitsu Experience.

“Graças ao apoio da LBV conseguimos levar 10 atletas. Tivemos um balanço bastante positivo, pois conseguimos cinco medalhas de ouro, três de prata e duas de bronze, além da experiência passada pelas crianças, o que é impagável. Ações como essa é importante para nós, pois é difícil para os projetos sociais em geral bancar a participação dos alunos em campeonatos grandes, porque fica muito caro. E esses jovens tem uma vontade de vencer ainda maior, pois muitos deles treinam com fome, depois de um dia inteiro que passam na escola, ou mesmo na rua. Agora com o apoio da LBV nossos alunos terão a oportunidade de conhecer esses grandes eventos”, disse Alex Antoniazzi, um dos colaboradores do projeto paulista.

(Fonte: Assessoria de imprensa)

UFC champ Max Holloway faces Frankie Edgar in UFC 218 headliner

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Hawaii meets New Jersey in Detroit.

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-2 UFC) will look to defend his unified title for the first time when he meets former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 218.

ESPN.com first reported the booking. MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the plans with UFC officials.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view, though an official bout order has yet to be revealed.

Holloway is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, while Edgar sits at No. 3.

Holloway enters the fight on an incredible 11-fight winning streak. Just 25, “Blessed” picked up an interim 145-pound title with a December win over Anthony Pettis and then added the undisputed belt with a thrilling third-round TKO over former champ Jose Aldo at UFC 212 in Brazil.

Meanwhile, Edgar stands at an impressive 7-1 in his past eight appearances, with the only loss in that run coming to Aldo. “The Answer” has since rebounded with wins over Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens. The former lightweight champ now looks to join Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Conor McGregor as the only men to hold titles in two different weight classes.

With the headliner in place, UFC 218 now includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira booked for UFC 218 in Detroit

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A welterweight scrap between two athletes with a penchant for good fights has been booked for UFC 218.

Yancy Medeiros (14-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and Alex Oliveira (17-4-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) have agreed to meet, MMAjunkie confirmed with a person with knowledge of the deal who is not authorized to publicly discuss such matters. Brazilian outlet GloboEsporte.com first reported the contest.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view, though an official bout order has yet to be revealed.

Medeiros, 30, is a Hawaiian fighter who brings a two-fight winning streak to the cage following back-to-back stoppage wins over Erick Silva and Sean Spencer. The Spencer win earned Medeiros a “Performance of the Night” bonus, marking his second consecutive bonus-winning effort after also scoring a “Fight of the Night” check in a UFC 198 loss to Francisco Trinaldo.

Oliveira, 29, carries a four-fight winning streak into the contest, notching consecutive wins over Ryan LaFlare, Tim Means, Will Brooks and James Moontasri. A no contest does slightly mar that run, when Brazilian Oliveira was felled by a UFC 207 barrage of Means knees that were ruled illegal.

With the addition to the card, UFC 218 now includes:

  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Karl Moore looks to match Conor McGregor's feat in Cage Warriors 89 headliner

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Northern Ireland’s Karl Moore (8-1) already holds one Cage Warriors title, but he’s looking to score another one very soon.

The reigning Cage Warriors light heavyweight champion will look to claim the promotion’s vacant heavyweight title when he faces Mauro Cerilli (10-2) in the main event of next month’s Cage Warriors 89 event on Nov. 25 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. The card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

“Karl Moore has a huge opportunity to become our first two-weight world champion since Conor McGregor,” Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan stated. “And if he’s successful in Antwerp on Nov. 25, I’m sure a lot of people – including the UFC – will be paying very close attention to him.

“But he has a tough test in front of him. Cerilli is tough and in good form. I’m looking forward to a great title fight.”

McGregor, of course, held Cage Warriors’ lightweight and featherweight titles before vacating the belts in in 2013. migrating to the UFC and briefly holding those same belts in the world’s premier MMA promotion, as well.

Moore is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, which includes a five-round decision win over Josh Moore at March’s Cage Warriors 81 event, where he picked up the vacant light heavyweight title. Moore is a perfect 4-0 in four appearances for the European promotion.

Meanwhile, Cerilli makes his promotional debut on the strength of a three-fight winning streak earned while competing in his native Italy. Two of this victories came via TKO, while his most recent appearance went to the judges’ cards in a three-round affair.

The Cage Warriors 89 lineup currently includes:

  • Champ Karl Moore vs. Mauro Cerilli – for vacant heavyweight title
  • Cindy Dandois vs. Kerry Hughes
  • Ben Dandois vs. opponent TBA
  • Tommy Depret vs. opponent TBA

For more on Cage Warriors 89, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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The latest 'UFC Unfiltered' podcast features an epic troll of Matt Serra that simply must be heard

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As one half of the hosting talent for the UFC’s official podcast, former welterweight champ Matt Serra is no stranger to offering a bit of comic relief to the twice-weekly “UFC Unfiltered.”

This time, it was just a little more unintentional than normal.

Serra and co-host Jim Norton were hoping to speak to UFC 216 headliner Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) ahead of his big fight with Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for the UFC’s interim lightweight title. When they had trouble connecting, Norton stepped out for a quick bathroom break. While he was gone, “El Cucuy” called in to the show.

Sort of.

What followed was several cringeworthy moments where you’re just not quite sure if “The Terror” is in on the joke or not – making the resolution all the more entertaining. Check it out in the player above.

