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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2479 with Tecia Torres, Michael Johnson, Marc Diakiese

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Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Michael Johnson, Tecia Torres and Marc Diakiese.

All three guests will compete in Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on FS1. Johnson talked about how he plans on teaching undefeated Justin Gaethje a lesson in his UFC debut. Torres talked about how she was thinking of checking out other gyms outside of American Top Team, even if she hadn’t gotten engaged and moved to Colorado. Diakiese suggested Drakkar Klose should bring a pillow to the arena Friday, because he’s going to sleep.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.


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UFC 213 pre-event facts: Yoel Romero brings special stats into interim title fight

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The UFC’s sixth annual “International Fight Week” festivities conclude on Saturday with UFC 213, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) gets the headlining spot for the second consecutive year, with the reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion set to put her title on the line in a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

The loaded lineup also features an interim UFC middleweight title affair, with the streaking Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) set to face fellow red-hot contender Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC).

For more on the numbers behind UFC 213, check out 75 pre-event facts below.

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Main event

Amanda Nunes

Nunes competes in her ninth UFC women’s bantamweight bout, tied with Miesha Tate for most appearances in divisional history.

Nunes’ five-fight UFC winning streak in women’s bantamweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Nunes’ seven victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Nunes’ six stoppage victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied with Ronda Rousey for most in divisional history.

Nunes’ six first-round finishes in UFC/Strikeforce women’s bantamweight competition are second most in combined divisional history behind Rousey (seven).

Nunes’ four knockout victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Nunes has earned six of her seven UFC victories by first-round stoppage.

Nunes has earned 13 of her 14 career victories by stoppage.

Valentina Shevchenko

Shevchenko can become the first Kyrgyzstan-born UFC champion.

Shevchenko’s two-fight winning streak in UFC women’s bantamweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Nunes (five), Raquel Pennington (four) and Sara McMann (three).

Shevchenko has earned 10 of her 14 career victories by stoppage.

Shevchenko has completed at least one takedown against all four of her UFC opponents.

Shevchenko’s lone UFC defeat came against Nunes at UFC 196.

Co-main event

Yoel Romero

Romero, 40, is the oldest of the 24 of fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Romero’s eight-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Romero’s eight-fight UFC winning streak tied for the fifth longest active streak among fighters in the company behind Jon Jones (13), Demetrious Johnson (12), Max Holloway (11) and Tony Ferguson (nine).

Romero is one of eight fighters in UFC history to earn eight consecutive octagon victories to start a career with the organization.

Romero has earned 10 of his 12 career victories by knockout. That includes six of his eight UFC wins.

Romero’s six knockout victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for the fourth most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (eight), Michael Bisping (seven) and Chris Leben (seven).

Romero’s six knockout victories since 2013 in UFC competition are third most among active fighters in the company behind Derrick Lewis (eight) and Conor McGregor (seven).

Romero’s five third-round stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied with Randy Couture for most in company history.

Romero is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn back-to-back victories by third-round knockout. He’s accomplished the feat twice in his career.

Romero is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn two knockout victories stemming from a flying knee. Diego Sanchez also accomplished the feat.

Romero is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout victory stemming from elbow strikes to the body. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 35.

Robert Whittaker

Whittaker is 6-0 since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in November 2014.

Whittaker’s six-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Romero (eight).

Whittaker has earned all four of his UFC middleweight stoppage victories by knockout.

Whittaker lands 5.94 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Remaining main card

Curtis Blaydes (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned all seven of his career victories by stoppage.

Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) lands 62.9 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the second highest rate in divisional history behind Alistair Overeem (74.5 percent).

Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has earned 38 of his 42 career victories by stoppage. Of his 21 career knockout wins, 12 stemmed from either a kick or knee strike.

Overeem lands 74.5 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history.

Overeem absorbs just 2.09 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the third best rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Francis Ngannou (1.53) and Lewis (1.58).

Overeem has been on the losing end of the third and fourth largest statistical comeback finishes in UFC heavyweight history. He out-landed Antonio Silva by 30 significant strikes before being knocked out at UFC 156 and out-landed Travis Browne by 27 significant strikes before his demise at UFC Fight Night 26.

Overeem’s 10 knockout losses in MMA competition are the most of any active member on the UFC roster.

Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) competes in the fifth rematch or trilogy bout of his career. He is 3-1 in previous bouts.

Werdum is 7-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2012.

Werdum is 13-3 since 2003 in fights in which he lands at least one takedown.

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

Jim Miller

Jim Miller (28-9 MMA, 17-8 UFC) competes in his 27th UFC bout, tied with Bisping, Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz for most appearances in company history.

