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Ref John McCarthy: Daniel Cormier has 'nothing to apologize for' after UFC 214

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Veteran referee John McCarthy appreciates Daniel Cormier’s apology following Saturday’s UFC 214 main event, though he finds it’s unnecessary.

Following his third-round knockout loss to Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) to drop the light-heavyweight title, Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) posted a statement about the fight in which he included an apology to McCarthy for his hostility following the stoppage.

Although Cormier was clearly disoriented following the first stoppage loss of his career and directed some of his frustrations toward the referee, “Big John” said an apology was not needed in response to the statement from “DC” (via Twitter):

1/2 @dc_mma U have nothing to apologize for. You have been an incredible champion who has represented the sport of MMA with class & dignity

— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 31, 2017

2/2 @dc_mma you also fought a great fight against an incredible competitor. It was an honor being in the cage with 2 of the greatest #AskBJM

— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 31, 2017

McCarthy is one of the most experienced referees in the sport. He first appeared in the octagon at UFC 2 in March 1994 and has been part of the biggest fights in MMA history, including Cormier vs. Jones 2 at UFC 214.

UFC 214 took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Cormier vs. Jones headlined the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

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

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Vídeo: Cornelius, Miyao, Grippo e mais campeões do Boston Open de Jiu-Jitsu

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Keenan Cornelius brilhou em Boston. Foto: Gallerr.com

O final de semana foi movimentado nos EUA com dois opens realizados quase simultaneamente. Um deles rolou em Boston, Massachusetts, no último sábado, dia 29.

O nome de destaque na disputa foi Keenan Cornelius. Ainda em ritmo de retorno aos campeonatos, a fera da Atos enfileirou seus adversários tanto na divisão de peso quanto no absoluto, e levou dois ouros para casa.

Na divisão de pesados, Keenan bateu Charles Mcguire (ATT). Na final do absoluto, o craque encarou e venceu Gianni Grippo (Alliance), que já havia faturado o ouro no peso leve.

Outros campeões de destaque no torneio foram João Miyao, ouro no peso-pluma, e Lucas Valle (Start JJ), campeão entre os médios.

Confira abaixo como foi a final do absoluto entre Keenan e Grippo e veja a seguir os resultados do torneio.

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light-Feather 1 – João Ricardo Bordignon Miyao – PSLPB Cicero Costha 2 – Ryan L. Clay – New England United BJJ 3 – David J. Herndon – Ultimate MMA Training Center 3 – Rodnei Barbosa Gabriel Junior – Qatar BJJ

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Feather 1 – Silvio Duran de Barros Saraiva – Vitor Shaolin BJJ 2 – Felipe Hugo de Souza Simplicio – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut 3 – Joao Pereira – Renzo Gracie Academy 3 – Jonathan Lau – Brazilian Top Team

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light 1 – Gianni Paul Grippo – Alliance 2 – Alexandre Faria Molinaro – Carlson Gracie Team 3 – Renan Borges – New England United BJJ 3 – Yoshinobu Kakizawa – Purebred Omiya

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle 1 – Lucas Benévolo Valle – Start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2 – Athos Ribeiro de Miranda – Alliance 3 – Aniss El Hajjajy – Brazilian Top Team 3 – Luiz Gustavo Bonatto Rufino – Alliance

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Medium-Heavy 1 – Vinicius P. Canabarro – RCJ Machado 2 – Thiago Alves de Sousa – G.A Fight Jiu-Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy 1 – Keenan Kai-James Cornelius – Atos JJ USA 2 – Charles Kilyan Mcguire – American Top Team 3 – Paulo V Canabarro – RCJ Machado

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Super-Heavy 1 – Alexandre Bueno de Oliveira – GF Team

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Ultra-Heavy 1 – Leonardo Henrique D’avila Corrêa – Atos Jiu-Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Open Class 1 – Keenan Kai-James Cornelius – Atos JJ USA 2 – Gianni Paul Grippo – Alliance 3 – Alexandre Bueno de Oliveira – GF Team 3 – Olivier Pierre Huerre – Gracie Barra

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Middle 1 – Evelyne Déry – Brazilian Top Team 2 – Caitlin Huggins – Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Open Class 1 – Evelyne Déry – Brazilian Top Team 2 – Caitlin Huggins – Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Para conferir os resultados completos, clique aqui!

Daniel Cormier congratulates Jon Jones, apologizes to 'Big' John on Instagram after UFC 214 loss

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Daniel Cormier is all class in the wake of his UFC 214 title-fight loss to Jon Jones.

Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was transported to the hospital immediately after his third-round knockout loss to Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) in Saturday’s pay-per-view headliner at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and hasn’t spoken since a controversial post-fight interview with Joe Rogan inside the octagon.

Nearly 24 hours after dropping the light heavyweight belt to his biggest rival, though, Cormier has broken his silence. He released a statement on Instagram, showing respect to Jones and his camp at JacksonWink MMA.

Moreover, “D.C.” also apologized to referee “Big” John McCarthy, who he argued with after the first stoppage loss of his career.

“First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory. Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated. You guys did a wonderful job, I was ready. It’s a fist fight and things happen. Dana White and the @ufc, thank you for being the premiere organization in all of MMA. Again, congrats to Team Jones and JacksonWink. Love you all. I’ll see you soon. DC”

Cormier-Jones 2 was the main event of UFC 214 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

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

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After UFC 214 win, ex-champ Robbie Lawler 'not too worried' about new title shot

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – According to UFC president Dana White, ex-welterweight champion Robbie Lawler could be next in line to meet current champ Tyron Woodley in the octagon after their respective UFC 214 wins.

