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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Jake Collier outworks Marcel Fortuna for decision win

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In a battle of two fighters looking to rebound from recent decision losses, it was Jake Collier (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) who was successful against Marcel Fortuna (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

The light heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

The two fighters were quick to exchange on the feet, settling in the pocket and firing big punches up the middle. Collier was the man walking forward, but Fortuna was retreating and countering well, lacing in heavy strikes in return. Fortuna did briefly gets inside on the clinch, but Collier peeled his arms away and went back on the attack. Both men landed flush in spots, but each shook it off and immediately went back to work.

Collier continued to be the aggressor to start the second, but Fortuna countered by shooting inside and nearly taking the back in a scramble. Instead, Collier alertly defended and pulled himself free from a dangerous spot. Both men continued to fire with power on the feet before Fortuna scored a takedown with 90 seconds left and immediately set up a threatening arm-triangle choke. However, Collier again fought his way out of a bad spot and then swept to the top in a beautiful transition, finishing the round in the dominant position.

Collier appeared the fresher man in the third, and he resumed his constant forward attack. Fortuna was again able to get a takedown, but Collier instantly rolled him over and backed away, calling his opponent back to the feet. Fortuna never stopped throwing heavy leather, but Collier dealt with them well and answered back with volume. Collier stuffed another takedown in the final minute and cruised to the decision win, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

“We trained hard for this fight because we knew the kind of ground game he has,” Collier said after the win. “You’ve got to understand, I’m a white belt in jiu-jitsu. I’ve never even had a gi on. This guy’s a third-degree black belt, and I swept him. I got up and made him get up.

“I didn’t want to go to the ground with him. I think that just showcases how good my wrestling is.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Karl Roberson stays perfect, taps out Darren Stewart

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Undefeated middleweight prospect Karl Roberson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) kept his perfect career record intact, debuting in the UFC with a first-round win over Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

The middleweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

At the start, it was Stewart who was quick to get creative with his attacks, missing on a few spinning techniques. Roberson simply kept his range to avoid those wild shots before looking to unleash his own powerful attacks. The two eventually moved into the clinch, and while Stewart looked for the takedown, it was Roberson who countered with a beautiful lateral drop and then transitioned quickly to his opponent’s back. Once there, the right arm quickly wrapped the neck, but Stewart defended well. However, Roberson adjusted his position, switched arms and put in a deep squeeze, eventually forcing the tap.

“I’m a kickboxer, but this is mixed martial arts,” Roberson said after the win. “You’ve got to be dangerous everywhere. Everybody’s so ready for my kickboxing that I have to come up with more stuff. If I just train kickboxing, I’m not going to know what to do when I get grabbed. I train it all.”

Roberson has now earned five consecutive first-round finishes in his career, including a 15-second win at this past July’s Dana White Contender Series 3 event to earn his way into the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

  • Karl Roberson def. Darren Stewart via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:41

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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Jose Aldo to rematch Max Holloway in UFC 218 headliner after Frankie Edgar's withdrawal

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Jose Aldo will get an immediate opportunity to regain the undisputed UFC featherweight championship he lost to Max Holloway earlier this year.

In the wake of Frankie Edgar’s (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) injury withdrawal from next month’s UFC 218 headliner, Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has agreed to step in on short notice to challenge Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) for the belt in the Dec. 2 headliner at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit. The card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Brazilian website Combate first reported the news, which MMAFighting.com also reported. An announcement was made during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 broadcast on FS1.

Holloway, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, entered his first meeting with No. 2-ranked Aldo at UFC 212 in June as the interim 145-pound champion. He went to Brazil and unified the gold with a third-round TKO, marking Aldo’s first loss in the weight class outside his memorable 13-second defeat against Conor McGregor.

The Brazilian has never lost a rematch in his career and will get another shot at revenge. The circumstances aren’t particularly bad for him, either, because Aldo already was training for a Dec. 16 matchup with Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FOX 26.