Miller competes in his 26th UFC lightweight bout, tied with Gleison Tibau for most in divisional history.

Miller’s 16 victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Tibau for most in divisional history.

Miller’s 17 victories in UFC competition are tied for sixth most in company history behind Bisping (20), Georges St-Pierre (19), Donald Cerrone (19), Demian Maia (19) and Matt Hughes (18).

Miller’s nine stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (12).

Miller’s six submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Lauzon (seven) and Nate Diaz (seven).

Miller’s 39 submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis (19-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) returns to the UFC lightweight division after a two-fight stint at featherweight where he went 1-1.

Pettis is 1-4 in his past five UFC appearances.

Pettis has earned 16 of his 19 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his six UFC wins.

Pettis is the only fighter in UFC history to win consecutive UFC lightweight title fights by submission.

Pettis’ three knockout victories in UFC/WEC competition stemming from a kick to the head or body are tied for fourth most in combined promotional history behind Cerrone (five), Vitor Belfort (four) and Edson Barboza (four).

Preliminary card

Travis Browne

Travis Browne (18-6-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) enters the event on a three-fight losing skid, the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2016.

Browne is 2-5 overall in his past seven UFC appearances dating back to April 2014.

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

Browne’s six first-round knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Roy Nelson for third most in divisional history behind Andrei Arlovski (seven) and Cain Velasquez (seven).

Browne is one of two fighters UFC history to earn two knockout victories stemming from standing elbow strikes. Alan Jouban has also accomplished the feat.

Browne defends 83.3 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Browne’s seven fight-night bonuses for UFC heavyweight bouts are tied with Mark Hunt for second most in divisional history behind Stipe Miocic (eight).

Aleksei Oleinik (51-10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 41 of his 51 career victories by submission. He’s finished 36 of those wins in Round 1.

Oleinik has earned his past 13 victories by stoppage. He’s finished nine of those wins in Round 1.

Oleinik is the only fighter in UFC history to earn an Ezekiel choke submission victory. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 103.

Chad Laprise (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) returns to the UFC welterweight division for the first time since April 2014.

Thiago “Marreta” Santos

Thiago “Marreta” Santos (14-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has earned five of his six UFC victories by knockout.

Santos’ average fight time of 5:16 in UFC middleweight competition is second shortest among active fighters in the weight class behind Belfort (5:02).

Santos is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn two sub-minute knockout victories in middleweight competition.

Santos is one of six fighters in UFC history to earned three or more stoppages stemming from a kick.

Gerald Meerschaert (26-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned 24 of his 26 carer victories by stoppage.

Meerschaert has earned both of his UFC victories by first-round submission.

Meerschaert is one of 10 fighters in UFC history to earn a submission victory by anaconda choke. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 102.

Rob Font (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC victories by knockout.

Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is 2-0 since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in February 2015.

De Andrade has earned 19 of his 24 career victories by knockout.

De Andrade is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a spinning backfist. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 98.

Trevin Giles (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

James Bochnovic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has had all nine of his career fights end in a first-round stoppage. His longest bout to date lasted 3:39.

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

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How Claudia Gadelha wishes she was Donald Cerrone of UFC strawweights but struggles to be

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Claudia Gadelha already has a target for “when” for her octagon return. It’s the “who” that’s proving to be the difficult part.

Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is in a tough spot in the UFC’s 115-pound division. Currently ranked No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s strawweight rankings, and No. 1 in the official UFC rankings, she’s behind only one person in both lists: undefeated champion Joanna Jedrzejzcyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) .

Gadelha is also fresh off back-to-back wins – the most recent quick and dominant over fellow top contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who’d just come off a five-round title shot herself.

Under normal circumstances, Gadelha would be a shoe-in for a title shot. Problem is, she already fought the champ – twice. And while the first bout was a non-title affair with a controversial split-decision ending, the second one was a clear five-round loss. Gadelha, in fact, is the first one to say that Jedrzejzcyk is not in the cards for her right now.

But that puts her in a bit of a bind.

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“I intend to fight in September,” Gadelha told MMAjunkie. “I’m waiting for the UFC to get back to me. They’re trying, but it’s that same situation – I can’t find an opponent. It’s kind of annoying. Sometimes I wish I was the (Donald) Cerrone of strawweights. I wanted to get one fight right after the other. But I also understand that the men’s divisions have more options. And my situation at strawweight is very complicated. I wanted to fight again, I wanted to have a fight scheduled.

“I wanted to leave one fight with another one good to go, because that’s my goal in the division. But it’s hard. It’s complicated. There’s not much I can think or say, because all I can do is wait for someone to show up and want to fight. I’ve told the UFC multiple times that I’ll fight anyone in the division. It doesn’t matter who it is. I won’t handpick. But there are no opportunities, no options arising.”