That would mean, for Lawler, not only a chance to avenge a loss – but reclaim the UFC’s 170-pound belt from the very man who knocked him out at UFC 201. If Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is particularly excited about that idea of a title shot in the near future, he sure did a good job of hiding it after Saturday’s unanimous-decision win over Donald Cerrone (32-8 MMA, 19-5 UFC).

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“I’m not too worried about that,” Lawler said. “I need to work on myself, get better and make sure I’m in better shape. If I’m in better shape and can get into people’s faces for 25 minutes, I think I could be the best in the world.”

Lawler’s last fight prior to Saturday’s win had been, incidentally, the title-costing one against Woodley. Before that, the ex-champ was on a five-fight tear that included memorable battles against ex-interim-champ Carlos Condit and recent Bellator signee Rory MacDonald.

After a year-long absence, Lawler’s victory over the always game Cerrone can certainly prove a thing or two to those who still had doubts as to what the 35-year-old still had left to give. That is, if Lawler was even the slightest bit invested in proving things to anyone.

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“I don’t really care what people say, or question or whatever,” Lawler said. “I look at myself in the mirror, and I try to get better. I feel I’m my own worst critic, and that’s all that matters.”

While Lawler ultimately was able to come out victorious, it wasn’t all smooth sailing against Cerrone – as evidenced by the across-the-board 29-28 scorecards, which reflect a losing second round. And, as much as he was able to readjust and rally for the win in the final frame, Lawler isn’t happy with his overall display.

“I won the first, won the third,” Lawler said. “Pressed him, whatever. You leave it up to the judges, you never know what’s going to happen. He fought hard. I thought I was going to finish him in the first.

“I was disappointed in my performance. Felt like I should have done more, and that’s about it.”

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

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

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Trading Shots: Who's really to blame for a boring welterweight title fight at UFC 214?

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The welterweight title fight at UFC 214 didn’t earn much praise from fans or media, and soon the UFC president was joining the chorus of critics. But who’s really to blame for a lackluster co-main event, and who’s in the best position to say so? MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss.

Fowlkes: I don’t know what you did with your Saturday night, Danny, but I spent approximately nine hours watching a 25-minute fight between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. That’s how it felt, anyway. I get the sense that I was not alone in yawning my way through the latest defense of the UFC welterweight title, which somehow managed to be even worse than the last defense of the UFC welterweight title, when Woodley and Stephen Thompson stared at each other for five rounds.

This was not an exciting fight. I think we can agree on that. And as much as I love me some Maia, I knew it was possible that, when combined with Woodley, he’d produce a stinker.

But I still can’t shake the feeling that Woodley is more responsible for this snoozefest than Maia is. Maia tried to do the one thing he’s really good at, the thing we all knew he’d try to do. He just wasn’t able to do it here. But Woodley? He did the stuff he’s good at it very sparingly, just enough to win, but never enough to even look like he was trying to finish the fight. Is it not fair to say that he should accept the bulk of the responsibility for one of the least exciting UFC title fights of all time?

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Downes: While we may not have been entertained by the fight, can we be upset? If Woodley was a part of the Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn camp, you’d probably be falling over yourself to praise how “cerebral” and “tactical” the game plan was. If Maia spent 25 minutes laying on Woodley, transitioning from half guard to side mount, you’d effuse about how great it was to see a “throwback” jiu-jitsu guy get a win in 2017. Imagine if he took his back and used multiple grips?! Masterpiece!

The point is that different people have different tastes. I really enjoy watching Ben Askren compete, but the larger MMA audience does not. Woodley is a slight variation on the Georges St-Pierre model. “GSP” had well-timed takedowns and top control. Woodley has takedown defense and well-timed right hands.

Also, I think much of the criticism of Woodley stems from the fact that fans have never really liked him in the first place. Even when he was knocking people out and shredding Carlos Condit’s knee, there weren’t a lot of people who wanted to see him fight for the title. He’s obviously not helping his case with fights like this, but he started in a hole to begin with.

Saturday night was another indication of something we’ve discussed a couple times recently. There’s a tendency for fighters to become much more conservative once they have the title. Woodley joins Germaine de Randamie, Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and others in this regard. Woodley’s exhibition of this attitude is more directly tied to the fight itself instead of the promotional aspect, but it shows what happens when champions are more concerned with not losing their belt than winning a fight.

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He also didn’t help himself with the post-fight interview. Telling thousands of people that you could go “a couple more rounds” when they watched you put things on cruise control isn’t the smartest move. To make matters worse, he said it to brag about his cardio. He should at least take a lesson from his friend Askren and troll the crowd a little bit. If you can’t win them over, at least throw a couple insults their way.

Speaking of insults, UFC President Dana White certainly didn’t mince words when asked to give his opinion on the welterweight title fight. He was so upset, in fact, that he punished Woodley and gave us a title fight nobody wants – “GSP” vs. Bisping.

I know you’re not a fan of Dana White throwing his champions under the bus, but do you agree with him here? Is it OK for the promoter to trash a fighter if it’s someone you don’t like?

Fowlkes: This isn’t about liking or disliking Woodley, at least for me. Woodley is a super nice guy. When you meet him in person, you quickly realize there is not a single thing to dislike about the man. But it doesn’t change the fact that that fight sucked, and you know it.

You want to feed me this line about different tastes? Cool. Go back and watch that fight again today. Watch it three more times. I <i>dare</i> you. Then come back and tell me if it didn’t feel like a chore rather than a pleasure.

What upset people about Woodley’s performance this time, I suspect, is that it seemed like he could have finished that fight with even a little bit more aggression. He dropped Maia, closed his left eye right at the start of the fight, yet still treated him like he was radioactive. He never committed himself to going out there and beating Maia up.

