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UFC Fight Night 114's Hector Sandoval on Dustin Ortiz: 'I just do everything better than him'

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MEXICO CITY – Hector Sandoval is coming into Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 scrap with Dustin Ortiz off a big first-round knockout win over Matt Schnell.

Winning, of course, is kind of the point whenever a fighter steps into the octagon. But, this time, Sandoval says there was some added motivation in meeting “The Ultimate Fighter 24” alum Schnell. Considering Sandoval wasn’t even on the show, which ended with Tim Elliott earning the crown and a shot at the UFC’s flyweight belt, the motivation might sound a tad random.

But don’t worry; he’ll explain.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 114 pre-event facts: Flyweight division gets its first true non-Demetrious Johnson headliner

Sandoval said he was slated to be on “TUF 24” until, the day before he was supposed to fly out for it, he was told he couldn’t attend. The reason? Elevated testosterone levels. Two weeks later, however, he got a UFC contract. Understandably, he was confused.

“Ok then, then why am I not suspended – if I have high testosterone, if I’m doing something wrong?” Sandoval told MMAjunkie.

The abnormal results, Sandoval explained, turned out to simply be due to his naturally high testosterone levels.

“I haven’t told anyone what the real reason was, but that’s exactly the reason why,” Sandoval said. “The day before I flew out, they had told me that they only did one sample. So they couldn’t do the second sample, and I couldn’t be on the show because it takes two to three weeks to get those results back.”

RelatedYeah, Hector Sandoval rattled himself a bit with these guillotine-escape slams

Things ended up working out just fine for Sandoval, who went on to follow an unsuccessful UFC debut against ex-title-challenger Wilson Reis with back-to-back wins over Fredy Serrano and Schnell. If anything, having failed to join the “TUF 24” cast gave the flyweight the added fuel to earn the last one with style points.

“Usually I don’t go in fights thinking I have something to prove, but I want everyone in the world to know that I belonged on that show,” Sandoval said. “People were like, ‘Oh, you were just an alternate.’ No, no, no. I was supposed to be on that show. I was supposed to be fighting all you guys.”

That’s one way to get pumped for a fight. But in Ortiz (16-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC), Sandoval (14-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has the chance for a career boost. Although Ortiz currently holds a not-so-impressive 1-3 record in his past four fights, his losses have come to top talent – and the vet is still regarded as one of the octagon’s most menacing 125-pounders.

The flyweights meet on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 114, which takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The bout, along with the main card, airs on FS1 (early prelims stream on UFC Fight Pass).

Other than his opponent, Sandoval has in front of him another well-known enemy when it comes to fights in Mexico City: the altitude. Although Sandoval was actually born in Mexico, he’s now a California resident. In fact, this is only Sandoval’s second visit to his country of birth.

After seeing even “cardio freak” Cain Velasquez struggling with the altitude in his UFC 188 title-costing loss to Fabricio Werdum, Sandoval put in the time and money to make sure he had three weeks to get accustomed to the all the different conditions.

Now, with his cardio in point, he feels extra prepared to, first, take on Ortiz.

And then, everyone else.

“He’s been around for a while, so I’m not looking past him,” Sandoval said. “But I’m definitely knowing that I’ve got the tools to get the job done. He’s good at wrestling, and he’s good at jiu-jitsu. Yeah, I can do that too. I can move, and I can do a lot of other things too. I just do everything better than him.

“I’m pumped about that. And I’m ready to climb the ladder. I want to be the best fighter in the world. So I’ve got to beat him. He’s in my way, so I’ve got to take him out.”

For more from Sandoval, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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After beating ex-UFC champ, Randa Markos now ready to play villain in Mexico City

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MEXICO CITY – Randa Markos doesn’t mind being the villain. After all, she’s done it before, and it actually got her some new fans.

Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) looks to spoil the home-country fight of Mexican strawweight Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 co-headliner.

“I’m looking forward to it, actually,” Markos told MMAjunkie. “I’ve done it before. I used to fight in Michigan, and I’m from Canada, and I’ve had just the entire crowd boo me when I’m walking out.

RelatedVideo: UFC-Mexico City face-offs, where Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso were all smiles

“But then they’re cheering for me when I walk back to my room, so I’m exited to gain fans this weekend.”

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

It’s Markos first fight since a split-decision upset of former champ Carla Esparza in February. The victory gave her a boost – but it also continued her win-one, lose-one trend in the UFC, where the 31-year-old Iraqi-Canadian fighter and Tristar Gym member ended up after a semifinal-round finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 20.”