While her octagon future remains muddy, Gadelha is making moves what she can control. After two camps in the U.S. – which led to the wins over Kowalkiewicz at last month’s UFC 212 and Cortney Casey at last November’s UFC Fight Night 100 – the Brazilian contender is now officially moving from Rio de Janeiro, where she’s lived for the past decade, to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A former Nova Uniao product, Gadelha has made no secret of how well she’s adjusted to her new training regimen both under Greg Luttrell, who’s now her head coach, and at Greg Jackson’s gym. But, ultimately, her decision to make a new life abroad was about more than more advanced facilities and effective training methods.

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As much as she loves Brazil, life at home was just too hard.

“I always tell my fighter friends who are still in Rio – it’s like you learn more,” Gadelha said. “You absorb more when you’re not worried, or stressed out. When you’re focused solely on that. In Rio there was traffic, stress, problems with a bunch of things. Everything was expensive. I was worried about a variety of things that got in the way of my training. Sometimes I’d get to the gym upset or late.

“In Albuquerque, it’s a lot more relaxed. I wake up, have breakfast at a big home. Everything is good and a lot different than what I was used to going through in Rio, in Natal (city where she lived for three years) and Mossoro (city of birth). That makes all the difference when it comes to absorbing techniques and learning. Even in physical conditioning, you get more time to rest. You don’t spend so much time in traffic. The whole context is a lot easier abroad.”

While she’s in a tricky situation as far as her current octagon position goes, Gadelha is also in a great place overall in her life. At 28, as one of the leading athletes on the biggest stage of the UFC, she looks back on the much different situation of when she arrived in Rio as a jiu-jitsu champ looking to break into MMA.

“It was very hard for me,” Gadelha said. “I arrived in Rio all by myself. I didn’t have anything. I had only a backpack, a gi and a bunch of dreams. I went to Rio wanting to be a fighter, but I didn’t have opportunities. I fought a lot of jiu-jitsu. I wanted to compete at MMA, but there were no opportunities. So I kept competing in jiu-jitsu, awaiting my shot until that first fight came. I was 18, and I loved it. But I made just enough money to get sneakers to train for the next fight. My purse was 300 reais (around $90.00 U.S.).

“It was very hard to support myself, to train, to eat well, and to fight. Everything was hard. Until I got opponents, and promotions that allowed women to fight – that was hard, too. I went through a lot of difficulties to be able to make it anywhere.”

In spite of all the difficulties, Gadelha managed to persevere not only as an athlete, but to pursue academic endeavors simultaneously. She attended law school and, while she hasn’t yet been able to finish, she’s got only one half of a final paper to turn in before earning a degree. And she’s already in talks with her university to get that done soon.

Being a lawyer, however, was never Gadelha’s dream. Yet, she wanted to apply to become a precinct chief – a position that, in Brazil, demands a degree and passing a highly competitive selection process. For now, with her focus elsewhere, these plans have taken a backseat.

But as Gadelha looks into her new life, they’re not dead just yet.

“I’ve been looking into my documentation in the U.S.” Gadelha said. “I do want to be a police officer. That’s why I went to law school in the first place, not to be a lawyer. And I’ve been studying the possibilities of joining some kind of special forces in the United States.”

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


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Report: Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather first news conference set for London's Wembley Stadium

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Get yourself mentally prepared for the onslaught. It’s starting in two weeks. (Well, you probably think it’s started already.)

The first news conference between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor ahead of their boxing mega-match will go down at Wembley Stadium in London, according to a report from The Sun. No specific date has been announced, though we’ve known for a bit that a world tour will be happening between the two combat sports greats.

A UFC official told MMAjunkie venues are being considered in London, but could not confirm Wembley Stadium as the location.

Mayweather, who brings a perfect 49-0 boxing record into the fight, meets UFC lightweight champ McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The ballyhooed crossover fight will air on pay-per-view at a price tag expected to be in the triple digits.

Mayweather will be coming out of retirement for the fight and trying to get to a perfect 50-0. McGregor never has had a professional boxing bout. He won the UFC’s featherweight title in December 2015. In November 2016, he won the lightweight title to become the first concurrent two-division champ in UFC history. He then had the featherweight belt removed without defending it. He has yet to defend his lightweight title, but reportedly will do so after he fights Mayweather.

Mayweather’s payday is expected to hit at least $100 million to box McGregor. McGregor will make less than that – but still is expected to take home many times more than what he made in his most recent UFC title fight.

Stay tuned to MMAjunkie for more news on the Mayweather-McGregor “Money Fight” news conference in London when it becomes available.