Aldo will have to cut his training camp two weeks short, and for him, hopefully it will be enough to snap the incredible 11-fight winning of “Blessed,” who was eager to remain on the card after Edgar’s withdrawal.

With the change, the UFC 218 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Paul Felder vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Allen Crowder vs. Justin Willis

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

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MMA's week out of the cage: 'Mighty Mouse' meets Porzingis, Vitor Belfort and #SaltBae

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

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

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

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‘Mouse’ meets ‘Unicorn’

Weddings, anniversaries, engagements

Animals of Instagram

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UFC-Norfolk staff picks: In close fight, who has edge between Anthony Pettis, Dustin Poirier?

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Pettis
vs.
Poirier Brown
vs.
Sanchez Albini
vs.
Arlovski Ferreira
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Marquardt Assuncao
vs.
Lopez Guida
vs.
Lauzon MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 108-72
Poirier
(57%)
Brown
(80%)
Albini
(62%)
Ferreira
(53%)
Assuncao
(90%)
Lauzon
(72%) Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 114-66
Poirier
Brown
Albini
Ferreira
Lopez
Lauzon Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 112-68
2016 Champion
Pettis
Brown
Albini
Ferreira
Assuncao
Lauzon Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 111-69
Poirier
Brown
Albini
Ferreira
Assuncao
Lauzon Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 111-69
2015 Champion
Poirier
Brown
Albini
Ferreira
Assuncao
Guida Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 109-71
Poirier
Brown
Arlovski
Ferreira
Assuncao
Guida Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 106-74
Poirier
Brown
Albini
Ferreira
Assuncao
Lauzon Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 105-75
Pettis
Sanchez
Albini
Marquardt
Assuncao
Lauzon George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 104-76
Poirier
Brown
Arlovski
Ferreira
Assuncao
Lauzon John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 102-78
Poirier
Brown
Arlovski
Ferreira
Assuncao
Guida Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 101-77
2014 Champion
Poirier
Brown
Albini
Ferreira
Assuncao
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(This story was originally published on Nov. 10, 2017.)

For the fourth time overall, and first time in Norfolk, the UFC touches down in Virginia this week.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place today at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., on the campus of Old Dominion University. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) takes on perennial title contender Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC). The 155-pound bout is a close one with the oddsmakers – Pettis is just a slight favorite. But it’s Poirier who has an overwhelming 8-2 advantage from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) will fight for the final time when he meets Diego Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) in a welterweight bout. Brown is a 3.5-1 favorite over Sanchez, and he has an overwhelming 9-1 edge from our pickers.

Also on the main card, heavyweight prospect Junior Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on former champ Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC), who will be trying to snap a five-fight skid. Albini is more than a 3-1 favorite and is a 7-3 pick from our staff members. Cezar Ferreira (11-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) is yet another big favorite in his middleweight bout against Nate Marquardt (35-18-2 MMA, 13-11 UFC), and only one of our pickers is brave enough to take Marquardt with the upset, leaving Ferreira a 9-1 choice.

Bantamweight standout Raphael Assuncao (25-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC) is more than a 3-1 favorite and is a 9-1 pick over Matthew Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). And to open the main card, a lightweight fight between Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) and Joe Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) features 24 fight-night bonuses between the two. It’s the closest fight on the card from an odds standpoint, and it’s the closest fight in our picks: Lauzon has just a 6-4 edge.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Poirier, Brown, Albini, Ferreira, Assuncao and Lauzon are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jarred Brooks got nods from Jose Aldo, Anthony Kiedis, now wants to replace Henry Cejudo

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UFC flyweight Jarred Brooks is not all bent out of shape after his first professional loss, even if the people around him are.

There was talk in his camp of an appeal of a split-call loss to Deiveson Figueiredo (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119, which took place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brooks (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) isn’t interested in going that route.

“Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, this undefeated thing,’ and it’s not a big deal,” Brooks told MMAjunkie. “I don’t really care if I take a loss. I’m still looking down the road, and I’m still looking at a UFC belt. If I take losses on the way to the UFC belt, that’s my learning process.”