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He was the better striker. He was the better wrestler. He had the power to exert his will while denying Maia’s. He controlled that fight, and his main goal in it was simply not losing.

I agree with you that there are some solid reasons for that mentality, but that doesn’t mean we have to pretend like it’s any fun to watch. I don’t think White should have to pretend, either, though his position is stickier.

On one hand, people like the UFC prez because he “tells it like it is,” by which I mean he frequently lies and exaggerates and obscures the truth, but does so in a way that feels authentic to a certain kind of person. On the other hand, we’ve discussed in the past White’s unfortunate habit of denigrating his own fighters, hurting their popularity and drawing power with his criticism, then also criticizing them for not being more popular or better draws.

As a general rule, though, I like the UFC best when it tells us the truth. I like it least when it pretends like whichever fight is for sale next is the fight of the year, featuring the best in the world. When there’s a bad fight, don’t pretend it was good. That’ll just ensure we trust you even less in the future.

Downes: Listening to you complain every week feels like a chore, so I’m quite used to doing things that are unenjoyable. You completely glossed over the fact that when it comes to judging fighters, there isn’t a universal metric.

Again, if “GSP” has a 25-minute stinker, he’s the greatest welterweight of all time and nobody can compete with his strategy. Maia only threw 89 strikes and went 0-21 on takedown attempts over the course of five rounds. Yet you give him a pass because you own his DVD box set.

I agree that Woodley should have pushed harder in the fifth round to earn some extra style points, but he already had the fight locked up. Why put yourself in unnecessary danger? If he went for broke and wound up getting submitted, people would be all over social media saying that he has a low fight IQ.

Being a “fun” fighter and being a “stupid” fighter share a lot of similarities. You always talk about how fighters like Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje are entertaining to watch, but their styles fail to see the big picture. Perhaps Woodley has swung the pendulum too far to the other side of the scale, but you would have to admit it’s a more intelligent way to fight.

RelatedUFC champ Tyron Woodley declines comment on Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre

As far as White is concerned, we should still be wary of his attacks even when we agree with them. If you make a video trashing Woodley, that’s one thing. When the UFC president does it, the consequences are far greater. I know you think you and your so-called media friends think you’re too smart to get played, but it happens more often than you’d think.

White goes out there, sets the narrative, and then all the MMA websites broadcast it. That message then trickles down to fans and stacks the deck against a fighter. When it’s something we can all see, like critiquing a boring fight, the chance for subterfuge is diminished. When it comes to contract negotiations, however, media manipulation can be a key factor. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I would assume, “Dana White trashes [insert fighter]” earns a decent amount of clicks.

No fighter is beyond reproach. Fans and media have the right to criticize performances as they see fit. They should also be aware when they’re getting played. Woodley had a boring fight so now “GSP” fights Bisping? You expect me to believe that last night is the sole reason for the change? Woodley may not have pushed the pace last night, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t push for answers.

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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Tito Ortiz: 'Cyborg' should've been face of women's MMA long before 'flash in the pan' Ronda Rousey

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February 23, 2013 was a historic night for the UFC at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

It was UFC 157, and in the main event, Ronda Rousey submitted Liz Carmouche with her signature armbar to defend the bantamweight title in the very first UFC women’s fight that set off a revolution in MMA.

At that time, Cristiane Justino already was known as a one of the most dangerous fighters in the world – male or female. But she wouldn’t get her moment in the UFC spotlight until May of 2016. Fast forward to Saturday night at UFC 214, and in the same building where Rousey made history, “Cyborg” finally became a UFC champion with a TKO of Tonya Evinger to win the women’s featherweight title.

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It was just the second UFC women’s 145-pound bout to take place, though with inaugural champion Germaine de Randamie opting to have her belt stripped instead of defending it against Justino, it felt like a new beginning for the division.

And for Tito Ortiz, friend and training partner of Justino, it felt like history was made similar to Rousey’s four-and-a-half years ago.

“You know, I really do,” Ortiz told Submission Radio. “It’s just that I think Cris is more of a true person. You know, she really doesn’t let her head get to her. She’s very calm, collective and very mellow-mannered person. She’s an awesome woman. She doesn’t get cocky, she doesn’t treat people bad. Cris is a true champion. She’s a true people’s champion. She goes out of her way to help people, and that’s what champions are made of, and that’s what Cris is made of.”

RelatedDana White likes new champ 'Cyborg' Justino vs. Holly Holm – who 'seems like she's interested'

Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) beefed in the past during Rousey’s reign as UFC women’s bantamweight champion, though “Cyborg” made it clear during fight week she isn’t holding any grudges. Even though Justino said she has no desire to fill Rousey’s shoes as the new face of women’s MMA, Ortiz believes it’s inevitable.

Because it’s also long overdue.

“Yeah, that’s what’s going to happen to Cris Cyborg 100 percent. She is going to be the face of women’s MMA. She should have been a long time ago, she’s gonna be now,” Ortiz said. “You know, Ronda was a flash in the pan. And nothing against her, she was a great champ at the time, but when you’re getting hand-fed opponents, it is what it is. But Cris is not a person to submit people and give them an opportunity to do it again, she’s a person to knock people out – as you heard tonight at the press conference, people comparing her to a Mike Tyson.

RelatedTwitter reacts to 'Cyborg' Justino's title win over Tonya Evinger at UFC 214

“But now she’s a confident person, is keeping her hips low and, yeah, she swings like Mike Tyson. All of her sparring partners, man, they’re all men. We don’t have any women sparring partner with her, and when they do it’s just a confidence booster for her, and I’ve got to thank all of them for coming in and working with her. Cris is finally the UFC world champ.”