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

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Video: Hardy, Gooden break down Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker UFC 213 co-main event

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An interim middleweight title is on the line Saturday at UFC 213.

Ahead of the co-main event, UFC broadcasters Dan Hardy and John Gooden step “Inside the Octagon” to break down the fight.

With UFC 185-pound champ Michael Bisping on the shelf a while longer, red-hot middleweights Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) meet for the interim strap in the co-feature of UFC 213, which takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Romero has won all eight of his fights since coming to the UFC. Whittaker has won seven straight, the past six of which have been since he moved up to middleweight. Both men have five fight-night bonuses in their current streaks.

The odds are close for the co-main event. Australia-based Whittaker is a slight favorite at -135 to Romero’s +105. Hardy and Gooden break the fight down from every angle. Check out the video above to hear their analysis.

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Firas Zahabi: Conor McGregor going 'borderline illegal' is best shot to beat Floyd Mayweather

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When he steps inside the ring to face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing superfight Aug. 26, Conor McGregor will be contractually forbidden from “going rogue” and resorting to MMA tactics.

No kicks, no elbows and certainly no takedowns will be allowed, otherwise the UFC lightweight champion risks losing a significant portion of his massive payday.

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But does that mean McGregor should completely suppress his MMA instincts? Noted MMA coach Firas Zahabi, longtime trainer of former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, believes otherwise and explained why during some pre-fight analysis in a video posted to the Tristar Gym YouTube page.

“You’re not allowed to clinch, but clinching happens. … ” Zahabi said. “(McGregor) has that grinding gear that Mayweather doesn’t need to develop so much in his sport. So, if I was Conor McGregor’s coach, I would tell him to tie up Mayweather as much as possible, pull on his head, step on his toes, bump knee to knee, get physical, push him up against the rope with your forearms, tie him up as much as you can. Be physical with him.

“Mayweather is a lot smaller than Conor McGregor, and when (McGregor) comes forward, if you try to punch (Mayweather), he’s just going to slip, slide, defend, counter. Of course, you’re going to have to punch him. It’s a boxing match, absolutely. But I would spend a lot of my time dirty boxing Mayweather – grabbing the back of his head, throwing uppercuts, doing things that are borderline illegal. They’re not illegal, (but) the referee is going to have to come in a break you up. The referee is going to have to come in and save Mayweather.”

It seems pointless for McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), with no professional boxing experience, to enter the fight thinking he will outbox the 49-0 Mayweather. While clinching and “doing things that are borderline illegal” could prove smart in making Mayweather uncomfortable, Zahabi explains the strategy would also wear on him physically.

“Grab him, throw him, drop him on the floor, do borderline illegal stuff,” Zahabi said. “Get him thinking, ‘What is this? I don’t know how to grapple with this guy. I don’t know what an overhook is. I don’t know what an underhook is. I don’t know what this type of clinching is.’

“And he’s going to get tired. He will get tired from clinching. If you haven’t done a lot of clinching in your life, it’s extremely exhausting. …

“After a certain period of clinching, you build up that lactic acid. Your muscles have less pop; they’re less explosive. And all of a sudden, you’re trying to punch, but it doesn’t feel right. Do a hundred push-ups, then go hit the heavy bag. You’re going to see that your muscles aren’t feeling right.”

If McGregor is to land his signature left hand, certainly his best shot would be against a slower, fatigued and somewhat sluggish Mayweather.

So could Zahabi be onto something here? Or do you still believe McGregor has little to no chance at winning?

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

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Jiu-Jitsu: O estrangulamento de Isaque Paiva na final do São Paulo BJJ Pro

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Isaque Paiva venceu mais um torneio de expressão. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr.

No último final de semana, em Barueri, os melhores atleta do cenário nacional pisaram no tatame para buscar não só o ouro e a glória na arte suave, mas também belos prêmios em dinheiro.

Foi com essa motivação que os craques fizeram bonito no São Paulo BJJ Pro de Jiu-Jitsu, e uma dessas feras foi Isaque Paiva. Na divisão faixa-preta adulto, categoria peso-pena, o casca-grossa da Saikoo encarou Pedro Neto, da equipe Cícero Costha.

Para garantir o ouro e o cheque, Isaque aplicou uma transição da meia-guarda para as costas, e de lá trabalhou até conseguir finalizar no estrangulamento arco e flecha.

Confira com atenção as posições de Isaque Paiva e melhore seu Jiu-Jitsu no detalhe das feras!

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, July 4: Nunes, Shevchenko will settle who's No. 1

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Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko will get it on in the main event of UFC 213 on Saturday and at stake won’t just be the women’s bantamweight title.