RelatedWas first career loss actually a good thing for UFC co-headliner Alexa Grasso?

“I feel like I haven’t proven myself yet – with some losses I feel like I shouldn’t have had in the past,” she said. “I really haven’t proven myself, but this is my opportunity.

“Alexa Grasso is a very good competitor. I’m really excited to be fighting her on Saturday, and I just need to prove myself on Saturday night.”

Check out the full interview above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Feb 19, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Randa Markos (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Carla Esparza (red gloves during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Sep 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Randa Markos from Windsor, Canada arrives on the Red Carpet at Lure Nightclub for the premier of The Ultimate Fighter women in the newly formed women in the strawweight class. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Apr 24, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Randa Markos stands on the scale during weigh-ins for UFC 186 at Metropolis. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports Apr 24, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Randa Markos stands on the scale during weigh-ins for UFC 186 at Metropolis. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports Apr 25, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Randa Markos (red) has her hand raised after defeating Aisling Daly (blue) (not pictured) during their women's strawweight bout during UFC 186 at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports December 19, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Karolina Kowalkiewicz defends against Randa Markos during UFC Fight Night at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports December 19, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Randa Markos moves in with a punch against Karolina Kowalkiewicz during UFC Fight Night at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports December 19, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Randa Markos holds onto Karolina Kowalkiewicz against the cage during UFC Fight Night at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports December 19, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Randa Markos fights against Karolina Kowalkiewicz during UFC Fight Night at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Jocelyn Jone-Lybarger (blue gloves) fights Randa Markos (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Jocelyn Jone-Lybarger (blue gloves) fights Randa Markos (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Jocelyn Jone-Lybarger (blue gloves) fights Randa Markos (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Randa Markos reacts after her figh against Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Randa Markos reacts after her figh against Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Randa Markos (red gloves) competes against Cortney Casey (blue gloves) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Randa Markos (red gloves) competes against Cortney Casey (blue gloves) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Randa Markos (red gloves) competes against Cortney Casey (blue gloves) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Randa Markos poses during weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night at before fighting against Carla Esparza Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Feb 19, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Randa Markos fights against Carla Esparza during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Feb 19, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Carla Esparza (red gloves) fights Randa Markos (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Feb 19, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Carla Esparza (red gloves) fights Randa Markos (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Feb 19, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Randa Markos (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Carla Esparza (red gloves during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Feb 19, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Randa Markos (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Carla Esparza (red gloves during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-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/o6Xdx6obpXgC8yXoxVPQJR/263594", customAnalytics: true, title: "Randa Markos", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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UFC's Diego Rivas: After beating cancer, 'no fighter in the world will give me a bigger challenge'

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This Saturday, Diego Rivas returns to the octagon on Saturday – almost one-and-a-half years after his most recent UFC bout. The time away, however, doesn’t mean Rivas wasn’t fighting.

In fact, Rivas was facing his toughest opponent yet.

At 24, fresh off a “Performance of the Night” flying-knee knockout of Noad Lahat at UFC Fight Night 82, a doctor’s visit to check on an injured knee resulted in Rivas discovering he had testicular cancer.

And, undefeated in his pro MMA run, Rivas saw himself dealing with questions much darker and deeper than his octagon career.

“It’s very hard to put into words,” Rivas told UFC.com‘s Thomas Gerbasi about the diagnosis. “I was shocked, obviously. Really, I had no immediate reaction. After the news settled in with me, I thought that my career was over. I thought nothing else was possible after my diagnosis, especially competing as an athlete.

“Honestly, I thought I was going to die.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 114 lineup set with a dozen bouts in Mexico City, led by Brandon Moreno vs. Sergio Pettis

After surgery and chemotherapy, however, Rivas’ body fought back. And with his recovered health came the certainty that the adversity would only serve to push the Chilean prospect forward in his path.

“There was no doubt in my mind that I would fight again after that,” Rivas told UFC.com.

Rivas’ (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) prediction is set to materialize on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 114, where he meets bantamweight Jose Quinonez (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in an FS1-televised preliminary-card affair at Mexico City Arena in Mexico.

This is Rivas’ third UFC outing – before Lahad, he outpointed Rodolfo Rubio for a successful octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 56. He was also a Team Werdum member on “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” but lost in the opening round to Gabriel Benitez. He was on a 5-0 pro run, with four finishes, before entering the show.