UFC 216 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

You listen to every episode of “UFC Unfiltered” at UFC.com, iTunes, Spotify or Podbay, in addition to UFCunfiltered.com.

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

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

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The latest 'UFC Unfiltered' podcast features an epic troll of Matt Serra that simply must be heard

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As one half of the hosting talent for the UFC’s official podcast, former welterweight champ Matt Serra is no stranger to offering a bit of comic relief to the twice-weekly “UFC Unfiltered.”

This time, it was just a little more unintentional than normal.

Serra and co-host Jim Norton were hoping to speak to UFC 216 headliner Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) ahead of his big fight with Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for the UFC’s interim lightweight title. When they had trouble connecting, Norton stepped out for a quick bathroom break. While he was gone, “El Cucuy” called in to the show.

Sort of.

What followed was several cringeworthy moments where you’re just not quite sure if “The Terror” is in on the joke or not – making the resolution all the more entertaining. Check it out in the player above.

UFC 216 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

You listen to every episode of “UFC Unfiltered” at UFC.com, iTunes, Spotify or Podbay, in addition to UFCunfiltered.com.

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

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

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Bubba McDaniel replaces 'King Mo' against Liam McGeary at Bellator 185

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It didn’t take long for Bellator to find a replacement opponent to step in to fight former champion Liam McGeary at Bellator 185 later this month.

MMAjunkie reported on Monday that Muhammed Lawal would not be able to meet McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) in the light heavyweight bout due to an undisclosed injury. Stepping in for “King Mo” will be Bellator and UFC veteran Bubba McDaniel (28-10 MMA, 3-1 BMMA), MMAjunkie today learned from a Bellator official.

Bellator 185 takes place Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

McDaniel has only fought twice in the past two years but was victorious in both appearances and boasts wins in seven of his past nine contests. His most recent Bellator appearance took place in November 2015, when he earned a second-round TKO of Kenyon Jackson at Bellator 146.

Although the change comes just over two weeks’ notice, McGeary is no stranger to late opponent switches. The former Bellator 205-pound titleholder went through three different opponents before beating Brett McDermott at Bellator 173 in February. He had no opponent switches for a Bellator 179 fight with Linton Vassell in May, but he came out on the losing end of that contest via third-round submission.

With McGeary now fighting McDaniel, a welterweight bout between David Rickels (18-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) and Brennan Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) has been elevated to the Bellator 185 co-main event slot.

The latest Bellator 185 card now includes:

  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko
  • David Rickels vs. Brennan Ward
  • Bubba McDaniel vs. Liam McGeary
  • Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
  • Ryan Quinn vs. Marcus Surin
  • Steve Skrzat vs. Costello Van Steenis
  • Alec Hooben vs. Jordan Young

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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UFC 216 pre-event facts: Tony Ferguson looks to extend longest win-streak in lightweight history

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The final string of UFC pay-per-view events in 2017 kicks off Saturday with UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A championship doubleheader tops the card, which follows prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass, with Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) clashing for the interim UFC lightweight title in the headliner while flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) goes for a record-breaking 11th consecutive title defense when he meets Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the co-feature.

The card also features a number of other bouts of importance with some well-known names.

For more on the numbers behind the UFC 216 lineup, check below for 55 pre-event facts.

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Main event

Tony Ferguson

Ferguson is 15-1 in his past 16 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came to Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 3 in May 2012.

Ferguson’s 12-1 record after 13 UFC appearances is the best of any fighter to come from “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

Ferguson’s nine-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Ferguson’s nine-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in divisional history.

Ferguson’s nine-fight winning streak in UFC competition is the fourth longest active streak in the company behind flyweight champion D. Johnson (12), former champ Georges St-Pierre (12) and interim titleholder Max Holloway (11).

Ferguson has earned 17 of his 22 career victories by stoppage. That includes eight of his 12 UFC wins.

Ferguson’s three D’arce-choke victories in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Ferguson has been awarded a fight-night bonus in each of his past five UFC appearances.

Kevin Lee

Lee’s five-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (nine) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven)

Lee’s nine UFC victories since 2012 in lightweight competition are most in the division.

Lee has earned eight of his nine career stoppage victories by submission.

Lee’s three-fight submission streak in UFC competition is the longest among active fighters.

Lee has completed at least one takedown against 10 of his 11 UFC opponents.

Lee’s 25 takedowns since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are second most in the division behind Rustam Khabilov (27).

Co-main event

Johnson owns or is on the verge of owning several flyweight and overall UFC records, all of which can be viewed on his complete UFC career stat sheet. It includes the aforementioned 11th consecutive title defense.

Ray Borg

Borg, 24, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Borg’s 11 submission attempts in UFC flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Louis Smolka (18).

Borg’s victory over Shane Howell at the 2:17 mark of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 44 stands as the third fastest submission finish in UFC flyweight history.

Borg hasn’t suffered a stoppage loss in his career.

Remaining main card

Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), 40, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Werdum is 8-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2012.

Werdum’s only defeats in the past 10 years are to fighters who once held the UFC, PRIDE or Strikeforce heavyweight belt.

Derrick Lewis

Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) makes his 13th UFC heavyweight appearance since 2014, the most in the division and tied for third among all UFC fighters behind Donald Cerrone (14) and Neil Magny (14).

Lewis has earned 16 of his 18 career victories by knockout. That includes eight of his nine UFC wins.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC competition since 2014 are the most among active fighters in the organization. Conor McGregor is second with six.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for the third most in divisional history behind former champs Cain Velasquez (10) and Andrei Arlovski (nine).

