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'Bang' Ludwig: Demetrious Johnson vs. T.J. Dillashaw 'has to happen for the history books'

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LAS VEGAS – Will a superfight between UFC champs Demetrious Johnson and T.J. Dillashaw ever happen? Dillashaw’s coach says it damn well better.

“Just as a martial artist and a fan of the sport, too, it just has to happen for the history books,” Duane Ludwig told MMAjunkie while in Las Vegas to coach at his Bang Muay Thai affiliate school, Xtreme Couture.

UFC flyweight champ Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 13-1-1 UFC) and bantamweight champ Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) have gone back and forth in the media about the possibility of the contest. Despite the athletes competing in different divisions, Dillashaw has said he’ll happily cut an additional 10 pounds for the opportunity to take on the man who’s currently No. 1 in the the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings.

Johnson has previously expressed some hesitation, preferring instead to see Dillashaw make the weight first, perhaps against another opponent, before signing the bottom line. But Ludwig believes “Mighty Mouse” owes the world the opportunity to see the fight.

RelatedUFC champ T.J. Dillashaw: Demetrious Johnson fight biggest option for career

“I don’t care, Demtrious, you know you’re the best at your weight class right now, but you’re not fighting the top guys,” Ludwig said. “Demetrious as at an A-plus level, right? The guys that he’s fighting, no disrespect, but the guys that he’s fighting are at a B-plus level. They’re not on his level, but that’s why he’s the champ, right?

“T.J. is on the A-plus level at a different weight class. He’ll come down, he’ll make the weight with coach Sam Calavitta just for the evolution of martial arts in general because T.J. is the best martial artist that the planet’s ever had. So is Demetrious, just different weight class, so let’s find a common weight class and find out who’s the true martial artist and put it to the test.”

UFC President Dana White recently indicated he intends to make the bout, and now seems the perfect time with no true No. 1 contender available for the champions in either division.

RelatedDana White: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Demetrious Johnson is happening next

For Ludwig, a former UFC and Strikeforce contender, the opportunity to be part of the contest would be incredible, he says. And with the bout seemingly nearing reality, Ludwig said he’s already breaking down the matchup and believes Dillashaw can be the man to finally end Johnson’s record-setting reign off 11 consecutive UFC title defenses.

“I wouldn’t say I see weaknesses, but I see areas that T.J. can be successful,” Ludwig said. “That’s what I see.

“I understand Demetrious, I feel, well, but he’s always changing and evolving, as well, but so are we, and that’s what we must be doing as human beings and martial artists. But I feel I understand him, and I feel that T.J. can beat him.”

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Jorge Masvidal and Ray Borg

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Jorge Masvidal and Ray Borg.

UFC welterweight contender Masvidal is angling for a fight with Michael Bisping or Neil Magny. Former flyweight title challenger Borg meets Brandon Moreno on Feb. 18 at UFC Fight Night 126.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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Arsenal de ataques da meia-guarda

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Na semana 8 do curso da Renzo Gracie Online Academy, o professor André Monteiro ensina raspagens e finalizações a partir da meia-guarda, uma posição que muitas pessoas trabalham apenas do ponto de vista defensivo, fazendo transições e reposições. Trata-se de um equívoco estratégico, pois a meia-guarda oferece diversos pontos de apoio, pegadas e alavancas para você surpreender os passadores de guarda com ataques implacáveis.

Vale lembrar que muitos competidores se consagraram no Mundial de Jiu-Jitsu com um jogo baseado em ataques da meia-guarda, como é o caso de Roberto Gordo, Bernardo Faria e Celsinho Venicius. Inspire-se nesses grandes ídolos da arte suave e faça bom proveito desta semana na RGOA.

A semana 8 do programa Renzo Gracie Online Academy está organizada da seguinte forma:

  • Cinco técnicas de ataque a partir da meia-guarda.
  • Kata guruma: Muita gente acha que o kata guruma é uma queda que requer força para a sua execução. O professor Garry St. Leger, no entanto, prova o quanto a mecânica do golpe se baseia em refino técnico e agilidade.
  • Qualidade de vida: Passatempos podem renovar as suas energias e manter você motivado a treinar Jiu-Jitsu.
Dia 1: Segunda-feira Aula 1: Raspagem da meia-guarda com a mecânica da ponte

Por cima, na meia-guarda, o adversário consegue abraçar a sua cabeça e impor pressão. Trata-se de uma situação vantajosa para ele, que pode arriscar uma finalização ou progredir para o cem-quilos. Porém, com uma manobra sutil e surpreendente, você tem a chance de inverter a posição e ficar por cima.