The “Pitbull” comes into Saturday’s bout propelled by a few factors. There is the training he’s been putting in at Team Oyama since his move to California. There’s his baby on the way. There’s the support that the bantamweight gets from his compatriots in Chile – where MMA is still growing in popularity.

But there’s also knowing that, whoever might be standing in that opposite corner, Rivas has faced worse.

“I have so much respect for anyone who fights for the UFC – but no fighter in the world will give me a bigger challenge than the disease I overcame,” Rivas told UFC.com. “I’ve always been a confident fighter, but this diagnosis only strengthened my will.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

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Was first career loss actually a good thing for UFC co-headliner Alexa Grasso?

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MEXICO CITY – MMA is full of fighter cliches, but in the case of young prospect Alexa Grasso, they can also be true.

Yes, losing your first MMA fight can be a good thing. To some extent, anyway.

In February Grasso suffered the first defeat of her five-year pro career when she dropped a unanimous decision to Felice Herrig at UFC Fight Night 104. Now, Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) looks to rebound when she meets fellow strawweight Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC Night 114 co-headliner.

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico, and the card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedVideo: UFC-Mexico City face-offs, where Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso were all smiles

Grasso, a 23-year-old Mexican fighter, gets to fight her home country – and she does so with a little less pressure now that her record is no longer unblemished.

“(To) some point, yes (there’s less pressure),” she told MMAjunkie. “In my last fight, I had a lot of pressure – a lot, a lot, a lot. … There was huge hype behind me, and I was like, ‘Damn.’

“I had to do it perfect, and I was very stressed in my training, and I was really stressed. … I was just obsessive in a bad way – train, train, train.”

Although she thought she maybe deserved the win against Herrig, she’s now feeling much more at ease ahead of her co-headlining opportunity.

“I feel relaxed now,” said Grasso, who’s a modest favorite heading into the fight with Markos. “I’m very happy to fight here in my country, and I don’t care – now it’s not about ‘I have to win all the time, all the time.’

“I just want to give my best, and that I know that giving my best will give me the win.”

Check out the full interview above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stipe Miocic is calling out boxing champ Anthony Joshua again, and it actually makes sense

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You can’t really blame Stipe Miocic. He’s the UFC heavyweight champ, he continually earns less than his peers, and he can’t seem to get the UFC to make him a contract offer he likes.

So what does he do? Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) calls out boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0 boxing). Again. And while it actually makes some degree of sense when you think about it, it’s also starting to get a little sad in a strange kind of way.

On the occasion of Wladimir Klitschko’s retirement, the UFC champ jumped on Twitter on Thursday morning in another attempt to bait Joshua into a crossover fight:

. @anthonyfjoshua looks like your schedule is wide open. No excuses, let's dance! #BaddestManOnThePlanet

— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) August 3, 2017

He tried a similar tactic back in May – when the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight moved closer to being a reality – and was summarily dismissed by Joshua.

Undaunted, now Miocic is at it again, which is where it starts to get a little sad. You try to talk your way into a big-money fight once? That makes sense. You might as well give it a shot, right? But keep at it, and sooner or later you just look desperate.

The irony is, Miocic actually has a slightly better standing to request this fight than McGregor did to go after Mayweather. Miocic did some Golden Gloves boxing, which already puts him ahead of McGregor. He’s also challenging a fighter who only somewhat recently became the unified champion, as opposed to pitting himself against the best boxer in a generation.

Odds are that Miocic and McGregor will/would both lose when playing the other guys’ game, but Miocic would probably stand a slightly better chance.

Not that it matters, of course. Since the Mayweather-McGregor fight is and always has been more about hype than skill, the only thing that really matters is what sort of spotlight you bring. And Miocic? As good a fighter as he is, he’s probably not going to give Joshua any push that Joshua couldn’t give himself.

RelatedStipe Miocic is the UFC champion who also cleans toilets as a firefighter

In other words, this is a longshot for Miocic. At least part of the reason he’s pushing for it is because he’s been so publicly unhappy with his UFC contract, and MMA fighters are everywhere are now looking over and seeing greener grass in the boxing pasture, which probably does not say anything positive about the pay scale in MMA.

And that’s the other thing, is that there’s a certain sadness in trying to follow in the exact footsteps of McGregor. Miocic doesn’t even have novelty value going for him here. He’s merely attempting to play follow-the-leader directly into a big payday that would likely still be smaller than McGregor’s.