Lewis is the only fighter in history to have his first eight UFC appearances end in a knockout.

Lewis absorbs 1.58 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the second-best rate among active fighters in the division behind Francis Ngannou (1.53).

Evan Dunham

Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Sept. 17, 2016. The 385-day layoff is the longest of his more than 10-year career.

Dunham’s four-fight winning streak is his longest since 2010 and tied for the longest of his nearly seven-year UFC career.

Dunham became the fifth fighter in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in four separate bouts. St-Pierre, Nam Phan, T.J. Dillashaw and Chris Lytle also accomplished the feat.

Dunham’s 1,160 significant strikes landed and 1,489 total strikes landed in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dunham lands 5.68 significant strikes landed per minute in UFC lightweight competition, the third highest output rate in divisional history behind T.J. Grant (6.83) and Dustin Poirier (6.72).

Preliminary card

Tom Duquesnoy

Tom Duquesnoy (15-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on a 12-fight unbeaten streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since February 2013.

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

Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is on the first losing skid of his career.

Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in December 2015.

Lentz has landed two or more takedowns against 14 of his 18 UFC opponents.

Lentz’s 17 guillotine choke submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Bobby Green

Bobby Green’s (23-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2014.

Green competes in just his second UFC bout since November 2014.

Lando Vannata (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has earned a fight-night bonus in all three of his UFC appearances.

Walt Harris

Walt Harris (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) is 3-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in April 2016.

Harris has earned all 10 of his career victories by knockout.

Harris defends 62.9 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.

John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) competes in his 12th UFC flyweight bout, tied with Joseph Benavidez for second most appearances in divisional history behind D. Johnson (13).

Moraga’s six victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind D. Johnson (12) and Benavidez (10).

Moraga’s four stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for the second most in divisional history behind Johnson (six).

John Moraga

Moraga’s three submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Johnson (four).

Moraga was the first fighter in UFC flyweight history to be stopped between rounds when John Dodson defeated him by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at UFC Fight Night 42.

Thales Leites (27-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC) is 7-3 since he returned to the UFC in August 2013.

Leites’ seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (11), Chris Leben (nine) and Nate Marquardt (nine).

Thales Leites

Leites’ five submission victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Rousimar Palhares and Demian Maia for most in divisional history.

Leites has attempted 17 submissions in UFC middleweight competition, tied with Kendall Grove for most in divisional history.

Brad Tavares (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) has earned his past eight UFC victories by decision. His last stoppage win was a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at UFC 125 in January 2011.

For more on UFC 216, 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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UFC 216 pre-event facts: Tony Ferguson looks to extend longest win-streak in lightweight history

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The final string of UFC pay-per-view events in 2017 kicks off Saturday with UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A championship doubleheader tops the card, which follows prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass, with Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) clashing for the interim UFC lightweight title in the headliner while flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) goes for a record-breaking 11th consecutive title defense when he meets Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the co-feature.

The card also features a number of other bouts of importance with some well-known names.

For more on the numbers behind the UFC 216 lineup, check below for 55 pre-event facts.

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Main event

Tony Ferguson

Ferguson is 15-1 in his past 16 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came to Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 3 in May 2012.

Ferguson’s 12-1 record after 13 UFC appearances is the best of any fighter to come from “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

Ferguson’s nine-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Ferguson’s nine-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in divisional history.

Ferguson’s nine-fight winning streak in UFC competition is the fourth longest active streak in the company behind flyweight champion D. Johnson (12), former champ Georges St-Pierre (12) and interim titleholder Max Holloway (11).

Ferguson has earned 17 of his 22 career victories by stoppage. That includes eight of his 12 UFC wins.

Ferguson’s three D’arce-choke victories in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Ferguson has been awarded a fight-night bonus in each of his past five UFC appearances.

Kevin Lee

Lee’s five-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (nine) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven)

Lee’s nine UFC victories since 2012 in lightweight competition are most in the division.

Lee has earned eight of his nine career stoppage victories by submission.

Lee’s three-fight submission streak in UFC competition is the longest among active fighters.

Lee has completed at least one takedown against 10 of his 11 UFC opponents.

Lee’s 25 takedowns since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are second most in the division behind Rustam Khabilov (27).

Co-main event

Johnson owns or is on the verge of owning several flyweight and overall UFC records, all of which can be viewed on his complete UFC career stat sheet. It includes the aforementioned 11th consecutive title defense.

Ray Borg

Borg, 24, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Borg’s 11 submission attempts in UFC flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Louis Smolka (18).

Borg’s victory over Shane Howell at the 2:17 mark of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 44 stands as the third fastest submission finish in UFC flyweight history.

Borg hasn’t suffered a stoppage loss in his career.

Remaining main card

Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), 40, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Werdum is 8-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2012.

Werdum’s only defeats in the past 10 years are to fighters who once held the UFC, PRIDE or Strikeforce heavyweight belt.

Derrick Lewis

Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) makes his 13th UFC heavyweight appearance since 2014, the most in the division and tied for third among all UFC fighters behind Donald Cerrone (14) and Neil Magny (14).

Lewis has earned 16 of his 18 career victories by knockout. That includes eight of his nine UFC wins.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC competition since 2014 are the most among active fighters in the organization. Conor McGregor is second with six.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for the third most in divisional history behind former champs Cain Velasquez (10) and Andrei Arlovski (nine).