Who will be No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings? Will it be Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who is putting her title on the line? Or will it be Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) as she looks to avenge a loss to Nunes early last year.

This past weekend was slow for major MMA events. But with The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale and UFC 213 this weekend, there’s sure to be movement in our rankings. Take a look at where the notables stand heading in.


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'UFC 213 Embedded,' No. 1: 'Bullet' visits a shooting range, because of course she does

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The UFC returns this week with International Fight Week, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s UFC 213 event.

UFC 213 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) puts her title on the line against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a rematch from early last year. And in the co-headliner, top contenders Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Yoel Romero (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) square off for the interim middleweight title.

In the first episode of “Embedded,” Whittaker arrives early in Las Vegas and explains the importance of games to his training. Back in Miami, Romero focuses on cardio and draws inspiration from boxing legends. Shevchenko does some sparring in the Las Vegas heat then, appropriately enough, “Bullet” goes shooting at a gun range. And Nunes works out at the UFC Performance Institute.

Check out the full episode above.

And for more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMA fighter, American Top Team member Aaron Rajman shot dead in Florida home

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Aaron Rajman, an MMA fighter and member of American Top Team, was shot and killed late Monday night at a home in Boca Raton, Fla., the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told Sun-Sentinel.com.

Detectives said Rajman, 25, was killed during an argument with several men when they entered the home and fired at least one shot at him. The men drove away after the encounter. The sheriff’s office said it has no motive for the fatal shooting and is treating it as a homicide investigation.

Dave Zalewski, a friend and fight promoter in Miami, told Sun-Sentinel.com Rajman had been training at ATT since he was 16 years old, adding that his teammates were in shock. UFC fighter Tecia Torres, who competes this Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, knew Rajman and shared a tribute on Instagram.

Rajman, who made his professional MMA debut in April 2014, had a 2-2 record. He was 8-1 as an amateur prior to that.

The MMA South Florida Facebook page posted a tribute in his honor.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information in the case to call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-8477.


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Bikinis, babies and bald eagles: The best of MMA notables' 4th of July posts on social media

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UFC and MMA fighters’ patriotism was in full force for Independence Day in the U.S.

Personalities from throughout the sport chose to celebrate the holiday in a variety of ways. Some opted to enjoy time with friends and family. Others, like the more than 100 fighters scheduled to compete under the UFC banner over the next month, remain trapped in the gym while training for the task at hand.

Check below for a collection of the top social media reactions to the Fourth of July holiday.

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TUF 25 Finale pre-event facts: Can dominant Justin Gaethje extend undefeated streak in UFC debut?

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Another season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series comes to a conclusion Friday when The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The card, which airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, is headlined by a grudge match between two prominent lightweight contenders as Michael Johnson (17-11 MMA, 9-7 UFC) looks to spoil the long-awaited debut of former World Series of Fighting champion Justin Gaethje (17-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale is the first of two cards slated for this year’s International Fight Week. For more, check out 30 pre-event facts.

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Main event

Johnson competes in his third UFC main event. He’s 1-1 in previous headliners.

Johnson is 1-3 in his past four UFC appearances dating back to August 2015.

Michael Johnson

Johnson has earned all four of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Johnson’s nine knockdowns landed in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Edson Barboza for second most in divisional history behind Melvin Guillard (13).

Gaethje makes his debut on a 17-fight MMA winning streak, the third longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24) and Jimmie Rivera (18).

Gaethje went 10-0 with five lightweight title defenses under the WSOF banner.

Gaethje has earned 15 of his 17 career victories by stoppage.

Gaethje has earned 14 of his 15 career stoppage victories by knockout.

Remaining main card

Jared Cannonier (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is 1-1 since he dropped to the UFC light-heavyweight division in December.

Brad Tavares

Brad Tavares (14-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) competes in just his second fight since May 2015.

Tavares has earned his past seven UFC victories by decision. His last stoppage win was a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at UFC 125 in January 2011.

Elias Theodorou (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has completed at least one takedown in all five of his UFC victories.

Marcel Fortuna (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returns to the light heavyweight division after winning his UFC debut with a first-round knockout at heavyweight.

Jordan Johnson (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned his past two victories by decision after opening his career with five consecutive stoppages.

Preliminary card

Angela Hill (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) was unsuccessful in her return to the UFC for a second stint at UFC Fight Night 104 in February. She’s winless in her past three octagon appearances overall.

RelatedTUF 25 Finale's Justin Gaethje ready to prove No. 1 lightweight status against 'quitter' Michael Johnson

Ed Herman (23-12 MMA, 10-8 UFC) is 1-1 since he returned to the light-heavyweight division in January 2016.