Again, he has a logically better position from which to operate. Unlike McGregor, at least Miocic can say he’s defended his UFC belt, and almost a record-setting amount, considering how hard the UFC heavyweight strap has been to hold onto. Then again, this is the fight game. Logic doesn’t always count for much.

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

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

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Twitter Mailbag: Was post-fight Jon Jones the real one, or just a convincing fake?

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In this week’s Twitter Mailbag, was the UFC light-heavyweight champion extending a sincere olive branch to his vanquished challenger, and where does all this leave the former champ’s legacy? Plus, is GSP-Bisping the fight that no one but the participants has been asking for? And can you really blackmail your way into an apology from the UFC president?

All that and more in this edition of the TMB. To ask a question of your own, tweet it to @BenFowlkesMMA.

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Jon Jones totally humble in victory over DC… Total troll job or was he being sincere? Or does it not matter? #TMB

— TimmyEmoDachshund (@TimmyDoesntCare) August 2, 2017

I think he was being sincere. The things Jon Jones said about Daniel Cormier immediately after the fight were not so different from what he said about him a few days before the fight. Talking to reporters after the open workouts, Jones called Cormier “a good (expletive) dude” and admitted to liking him as a person. What stopped them from getting along, he said, was that Cormier had this weird hangup that simply wouldn’t allow him to admit that Jones was better than he was.

Now, we hear that and we can spot the ridiculousness in the argument. Of course Cormier can’t admit that. He’s one of the best fighters in the world. His whole life is about being the absolute best. He’s not killing himself in the gym just to be second place. How could Jones not realize that?

I think the answer has to do with the inherent narcissism that comes with being the best fighter in the world. It’s so obvious to Jones that everyone else is just a character in his story. So why can’t they see it, and just be happy to have a supporting role in the great drama?

That’s where his head seemed to be at before the fight. Once Jones had knocked out Cormier, then he was free to let his guard down and admit that Cormier was a good guy and a great fighter. Why not? If you praise him now, it just makes you seem greater for having beaten him. And it’s not like anybody will get confused about who the best is while Cormier is stumbling around off-camera.

So yes, I think he meant every word. I also don’t think for one second that he would have uttered anything close to that if he’d lost.

Is DC' legacy better than Liddell or Ortiz? Or just a forgotten "champion"

— Zach Smith (@ZGsmith55) August 2, 2017

The book isn’t closed on Cormier just yet. He could stick around at light heavyweight and still trash nearly everyone in the top 15. Or he could go to heavyweight and end up fighting for the title by this time next year. A lot depends on what he wants to do next, so it’s hard to make too many sweeping statements about his legacy.

That said, if it ends here? I wouldn’t be surprised if the collective conventional wisdom fails to give Cormier his due. He was champion in the absence of Jones, that’s true. In a different era, he might have been his own dynasty. In my book, that puts him ahead of Tito Ortiz and somewhere right behind Chuck Liddell. Both those guys should be glad they came along before Jones did.

Would jones beat lesnar? And how?

— Osama #72 (@ohnoosama) August 2, 2017

Yes. However he wants.

Best and worse case for Woodley in his (imo unwise) threatening of Dana? Seems that that feuding with Dana never ends well for fighters.

— Max Sawyer (@maxsawyer12) August 2, 2017

Tempers seem to have cooled somewhat between Tyron Woodley and UFC President Dana White, but you’re right, that was not a great strategic move on the champ’s part. The problem with trying to blackmail your way into an apology is that even if you get what you want, what does it really mean? An apology given just to stop something bad from happening is completely insincere, thus defeating the entire point.

Then there’s the question of what you’re supposed to do about it if you don’t get the apology. Assuming Woodley really does have damaging info on the UFC, leaking it because the boss hurt his feelings would probably not improve his relationship with his employers. It also doesn’t turn him into some hero of transparency in the eyes of the public, because he already told us that the only reason he was telling secrets is because White wouldn’t say he was sorry.

Of course, if White doesn’t give you that public apology and then you back down from your leak threat anyway, it just makes you look weak and desperate.

That brings us to what actually happened in the end to resolve this situation (at least for now). According to White, he spoke to Woodley privately and smoothed things over. Also according to White, Woodley explained his outrage and his threats by saying that “he was just pissed and upset and didn’t mean it.” Maybe it’s just the source, but it kind of sounds like the apology went in the opposite direction.