She certainly waited long enough to be called that. What she does with that title is up to her.

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Overhead raw footage of dazed Daniel Cormier after UFC 214 knockout is painful to watch

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One of the unique features to the UFC’s Fight Pass streaming service is the ability to view what’s going on inside the octagon from numerous angles. But as has been seen several times in recent years, it’s not always pretty.

Following Daniel Cormier’s knockout loss to Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 214 headliner, an overhead octagon cameras locked in on the now-former UFC light heavyweight champion.

RelatedWhy was a concussed Daniel Cormier interviewed after UFC 214 loss to Jon Jones?

On the live pay-per-view broadcast it was evident Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was having trouble regaining his wits after the stoppage. That fact became undeniable when UFC commentator Joe Rogan interviewed a concussed “D.C.,” which he later apologized for doing without order.

For more than 2 minutes Cormier is seen stumbling around the octagon as medical personnel, California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) representatives, referee “Big” John McCarthy, and even UFC President Dana White attempt to help calm and assist the 38-year-old (via Reddit).

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

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This isn’t the first time some painful footage has come out following a fighter’s crushing defeat.

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald was caught collapsing to the canvas following his “Fight of the Year” war with Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in July 2015. Another example from December 2015 saw footage released of a devastated former featherweight king Jose Aldo after his 13-second knockout to Conor McGregor at UFC 194.

Outside of his brief in-octagon interview with Rogan, Cormier has not spoken or released a statement since UFC 214. The footage, however, speaks volumes.

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Tonya Evinger disappointed with UFC 214 display vs. 'Cyborg' Justino: 'I fought like a (expletive)'

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – At UFC 214, Tonya Evinger became the first person to take Cristiane Justino into the third round of an MMA fight in four years.

But she’s not taking much solace in that.

Following the third-round TKO loss to Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) during Saturday’s women’s featherweight title scrap, an emotional Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) stayed true to her notoriously candid ways in addressing the outcome of her octagon debut.

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“I felt great, no excuses,” Evinger said after the pay-per-view affair at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. “I just feel like I fought like a (expletive).”

Some would argue otherwise. While the bout at no point looked evenly matched, Evinger hung tough against the much bigger “Cyborg,” surviving some of the champion’s hardest shots before the knee that spelled the beginning of the end.

The former Invicta FC 135-pound champion was also a massive underdog coming into the bout – which she took on a month’s notice after Invicta FC’s 145-pound ex-champ Megan Anderson had to withdraw citing personal reasons.

RelatedUFC 214 video highlights: 'Cyborg' Justino vs. Tonya Evinger

From the outside, there are a few moral victories for Evinger. Not only did she get to showcase her resilience in a title fight featured in one of the year’s most talked-about pay-per-view cards, the very fact that she got the elusive UFC contract carries some meaning.

Still, Evinger went into it to win. In the event of that not happening, there’s only one other thing that could serve as consolation.

“I just wanted to go the distance or prove I was tough enough to,” Evinger said.

The loss snapped a 10-fight streak for Evinger, while “Cyborg” added an 18th win to a record that shows a single loss – a submission to Erica Paes in her 2005 professional debut. Now, the Brazilian featherweight has a UFC belt to go along with her long-standing reputation as one of the most feared fighters in the world.

Related'Cyborg' Justino looks forward to beautiful relationship with UFC now that she's champion

Evinger, of course, wasn’t oblivious to the dangers of her opponent. And, while she admits she wasn’t expecting “Cyborg” to be “so heavy and so strong,” she also wasn’t surprised by anything she had to offer.

“I expected her to be as good as she was,” Evinger said. “I just expected more from myself than anything. I just felt like I kind of beat myself. I kind of felt like – I don’t know how to explain it. I felt like I was on the down side of that slope. Nothing was landing. I kind of felt like nothing I was doing was working.”

Now, with seemingly no serious injuries stemming from the encounter, Evinger is expecting a return to the 135-pound division that she ruled at Invicta FC.

“Obviously I’ll fight anybody, so let’s do it,” Evinger said.

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

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

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How accurate are 'EA Sports UFC 2' simulations for UFC pay-per-view title fights? Pretty damn good

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Saturday’s UFC 214 main event had more significance than merely Jon Jones winning the light heavyweight title back from Daniel Cormier.

Sure, that was pretty big in the grand scheme of MMA history. But right next to it, almost certainly, is this: With Jones’ third-round knockout win, the simulator for the “EA Sports UFC 2” video game got back in the win column.

In the 2017 calendar year, the simulator started out red hot with six straight wins. That meant it successfully predicted Germaine de Randamie would win the inaugural women’s featherweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 208. It meant it successfully picked Tyron Woodley to upset Stephen Thompson in their UFC 209 rematch, and Max Holloway to upset Jose Aldo at UFC 212.

The simulator didn’t slip in 2017 until Robert Whittaker topped Yoel Romero at UFC 213 earlier this month, dropping it to 6-1 this year. But “EA Sports UFC 2” picked Jones to stop Cormier in the fourth round at UFC 214 with a head kick, a knee, and ground-and-pound.

How did things play out in reality? Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) stopped Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) with a head kick, a knee, and ground-and-pound, but in the third round. Not too bad for a mere video game.

The win for the “EA Sports UFC 2” simulator gave it a 12-5-1 record dating back a full year. Starting with UFC 201 a year ago today, the simulator went 5-4-1 the rest of 2016 before going on its current 7-1 tear to open 2017.