Lewis is the only fighter in history to have his first eight UFC appearances end in a knockout.

Lewis absorbs 1.58 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the second-best rate among active fighters in the division behind Francis Ngannou (1.53).

Evan Dunham

Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Sept. 17, 2016. The 385-day layoff is the longest of his more than 10-year career.

Dunham’s four-fight winning streak is his longest since 2010 and tied for the longest of his nearly seven-year UFC career.

Dunham became the fifth fighter in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in four separate bouts. St-Pierre, Nam Phan, T.J. Dillashaw and Chris Lytle also accomplished the feat.

Dunham’s 1,160 significant strikes landed and 1,489 total strikes landed in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dunham lands 5.68 significant strikes landed per minute in UFC lightweight competition, the third highest output rate in divisional history behind T.J. Grant (6.83) and Dustin Poirier (6.72).

Preliminary card

Tom Duquesnoy

Tom Duquesnoy (15-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on a 12-fight unbeaten streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since February 2013.

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

Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is on the first losing skid of his career.

Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in December 2015.

Lentz has landed two or more takedowns against 14 of his 18 UFC opponents.

Lentz’s 17 guillotine choke submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Bobby Green

Bobby Green’s (23-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2014.

Green competes in just his second UFC bout since November 2014.

Lando Vannata (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has earned a fight-night bonus in all three of his UFC appearances.

Walt Harris

Walt Harris (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) is 3-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in April 2016.

Harris has earned all 10 of his career victories by knockout.

Harris defends 62.9 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.

John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) competes in his 12th UFC flyweight bout, tied with Joseph Benavidez for second most appearances in divisional history behind D. Johnson (13).

Moraga’s six victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind D. Johnson (12) and Benavidez (10).

Moraga’s four stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for the second most in divisional history behind Johnson (six).

John Moraga

Moraga’s three submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Johnson (four).

Moraga was the first fighter in UFC flyweight history to be stopped between rounds when John Dodson defeated him by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at UFC Fight Night 42.

Thales Leites (27-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC) is 7-3 since he returned to the UFC in August 2013.

Leites’ seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (11), Chris Leben (nine) and Nate Marquardt (nine).

Thales Leites

Leites’ five submission victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Rousimar Palhares and Demian Maia for most in divisional history.

Leites has attempted 17 submissions in UFC middleweight competition, tied with Kendall Grove for most in divisional history.

Brad Tavares (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) has earned his past eight UFC victories by decision. His last stoppage win was a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at UFC 125 in January 2011.

For more on UFC 216, 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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Kevin Lee: Champ Conor McGregor has lost 3 of 4, got 'outwrestled' by 40-year-old boxer

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Kevin Lee is doing all he can to lure Conor McGregor into a UFC lightweight title-unification match. That, of course, is assuming he claims the interim belt on Saturday at UFC 216.

Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) knows how to talk a big game, which he’s proved ahead of his UFC 216 headliner with Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC), which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

The event marks the first time the UFC has implemented an interim title in the 155-pound division, and it comes on the heels of McGregor’s (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) lengthy absence after claiming the belt from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November. “The Notorious” has since been tied up with a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, which he lost by TKO in Round 10, and other out-of-the-octagon pursuits.

RelatedKevin Lee: Tony Ferguson's toughness just means he'll 'take a longer ass-whooping' at UFC 216

McGregor, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, recently said one of his top priorities coming back to the UFC and defending his title so he can silence the detractors who point out he’s never done so. He specifically named the winner of No. 8-ranked Lee vs. No. 3-ranked Ferguson as an opponent of interest, but “The Motown Phenom” said he has nothing to prove to the Irishman.

“I think (the fight vs. Ferguson) already is for the real championship,” Lee said Monday during a UFC 216 media luncheon (watch it above). “Conor, to me, he’s got to prove that he’s ready to fight. As far as I’m concerned, the man has lost three of his last four fights. I don’t even think he beat Nate Diaz the second time. I like a big challenge, so he’s got to show me a little bit.”

Following the bout with Mayweather, McGregor and his camp seemed to shift their attention to a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC). The pair has split results over two meetings, and a third matchup would certainly do big business.

Lee said perhaps another clash with Diaz really is what should happen next. He’s certain it would be an easier outing than if McGregor were to share the octagon with him.

“He’s a small dude, too, (having fought at) 145,” Lee said. “He was getting outwrestled by a dude that’s 40 years old and a boxer. (Mayweather) was beating him in the clinches and outwrestling him. You’ve got to show a little bit more than that to me. So after this one, maybe I might give him a shot at the title. Maybe. I don’t know. We’ll see how he kind of reacts. Maybe he should fight Nate again and prove that he can beat a top fighter.”

From a sporting perspective, McGregor fighting the Lee-Ferguson winner is logical. What’s logical, though, isn’t always what happens in the UFC these days, and though Lee would seemingly be foolish to do anything other than jump on an opportunity to fight the biggest star in the sport, he said a fight with McGregor will only happen under his conditions – not the other way around.