If Tyron Woodley is better than gsp by default by not fighting him does that mean tj dillashaw is better than dj by not fighting him?

— Óskar Örn Árnason (@OskarEagle) August 2, 2017

With the TD being Maia's path to win, shouldn't Tyron's fence grabs be enforced more severely? The reward to cheat far outweighed the risks.

— MMA Goddess (@MMAGoddess) August 2, 2017

I see the logic at work here, but how do you enforce something like that? Especially when MMA referees seem to have such a hard time enforcing the existing rules. What, do we require fighters to tell the ref in advance what they’re game plan is, so the ref can be on higher alert for illegal moves that might nullify it? Is the ref then required to share that info with the opponent, so he can know which type of cheating will be more severely punished?

The only fix I can see is that we either allow fence-grabbing or we don’t. And if we don’t, then why aren’t fighters punished as soon as they do it? It’s not like they’re learning the rules on the fly. And a fence grab isn’t like throwing an inside leg kick and accidentally hitting the groin. It’s something you can only do on purpose. So why aren’t you penalized the moment you do it, regardless of what your opponent’s game plan is?

The Welterweight division is looking pretty sad right now. Other than Robbie Lawler, are there any compelling fights for Tyron Woodley?

— MMA Dude (@mmaduder) August 2, 2017

I think there's a foul taste behind the Bisping-GSP fight now. Do you think this might affect the PVV buys

— kit (@christopher_kit) August 2, 2017

There’s a growing sense that this is the fight no one asked for outside of Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre themselves. And that’s funny, since the reason they both seem so intent on it is because they’re convinced it will make a lot of money. But how does it make money if fans are lukewarm about it?

It’s possible that we’re just suffering from hype fatigue. They’re been talking this fight up for over a year, and still nothing. Maybe by the time it actually happens we’ll have changed our tune. The return of GSP is always going to be a big deal, and Bisping is so easily hatable whenever he opens his mouth that you know he’ll convince some people to pay just on the hope that he’ll get beaten up.

But right now? I can’t say I’m excited. There are so many compelling fights for Bisping at middleweight, and welterweight is going to need some help very soon. The more I think about this fight, the more it seems like we’re all being asked to go along so that the already rich guys can make more money. Maybe it’s just me, but that is not a compelling sales pitch.

Can we talk about Sam Alvey on the Real Legends Asswhooping tour? First Judo Dan, now heavy fave vs Rashad. Kelvin who?

— Cameron Chapman (@Chapperton) August 2, 2017

Oh, Cameron. Are you really going to force me to be the jerk who points out that there is a difference between being a legend and just being old? Not that I don’t have a lot of affection for Daniel Kelly, who seems awesome, but he’s also 13-2 at the age of 39. Sam Alvey beat him in 2015, when he had to cover slightly fewer body parts in supportive wrap, but he still wasn’t exactly a young sprout back then.

Rashad Evans is a slightly different story (even if he does have a recent split-decision loss to Kelly). He’s also edging into his late 30s, but he’s a former UFC light-heavyweight champion. Then again, he’s on a three-fight losing skid and has dropped five of his past seven.

You really want to know how far this is from being a part of any kind of legends tour? Just look at where it is, in the middle of the main card at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City, on the week after the biggest pay-per-view of the year. Does that seem like where you’d stick your legends, if you thought they still qualified as such?

UFC 215 has 2 title fights, but I'm way more interested in JDS/Ngannou, RDA/Magny and Giblert/Stephens. This feels weird. Am I the only one?

— Mitchell Davies (@MDavies15) August 2, 2017

I suspect you are not the only one, especially since the UFC chief recently went out of his way to disparage both champions who are slated to defend their titles at UFC 215. Plus, those other three fights each feature a former champ, and they’re all likely to be exciting, competitive matchups.

That makes you wonder how they’ll do on pay-per-view, doesn’t it? We know that the UFC has written Demetrious Johnson off as box-office poison. Amanda Nunes hasn’t been a huge draw either, and is probably less of one after pulling out of UFC 213 and getting scorched by the boss for it. But that undercard? How do you not pony up the dough to see those fights? Even if you’re not that interested in what follows.

This feels a little like a return to the old UFC strategy, back before it could rely on any one fighter to sell tons of PPVs. If the main attraction won’t do it, you have to make your case in the aggregate. Honestly, this lineup looks like a pretty good way of doing just that.