Dia 2: Terça-feira Aula 2: Ida para as costas a partir da esgrima

Mesmo que o adversário consiga se defender da tentativa de inversão demonstrada na aula anterior, ele tende a abrir espaço para você aplicar a esgrima e progredir para as costas do oponente.

Dia 3: Quarta-feira Aula 3: Use a lapela para ir às costas do oponente

Ao trabalhar com a guarda aberta, recomenda-se usar a perna flexionada como um escudo controlando a distância em relação ao corpo do oponente. Com esse escudo, você pode empurrar o tronco do adversário, a fim de encontrar espaço para esgrimá-lo e, com a ajuda da lapela, progredir para as costas.

Aula 4: Qualidade de vida – Passatempos


Atividades relaxantes renovam as energias e aumentam a sua disposição para os treinos. Veja como Bruno Fernandes faz com que seus passatempos sejam peças fundamentais para potencializar o aprendizado no Jiu-Jitsu.

Dia 4: Quinta-feira Aula 5: Raspe quando o adversário envolve com o braço a sua esgrima

Você esgrima o adversário a fim de progredir para as costas dele, mas o oponente envolve com o braço a sua esgrima, bloqueando o seu caminho. Entenda como você pode aproveitar essa situação para desequilibrá-lo e cair por cima.

Dia 5: Sexta-feira Aula 6: Estrangulamento da meia-guarda

Por cima, o adversário ganha a esgrima com o braço direito e tenta passar a sua meia-guarda esparramando o peso progressivamente. Aprenda um estrangulamento sorrateiro e eficiente para surpreendê-lo no meio do caminho.

Aula 7: Kata guruma

Muita gente acha que o kata guruma é uma queda que requer força para a sua execução. O professor Garry St. Leger, no entanto, prova o quanto a mecânica do golpe se baseia em refino técnico e agilidade.



Renzo Gracie Online Academy: A cada semana, um nova tópico.

Mais: Quedas, Defesa Pessoal, Dicas de qualidade de vida, Documentários, Entrevistas, etc.

Invista 19.79 por mês no seu Jiu-Jitsu e ganhe acesso total ao conhecimento que já formou milhares de campeões  por todo o planeta.

 

MMAjunkie's '2017 Fight of the Year': Debuting champion lives up to hype

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With another action-packed year of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie takes a look at the best fights from January to December. Here are the top five and the winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Year” for 2017.

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Honorable mentions

5. Jessica Andrade def. Claudia Gadelha UFC Fight Night 117

The crucial matchup of UFC women’s strawweight contenders could result in only one winner, and Jessica Andrade (17-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) got the job done against Claudia Gadelha (15-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in one of the most highly praised female bouts in company history.

In a clash of two fighters looking to get another crack at 115-pound gold, Andrade earned a lopsided unanimous-decision victory over fellow Brazilian Gadelha in a memorable blood-and-guts battle.

4. Darren Elkins def. Mirsad Bektic at UFC 209

After being beaten to a bloody pulp by top featherweight prospect Mirsad Bektic (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), UFC veteran Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) staged one of the greatest comebacks in recent memory – and perhaps all-time – when he somehow rallied to win by third-round TKO.

Up until the finishing sequence, it was all Bektic as he battered Elkins in brutal fashion. But when the victory seemed in hand, it quickly slipped away. “The Damage” pushed forward late in the fight, caught Bektic with a stunning combination of strikes, including a head kick, and pulled off the miraculous finish, which also was named MMAjunkie’s “2017 Comeback of the Year.”

3. Eddie Alvarez def. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218

It was billed as a can’t-miss firefight to determine the most violent man in the sport. It delivered. Eddie Alvarez (29-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Justin Gaethje (18-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) battered each other in a brutal striking battle that finally ended when Alvarez laid out by Gaethje’s third-round knee.

Former UFC and Bellator champ Alvarez promised to go toe to toe with previously unbeaten former WSOF titleholder Gaethje. Both men dished out and absorbed plenty of damage in the lightweight contest, but Alvarez finished the job when he loaded up with a massive knee that dropped his opponent and led to the stoppage.

2. Yancy Medeiros def. Alex Oliveira at UFC 218

Yancy Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has a knack for putting on exciting fights, and his lightweight clash with Alex Oliveira (17-5-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) may have been his best yet. Medeiros broke something in Oliveira – and not just his nose.

Combining for a single-fight UFC record four knockdowns, the pair went toe to toe for a little more than 12 minutes. Both were badly hurt, but once Oliveira winced and wilted, Medeiros was relentless and picked up the third-round TKO win.