EA Sports releases simulation videos for most UFC title fights that air on pay-per-view, though it should be noted none were released for Saturday’s other two title bouts at UFC 214 between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia, and Cristiane Justino and Tonya Evinger.

“EA Sports UFC 2” simulation accuracy over one-year period:

2017: 7-1 2016 (starting one year ago at UFC 201): 5-4-1

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

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UFC 214 post-event facts: Jon Jones' resume makes it tough to argue against 'GOAT' status

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Jon Jones put on one of the best performances of his career Saturday when he returned from a 15-month layoff to reclaim the light heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier in the UFC 214 headliner.

Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) defeated rival Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) for the second time in the pay-per-view main event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (prelims aired on FXX and UFC Fight Pass). But this time he did it in a more decisive manner, finishing the fight by third-round knockout.

“Bones'” resume already was extraordinary coming into the fight, and it’s even better after it. For more on the numbers behind his win, as well as the 11 other fights that took place at the UFC’s seventh card in Anaheim, check out 60 post-event facts to come out of UFC 214.

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General

The Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $327,500.

Jones, Volkan Oezdemir, Brian Ortega and Renato Moicano earned $50,000 UFC 214 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 2-1 on the card.

UFC 214 drew an announced attendance of 16,610 for a live gate of $2,448,870.

Betting favorites went 7-5 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 2:26:16.

Main card

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier

Jones’ 17 victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 14-fight UFC winning streak is the longest among active fighters in the company.

Jones 14-fight UFC winning streak is the second longest in company history behind Anderson Silva (16).

Jones’ 14-fight UFC winning streak in light-heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the weight class and longest in divisional history.

Jones’ 11 victories in UFC championship fights are tied with Silva and Demetrious Johnson for second most in company history behind Georges St-Pierre (12).

Jones’ six stoppage victories in UFC title fights are tied for third most in company history behind Silva (nine) and Matt Hughes (nine).

Jones’ 10 stoppage victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 1,368 total strikes landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Jones’ 1,116 significant strikes landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ eight fight-night bonuses for UFC light-heavyweight bouts are most in divisional history.

Jones’ total fight time of 4:13:13 in UFC light-heavyweight competition is most in divisional history.

Cormier has suffered both of his career losses by Jones.

Cormier fell to 6-2 since he dropped to the UFC light heavyweight division in February 2014.

Cormier suffered the first stoppage loss of his career.

Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia

Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) extended his unbeaten streak to six consecutive fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since June 2014.

Woodley’s three consecutive UFC title defenses are tied for third most among current champions behind Johnson (10) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (five).

Woodley’s fight consisted of just 85 combined significant strikes landed, the fewest in UFC history for a title fight that went all five rounds.

Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) fell to 10-3 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in July 2012.

Maia fell to 0-2 in UFC championship fights.

Maia was unsuccessful on all 21 of his takedown attempts, the second worst title-fight output in UFC history behind Diego Sanchez’s 0-for-27 against B.J. Penn at UFC 107.

Maia has suffered six of his seven UFC losses by decision.

Cristiane Justino and Tonya Evinger

Cristiane Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) became the second UFC women’s featherweight champion.

Justino extended her unbeaten streak (18-0 with one no-contest) to 19 fights. She hasn’t suffered a defeat since her MMA debut in May 2005.

Justino has earned 16 of her 18 career victories by knockout.

Justino has earned all three of her UFC victories by knockout.

Justino has outlanded her three UFC opponents 184-48 in significant strikes.

Tonya Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had her 11-fight unbeaten streak snapped for her first defeat sine July 2011.

Evinger suffered the first knockout loss of her career.

Robbie Lawler, right, and Donald Cerrone

Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) improved to 9-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2013.

Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) fell to 4-2 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Cerrone suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Oezdemir’s (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in light-heavyweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Jones (14).

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

Jimi Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by knockout.

Preliminary card

Ricardo Lamas and Jason Knight

Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) improved to 9-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Lamas’ six stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (eight).

Jason Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Renan Barao and Aljamain Sterling

Renan Barao (34-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) fell to 2-4 in his past six fights after going on a 33-fight unbeaten streak that lasted more than nine years.

Barao was taken down for the first time in his UFC career. He stopped 33 consecutive takedowns prior to the fight.

Ortega’s (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (10), McGregor (seven) and Darren Elkins (five).

Ortega has earned all four of his UFC victories by stoppage.

Ortega’s four-fight stoppage streak in UFC featherweight bouts is the second longest active streak in the division behind McGregor (five).

Ortega is the only fighter UFC history to earn four consecutive third-round stoppage victories, breaking his own record of three.

Renato Carneiro (11-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his 12-fight unbeaten streak snapped for the first defeat of his professional career.

Calvin Kattar and Andre Fili

Calvin Kattar (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to nine fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since February 2010.

Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his eight-fight UFC career.

Fili suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Aleksandra Albu (3-0 MA, 2-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of her career.

Kailin Curran’s (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) five UFC losses are tied with Jessica Eye for most of any female in company history.

Curran suffered her third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of her career.

Curran fell to 1-5 in her past six bouts.

Eric Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Josh Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC) fell to 1-6 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in January 2015.

Burkman’s 11 UFC losses are tied for second most in company history behind Jeremy Stephens (13).

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events 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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Dana White's May-Mac world tour video blog, No. 6: Happy birthday, Conor, but Floyd runs Ireland

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The Floyd-Mayweather-Conor McGregor world tour wrapped up a couple weeks ago. During it, the UFC rolled out a behind-the-scenes Dana White video blog for the four-city event.

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

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In the long-awaited Episode 6 of the series, White helps McGregor celebrate his birthday in London after he and Mayweather meet one final time in front of a massive pro-McGregor crowd at Wembley Arena.