“It’ll be on my terms,” Lee said. “I’m expecting to take some damage in this fight. I’m doing the hard work. I’m doing the heavy lifting. No one wanted to fight Tony. Conor didn’t want to fight Tony. It’ll be on my timetable. I’ll tell him when we’re going to fight. If we fight on St. Patrick’s Day, maybe. That might make some good business sense.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Kevin Lee: Champ Conor McGregor has lost 3 of 4, got 'outwrestled' by 40-year-old boxer

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Kevin Lee is doing all he can to lure Conor McGregor into a UFC lightweight title-unification match. That, of course, is assuming he claims the interim belt on Saturday at UFC 216.

Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) knows how to talk a big game, which he’s proved ahead of his UFC 216 headliner with Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC), which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

The event marks the first time the UFC has implemented an interim title in the 155-pound division, and it comes on the heels of McGregor’s (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) lengthy absence after claiming the belt from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November. “The Notorious” has since been tied up with a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, which he lost by TKO in Round 10, and other out-of-the-octagon pursuits.

RelatedKevin Lee: Tony Ferguson's toughness just means he'll 'take a longer ass-whooping' at UFC 216

McGregor, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, recently said one of his top priorities coming back to the UFC and defending his title so he can silence the detractors who point out he’s never done so. He specifically named the winner of No. 8-ranked Lee vs. No. 3-ranked Ferguson as an opponent of interest, but “The Motown Phenom” said he has nothing to prove to the Irishman.

“I think (the fight vs. Ferguson) already is for the real championship,” Lee said Monday during a UFC 216 media luncheon (watch it above). “Conor, to me, he’s got to prove that he’s ready to fight. As far as I’m concerned, the man has lost three of his last four fights. I don’t even think he beat Nate Diaz the second time. I like a big challenge, so he’s got to show me a little bit.”

Following the bout with Mayweather, McGregor and his camp seemed to shift their attention to a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC). The pair has split results over two meetings, and a third matchup would certainly do big business.

Lee said perhaps another clash with Diaz really is what should happen next. He’s certain it would be an easier outing than if McGregor were to share the octagon with him.

“He’s a small dude, too, (having fought at) 145,” Lee said. “He was getting outwrestled by a dude that’s 40 years old and a boxer. (Mayweather) was beating him in the clinches and outwrestling him. You’ve got to show a little bit more than that to me. So after this one, maybe I might give him a shot at the title. Maybe. I don’t know. We’ll see how he kind of reacts. Maybe he should fight Nate again and prove that he can beat a top fighter.”

From a sporting perspective, McGregor fighting the Lee-Ferguson winner is logical. What’s logical, though, isn’t always what happens in the UFC these days, and though Lee would seemingly be foolish to do anything other than jump on an opportunity to fight the biggest star in the sport, he said a fight with McGregor will only happen under his conditions – not the other way around.

“It’ll be on my terms,” Lee said. “I’m expecting to take some damage in this fight. I’m doing the hard work. I’m doing the heavy lifting. No one wanted to fight Tony. Conor didn’t want to fight Tony. It’ll be on my timetable. I’ll tell him when we’re going to fight. If we fight on St. Patrick’s Day, maybe. That might make some good business sense.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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GMI: a defesa simples de mestre Macarrão contra o estrangulamento na guarda

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Marcio Macarrão com os filhos faixas-pretas Neiman e Deborah Gracie. Foto: Divulgação

Nosso mais novo GMI, mestre Marcio “Macarrão” Stambowsky ensina hoje no GRACIEMAG.com uma de suas defesas mais simples e eficazes contra o sempre incômodo estrangulamento cruzado na guarda.

O faixa vermelha-e-branca, que ensina na Gracie Sports de Connecticut, nos EUA, costuma ensinar sua legião de jovens alunos a simplesmente “atender o telefone”, e mandar aquele recado claro e direto ao adversário: “Alô! Daqui você não me finaliza mais!”.

Veja a defesa do paizão de Neiman Gracie e procure testar e repetir nos treinos:

Jon Fitch pays tribute to Tom Petty with (a pretty darn good) rendition of 'Learning to Fly'

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MMA fighters have quite frequently used Tom Petty’s catalog as walkout music, so when the music icon passed away late Monday, the news struck close to home for many competitors.

Petty, 66, died after suffering cardiac arrest, ending a life and music career that had a global impact. When it comes to MMA, Petty’s music is perhaps best associated with former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who famously walks out to “I Won’t Back Down.”

Petty’s music clearly had an influence on others, though, including Jon Fitch (30-7-1). The current PFL welterweight champion and former UFC welterweight title challenger apparently has some music talent in his back pocket, and after Petty’s passing, he honored him with a rendition of “Learning to Fly.”

Check it out below (via Instagram):

How did Fitch’s version of the song stack up to the original? Judge for yourself.

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Yo, Edson Barboza – Mairbek Taisumov wants to know if you wanna fight

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Figure out a possible opponent, direct a tweet at that fighter, tag some media members, and then sit back and hope for the best? That seems to be Mairbek Taisumov’s plan.

And Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC), who’s won five straight bouts while picking up three consecutive knockouts and “Performance of the Night” bonuses, hopes it leads to a bout with Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings.

Here’s his respectful callout – which follows a seemingly failed but humorous callout of Nate Diaz and other top 155-pounders – where he explains that it’s a potential fight that fans want to see (via Twitter):

Tired of talking but the fans asked for this fight, I'm ready anytime! Are you ready @EdsonBarbozaJR? #Taisumov #Berkut #UFC @ufc@UFCEurope pic.twitter.com/waSxl0XR5M

— Mairbek Taisumov (@Taisumov155) October 3, 2017

Taisumov isn’t currently ranked in our rankings, though he’s No. 15 on the official UFC list, where Barboza is No. 4.