Brooks appeared to control much of the fight with his wrestling and avoid Figueiredo’s power shots. But the ones that landed convinced two of three judges to give the Brazilian the fight via scores of 29-28.

It didn’t take long for Brooks to arrive at the conclusion he had to let it go. Five minutes after the fight, he was already thinking about his next step.

“I’ve lost in wrestling, and I’ve tried to dwell on my losses too much in wrestling, and it made me hate the sport,” he said. “So I’m not going to do that in this sport. I love it too much.”

The blow of Brooks’ first loss certainly was softened by the response he got when he left the cage. He was approached by UFC executive Reed Harris, who said Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was watching the fight and thought he got the shaft. Then he saw former UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, who said the same thing.

“Man, I was really starstruck,” Brooks said. “I was like, in awe.”

What would help the up-and-comer really get over the whole experience is a quick turnaround. Brooks is eyeing a short-notice replacement if the opportunity arises. A fight with Sergio Pettis would be top on his list, of course, if Pettis’ opponent, onetime title challenger Henry Cejudo, is unable to fight at UFC 218 after a close call in the recent fires in Northern California.

Then there’s up-and-comer Ben Nguyen, who’s won four of five in the octagon and most recently dispatched onetime title challenger Tim Elliott.

Whoever it is, Brooks is undeterred by his recent setback.

“I’m going to get that UFC belt,” he said.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Norfolk headliner Dustin Poirier on using his fight gear to raise money for good causes

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NORFOLK, Va. – Dustin Poirier put his fight kit to a good cause after UFC 211 in May. He’ll do the same after tonight’s main event in Virginia.

Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) takes on former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 120 main event. And when he’s done, his fight gear will be up on eBay with the proceeds going to a cause near and dear to him.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In May, Poirier raised $5,100 – more than 3,000 meals, he told MMAjunkie – for the Second Harvest Food Bank in his home city of Lafayette, La. Tonight’s fight gear will raise money he says will go directly to the widow and children of Lafayette Police Cpl. Michael Middlebrook, who was killed in the line of duty in October.

Poirier said each fight the rest of his career, he’ll choose a new cause to raise money for, and said he always will make sure the funds go straight to the source, not through a big company.

Check out the video above to hear from Poirier about the motivation behind auctioning off his fight gear every fight going forward.

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Emelianenko vs. Mir in Bellator tourney opener? Matchups not determined, official says

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A heavyweight matchup that’s been discussed for more than a decade could happen in the opening round of the recently announced Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018 tournament – but nothing is confirmed just yet.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) says he will take on former PRIDE FC heavyweight titleholder Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in the opening round of the eight-man tournament, which is set to determine a new Bellator heavyweight champ.

RelatedBellator heavyweight title tourney: Fedor, Mir, 'Rampage,' Sonnen among big names booked

Mir revealed the matchup during a recent edition of his “Phone Booth Fighting” podcast, but a Bellator official told MMAjunkie that no matchups have been finalized.

“Looks like I’ll probably be lining up with Fedor, probably in April,” Mir said on the podcast (via YouTube). “I didn’t sleep that night with it running through my mind.”

Although both are in the twilight of their careers, Mir and Emelianenko once ruled the heavyweight division from different sides of the globe. Mir was racking up submissions and title wins under the UFC banner while Emelianenko was making an unprecedented run through the now-defunct PRIDE FC organization.

Both men have since landed under the Bellator banner and could potentially face off in the opening round of the tournament. Mir makes his Bellator debut after a 27-fight run with the UFC that ultimately ended with his release from the company. He’s currently still serving a suspension for a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) anti-doping violation, but his two-year term ends in March.

Emelianenko, meanwhile, enters the tournament with hopes of reviving his career after a failed Bellator debut. “The Last Emperor” suffered a first-round knockout loss to Matt Mitrione at Bellator NYC in June.