Check out the full episode above.

Also see:

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

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Joe Rogan sorry for interviewing concussed Daniel Cormier: '100 percent my (expletive) up'

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After Daniel Cormier gave a short, dazed interview following his knockout loss to Jon Jones on Saturday at UFC 214, coach Javier Mendez said Joe Rogan probably felt bad about it.

Mendez was right. Today, Rogan took to social media to apologize to both Cormier – who was later proven to be concussed – and the fans for what happened. He also confirmed UFC President Dana White’s information that the decision to do the interview was all Rogan’s – despite the fact he was breaking his own rule by doing it.

The longtime analyst explained that he was simply in shock with the “surreal” events of the evening when he made the call. And, after “beating himself up” about it, he vowed to never let it happen again.

“It was 100% my (expletive) up,” Rogan said in a series of tweets. “I don’t think I realized what I was doing until I actually had a mic in front of him. I’ve said I don’t want to interview KO’ed fighters.”

I don't think I realized what I was doing until I actually had a mic in front of him. I've said I don't want to interview KO'ed fighters

— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 30, 2017

And then I wound up doing it to someone I care a great deal about. D.C. Is a great man and the whole thing was surreal.

— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 30, 2017

I was beating myself up about it all last night. It'll never happen again. My apologies to D.C. And to all of you.

— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 30, 2017

Again, no one asked me to do it. It was 100% my fuck up. Like I said, I was kind of in shock.

— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 30, 2017

Rogan also extended the apologies to Instagram.

While Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) held his own for most of the light heavyweight headliner, which aired on pay-per-view from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., he ended up succumbing to a third-round head kick by Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC). He also took some follow-up punches – including “four or five” that White deemed unnecessary damage – before referee John McCarthy stepped in.

Although Mendez believes Cormier, who’s now 0-2 against his bitter rival, “had no business” being interviewed immediately after the stoppage, he also believes Rogan was unaware of Cormier’s actual state when he brought the mic to the fighter.

“I am pretty sure he didn’t know ‘D.C.’ had a concussion (before the interview began),” Mendez said. “I’m sure it was after (the interview started Rogan) is when he realized ‘D.C.’ was not (all) there.”

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

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Ex-UFC commentator Mike Goldberg gave Jon Jones' KO the 'It is all over!' treatment

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Former UFC commentator Mike Goldberg couldn’t resist delivering his signature catchphrase following Jon Jones’ knockout win at UFC 214 – even if he no longer is in the organization’s broadcast booth.

Goldberg, who parted ways with the UFC in December after nearly two decades as the voice of the company and is now with rival promotion Bellator, had called all of Jones’ UFC fights prior to his departure.

Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) defeated Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) to win the UFC light heavyweight championship in Saturday’s UFC 214 headliner at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., putting “D.C.” away with a third-round head-kick. Goldberg was watching, and though he wasn’t there to give his trademark call, that didn’t stop him from sharing one on social media (via Instagram).

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

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Volkan Oezdemir has a new nickname, with a new hand gesture, and it's actually kind of great

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Volkan Oezdemir has a new nickname. If you watched his first-round knockout of Jimi Manuwa on Saturday at UFC 214 in Anaheim, Calif., you might have noticed.

After back-to-back wins in the first minute of the first round, Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) seems to have fully embraced the nickname “No Time.” You can tell by how he gestured to his wrist, at the precise spot where a watch might usually go, in order to drive home the point after dispatching Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC).

Of course, he didn’t just do the gesture once and trust us to know what he meant. No, this was apparently the kind of thing you have to do over …

… and over …

… and over.

The nickname could potentially be a little confusing. Is he saying he has no time for long fights, so that’s why he knocks people out right at the start? Is he saying he finishes fights in no time? Is his car parked outside and there’s no time left on the meter, so he has to end this quickly and get outside to pump some quarters in there? Is the “no time” meant to refer to his career goals? As in, he recognizes the brief window of opportunity for professional athletes, and perhaps even the fleeting nature of life itself, and therefore he knows there’s no time to waste?

Maybe it’s all of those. And, honestly, what makes it really work as a nickname is the hand gesture. When he points to the place where most people wear their watches, you see that he is of course not wearing one. He literally has no time.

“That’s my new nickname,” Oezdemir said in his post-fight interview, as if we didn’t already get the point. “I’ve got no time. So I want the winner of tonight’s bout, for sure.”

Ambitious? Yes. But something tells us that if you asked UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to face Oezdemir instead of a guaranteed cash cow like Brock Lesnar next, Jones will suddenly decide he has no time for that conversation.

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

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Demian Maia keeping head up after UFC 214 loss: 'Unfortunately for the guys in my division, I will keep going'

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – If you think coming up short in his second attempt at achieving UFC gold has deterred Demian Maia, think again.

Seven years after a bizarre middleweight affair with then-champ Anderson Silva, Maia got his long-awaited stab at the welterweight belt Saturday at UFC 214. While it didn’t happen under ideal circumstances – fresh off a May 13 scrap with Jorge Masvidal, he only had five weeks to prepare – Maia made no secret of his motivation to accept the title shot: It could be his only one.

After having all of his takedown attempts stuffed by Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) for five rounds, Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) landed on the unfortunate end of all scorecards. The low-action affair was also heavily booed by the crowd.

The loss, Maia’s first since February 2014, may have been a sad chapter of a long, tough saga. But the 39-year-old fighter says it’s not the final one.

“Unfortunately for the guys in my division, I will keep going,” Maia told reporters after the pay-per-view co-headliner, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. “I have more energy to burn. I want to keep going a little bit more. I don’t know. Let’s see what happens – they’re thinking about opening 165-, 175-(pound divisions). Let’s see.