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Winner: Justin Gaethje def. Michael Johnson at TUF 25 Finale

The contempt between Gaethje and Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) finally came to a head inside the octagon, and it was a sight to behold.

Gaethje overcame being nearly finished twice to storm back for a finish of his own, defeating Johnson via second-round TKO in one of the most memorable UFC debuts in history.

“You cannot break me,” Gaethje said. “I promise you. You better put me to sleep.”

It came close to happening on two occasions during this slugfest. Gaethje was getting the better of some spectacular exchanges for most of the first round, but Johnson connected flush with a right hook that badly wobbled the newcomer. Johnson then went for the finish, but the horn sounded.

Fight of the Year? How about FLIP of the Year! Here's the finish from Gaethje vs. Johnson! #TUF25Finale https://t.co/1PNRtKNowM

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 8, 2017

Both fighters came out swinging again in the second round, and again Johnson landed a right hand that wobbled Gaethje, but it didn’t drop him. Although Johnson failed to finish, he settled in and found holes in Gaethje’s defense, which allowed him to land the better shots.

That is, until Gaethje hit an uppercut in the final 90 seconds that discombobulated Johnson. From there, Gaethje continued to pour it on with more uppercuts, busting up Johnson’s face until a knee signaled the end when “Big” John McCarthy stepped in at the 4:42 mark.

“Where is my equal at?” he asked the crowd after the thrilling performance. “I’m 18-0 with 15 knockouts. Who is my equal? That’s who I want.”

Gaethje ultimately found his equal in Alvarez in his next octagon appearance, but not before putting on another “Fight of the Year” contender.

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GMI: Julio Viotti ensina transição com giro para a chave de pé no Jiu-Jitsu

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Julio Viotti ataca com pressão no pé. Foto: Gabriel Srur/Santo Negro

Para tornar o seu jogo mais eficiente nos campeonatos, conecte os movimentos da luta em pé com os movimentos da luta de chão, formando assim armadilhas ardilosas para surpreender os oponentes.

É o que ensina o professor GMI Julio Viotti, da academia FFTeam Jacutinga, em Minas Gerais, que gosta de usar a puxada para a meia-guarda como isca para finalizar com a chave botinha.

Confira o passo a passo da posição e, logo em seguida, veja o movimento aplicado com sucesso num campeonato. Estude o movimento e pratique nos seu próximo treino!

MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis

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We want your predictions for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event in St. Louis.

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 midnight ET (9 p.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 124 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 124 takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, and it airs on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Doohoo Choi vs. Jeremy Stephens

Records: Doohoo Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Jeremy Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC)
Past five: Choi 4-1, Stephens 2-3
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 1/8/18): Choi -170, Stephens +150

Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall

Records: Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC), Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC)
Past five: Belfort 2-2 (one no-contest), Hall 2-3
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Belfort honorable mention
Odds (as of 1/8/18): Hall -245, Belfort +175

Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Paige VanZant

Records: Jessica-Rose Clark (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Past five: Clark 3-2, VanZant 3-2
Division: Women’s flyweight
Rankings: n/a
Odds (as of 1/8/18): Clark -150, VanZant +110

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Records: Emil Meek (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Kamaru Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC)
Past five: Meek 4-1, Usman 5-0
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Usman No. 9
Odds (as of 1/8/18): Usman -570, Meek +435

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Best Bellator photos from July-August 2017: The infamous 'Air Jordan' logo gash

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Bellator continued to make noise in the MMA world in 2017, putting on a number of high-profile and notable events that captured the attention of fight fans more than ever before.

Although it wasn’t its busiest year in terms of volume of events, Bellator put on arguably more big fights over the past 12 fights than any year prior. Now it’s time to relive some of those moments in picture form.

The flourishing organization had somewhat of a mid-year lull, putting on just two events between July and August of this past year. Bellator 181 took place in Thackerville, Okla., while Bellator 182 went down in in Verona, N.Y.

Naturally, the promotion had a photographer posted cageside for every bout at every event. To see the best snapshots from Bellator’s July and August fight cards, check out the photo gallery above.

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O estrangulamento de André Galvão em Rodrigo Pimpolho no Europeu de Jiu-Jitsu

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Quase uma semana inteira de disputas no tatame é o que o Europeu de Jiu-Jitsu da IBJJF em 2018 promete aos fãs da arte suave.

Agendado entre os dias 16 e 21 de janeiro, o primeiro torneio desta temporada receberá em Odivelas, Portugal, os maiores nomes do Jiu-Jitsu mundial em busca do primeiro passo para o sonhado Grand Slam da IBJJF (que consiste em garantir o ouro no Europeu, Brasileiro, Pan e Mundial).