Mir said he’s wanted to fight Emelianenko for a long time.

“There’s always so many times I heard, ‘Oh, it’s going to happen; the UFC is going to sign Fedor,'” Mir said. “This is the most bang for your buck, and I guarantee we’re going to face off in the opening round.”

For more on the upcoming Bellator schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Referee and judge assignments set for The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale

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Veteran referee John McCarthy will oversee the fight for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to hire McCarthy for The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, which takes place Dec. 1 at Park Theater in Las Vegas. The main card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

McCarthy, MMA’s most recognizable referee, will receive $1,900 for the job. In the event of a decision, judges Derek Cleary, Jeff Mullen and Junichiro Kamijo will score the fight. They will receive $1,600 each.

RelatedTickets on sale today for The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in Las Vegas

After the event, Mullen, the Tennessee Athletic Commission’s former executive director, will take a job with the NSAC as an assistant to executive director Bob Bennett.

“The Ultimate Fighter 26” just aired its ninth episode on Wednesday. Veteran Roxanne Modafferi (21-13) and Sijara Eubanks (2-2) punched their tickets to the semifinals of the reality show tournament, which will crown the first-ever women’s titleholder at 125 pounds.

Cast members who are eliminated from the season-long tournament will likely be booked for the TUF 26 Finale undercard, which is headlined by the inaugural title fight.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Anthony Pettis on importance of family ahead of UFC-Norfolk – on anniversary weekend of father's death

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NORFOLK, Va. – As it turns out, emotions may be running high for UFC Fight Night 120 headliner Anthony Pettis tonight.

Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC), a former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, takes on Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) in the main event. The winner will remain in the title chase at 155 pounds; the loser likely will take a big step back in the pack.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC-Norfolk staff picks: In close fight, who has edge between Anthony Pettis, Dustin Poirier?

This weekend, though, is an emotional one each year for Pettis. Sunday, the 30-year-old told MMAjunkie earlier this week, will be the 14th anniversary of his father’s death – he was stabbed to death by a would-be robber in Milwaukee in 2003.

Pettis, no doubt, would love to honor the memory of his father with a win over Poirier. But he’s got some added incentive, as well.

His mother will be at the fight, watching cageside – something she doesn’t typically do.

Check out the video above to hear from Pettis about his mother, his father’s death, and why he’s doing much of this now for his 6-year-old daughter.

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jimmie Rivera: 'Mighty Mouse' blocking my deserved title fight with T.J. Dillashaw

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Jimmie Rivera said he’s the obvious next candidate to challenge UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw. There’s a roadblock in his way, however, and his name is UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson.

Rivera’s (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) future was thrown into uncertainty this week when his scheduled UFC 219 matchup with Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was called off when the former titleholder suffered an injury. The bout was likely a title eliminator in the 135-pound division, but after “The Dominator” pulled out, Rivera said there’s no question he should be fighting new champ Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) next.

The twist, however, is that Dillashaw appears to be moving down to 125 pounds for a champion vs. champion showdown with pound-for-pound king Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC). The fight has been discussed since earlier this year, and after Dillashaw reclaimed bantamweight gold with a knockout of Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 this past weekend, UFC President Dana White said he wants to see it happen.

RelatedT.J. Dillashaw after UFC 217 title win: Demetrious Johnson can't run from me anymore

That leaves Rivera as the odd man out, and he said he’s not sure what’s going to happen.

“I’m kind of in limbo now,” Rivera told MMAjunkie. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I don’t know where it leaves me. You’ve got Cruz who is hurt. You’ve got Cody who is getting hand surgery. That leaves T.J., but the thing with T.J. is, will Demetrious take the fight against him?

“It’s up to Demetrious if he’ll take the fight with T.J. If he takes the fight, it pushes me back, if not it’s fair game.”

Rivera, No. 5 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, said he’s not upset at No. 1-ranked Dillashaw for chasing a potentially historic fight against “Mighty Mouse.” He understands why the champ and UFC brass would be compelled to book the fight, but he’s just disappointed with where it leaves him.