“I never give up. I came to this fight on five weeks’ notice, and I leave this fight with my head up.”

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When asked about it, Maia wouldn’t discount the role that the short preparation window ultimately played on Saturday. One key thing, he pointed out, was not being able to sharpen up his wrestling in the United States – as he’s done for all his recent (victorious) camps.

But, ultimately, Maia knows it was his choice to accept the fight under less-than-ideal circumstances. And, at this point, playing the “what if” game is a rather futile exercise.

“Of course, if you think about probabilities, I think I would increase my probabilities to win the fight if I had more time,” Maia said. “A longer camp. But I don’t want to complain. That was my chance and I accepted the chance. I came here. And I did what I needed to do.”

Maia is also aware of the high-caliber opponent he was up against – a champion who was smart and skilled enough to avoid the grappling ace’s well-known strengths and stifle the same takedown attempts that had worked on seven opponents before him.

“The other thing is that his gravity center is very low,” Maia said. “And he’s really strong. It plays a role that makes him harder to take him down. I need to be very sharp to take him down. And he defended well. He defended the takedowns pretty well. I couldn’t do the variations that I usually down and take him down, or go to his back.

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“I have nothing but respect for him. Like I said, I don’t want to give any excuses. I just came there, I did my best and I lost.”

Maia also clarified that, while his eye may have looked bad after a short punch in the first round, the damage was superficial. And that, apart from the occasional blurriness due to the bright lights in the arena, he doesn’t believe it was a defining factor.

Of course, when it comes to Maia, one successful takedown can change the entire outcome of a fight. But he won’t play the guessing game when it comes to that, either. Asked whether he believed things could’ve been different had Woodley not grabbed the fence in the first round – which got him a warning by Herb Dean – Maia was pragmatic.

“It’s hard to say ‘if’s, but if I could take him down at least once, I knew that I had the chance to submit him or at least to make him really tired and hard to come back,” Maia said. “But rules are rules.

“If he grabbed the fence once and the referee just gave a warning and didn’t deduct a point, that’s the rule. I have nothing to complain (about).”

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

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Jon Jones is the greatest light heavyweight of all time, and he has Daniel Cormier to thank

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Daniel Cormier didn’t know what happened. Can you blame him?

Things were going so well. One minute he was punch for punch with the greatest light heavyweight in MMA history, winning some respect and maybe even some rounds in the UFC 214 main event Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Then all of a sudden he was surrounded by officials expressing a concern for his health and safety after a third-round knockout. Just like that, his entire future had changed.

The heartbreak was all over Cormier’s face as the facts of the evening dawned on him. He was now a former UFC light heavyweight champion. He was now 0-2 against Jon Jones. The rivalry they shared?

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

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That’s the flip side to greatness – that cold, empty feeling when you’re shivering in the shadow of the colossus. With a brutal knockout win over Cormier, Jones ended a chapter in MMA history, and he did it by ensuring that he would be remembered as the protagonist in the story.

The one true champ at 205 pounds. The best who ever did it. A champion so dominant that the only person who could take his title away was himself.

This time Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) was magnanimous in victory. The first time, when he won a decisive but still competitive decision victory over Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UFC 182, he celebrated by gesturing to his crotch and reveling in Cormier’s tears.

But in the cage on Saturday night, Jones extended the olive branch. He thanked Cormier for pushing him to new heights. He praised him as a fighter and as a man. He insisted that Cormier would live the rest of his life as a champion.

If this might have felt like a sudden shift in position for Jones, who had never been known as a big Cormier fan prior to blasting him into unconsciousness, maybe it was. Then again, maybe we should have seen it coming.

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Speaking to reporters a few days before the fight, Jones called Cormier “a (expletive) great guy.”

“You guys are all in the reporting business,” Jones said. “You guys get to see him a lot more than I see him. He’s funny, he has good friends and (expletive). He’s a (expletive) good dude. I want the best for him, I really do. I wish he was just man enough to realize that he’s (expletive) around with the wrong era. He just so happened to come into the sport, he’s (38) years old and he’s (expletive) around with a guy who’s in his prime, a guy who honestly believes that this is his era, and does everything in his power to make sure that it’s his era. If he could just swallow that and say, ‘You know what, I’m the baddest (expletive) outside of Jon Jones, and I can go to sleep with that, because I’m still a bad (expletive).”

In other words, why couldn’t Cormier just admit he was second-best? This seemed to genuinely baffle Jones.

In that moment, you could hear Jones trying to like Cormier, despite all that’s been said and done between them. But before he could get there, he needed Cormier to understand his place, which according to Jones was right below him in the pecking order.

It’s not unlike something Larry Holmes once said about Muhammad Ali. As long as everybody knows that he’s up here and you’re down there, Holmes said about the great boxer, he loves you. He thinks you’re wonderful. It’s only when you aspire to stand on equal footing with him that he can’t stand you.

Maybe this is a hallmark of greatness. From the moment he came into the UFC, all arms and legs and spinning elbows, Jones has aimed higher than the field that surrounds him. He talks about his abilities and his aspirations as if he has been handpicked by the gods for some glorious fate, and that understandably rubs some people the wrong way.

He also has a history of saying one thing when he thinks the world is listening, and something else when he thinks it’s just you and him.

But the Jones who reached out to the shattered Cormier seemed like a genuine one. He wasn’t feigning affection for the man; he was only able to fully express it now that he had crushed Cormier’s hopes and dreams and forever relegated him to being a character in the Jon Jones story, albeit an important one.