Herman has alternated wins and losses over his past seven fights. He suffered a loss to Nikita Krylov in his most recent bout at UFC 201.

C.B. Dollaway

C.B. Dollaway (15-8 MMA, 9-8 UFC) moves up to the UFC light-heavyweight division for the first time in his career. He spent his previous 17 octagon appearances at middleweight.

Dollaway enters the event on a three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since May 2014.

Dollaway’s earned the only Peruvian necktie submission in UFC history when he defeated Jesse Taylor at UFC Fight Night 14.

Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) competes in her eighth UFC women’s bantamweight bout, tied for the second most appearances in divisional history behind Miesha Tate (nine).

Eye enters the event on a four-fight losing skid and with five losses in her past six fights overall. She hasn’t earned a victory since November 2014.

Eye’s five losses in UFC competition are the most of any female in company history.

RelatedMichael Johnson warns Justin Gaethje: 'I'm literally going to try to take this man's life'

Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Gray Maynard (12-6-1 MMA, 10-6-1 UFC), 38, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Maynard is 1-1 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in July 2016.

Maynard is 2-6-1 in his past nine fights.

Maynard has earned his past nine UFC victories by decision. He is the only fighter in UFC history to earn nine wins with the organization without a stoppage.

Maynard’s nine-second knockout of Joe Veres at UFC Fight Night 11 stands as the fastest knockout in UFC lightweight history.

Teruto Ishihara (9-3-2 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) has earned eight of his nine career victories by knockout. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Tecia Torres’ (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) four victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (seven).

Torres has earned all eight of her career victories by decision.

Juliana Lima (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has earned all three of her UFC victories by decision.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

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Dana White: UFC champ Michael Bisping doesn't turn down fights, will meet UFC 213 winner next

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LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White has plenty of fighters who duck fights on his roster. But champ Michael Bisping, he guarantees, isn’t one of them.

Bisping claimed the 185-pound crown in June of 2016, after stepping in on short notice to knock out Luke Rockhold in the first round of their UFC 199 encounter. His reign, however, hasn’t exactly been a popular one – starting with his lone title defense, a rematch against Dan Henderson that drew criticism for both the choice of challenger and, for some, even the unanimous decision that settled it.

But the main argument made against the champ is that he has yet to face the division’s higher-ranked contenders – such as Cuban standout Yoel Romero. And it didn’t really help his case when former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre was announced as the next 185-pound challenger immediately upon his return from retirement.

The situation atop the UFC’s complicated middleweight division is bound to see a few new developments over the next few days. But, as of now, White can guarantee one thing.

RelatedUFC champ Michael Bisping: Yoel Romero-Robert Whittaker winner simply gets 'participation award'

“I’m going to tell you this: There are guys who turn down fights every day here – some I’m very public about, some I’m not, ” White recently told MMAjunkie in an exclusive sit-down interview. “Bisping does not turn down fights. Bisping does not turn down fights. He does not. So I have a lot of respect for Mike. I like guys (like him).

“You’re in the fight business. You should be willing to fight anybody, anywhere, any time – especially if you’re the champion or one of the top (expletive) five guys in the world. You shouldn’t be turning down fights with anybody. Bisping does not.”

Things have changed quite a bit since St-Pierre’s (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) return announcement. Given the Canadian ex-champ’s inability to fight any sooner than October, Romero (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) was declared the next title challenger. But then it was Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) who couldn’t fight right away due to a knee injury.

Romero was then placed on a match for the division’s interim belt, opposite fast-rising star Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC). Currently ranked No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, Romero is on an eight-fight streak that includes his most recent knockout of ex-champ Chris Weidman at UFC 205. Whittaker, who’s on a seven-fight victorious run capped off by a UFC on FOX 24 TKO destruction of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, sits at No. 4.

The pay-per-view interim title fight is set to co-headline this Saturday’s 213, which takes place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. And, although St-Pierre hasn’t lost hope that his matchup with Bisping will happen, White says that the new interim titleholder will be the one meeting the English champ.

“(Bisping) is in line for the winner,” White said. “Bisping’s never turned down a fight, this guy. Me and Bisping go back a long way from his season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and I’ve done a lot of things for Michael Bisping, and Michael Bisping’s done a lot of things for me.

“We have a really good relationship and we communicate a lot, even when we’re both not really happy with the situation and what’s going on. Me and Michael will get this done.”

On his end, Bisping isn’t exactly on board with the whole interim belt thing – which he considered “a little premature” and a mere “participation award.” But White is quite happy with what was ultimately a solution to a less-than-ideal scenario.

“I’m in this situation right now where Bisping’s hurt,” White said. “This should be Bisping vs. Romero right now. Whittaker just destroyed ‘Jacare’ and Romero has been beating everybody along the way, waiting for this title shot.