A fight with Barboza, who recently scored a flying-knee knockout of Beneil Dariush for his third consecutive victory, could certainly get Taisumov some rankings consideration. The 31-year-old Brazilian, though, seems focused on other potential opponents, including Tony Ferguson and reigning champion Conor McGregor.

However, if Taisumov, a 29-year-old Chechen fighter, and Barboza did meet in the octagon, fans could probably expect fireworks. In 46 combined career wins, they’ve tallied 27 knockouts. Additionally, they’re both frequently fight-night bonus winners.

Is it a fight you want to see?

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Yo, Edson Barboza – Mairbek Taisumov wants to know if you wanna fight

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Figure out a possible opponent, direct a tweet at that fighter, tag some media members, and then sit back and hope for the best? That seems to be Mairbek Taisumov’s plan.

And Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC), who’s won five straight bouts while picking up three consecutive knockouts and “Performance of the Night” bonuses, hopes it leads to a bout with Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings.

Here’s his respectful callout – which follows a seemingly failed but humorous callout of Nate Diaz and other top 155-pounders – where he explains that it’s a potential fight that fans want to see (via Twitter):

Tired of talking but the fans asked for this fight, I'm ready anytime! Are you ready @EdsonBarbozaJR? #Taisumov #Berkut #UFC @ufc@UFCEurope pic.twitter.com/waSxl0XR5M

— Mairbek Taisumov (@Taisumov155) October 3, 2017

Taisumov isn’t currently ranked in our rankings, though he’s No. 15 on the official UFC list, where Barboza is No. 4.

A fight with Barboza, who recently scored a flying-knee knockout of Beneil Dariush for his third consecutive victory, could certainly get Taisumov some rankings consideration. The 31-year-old Brazilian, though, seems focused on other potential opponents, including Tony Ferguson and reigning champion Conor McGregor.

However, if Taisumov, a 29-year-old Chechen fighter, and Barboza did meet in the octagon, fans could probably expect fireworks. In 46 combined career wins, they’ve tallied 27 knockouts. Additionally, they’re both frequently fight-night bonus winners.

Is it a fight you want to see?

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Serious question: How many of you would pay for George Foreman vs. Steven Seagal? Because I would

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So George Foreman, the former heavyweight boxing champion, wants to fight Steven Seagal, the former movie star and noted narcissist and self-parodying fraud..

Foreman will use boxing. Seagal will be allowed to use “whatever.” Foreman wants to do it in Vegas, he wrote on Twitter, and he predicts about two million pay-per-view buys for this fight between two men with a combined age of 133:

Steven Seagal, I challenge you One on one, I use boxing you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas pic.twitter.com/tTy7Qo4zHF

— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 2, 2017

First things first: It’s not going to happen. It won’t happen in Vegas, because the athletic commission there still has some shred of a reputation it might like to maintain, or at least enough to prevent it from licensing two senior citizens with such a glaring gap in experience. It won’t happen at all, because while Seagal might be dumb, he’s not crazy.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal

Seagal’s whole act these days is built around being some off-brand Zen master with a side of unintentionally hilarious pro-Russian pseudo-cop. Seriously, he has literally become a Russian citizen, and also literally claims to have “risked (his) life countless times for the American flag.” He also appears to be engaged in a constant audition for the role of Adult Eddie Munster in the inevitable feature film reboot of the old TV show.

Point is, even a 68-year-old Foreman would crush Seagal, who was never really a serious fighter, even if he did play one in the movies and in his own mind. His schtick is based in part on an implied badassery that he has never really attempted to prove, so there’s no way he’s going to risk it now against a man who was a legit heavyweight champion in his forties.

It’s tough to even be sure why Foreman wants to fight Seagal (MMAjunkie’s requests for comment went unreturned), except that it’s also not. Whether he’s actually mad about something – maybe it’s Seagal’s criticism of anthem protests, his laughable lifelong posturing, or his alleged killing of a puppy during a reality TV show police raid – or not, you can see why someone like Foreman might want to fight Seagal.

George Foreman

There are at least two good reasons: 1) Seagal claims to be a fighter, or at least to have been one at some point, and 2) There are a lot of people who would pay money to see him get punched in the face.

This is where we arrive at a preposterous question that has become a somehow semi-serious one in the current era of both combat sports and entertainment: How many pay-per-views would a fight like this sell?

Honestly, in the alternate reality where these two fight in a casino in Macau or an underground bunker in Mexico or a barge floating down the Volga River, how many of us would decide that we just have to see how it turns out?

I would, and I only wish I was kidding about that.

I paid for Randy Couture vs. James Toney. I paid twice as much for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. With a solid undercard (Jet Li vs. Renzo Gracie could be the co-main event, with the Evander Holyfield vs. Mitt Romney rematch kicking off the main card), this could easily break into the seven-figure range for PPV buys.

RelatedDid Mayweather vs. McGregor do 6.5 million PPV buys like Urijah Faber claims Dana White said?

That’s a ridiculous thing to even write down, of course, but these are ridiculous times.

We have become a society of spectacle-lovers, and not just in the world of sports. From politics to televised ballroom dancing, we regard the title of “celebrity” as a kind of cultural skeleton key. If you’re famous for one thing, we’ll watch you try almost anything. If there’s a good chance you’ll be humiliated or hurt doing it, we might even pay for the privilege.