Em um destes inflamados Europeus, mais precisamente em 2015, André Galvão (Atos) e Rodrigo “Pimpolho” Fajardo (Gracia Barra) ficaram frente a frente para brigar pela vaga na final do peso pesado.

Galvão, para ficar com a vitória, emborcou e escorregou para as costas de Pimpolho. De lá, aplicou o estrangulamento que garantiu a vitória. Mais tarde, no mesmo dia, Galvão vencera Renato Cardoso (Alliance) para sagrar-se campeão do torneio.

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Trading Shots: How do you solve a problem like Cris Cyborg?

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What should the UFC do with its women’s featherweight champion, and how much should that decision be affected by the desires and demands of the champion herself? That’s the topic of discussion between MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes in this week’s Trading Shots.

Fowlkes: This whole Cris Cyborg situation vexes me, Danny. I’m terribly vexed.

First, Cyborg goes out there and beats Holly Holm in her first title defense at UFC 219. Good fight, closer than I expected, but the result was pretty clear. Then UFC President Dana White goes around telling people that Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes is the fight he “will make” next, and that seems reasonable enough, right? It’s got the whole champion vs. champion thing going for it.

Plus the UFC has not bothered to establish any women’s featherweight rankings, or get any sort of division going there, so it seems like Cyborg vs. a rotating cast of bantamweights is the UFC’s plan.

But Cyborg doesn’t like that plan. She wants a real featherweight contender next. She’d prefer Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson, but if Anderson’s not ready she’ll take (… wait for it …) Pam Sorenson? As the person running Cyborg’s Twitter account told me, “rankings have to matter.” But do they, Danny? I mean, do they really?

The UFC doesn’t seem to think so, especially in Cyborg’s division. It’s not like Sorenson would be high up on the women’s featherweight rankings even if they did exist in the UFC. So what do we really want to see here? And am I the only one to suspect that Cyborg vs. Sorenson is not it?

Downes: Never get involved in a land war in Asia and never discount Pam “Bam” Sorenson. The pride of Blaine, Minn., (checks record) beat Helena Kolesnyk in July to run her professional record to 6-2 and run her current win streak to … one.

OK, it’s probably not fair to dunk on Sorenson, but I can’t say that anyone other than Cyborg wants to see that fight.

On the one hand, I understand why Cyborg’s team would cling to this antiquated notion that “rankings have to matter.” It’s for self-preservation. The division was created for Cyborg, and if the UFC never tries to develop 145-pound bouts, the possibility of dissolving the division increases. The UFC has discussed eliminating men’s flyweight and that division is far deeper than women’s featherweight. With no women’s featherweight division (and the belt that accompanies it), Cyborg’s usefulness and bargaining power diminishes significantly.

Having said that, I (and I assume most fans) have no interest in watching Cyborg be the queen of a developmental league. People may see a resemblance to Ronda Rousey and the creation of the women’s bantamweight division, but those comparisons don’t hold up. Yes, Rousey was crowned champion of a relatively shallow division at the time, but there were still enough viable contenders.

Even as women’s MMA has expanded over the years, a women’s featherweight division hasn’t grown alongside it. Invicta FC had difficulties populating the division with bodies in general, let alone contenders for Cyborg. That situation hasn’t changed much.

It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances for her, but that’s the thread the Fates have weaved. The conditions of the division prove that Cyborg vs. Nunes makes the most sense. Not just in the “money fight” climate of recent years, but in general.

Who would you have Cyborg fight? Can you name another women’s featherweight not named Germaine de Randamie? Doesn’t Cyborg have to play ball here? What possible leverage does she have?

Fowlkes: It seems like we’ve asked that question about her before. Actually, it seems like we’ve asked it at basically every stop along the way in her UFC ascendancy. She keeps planting her feet and making demands. We keep thinking she’s finally pushed it too far. And then usually she gets what she wants. The fact that there’s even a women’s 145-pound title to begin with (remember those 140-pound catchweight fights that the UFC made her do for no reason) is proof of that.

I agree that ain’t nobody trying to pay $60 to see Cyborg vs. Sorenson. I think Cyborg vs. Anderson could generate some interest, but Anderson seems in no hurry to actually make that fight, and even if she were it wouldn’t solve the problem so much as delay it. If there’s no division, there’s no reliable way of establishing contenders. And it seems like the last thing the UFC wants to do is spend time, money, and energy building up this particular weight class, for a lot of very good reasons.