You guys spitballed a matchup on the CME between No Time & Lusty Gusty. I like Volkan in that fight; he's like Rumble w/o baggage. Agree?

— Andrew Millington (@AndrewMilington) August 2, 2017

From the sound of it, Volkan Oezdemir likes that fight too, and he’s even suggested that the winner would be dubbed “the real king of Europe,” which is obviously pretty awesome.

If I’m Alexander Gustafsson, I might rather wait for Jones. But if Jones is holding out for a big money fight with someone like Brock Lesnar, how long does Gustafsson really want to sit around waiting and not making money?

As for whether “No Time” has it in him to be the division’s new knockout artist, early indicators are good. But let’s not forget that in recent years there’s been a major drop-off in talent in that division once you get past the top three or four. If Oezdemir wants to prove he belongs in that elite club, Gustafsson’s a tough test to get in.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMAjunkie.

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Video: UFC-Mexico City face-offs, where Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso were all smiles

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MEXICO CITY – Today’s UFC Fight Night 114 fighter face-offs proved a largely friendly and upbeat affair, and that included co-headliners Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso.

The face-offs were part of today’s media day at Hotel W in Mexico City. The nearby Mexico City Arena plays host to Saturday’s FS1-televised event.

Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who meet in a strawweight bout, have second billing on the card.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 114 pre-event facts: Flyweight division gets its first true non-Demetrious Johnson headliner

Top billing goes to flyweight headliners Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who were all business for their face-off.

Also facing off were welterweights Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), featherweights Humberto Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), middleweights Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC), and bantamweights Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Aprenda com Roger Gracie e Zé Beleza em treininho solto de Jiu-Jitsu

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Em reta final de preparação para o histórico duelo contra Marcus Buchecha no Gracie Pro, Roger Gracie fez seus últimos ajustes na Alliance Rio de Janeiro, nossa GMI no Alto Leblon liderada pelo professor Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva.

Nessa semana que precedeu o duelo de astros, Roger recebeu muitos amigos para ajustar suas posição, mas um deles esteve assíduo no período. Nosso GMI da equipe Leão Teixeira, na Gávea, o professor Zé Beleza fez questão de estar presente ao lado Roger para afiar suas armas para a luta contra Buchecha.

Grande incentivador de Rojão desde o começo de sua carreira, Zé Beleza teve a missão de dar um rolinha com a fera três dias antes da disputa, e GRACIEMAG estava lá para registrar o soltinho das lendas.

Confira no vídeo abaixo, analise a troca de posições, pegadas e ajustes, e estude com o treino dos renomados professores!

Brandon Moreno ready to take out UFC champ Demetrious Johnson

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MEXICO CITY – UFC flyweight Brandon Moreno considers himself the solution to the problem facing the 125-pound division.

Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) said he’s the “new blood” to help make it exciting again after reigning UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) cleaned it out with 10 title defenses – and possibly a record-breaking 11 if he beats Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 215.

Moreno figures if he can get past Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 main event, a new talent infusion is due at the top.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 114 pre-event facts: Flyweight division gets its first true non-Demetrious Johnson headliner

“If the planets align and there’s a possibility (to fight for the title) – I have Sergio in front of me, and that’s a hard challenge,” the 23-year-old Mexican standout told MMAjunkie. “But if I win this Saturday, I am ready. Definitely.”

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The flyweight up-and-comers get their first main event. Both ride three-fight win streaks in the UFC and are neck-and-neck in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, with Moreno No. 8 and Pettis No. 9.

Coming into the cage in top form is a priority for Moreno after a tough outing. Dustin Ortiz repeatedly took him down and dominated on the mat, exposing a weakness in wrestling. A head kick suddenly reversed the tide in the second, setting up Moreno’s rear-naked-choke win.

RelatedSergio Pettis still irked by Henry Cejudo, but UFC-Mexico City headliner is nice distraction

Pettis is not the wrestler of Ortiz’s caliber, but that’s no reason to take it easy.

“(Pettis) doesn’t make mistakes,” Moreno said. “My last fight was my smartest fight, because the first round with Dustin Ortiz was really a mess for me. But in the second round, I could change the plan, and I won.”

If he can win in his home country, Moreno will further his plan to make Mexico into an MMA powerhouse alongside Mexican MMA fighters such as Alexandre Pantoja and Erik Perez.

“We are the new blood in the country,” Moreno said. “I want Mexico to be a really strong country in this sport.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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