Whether we want to admit it or not, this is the same impulse that made Mayweather-McGregor into the colossus that it was. The millions of people who paid to see it? They weren’t all fight fans. If it was skill and sport they cared about, they’d be back this weekend, eager for a half-price deal on a crackerjack of a main event at UFC 216.

No, what people wanted was something big and dumb and larger than life in its overpowering absurdity. They got it, too. Except for the ones who paid for a broken stream, most of them probably went away happy. So can you blame Big George for wanting to dip his bread in some of that gravy while it’s still hot?

We have already signaled our enthusiastic willingness to pay for bad ideas, just as long as they’re bad enough and on a big enough scale. If we didn’t want it to lead to the “Under Siege” guy getting punched in the mouth by the grill guy, what were we even doing?

Dec 8, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Actor Steven Seagal in the ring before Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao box in their welterweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Juan Manuel Marquez won the bout by sixth round knockout. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug. 7, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; Movie actor Steven Seagal during the middleweight title bout in UFC 117 at the Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Good Morning Britain. File photo dated 08/02/07 of Hollywood actor Steven Seagal, who says he talks philosophy with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Issue date: Wednesday September 27, 2017. The star, 65, sparked controversy when he took Russian citizenship last year. See PA story SHOWBIZ Seagal. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire URN:33033149 FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. actor Steven Seagal in the Kremlin in Moscow, during a ceremony to award a Russian passport, seen on table, to Seagal. A statement issued by the Ukrainian Security Service Friday May 5, 2017, said Seagal has been banned from entering the country for five years \"on the basis of Ukrainian national security\" without elaborating on the reason for the ban. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, FILE) 2980027 11/25/2016 American actor Steven Seagal before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, November 25, 2016. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP 2979951 11/25/2016 November 25, 2016. President Vladimir Putin and American actor Steven Seagal (center) during their meeting in the Kremlin. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP 2979950 11/25/2016 November 25, 2016. President Vladimir Putin hands over a Russian passport to American actor Steven Seagal at the meeting in the Kremlin. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. actor Steven Seagal shake hands after visiting an oceanarium built on Russky Island, in the Russian Far Eastern port of Vladivostok. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, that Russia has awarded Russian citizenship to Seagal. (AP Photo/Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool Photo via AP, File) FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2015, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with U.S. actor Steven Seagal in the Russian Far Eastern port of Vladivostok. Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Russian citizenship to action film actor Steven Seagal. Putin has awarded Russian citizenship to action film actor Seagal. The 64-year-old Seagal has been a regular visitor to Russia in recent years and has accompanied Putin to several martial arts events, as well as vocally defending the Russian leader's policies. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) 2947396 09/30/2016 US actor Steven Seagal (left) and Crocus Group First Vice President Emin Agalarov during the presentation of a new model of the U-Boat capsule watch. Evgeny Biyatov/Sputnik via AP 2938669 09/17/2016 American actor, film producer and screenwriter Steven Seagal at the closing ceremony of the 6th Sakhalin international film festival, \"Edge of the World\", in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Ekaterina Chesnokova/Sputnik via AP 2938668 09/17/2016 Sakhalin Region Governor Oleg Kozhemyako, left, and American actor, film producer and screenwriter Steven Seagal at the closing ceremony of the 6th Sakhalin international film festival, \"Edge of the World\", in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Ekaterina Chesnokova/Sputnik via AP 2938205 09/17/2016 U.S. actor, producer and screenwriter Steven Seagal at the 6th Sakhalin international film festival, \"Edge of the World\" in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Ekaterina Chesnokova/Sputnik via AP In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, U.S. actor Steven Seagal rides a horse during the opening ceremony of the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin) In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, Hollywood actor and producer Steven Seagal holds two watermelons in the Belarus' presidential residence of Drozdy, outside Minsk, Belarus. 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Serious question: How many of you would pay for George Foreman vs. Steven Seagal? Because I would

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So George Foreman, the former heavyweight boxing champion, wants to fight Steven Seagal, the former movie star and noted narcissist and self-parodying fraud..

Foreman will use boxing. Seagal will be allowed to use “whatever.” Foreman wants to do it in Vegas, he wrote on Twitter, and he predicts about two million pay-per-view buys for this fight between two men with a combined age of 133:

Steven Seagal, I challenge you One on one, I use boxing you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas pic.twitter.com/tTy7Qo4zHF

— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 2, 2017

First things first: It’s not going to happen. It won’t happen in Vegas, because the athletic commission there still has some shred of a reputation it might like to maintain, or at least enough to prevent it from licensing two senior citizens with such a glaring gap in experience. It won’t happen at all, because while Seagal might be dumb, he’s not crazy.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal

Seagal’s whole act these days is built around being some off-brand Zen master with a side of unintentionally hilarious pro-Russian pseudo-cop. Seriously, he has literally become a Russian citizen, and also literally claims to have “risked (his) life countless times for the American flag.” He also appears to be engaged in a constant audition for the role of Adult Eddie Munster in the inevitable feature film reboot of the old TV show.

Point is, even a 68-year-old Foreman would crush Seagal, who was never really a serious fighter, even if he did play one in the movies and in his own mind. His schtick is based in part on an implied badassery that he has never really attempted to prove, so there’s no way he’s going to risk it now against a man who was a legit heavyweight champion in his forties.