“Bisping’s not ready yet. And if there was ever an interim title fight, how is this one not worthy? This fight’s going to be ridiculous.”

To hear from White himself, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.’

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Jared Cannonier gets new TUF 25 Finale opponent just days away after Steve Bosse pulls out

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The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale card is getting a last-minute change.

Steve Bosse is out and in his place Nick Roehrick has signed with the UFC to fight Jared Cannonier in a light heavyweight bout on just three days’ notice, a company official today told MMAjunkie following an initial report from Twitter user Shawn Bitter.

The TUF 25 Finale takes place Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Roehrick (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 29, brings an undefeated record into the contest, including two fights this year under the Combat Night banner. In January he won by split decision and in April he won by first-round TKO. Four of his seven wins have come by decision.

Cannonier (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will try to get back in the win column after a decision loss to former title challenger Glover Teixeira at UFC 208 in February in Brooklyn. Prior to that, he had back-to-back wins for his first two victories in the UFC: a bonus-winning knockout of Cyril Asker a little more than a year ago and a decision over Ion Cutelaba at the TUF 24 Finale in December.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Romulo Barral explica choro ao graduar “anjo da guarda” a faixa-preta de Jiu-Jitsu

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Barral e o choro de gratidão ao amigo Jaeson. Foto: Edwin Najmi.

Gratidão é algo bonito de se ver no mundo das lutas, e neste início de semana o sentimento ficou evidente num flagra raro, registrado na Califórnia.

Na foto em questão, batida pelo atento vice mundial Edwin Najmi, o professor Romulo Barral vai às lágrimas no momento em que gradua seu aluno Jaeson Bianchi como o mais novo faixa-preta da GB Northridge. O normal seria o aluno se emocionar com o feito, mas o professor?

O mito das competições Barral explicou o lance: “Tive de pedir até licença aos meus outros alunos, mas a graduação do Jaeson foi a mais emocionante da minha vida até agora. E isso por que ele me salvou, quando ainda era faixa-branca”.

A equipe GRACIEMAG.com bateu um papo com o craque da GB e aproveitou para perguntar sobre a recuperação no pé, a participação no ADCC 2017 na Finlândia, e outras lições.

GRACIEMAG: Qual foi a razão de tamanha emoção ao graduar seu ex-faixa-branca e hoje instrutor Jaeson?

ROMULO BARRAL: Temos laços de extrema gratidão, vou tentar resumir. O Jaeson treina comigo há oito anos, desde que eu me mudei para os EUA. Ele entrou como faixa-branca, em 2010. Certa vez, do dia para noite, minha vida mudou aqui. Foi um tempo complicado, estava prestes a perder tudo que tinha conquistado nos EUA: carro, casa e academia. Para complicar, minha esposa estava para chegar, meu joelho estava machucado do Mundial 2010 e eu não sabia como faria. Conhecia o Jaeson da academia, saíamos para comer às vezes, mas não nos conhecíamos direito. Ele soube do problema, tocou a campainha lá de casa e disse: “Se você precisar de qualquer ajuda, qualquer uma, estou aqui. O Jiu-Jitsu me salvou de um momento delicado, estava deprimido e só. Graças ao Jiu-Jitsu hoje tenho uma família e quero retribuir.” E se ofereceu para investir dinheiro para abrirmos outra academia em outro ponto.

Um anjo então…

Exato, mas a gente sempre estranha né? Ele nem me conhece, como vai me dar dinheiro?, eu pensei. Mas ele surpreendeu de novo, e me chamou para morarmos na casa dele e ficar usando o carro da esposa, afinal ela estava em missão na África. Resumindo: ficamos sócios, morei um ano com ele e guiei aquele carro mais que a esposa dele. E tivemos de insistir para que ele se tornasse sócio, pois o Jaeson queria dar o dinheiro.

Como isso mudou a vida de vocês, da família Barral e da família do Jaeson?

Mudou tudo, pois eu não tinha nem como me sustentar, como sustentaria minha esposa naquele momento? Talvez tivesse de voltar ao Brasil, de recomeçar do zero. Já ele se envolveu de corpo e alma com o Jiu-Jitsu, e criou um programa especial para crianças que hoje atende mais de 250 alunos. Uma das virtudes que sempre aprendi com meus professores Cristiano Titi e o Draculino é lembrar de quem nos ajudou quando a gente não tinha nada. Por isso jamais esquecerei o que ele fez. E ali, ao dar aquela faixa-preta e lembrar do início, quando nossa escola era três vezes menor que o espaço de hoje, foi complicado segurar a emoção. Nunca fiquei tão feliz em graduar um aluno como faixa-preta, afinal hoje somos irmãos.