That’s where I get stuck, Danny. I can understand Cyborg’s position on the matter. I can also understand the UFC’s. And if we’re going to applaud people like Darren Till or Nate Diaz for saying rankings don’t matter and titles are fairy tales, how strongly can we support Cyborg for insisting the opposite while the UFC actually tries to get her into fights that people might want to see?

Downes: It’s a mistake to use the current Cyborg situation and use it to make arguments about structural UFC issues. This isn’t about whether or not rankings do/should matter. The champion doesn’t always face the top contender and that’s OK.

The only person who could legitimately make the argument Cyborg is attempting here is Nunes. While there isn’t a wealth of contenders for her, she still has some work to do. If she wanted to clean it out because “rankings matter,” I could respect that. The fact that Nunes wants the fight eliminates the only real objection I’d consider.

You’re correct that Cyborg has had her demands met along the way (although not with the promptness she’d prefer), but you have to think her luck will run out eventually. I return to the point about leverage. Look at it from the UFC’s perspective. What’s the worst-case scenario? Cyborg doesn’t accept the fight and stays on the shelf for an extended period.

As you point out, the UFC didn’t even want a 145-pound division to begin with. So who cares if the belt lies dormant? The UFC gave us Holm vs. de Randamie to spite Cyborg. Stringing her along should be easy.

I don’t think Cyborg is trying to “duck” Nunes. She’s trying to play the long game in a sport that wants the quick payoff. It’s admirable, but she’s misplaying her hand.

She’s beaten every opponent in front of her for over a decade. The only thing she hasn’t been able to do is create viable challengers. Avoiding a fight with Nunes isn’t going to make that any more of a reality. I respect the long hustle, but sometimes you have to take what’s on the table.

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Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Danny Downes, a retired UFC and WEC fighter, is an MMAjunkie contributor who has also written for UFC.com and UFC 360. Follow them on twitter at @benfowlkesMMA and @dannyboydownes.

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MMAjunkie's '2017 Knockout of the Year': A head-rattling heavyweight finish

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With another action-packed year of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie takes a look at the best knockouts from January to December. Here are the top four honorable mentions and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Year” award for 2017.

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Honorable mentions

5. Edson Barboza def. Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 106

Lightweight contender Edson Barboza (19-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) added another spectacular knockout to his highlight reel in March, this time at the expense of Beneil Dariush (14-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC).

After being tagged and thrown off rhythm by Dariush’s solid gameplan, Barboza once again displayed his lightning-quick striking ability in the second round. He timed a perfect counter flying knee just as his opponent closed the distance for a takedown, putting Dariush out cold on impact and further added to his legend as a fearsome KO artist.

UNREAL! @EdsonBarbozaJr is a human highlight reel. Flying Knee to the moon landed on Dariush FTW. #UFCFortaleza https://t.co/PNJtzlLvz6

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4. Alexander Gustafsson def. Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109

Alexander Gustafsson’s (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) latest main-event showcase in his hometown of Stockholm was easily his most impressive. The two-time UFC title challenger picked apart Glover Teixeira (27-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) before finishing him off with a vicious knockout in the fifth round.

Gustafsson’s uppercut landed consistently throughout the light heavyweight fight and put Teixeira in trouble on more than one occasion. “The Mauler” tripled up with the attack early in the fifth round, then landed a right hook that downed his Brazilian foe and ended the fight.

3. Tywan Claxton def. Jonny Bonilla-Bowman at Bellator 186

Tywan Claxton (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) secured the most stellar Bellator knockout the year. His reaction to it was rather simple: “The fight’s over, and I’ve got all of my teeth.”

Claxton blasted fellow featherweight Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a flying knee – one that seemed to glide halfway across the cage – before the knockout video quickly went viral.

2. Matt Brown def. Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 120

It didn’t go as long as some might have hoped, but it delivered everything one might expect, as Matt Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC) was almost finished but came back to score a first-round knockout of Diego Sanchez (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC).

After being stunned with a kick, “The Immortal” caught Sanchez’s next shot and threw a pinpoint right elbow over the top that landed flush to the head and sent Sanchez crashing to the floor. There would be no need for a follow-up blow after the highlight-reel walk-off.

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Winner: Francis Ngannou def. Alistair Overeem via punches at UFC 218

Francis Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) scored the signature win of his career at UFC 218 against former Strikeforce and DREAM champ Alistair Overeem (43-16 MMA, 8-5 UFC). “The Predator” connected with one of the cleanest shots ever seen in the octagon and laid out Overeem in the first round to earn a heavyweight title shot.

One powerful left hand from Ngannou was all it took, and suddenly Overeem was unconscious on the mat. The brutal one-punch knockout extended Ngannou’s winning streak and dashed Overeem’s title hopes, all in slightly less than two minutes of cage time.