The New Jersey-based fighter is frustrated the 125-pound champion is the one who will determine his immediate future, and he said he really has no idea whether Johnson will accept the fight.

“I honestly don’t know what will happen,” Rivera said. “It comes down to money. Are they going to give him the money he wants? I don’t really care about the money and all that. I just want to fight for the belt. I got in the UFC to fight for the belt, and that’s the main goal. I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen. I want that strap around my waist, and it sucks I have to keep waiting for on people for it.”

“I run a business so I know how a business works,” he continued. “Obviously, the UFC is a business, and they want to push that fight because it’s going to have an impact. I understand why. It’s a good business move for T.J. and Johnson, but I don’t know if Johnson is going to get the number he wants for that fight. It might not be the best situation for Demetrious Johnson. There’s a lot on the line – losing his title – and he could lose his winning streak. There’s a lot on the line for that. I don’t know what’s going to happen with that. It’s kind of crazy that a title shot at 135 is held up on Demetrious Johnson, who is the champion at 125.”

RelatedUFC on FOX 25 results: Jimmie Rivera's winning streak at 20 after decision vs. Thomas Almeida

At this point, Rivera’s not sure if he will still fight at UFC 219. Brazilian bantamweight John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) has offered his services, and a grudge match with Aljamain Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is also a potential option.

Rivera, though, said those fights simply don’t make sense to him.

“I tried to fight (Sterling) as I was coming to the UFC and when I was in the UFC, and he said no,” Rivera said. “Now I’m ahead of him, and I’m in a better position, and now he wants to fight me?

“A win over Sterling – everyone says I’m going to run through him, and I am going to run through him. He’s not going to help me get the belt. He’s not a No. 1 contender fight. It’s not going to work out with him at all. The one thing I said numerous times is that once I am champ, I’m not going to turn down a fight. I will fight whoever they want me to fight because I’m the champ, and that’s an obligation. Now I’m not the champ, and I’m trying to work for it. A fight with him doesn’t make sense. He beat a nobody and he beat a washed-up (Renan) Barao.”

With an incredible 20-fight winning streak to his credit, Rivera is adamant that it’s essentially title shot or bust at this point. He’s aware of the reality of his situation, though, and said if Dillashaw ends up dropping to flyweight and fighting Johnson, he will either be forced to take another fight or experience an extremely long layoff.

Rivera said his team is going to work with the UFC in the coming days to help gain clarity on his future, but at this point, he knows exactly what he wants.

“Who am I going to fight? The only three fights that makes sense are Dominick, Cody or T.J., and Dominick and Cody are both out,” Rivera said. “I have nothing against anybody else in the division but no one is as established as I am. No one is on the winning streak I am, and no one is doing what I’m doing. The Cruz fight was going to settle the No. 1 contender, but Cruz is out, so now I’m the No. 1 contender. That’s what it means. That’s the only way I see it.”

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

 


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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2563 with UFC-Norfolk breakdown, Bellator tourney discussion

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Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio.

The hosts unpack the breaking news of Bellator’s heavyweight tournament, break down key fights on this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 120 card, as well as touch on Conor McGregor’s indiscretions at Bellator 187.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.


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Commission rep issues statement on Conor McGregor 'assault' at Bellator 187

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The head of the commission that oversaw Friday’s Bellator 187 event has issued a statement regarding a fracas involving UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

Mike Mazzulli, who’s president of both the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) and the Association of Boxing Commissions, today sent the statement to MMAjunkie. In it, he says “McGregor’s conduct jeopardized the health and safety” of fighters who were in the cage during the Ireland event.

During the main card, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin and aired via same-day delay on Spike, McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) earned a first-round TKO win over John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). However, videos of McGregor crashing the cage after the Ward fight quickly hit social media.