Como anda o pé?

Está melhorando a cada dia. Como sempre aprendi no Jiu-Jitsu, o corpo vai sempre desistir antes da mente, por isso tentei aguentar um pouco mais. Minha mente é blindada, e já estou aqui na fisioterapia me aprontando para a próxima. Estou confirmado no ADCC 2017 mais uma vez, vou chegar lá 100% em setembro para fazer aquela força com geral.

Matt Hughes' sister: 'Small signs of improvement' for UFC legend now off ventilator

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UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes is off a ventilator and in the middle of a “long journey for his recovery” after a scary truck-train accident last month, his sister said in a family statement posted Tuesday on Facebook.

On June 16, Hughes’ truck reportedly was struck on the passenger side when he crossed railroad tracks directly in front of the train on Beeler Trail in Montgomery County, Ill. The crossing did not have a barricade and was marked only with a sign.

Hughes, 43, a native of Hillsboro, Ill., was unconscious when first responders arrived and immediately airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

On Tuesday, Beth Ulrici Hughes provided an update on the UFC legend’s condition, stating that he is off a ventilator and “showing small signs of improvement.” She also addressed what the ordeal has been like for the family.

Here’s the full statement:

Update from Matt’s family:

Audra Hughes, Annette Fuller, Emily Hays Hughes

Please understand that Matt was the only public figure in our family. The rest of us are just regular everyday small town folks. We have never had to deal with the media and all the added stress that comes with it. We are all very private people and we are doing our best to keep you all informed; but our focus right now is Matt and his recovery. No news is good news!

Matt is off the ventilator and showing some small signs of improvement. There are some stories and comments out there that are exaggerated. Please don’t believe everything you hear or read. This is going to be a long journey for his recovery. Please continue to keep Matt in your prayers. He is strong, he has heart and he will not give up! We are faithful in the fact that he will recover with God’s Grace and Mercy! We as a family ask everyone to keep praying for Matt!

One of the greatest welterweights in MMA history, Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC) held the title from 2001-2004 and 2004-2006, defending his belt on seven different occasions. He most recently fought in 2011, losing via knockout to Josh Koscheck, which marked the second straight time he’d been knocked out after a previous loss to UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumorssection of the site.


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Albert Morales replaces Mitch Gagnon, meets Brett Johns at UFC Fight Night 113

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Bantamweight Albert Morales (7-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) has agreed to step in on short notice to replace Mitch Gagnon (12-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and face Brett Johns (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at next week’s UFC Fight Night 113 even in Scotland.

UFC officials today announced the change in plans.

UFC Fight Night 113 takes place July 16 at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card airs on FS1.

Morales has had incredibly mixed results thus far in his UFC run, seeing both a win, a loss and a draw added to his record during his first three bouts in the octagon. The victory came most recently, with “The Warrior” scoring a split-decision win over Andre Soukhamthath at March’s UFC 209 event.

The undefeated Johns made his UFC debut this past November with a win over Kwan Ho Kwak. The Welsh fighters was expected to return to action at this past March’s UFC Fight Night 107 event in London, but opponent Ian Entwistle was scratched at the last moment and ultimate retired from competition.

With the change in the lineup, UFC Fight Night 113 currently includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Cynthia Calvillo
  • Paul Felder vs. Stevie Ray
  • Ryan Janes vs. Jack Marshman
  • Paul Craig vs. Khalil Rountree
  • James Mulheron vs. Justin Willis

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 1 p.m. ET)

  • Bobby Nash vs. Danny Roberts
  • Alexandre Pantoja vs. Neil Seery
  • Galore Bofando vs. Charlie Ward
  • Brett Johns vs. Albert Morales
  • Amanda Lemos vs. Leslie Smith

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Tocou o telefone? Atenda e finalize como Renzo Gracie no Jiu-Jitsu

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Finalize do cem-quilos com a técnica de Renzo Gracie. Foto: Arquivos Graciemag

Sempre divertido em suas aulas, o didático professor Renzo Gracie mostrou mais uma de suas sorrateiras técnicas de finalização, desta vez com um detalhe para fixar o ajuste e não perder o arrocho.

Na aula, Renzo ensina como finalizar na americana por cima no cem-quilos, ao evitar que o adversário se desvencilhe da posição de inferioridade. A técnica consiste em prender o braço do oponente e se posicionar como se estivesse atendendo ao telefone, para que assim o oponente, ao tentar tirar o braço, acabe na arapuca montada para a finalização.

Confira a posição em detalhes no vídeo abaixo, e para aprender mais técnicas de Renzo Gracie acesse o Gallerr Academy!

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