It’s tough to even be sure why Foreman wants to fight Seagal (MMAjunkie’s requests for comment went unreturned), except that it’s also not. Whether he’s actually mad about something – maybe it’s Seagal’s criticism of anthem protests, his laughable lifelong posturing, or his alleged killing of a puppy during a reality TV show police raid – or not, you can see why someone like Foreman might want to fight Seagal.

George Foreman

There are at least two good reasons: 1) Seagal claims to be a fighter, or at least to have been one at some point, and 2) There are a lot of people who would pay money to see him get punched in the face.

This is where we arrive at a preposterous question that has become a somehow semi-serious one in the current era of both combat sports and entertainment: How many pay-per-views would a fight like this sell?

Honestly, in the alternate reality where these two fight in a casino in Macau or an underground bunker in Mexico or a barge floating down the Volga River, how many of us would decide that we just have to see how it turns out?

I would, and I only wish I was kidding about that.

I paid for Randy Couture vs. James Toney. I paid twice as much for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. With a solid undercard (Jet Li vs. Renzo Gracie could be the co-main event, with the Evander Holyfield vs. Mitt Romney rematch kicking off the main card), this could easily break into the seven-figure range for PPV buys.

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That’s a ridiculous thing to even write down, of course, but these are ridiculous times.

We have become a society of spectacle-lovers, and not just in the world of sports. From politics to televised ballroom dancing, we regard the title of “celebrity” as a kind of cultural skeleton key. If you’re famous for one thing, we’ll watch you try almost anything. If there’s a good chance you’ll be humiliated or hurt doing it, we might even pay for the privilege.

Whether we want to admit it or not, this is the same impulse that made Mayweather-McGregor into the colossus that it was. The millions of people who paid to see it? They weren’t all fight fans. If it was skill and sport they cared about, they’d be back this weekend, eager for a half-price deal on a crackerjack of a main event at UFC 216.

No, what people wanted was something big and dumb and larger than life in its overpowering absurdity. They got it, too. Except for the ones who paid for a broken stream, most of them probably went away happy. So can you blame Big George for wanting to dip his bread in some of that gravy while it’s still hot?

We have already signaled our enthusiastic willingness to pay for bad ideas, just as long as they’re bad enough and on a big enough scale. If we didn’t want it to lead to the “Under Siege” guy getting punched in the mouth by the grill guy, what were we even doing?

Dec 8, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Actor Steven Seagal in the ring before Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao box in their welterweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Juan Manuel Marquez won the bout by sixth round knockout. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug. 7, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; Movie actor Steven Seagal during the middleweight title bout in UFC 117 at the Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Good Morning Britain. File photo dated 08/02/07 of Hollywood actor Steven Seagal, who says he talks philosophy with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Issue date: Wednesday September 27, 2017. The star, 65, sparked controversy when he took Russian citizenship last year. See PA story SHOWBIZ Seagal. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire URN:33033149 FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. actor Steven Seagal in the Kremlin in Moscow, during a ceremony to award a Russian passport, seen on table, to Seagal. A statement issued by the Ukrainian Security Service Friday May 5, 2017, said Seagal has been banned from entering the country for five years \"on the basis of Ukrainian national security\" without elaborating on the reason for the ban. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, FILE) 2980027 11/25/2016 American actor Steven Seagal before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, November 25, 2016. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP 2979951 11/25/2016 November 25, 2016. President Vladimir Putin and American actor Steven Seagal (center) during their meeting in the Kremlin. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP 2979950 11/25/2016 November 25, 2016. President Vladimir Putin hands over a Russian passport to American actor Steven Seagal at the meeting in the Kremlin. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. actor Steven Seagal shake hands after visiting an oceanarium built on Russky Island, in the Russian Far Eastern port of Vladivostok. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, that Russia has awarded Russian citizenship to Seagal. (AP Photo/Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool Photo via AP, File) FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2015, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with U.S. actor Steven Seagal in the Russian Far Eastern port of Vladivostok. Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Russian citizenship to action film actor Steven Seagal. Putin has awarded Russian citizenship to action film actor Seagal. The 64-year-old Seagal has been a regular visitor to Russia in recent years and has accompanied Putin to several martial arts events, as well as vocally defending the Russian leader's policies. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) 2947396 09/30/2016 US actor Steven Seagal (left) and Crocus Group First Vice President Emin Agalarov during the presentation of a new model of the U-Boat capsule watch. Evgeny Biyatov/Sputnik via AP 2938669 09/17/2016 American actor, film producer and screenwriter Steven Seagal at the closing ceremony of the 6th Sakhalin international film festival, \"Edge of the World\", in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Ekaterina Chesnokova/Sputnik via AP 2938668 09/17/2016 Sakhalin Region Governor Oleg Kozhemyako, left, and American actor, film producer and screenwriter Steven Seagal at the closing ceremony of the 6th Sakhalin international film festival, \"Edge of the World\", in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Ekaterina Chesnokova/Sputnik via AP 2938205 09/17/2016 U.S. actor, producer and screenwriter Steven Seagal at the 6th Sakhalin international film festival, \"Edge of the World\" in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Ekaterina Chesnokova/Sputnik via AP In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, U.S. actor Steven Seagal rides a horse during the opening ceremony of the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin) In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, Hollywood actor and producer Steven Seagal holds two watermelons in the Belarus' presidential residence of Drozdy, outside Minsk, Belarus. 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