In the bout between two big men known for their striking, it was Overeem who seemed to want to get the fight to the mat. After charging across the cage to start the fight, Overeem tried for a takedown and then initiated a clinch, though it didn’t take long for Ngannou to turn him and force him into the fence as a counter.

But back in the center of the octagon, as Overeem ducked in low with a wide left hook, Ngannou dipped with the blow and came back with a thunderous left uppercut that practically lifted Overeem into the air as it dropped him flat on the mat.

Ngannou would come diving in with an additional right hand hammerfist before referee Dan Miragliotta could stop him, but there was no need, as Overeem was already out cold and the bout halted at the 1:42 mark of the opening round.

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MMAjunkie's best UFC photos from May-June 2017: Head kicks galore and an in-cage proposal

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2017 was another busy year for the UFC with 39 total events around the globe. MMAjunkie and USA TODAY Sports had a photographer at each of those shows, which featured 457 different fights.

Some of the sport’s most epic and iconic moments are captured through a lens. With another year of octagon action complete, it’s time to look back the best photos from the past 12 months.

The organization put on a total of six events between May and June, including UFC 211 in Dallas; UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm; UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro; UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland, New Zealand; UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore; and, finally, UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

USA TODAY Sports Images photographers Jerome Miron, Per Haljestam, Jason Silva, Simon Watts, David McIntyre and Sean Pokorny were on assignment for those events and captured the best moments in and out of the cage.

Check out the full photo gallery for May and June below. Above, don’t miss the best-of-the-best video.

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John Kavanagh: Conor McGregor making decision on what makes sense for next move

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John Kavanagh doesn’t seem bothered by the growing narrative Conor McGregor needs to be booked for a fight soon or give up the UFC lightweight championship.

UFC President Dana White said this past week that McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who hasn’t competed in MMA since winning the 155-pound belt from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016, must soon give a timeframe for his return or the division would have to “move on.”

With interim UFC lightweight champ Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) awaiting a unification bout with McGregor, and unbeaten contender Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) eager to fight either, there’s a growing discontent with the many unknowns surrounding “The Notorious.”

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Kavanagh, who is McGregor’s longtime head coach at SBG Ireland in Dublin, conducted an interview with BBC Northern Ireland and was asked for an update on his fighter. He wasn’t convinced the belt is going anywhere.

“Conor’s still the champion. They can say what they want – I have his belt at home, actually,” Kavanagh said. “He’s still the champion. He’s making the decision on what makes sense for the next move. It’s kind of early days yet. We’re just watching how that has developed while he’s been away; he’s had other going things on. Let’s see what happens in 2018. I’m excited about it, anyway.”

Although McGregor hasn’t seen UFC action in more than 14 months, he did have a high-profile boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in August. He lost that fight by TKO in Round 10, but received a massive payday which has contributed to his layoff.

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In recent months, McGregor has been in the headlines for many reasons unrelated to his own fighting career. Kavanagh said 29-year-old is now back in the gym often, though, and that’s likely a promising sign.

“I’m happy to see him back just regular training,” Kavanagh said. “He had a lot going on in his life, a lot of stuff outside of fighting was going on in his life. He seems to be getting the hang of all that. He’s back training almost everyday now.”

And for anyone concerned about McGregor potentially delaying his UFC return even further in favor of pursuing another boxing match, Kavanagh said that won’t be the case if he has his druthers. However, he also wouldn’t reveal much insight into McGregor’s real plans.

“I think 2018 will be another big year for us,” Kavanagh said. “Exactly what that is, I don’t know yet. The plan is forming, but as they say, stay tuned. … My opinion, I’ll be pushing very hard for MMA. The boxing was a nice detour from what we’ve done, but mixed martial arts is my passion. If I have anything to do with it, he’ll be in the octagon this year.”

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

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Best Bellator photos from May-June 2017: A rare double knockdown in New York

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Bellator continued to make noise in the MMA world in 2017, putting on a number of high-profile and notable events that captured the attention of fight fans more than ever before.

Although it wasn’t its busiest year in terms of volume of events, Bellator put on arguably more big fights over the past 12 fights than any year prior. Now it’s time to relive some of those moments in picture form.

The flourishing organization put on just two events between May and June of this past year. But one of them was the biggest in company history. May’s Bellator 179 event in London set the table for Bellator 180/Bellator NYC in June, which marked the company’s debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Naturally, the promotion had a photographer posted cageside for every bout at every event. To see the best snapshots from Bellator’s May and June fight cards, check out the photo gallery above.