RelatedTwitter reacts to UFC champ Conor McGregor's chaotic cage-jumping incident at Bellator 187

McGregor, who was not a licensed cornerman at the event, scaled the cage as part of a celebration – before the bout’s conclusion, according to Mazzulli. But he then shoved Marc Goddard when the veteran referee tried to have the UFC lightweight champion removed from the cage while medical personnel tended to Redmond.

Mazzulli said McGregor “assaulted Referee Mark Goddard and a Bellator staff” (member) in the statement.

“The MTDAR has been in consultation with the upper management of the UFC regarding Mr. McGregor’s inappropriate and unacceptable behavior,” his statement read. “The MTDAR has also contacted members of the Association of Boxing Commissioners that have licensed Mr. McGregor in their jurisdictions to inform them of Mr. McGregor’s behavior.”

There’s no immediate word on possible repercussions for McGregor, though it’s likely outside of the MTDAR’s and ABC’s jurisdiction. Instead, any penalties would likely have to come from a commission that regulates and licenses him for any of his future fights.

Here’s the full statement:

“While the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) was regulating Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland, on November 10, 2017, the following events took place during the Ward vs Redmond bout.

“Mr. Conor McGregor who was a spectator at the time, disrupted the event by scaling the cage prior to the conclusion of the bout. Mr. McGregor’s conduct jeopardized the health and safety of the bout participants by delaying necessary medical attention to the fighters that were injured during the round.

“In addition, Mr. McGregor assaulted Referee Mark Goddard and a Bellator staff.

“The MTDAR has been in consultation with the upper management of the UFC regarding Mr. McGregor’s inappropriate and unacceptable behavior.
“The MTDAR has also contacted members of the Association of Boxing Commissioners that have licensed Mr. McGregor in their jurisdictions to inform them of Mr. McGregor’s behavior.”

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Before UFC-Norfolk headliner, watch Dustin Poirier KO Diego Ferreira in lightweight debut

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Nearly seven months after being knocked out by Conor McGregor in a featherweight bout, Dustin Poirier decided the weight cut was too much and moved up to 155 pounds.

It proved to immediately be a wise move.

On April 4, 2015, Poirier made his lightweight debut against Diego Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 63, and he was sharp with his hands early and often, until he finished Ferreira via knokcout 3:45 into the first round. Poirier would win three more fights in a row after Ferreira.

RelatedWhy fighting Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night 120 made sense to Anthony Pettis

You can watch the full fight in the video above.

And remember to catch Poirier in action this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk, Va., where “The Diamond” will take on Anthony Pettis in the FS1-televised main event at Ted Constant Convocation Center.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Karl Amoussou vs. Dominique Steele title fight added to Cage Warriors 89

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This month’s Cage Warriors 89 event now has a second title fight.

Officials today announced a headlining title fight between welterweight champion Karl Amoussou (24-7-2) and UFC vet Dominique Steele (14-9).

Cage Warriors 89 takes place Nov. 25 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. As with all Cage Warriors events, the card streams on UFC Fight Pass following prelims on Facebook, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Amoussou, a 31-year-old French-German fighter, is a well-traveled vet who’s competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, DREAM and M-1, among other promotions. In February, he scored a TKO victory over Matt Inman to win the belt. It was his seventh straight victory.

RelatedCage Warriors 80 results: Karl Amoussou takes vacant 170-pound title, makes case for UFC spot

He now meets Steele, who recently concluded a five-fight UFC stint that saw him go 1-4 in the organization. The 29-year-old Ohio native had a solid a two-fight span in which the former CES MMA champion picked up a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his slam-KO of “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim and a “Fight of the Night” award in a decision loss to Danny Roberts.

Officials also announced Nills van Noord (17-8) has replaced Karl Moore (8-1) at the event. He now fights Mauro Cerilli (10-2) for the organization’s vacant heavyweight belt. Moore, who is also the organization’s light-heavyweight champion, was forced off the card with an injury.