It took one headkick and a spasm of left hands to make it so. All the good work Cormier had done up until that point and all the suffering and striving that had gotten him to that point were nullified in an instant. The same way history’s winners get to write the stories of the losers, Jones has recast Cormier as an important foil. His role was not to become great himself, but to push Jones to new heights of greatness, which he did.

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It’s a hard thing to swallow, to be a piece of someone else’s story rather than the star of one, but there it is. The Jones who knelt in the cage with the belt once more around his waist seemed like a changed man. After all the self-inflicted troubles, again he was rescued by this, by his talent and his drive and awesome capacity for terrible, beautiful violence. He had become great again. Greater, even.

For his role in it, Cormier got a likely concussion and a fresh identity crisis, along with some money and the familiar old sympathetic hugs from coaches and training partners. No one ever said greatness was supposed to be kind, or distributed fairly. At least now both men know where they stand in this power struggle. And with that, maybe both can finally rest.

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

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Dana White likes new champ 'Cyborg' Justino vs. Holly Holm – who 'seems like she's interested'

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – A megafight between Cristiane Justino and Holly Holm could be on the horizon after “Cyborg” claimed the UFC women’s featherweight championship Saturday at UFC 214.

Justino’s (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) long and tumultuous journey to UFC gold came to an end in the pay-per-view bout at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., when she steamrolled Tonya Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) for a third-round TKO to win the 145-pound belt.

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The biggest problem throughout Justino’s career has been finding opponents willing to fight her. Former women’s bantamweight titleholder Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has said she would be willing to fight Justino under the right circumstances. According to UFC President Dana White, now could be the time.

“I was just talking to Holly Holm back there,” White said at the UFC 214 post-fight news conference. “(I said,) ‘What do you think?’ It seems like she’s interested. I like Holly vs. Cyborg. I think it’s a good fight.”

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Justino on Saturday won the vacant title, which was stripped from Germaine de Randamie earlier this year. De Randamie won the belt with a unanimous decision win over Holm at UFC 208 in February, but her time as champion was nothing but problematic. With “Cyborg,” arguably the top pound-for-pound female fighter in MMA history, now atop the throne, the UFC has a champion willing to take on all comers.

White said he was impressed with what Justino had to offer at UFC 214, even if it was a more well-composed and technical performance than what she’s presented in the past.

“I think Cyborg looked good,” White said. “She was very composed. She didn’t go crazy. She took her time, picked her shots, and I think she looked good.”

RelatedUFC 214 video highlights: 'Cyborg' Justino vs. Tonya Evinger

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With 'GSP' fight off table, UFC champ Tyron Woodley could rematch Robbie Lawler next

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – UFC President Dana White was not happy with Tyron Woodley’s performance at UFC 214 – so much so that he took what would be the biggest fight of the welterweight champion’s career off the table.

Prior to UFC 214, White said Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) would fight ex-champ Georges St-Pierre next if he defended his belt against Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC). He accomplished that feat by unanimous decision in Saturday’s co-headliner at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., but the underwhelming nature of the bout made White so displeased that he instead decided “Rush” will fight middleweight champ Michael Bisping in his return.

With the 170-pound division relatively thin on logical opponents for Woodley to fight next, White said it’s possible former champ Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC), who picked up a unanimous decision win over Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) at UFC 214, could be next in line.

RelatedUFC 214 video highlights: Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia

“Right now, off the top of my head, I would say Robbie Lawler (is next for Woodley),” White told reporters at UFC 214’s post-fight news conference. “He’s not getting the ‘GSP’ fight, but obviously Robbie Lawler’s a great fight, too.”

Woodley and Lawler fought a year ago in the UFC 201 main event, where “The Chosen One” took the belt from Lawler with a first-round knockout. Lawler took a year off after the fight and made his return to action in an entertaining affair with Cerrone at UFC 214.

RelatedUFC champ Tyron Woodley declines comment on Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre

Although Woodley put Lawler away quickly, and Lawler has only been able to edge Cerrone in a competitive fight in the time since, White believes a rematch is logical given the state of the weight class.

“I had it one to one going into the third, and I gave the third to Robbie,” White said of Lawler vs. Cerrone. “I just thought that third round, Lawler was pushing forward, he was throwing tons of punches, he was in his face the whole time. I thought he did more in the third.”

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

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UFC announces 4th quarter schedule with stops in Winnipeg, Detroit, Las Vegas

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The UFC octagon will make its way to the Canadian city of Winnipeg – and some other recently announced stops this winter.

The promotion announced its fourth quarter schedule of 12 events during the UFC 214 pay-per-view broadcast, including its second trip to Winnipeg after an initial visit with UFC 161 in 2013.

In all one dozen events will take place during the fourth quarter. The promotion also announced the following fight cards:

As of yet, no bouts are official for the fight cards.

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UFC makes mainland China debut with Shanghai event on Nov. 25

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The UFC is set for its long-awaited debut in mainland China.

An event, likely to be a UFC Fight Night offering, is scheduled for Nov. 25, officials announced during Saturday’s UFC 214 broadcast.

The show takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, the world’s largest city with a population of more than 24 million.

Broadcast plans, as well as potential matchups, weren’t announced for the card. However, the fight card will start fill in the coming months, and it’s likely to be heavy on Asian talent. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1.

“We are always asked when the UFC will be making its debut in mainland China,” UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content Joe Carr stated. “We are honored to confirm that Shanghai will be the home of the very first live UFC event in mainland China, and to say that we are excited is an understatement. The entire organization is looking forward to making history this year.”

The UFC has long wanted to break into the China market. However, to date, the closest the UFC has gotten is Macau, a special administrative region of China that’s hosted three events since 2012.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Shanghai, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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