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


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Donald Cerrone not thinking about 3-fight losing skid ahead of UFC Fight Night 126 headliner

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Donald Cerrone hasn’t been the type to worry about much throughout his UFC career. Even on a three-fight losing skid, his mentality hasn’t changed.

After going his entire career without dropping consecutive fights, Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) has now lost three straight. He could potentially be walking on dangerous grounds going into Feb. 18’s UFC Fight Night 126 headliner against Yancy Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC), which takes place at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. “Cowboy,” however, doesn’t see it that way.

“Everyone asks me in interviews, they’re like, ‘Dude, you’re on a three-fight losing streak, how is that mentally affecting you?'” Cerrone said on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast with Matt Serra and Jim Norton. “I didn’t event think about it until you (expletives) brought it up.”

Following a knockout loss to Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 118 in October, Cerrone said he wanted to return to the lightweight division and have a less frequent fight schedule. His past seven fights have taken place at 170 pounds, and although a drop in weight is still in his plans, Cerrone said it’s not happening for at least one more fight.

“I’m like 174, 175 (pounds) right now,” Cerrone said. “That’s my walk-around weight. I want to go back to 155, but my next fight is at 170, of course. I mentioned to UFC I want to go back to 155, and they said, ‘We’ll talk about it and see what’s going on after this fight.’ Who knows? I’m not here making excuses and saying it’s the weight or it’s this or it’s that. I’ve just had a bad run of luck, I guess, with getting my ass whipped.”

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Despite his skid, Cerrone didn’t attempt to pursue an easy fight to help him rebound. He said he was first proposed a matchup against Matt Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC), who he knocked out at UFC 206 in December 2016, but when that fight didn’t come together, he immediately took the matchup with Medeiros.

“I thought the fight was supposed to be with Matt Brown,” Cerrone said. “Matt Brown called the UFC and asked for the fight and said he wanted to do it, and originally the fight was me and Matt Brown, Austin main event. I said, ‘I want to go down to 155, but (expletive) it, whatever.’ Then they said for Matt, the date didn’t work for him. I don’t know what the excuse was. So now, here I am, main event in Austin by myself. Then Yancy’s like, ‘I’ll do it.’ So I said, ‘OK, here we go.'”

Medeiros will counter Cerrone’s three-fight losing skid with a three-fight winning streak of his own, including a “Fight of the Year” contender win against Alex Oliveira at UFC 218. The two sides are trending in different directions at the moment, but Cerrone said he hopes to turn it around.

“He’s on a three-fight win I’m on a three-fight lose,” Cerrone said. “What the (expletive)? Somebody’s streak must go.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 126, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Check out Emil Meek's vlog series ahead of UFC-St. Louis clash with Kamaru Usman

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It’s been a process for the fight to come together, but on Sunday, Emil Meek will finally share the octagon with Kamaru Usman when the pair face off at UFC Fight Night 124.

The matchup between Meek (9-2-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has been an on-again, off-again rollercoaster, but the welterweight will get their chance to throw down at UFC Fight Night 124, which takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

It’s an important fight for the 170-pound division, and particular for Meek, who gets a chance to derail a heavily hype up-and-comer in the division in what will be just his second octagon appearance.

It’s been a challenging road for Meek to get to UFC Fight Night 124. It’s been more than a year since he won his UFC debut against Jordan Mein at UFC 206, but Meek is giving fans an inside glimpse at his life ahead of his return with a video blog series.

Watch all eight parts of the series, released over the past two-plus weeks, below.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Joe Rogan: Unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov is 'most terrifying lightweight contender'

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Longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan has nothing but praise for Khabib Nurmagomedov following his blowout performance against Edson Barboza at UFC 219.

Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) returned to action from a nearly 14-month layoff at the Dec. 30 event in Las Vegas and provided a stern reminder of his ability. He completely dominated Barboza (19-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) for three rounds, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 30-25, 30-25 and 30-24.

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The Brazilian was completely at the mercy of Nurmagomedov’s game. “The Eagle” said he used the octagon time to get himself back in a proper groove after so much time off, and although a finish would have been nice, Rogan explained on a recent edition of the “JRE MMA Show” podcast that the 15-minute performance was just as frightening as a quick knockout or submission.

“He’s just on such another level that the odds of beating him drop significantly after the first minute-and-a-half,” Rogan said. “You saw the look on Barboza’s face: Two minutes in and he’s trying to get up. You saw the look on his face and it’s like, ‘(Expletive), how am I gong to do deal with this?’ It’s just so next level.”