The latest Cage Warriors 89 card now includes:

  • Champ Karl Amoussou vs. Dominique Steele – for welterweight title
  • Mauro Cerilli vs. Nills van Noord – for vacant heavyweight title
  • Cindy Dandois vs. Kerry Hughes
  • Tommy Depret vs. John Maguire
  • Ayton De Paepe vs. Jack Shore
  • Ben Dandois vs. Chico Martinez
  • Donovan Desmae vs. Aiden Lee
  • Massai Sant’anna vs. Artur Szczepaniak
  • Leon Jansen vs. Jan Quaeyhaegens
  • Sameer Alekozai vs. Matthias Lodahl

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


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Headliner still TBA, but China's UFC Fight Night 122 lineup fills out with new bouts

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The main event is now a question mark, but the fight card continues to take shape for the UFC’s debut in mainland China.

UFC Fight Night 122 which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the full lineup and bout order haven’t been finalized.

As reported on Friday, the event recently lost its planned headliner of former middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC). Silva was notified of a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy, and he’s been pulled from the card as Gastelum awaits a replacement.

RelatedAnderson Silva flagged for potential doping violation, pulled from UFC Fight Night 122

However, three fights were recently made official for the card: welterweights Bobby Nash (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Kenan Song (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), bantamweights Bharat Khandare (5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Pingyuan Liu (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and featherweights Wuliji Buren (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Rolando Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

Nash, a 27-year-old former Michigan State wrestler, is likely in a must-win situation after suffering knockout losses to Li Jingliang and Danny Roberts in his two UFC fights. He meets Song, a 27-year-old Chinese vet who had won six straight fights – all via stoppage – before recent back-to-back losses.

Khandare, a 28-year-old who’s the promotion’s first Indian-born fighter, makes his promotional debut after competing primarily with Super Fight League, where he went 5-0 with five stoppages. He meets Liu, a vet who’s won seven straight fights while competing throughout his home country of China.

Buren, a 27-year-old from China, puts a three-fight winning streak on the line when he makes his UFC debut opposite Dy, a 26-year-old Filipino fighter and PXC vet who’s suffered losses to Alex Caceres and Teruto Ishihara since joining the UFC.

The latest UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. TBA
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Bobby Nash vs. Kenan Song
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Bharat Khandare vs. Pingyuan Liu
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Wuliji Buren vs. Rolando Dy
  • Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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LFA 27 highlights: Ryan Spann brings the power with a fight-ending right

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Friday’s LFA 27 fight card concluded with three straight knockout stoppages. Check out the highlights.

In the headliner, which aired on AXS TV from Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., Robert Watley (9-1) notched the first defense of his lightweight belt after stopping challenger Daryl Wilson (7-2) with third-round ground and pound.

RelatedLFA 27 results: Watley grinds out Wilson to retain, Spann picks up quick win

In the co-headliner, Ryan Spann (12-5) dazed fellow light heavyweight Myron Dennis (15-7) with a big right hand, which set up the first-round stoppage.

Also on the card, lightweight Alex Hernandez (8-1) made a successful promotional debut with a dominant performance over Derrick Adkins (10-5) that resulted in a third-round TKO win.

Check out all of the finishes above.

And for more on LFA 27, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Referee Marc Goddard issues statement after Conor McGregor melee at Bellator 187

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How did the man at the center of Friday’s Conor McGregor melee at Bellator 187 handle another sudden thrust into the spotlight? He’s as level-headed as always.

During the event, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin, McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) earned a first-round TKO win over John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). However, long before that main-card bout aired on Spike via same-day delay in the U.S., videos of McGregor crashing the cage after the Ward fight quickly spread on social media.

RelatedConor McGregor jumps cage at Bellator 187, confronts referee Marc Goddard

McGregor, who was not a licensed cornerman at the event, scaled the cage as part of a celebration. But he then shoved Marc Goddard when the veteran referee tried to have the UFC lightweight champion removed from the cage while medical personnel tended to Redmond.

Here was the frantic scene (via Twitter):

Madness in Dublin thanks to @TheNotoriousMMA!!! DO NOT miss #Bellator187 TONIGHT on @spike 9/8c pic.twitter.com/BGWcOBDvFb

— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 10, 2017

Additional footage showed that McGregor took a swipe at a Bellator employee who tried to get “Notorious” down from the top of the cage.

Goddard, one of the sport’s more recognizable and respected officials, today issued a statement. As with the melee on Friday, the veteran ref remained calmed and professional (via Twitter):

I operate with integrity, belief and values.

I hold MMA in a deep rooted place in my life and have considered myself most fortunate to have done so for so long.

Family first. Everything else second.

Respect.

— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) November 11, 2017

I operate with integrity, belief and values.

I hold MMA in a deep rooted place in my life and have considered myself most fortunate to have done so for so long.

Family first. Everything else second.

Respect.

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a hit against Conor McGregor during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a hit against Conor McGregor during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor lands a hit on Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a hit on Conor McGregor during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor moves in with a hit against Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the sixth round at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (black trunks) celebrates after knocking out Conor McGregor (white trunks) during their boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather won via 10th round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (black trunks) celebrates after knocking out Conor McGregor (white trunks) during their boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather won via 10th round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (black trunks) celebrates after knocking out Conor McGregor (white trunks) during their boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather won via 10th round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts following his TKO victory against Conor McGregor in the tenth round at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Referee Robert Byrd stops the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in the tenth round at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boxing referee Robert Byrd holds Conor McGregor after stopping the right in the tenth round against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the tenth round during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (black trunks) reacts after knocking out Conor McGregor (not pictured) in their boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather won via tenth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (right) shake hands after their boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather won via tenth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts following his loss in the tenth round by TKO to Floyd Mayweather Jr. at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) embraces Conor McGregor following their boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/HPw3CvabZ8Rz65P6nkwQP6/283767", customAnalytics: true, title: "Mayweather def. 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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 187

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s Bellator 187 event in Dublin, went with as their backing tracks.

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A.J. McKee def. Brian Moore via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:14

A.J. McKee: “A.J. McKee” by Lil’ Hef

Brian Moore: “L’Estasi Dell’oro (Bandini Remix)” by Ennio Morricone

Sinead Kavanagh def. Maria Casanova via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:34

Sinead Kavanagh: “Feel The Love” by Rudimental feat. John Newman

Maria Casanova: N/A

Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Fred Freeman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:57

Kevin Ferguson Jr.: “Bareknuckle Hits” by DJ EFN

Fred Freeman: “Dream On” by Aerosmith

Charlie Ward def. John Redmond via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:59

Charlie Ward: N/A

John Redmond: “The Last of the Mohicans Theme” by Dougie Maclean & Trevor Jones

Paul Redmond def. Sergio de Jesus Santos via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Paul Redmond: “The Harder They Come” by Jimmy Cliff

Sergio de Jesus Santos: “We Will Rock You” by Queen

For complete coverage of Bellator 187, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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


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How to watch UFC Fight Night 120: Fight card, start time, online results, how to stream Poirier-Pettis

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The UFC heads returns to Virginia for the first time since 2015 with today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event. Here’s how to watch.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s digital streaming network.

The early prelims kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, the FS1 prelims commence at 8 p.m. ET, and the six-fight FS1 main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 120 play-by-play and live results (6:30 p.m. ET)

You may also be able to stream part of the event on the FOX Sports GO app. For all the ways to watch the event, check out this UFC.com list.

In the headliner, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) takes on fellow contender Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC). In the co-headliner, two fan favorites are featured as Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) takes on Diego Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) at welterweight.

The full UFC Fight Night 120 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC Fight Night 120 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC Fight Night 120 main card (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez
  • Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon
UFC Fight Night 120 preliminary card (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Viviane Pereira vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
UFC Fight Night 120 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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