In the time since Nurmagomedov got his head raised at UFC 219, the 155-pound title picture has become even more intriguing. The Russian got into a Twitter feud with UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), but Nurmagomedov also said he’s more interested in fighting interim titleholder Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), who he has been scheduled to fight on three separate occasions, but would also face both champs on the same night if he could.

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The natural order of the weight class should see McGregor fight Ferguson in a unification bout, while Nurmagomedov gets a crack at the winner. It remains to be seen if that’s how the situation will play out, but Rogan made it clear he feels anyone who steps in the octagon with Nurmagomedov is going to have a lot to worry about.

“Khabib, after this performance, has set it up to a place where he’s the most terrifying lightweight contender in the world,” Rogan said. “Then you have Tony Ferguson, whose a (expletive), and has the interim championship, then you have Conor – who knows what happens with him? I think the UFC’s going to give him some time, let the holidays pass, see what the (expletive) happens and then make some moves.”

For complete coverage of UFC 219, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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For Matheus Nicolau, promising UFC career launched by Wanderlei-Sakuraba VHS tape

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Before he chose his current profession, Matheus Nicolau and his brother ran across an old VHS tape that eventually solidified his career choice.

It contained a 2001 PRIDE fight between Wanderlei Silva and Kazushi Sakuraba – the first of three between the MMA legends.

When it came time to think about his own future, a young Nicolau (13-1-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who continued his undefeated octagon run with a recent and dominant decision victory over flyweight Louis Smolka (11-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) at UFC 219, popped in the tape and watched in awe. It was 98 seconds of pure violence.

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“Wanderlei is liking using nasty knees and stuff, like kicking the head on the ground and stuff and everything,” Nicolau recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “And man, that for me was like, ‘I want to do that. I want to do that one day.'”

The 24-year-old Brazilian prospect was also familiar with the famed Gracie clan, who bought Brazil and its version of jiu-jitsu to the world. But with Silva, he saw how grappling and muay Thai could be combined and create a seemingly unstoppable fighting style.

“I started training jiu-jitsu, but since the beginning when I started jiu-jitsu, I had it in my mind, ‘Hey, I want to do MMA. I want to try MMA,'” he said. “Back in the day, it wasn’t even MMA. We called it vale tudo.”

And it was all due to the savage fighting style he saw Silva successfully implement. Sure, he soon learned to appreciate the likes of Georges St-Pierre and longtime training partner/former UFC featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo, but for Nicolau, watching that Silva-Sakuraba tape proved to be a life-changer.

Nicolau, who turned pro as a 17-year-old, was a semifinalist on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4” in 2015. Although he’s registered just one official UFC fight per year from 2015-2017, the win over Smolka gave him some serious momentum heading into 2018.

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The goal now? Ranked opponents, preferably non-Brazilian ones since he trains with and knows so many fighters from his home country.

“I want a gringo and a top-ranked guy,” he said. “I can tell you that for sure.”

One possibility? Former title challenger Henry Cejudo (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings. The Olympic gold-medalist wrestler is coming off back-to-back wins over Wilson Reis and Sergio Pettis.

“I’m ready for whoever,” Nicolau said. “I’ve been training like a champion since I was 17, and I really believe I’m ready for whoever. Let’s see who the UFC has for me, and let’s see if (Cejudo) wants it.

“I’m open. Cejudo would be a huge challenge for my career, and that’s what I’m looking for.”

For complete coverage of UFC 219, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Mão na gola e bote no triângulo: a finalização de Caio Terra no Europeu de Jiu-Jitsu

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Caio Terra,em ação no tradicional tatame azul e amarelo da IBJJF. Foto: Ivan Trindade / GRACIEMAG

Primeiro torneio da temporada 2018, o Europeu de Jiu-Jitsu promete transformar Odivelas, em Portugal, no pico mais procurado pelos craques da arte suave.

O campeonato, programado para rolar entre os dias 18 e 21 de janeiro, com possibilidade de estender-se também para os dias 15, 16 e 17 (dependendo do número de inscritos), tem como tradição receber os maiores nomes do Jiu-Jitsu mundial, estes em busca do sonhado Grand Slam da IBJJF, que consiste em morder o ouro no Europeu, Brasileiro, Pan e Mundial.

Em 2016, Caio Terra brilhou com exibições de refinada técnica e finalizações belas. EM uma de suas primeiras lutas na campanha em questão, a fera tirou da cartola um bote caprichado no triângulo, que evoluiu num armlock da posição.

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MMA's week out of the cage: T.J. Dillashaw's new arrival, Ian McCall's engagement, New Year's Eve extras

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Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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