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UFC Fight Night 124 breakdown: Betting advice, possible prop bets and fantasy studs

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MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 124’s bouts. Today, we look at betting and fantasy options for the card.

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Sunday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and is the promotion’s first trip to the city. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Disclaimer: The following section is designed for entertainment purposes only. The unit sizes serve as a rough representation of the percentage of bankroll risked, as well as my confidence in said plays. If you intend on gambling, do so responsibly and legally at your own risk. All lines are drawn from 5Dimes.eu on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Dan’s plays

Playable parlay pieces (my most confident favorites):

    • Matt Frevola (-235)
    • Kyung Ho Kang (-345)

Summary: My recommended parlay pieces are typically my most confident picks (within a reasonable price range) that could serve as potential legs for whatever play you’re trying to put together.

Matt Frevola

For my first recommendation, I elected to go with Matt Frevola (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who faces Marco Polo Reyes (7-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Frevola, a young talent who was recently featured on Dana White’s Contender Series, will now get his shot on the big stage.

His opponent, Reyes, is no slouch standing. The Mexican boxer slips and rolls with punches like it’s second nature. That said, Reyes’ aggression has traditionally been his foil, leaving him open for counters on the regular.

Despite Frevola still having plenty of room for improvement with his own striking, he shows the will and well-rounded skill to contend with Reyes in exchanges. More importantly, Frevola, whose strong suit is on the canvas,  shows the takedown savvy and aggression that I see posing problems for Reyes.

Betting on debutants can always be risky in practice, but I believe the dynamic of this matchup favors Frevola.

Secondly, I elected to go with Kyung Ho Kang (13-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who faces Guido Cannetti (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).

Kyung Ho Kang

I was initially going to stay away from this fight due to its on-paper intangibles (Cannetti coming off of a USADA suspension and Kang returning from military service), but ended up thinking otherwise.

Even though the price of Kang has climbed this week, I still believe he may be one of the safer bets as far as possible parlay legs go. I feel like Cannetti is an underrated fighter – I picked him as a sizable ‘dog in his last outing. But he may run into rough weather here.

I believe Kang is the more well-rounded fighter, and should have a sizable advantage in wrestling exchanges and ground transitions. Cannetti has been training with Team Alpha Male, so I’m sure he is seeing his fair share of scrambling. I just believe the 38-year-old bantamweight may ultimately find himself a step behind on fight night.

Straight plays:

  • Mads Burnell +170 (0.5 unit)

Summary: For my straight plays, I typically like to look for fighters, from underdogs to reasonable favorites, who I believe have a solid chance and price tag.

Since most of my more confident picks are well above the -200 range, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and play Mads Burnell (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who faces Mike Santiago (19-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

Mads Burnell

This fight is a tricky one to feel out, and I don’t blame you for not following me here. However, like many UFC debutants, I don’t believe we saw the best Burnell in his last outing (a short-notice fight against a tough stylistic matchup). Still, there is a lot to like about Burnell’s game.

There isn’t a ton of footage out there, but those who have seen Burnell work know that the accoladed grappler has worked a lot on his boxing in recent years. Comfortable inside the pocket, Burnell displays decent slips and rolls that may help fuel his counters against an aggressive Santiago.

That said, Santiago, the deserved favorite, will have a lot to offer from his southpaw stance. From crushing body kicks to deceptively dangerous uppercuts and shovel-hooks, the Chicago native comes strong with everything that he throws.

Coming from a wrestling base, Santiago will use his takedowns and pressure to help punctuate his presence. However, I’m not so sure he will be able to use his grappling as freely given the opposition at hand.

An accomplished submission grappler on the European scene, Burnell has spent the last few years crosstraining at gyms like Tristar and Xtreme Couture. Making most of his money off the front-headlock position, I suspect that Burnell will fair well when faced with a wrestler who is wild at heart. It’s not a big shot, but I’m going to side with Burnell to get it done.

Props worth looking at:

  • Mike Santiago/Mads Burnell “doesn’t go the distance”: -135 (1.5 units)
  • Matt Frevola “by submission”: +675 (.25 unit)

Summary: My first prop play admittedly serves as a hedge.

As stated in my lone straight play above, I’m taking a shot on an unpopular dog in Burnell. To help ease that exposure, I decided to play the angle of “doesn’t go the distance,” since I ultimately believe that to be the safest bet when it comes to playing this matchup.

Both men have a do or die sensibility to their games, and they don’t see the scorecards often. For the price of -135, this is a prop I ended up leaning pretty heavy on.

Secondly, I decided to play Frevola “by submission.”

For the reasons stated above, Frevola is one of my more confident picks on the card due to the dynamic of his matchup. And given that Frevola’s path to victory involves taking his opponent down and looking for a submission, I feel that +675 is a price that is just asking to be played, as I see that being the most probable outcome of this fight.

Fights to avoid (live dogs, high intangibles, etc.):

  • James Krause vs. Alex White
  • Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria
  • Danielle Taylor vs. JJ Aldrich
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Tonight's LFA 30 headliner Curtis Millender thinks UFC deal is 'overdue'

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Welterweight Curtis Millender has won his past five fights, with the most recent one coming by head-kick knockout. his past three were in top-tier promotions under watch by UFC matchmakers. And after tonight, he will have headlined three straight events.

Ask Millender (13-3) if he should be in the UFC, and his answer is unequivocal.

“It’s overdue now,” he told MMAjunkie Radio. “I definitely should be there.”

RelatedLFA 24 highlights: Mackenzie Dern's finishing choke, Curtis Millender's brutal KO in headliner

He doesn’t know whether his next fight, an AXS TV-televised scrap with Nick Barnes (12-2) tonight at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., serves as one last hurdle before the big show. It might be. But the way he sees it, he’s running out of options.

“I really feel after beating Nick Barnes, there’s nobody on the smaller circuit to beat,” Millender said. “It’s time for me to be showing off my talents worldwide and fighting the best guys in the world.”

The UFC’s welterweight division is among the deepest in the sport, so Millender will certainly have his hands full if he gets the call.

First, though, he needs to beat Barnes. And given the competition for UFC contracts, he probably needs to do it in dominant fashion.

“It’s going to be spectacular, because that’s what I’m going to do,” Millender said. “I definitely don’t go out there just to win; I go out there to dominate my fights. I prepare for a war, but I’m expecting a shutout.”

Check out the full video above.

And for more on LFA 30, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

Jiu-Jitsu: Kron Gracie e a pressão pelas costas no Pan de 2012

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Kron Gracie. krongraciejiujitsu.com

Craque no Jiu-Jitsu, Kron Gracie já protagonizou batalhas memoráveis nos mais diversos tatames do mundo. Filho do mestre Rickson Gracie, o faixa-preta tem como característica um Jiu-Jitsu ofensivo, que na maioria das vezes rende frutos.

No vídeo que trazemos hoje, voltamos a 2012 no Pan-Americano de Jiu-Jitsu da IBJJ. No combate, Kron encarou Carlos Ribeiro (Gracie Barra) na divisão de pesos médios. No inicio do duelo, Kron bateu embaixo e conseguiu os dois pontos. Depois de atacar no pé, a fera levantou, pegou as costas e derrubou para, no solo, botar os ganchos. Carlos escapou enquanto pôde, mas a insistência e o ajuste de Kron levaram o Gracie a finalizar no estrangulamento de lapela.

Confira o duelo no vídeo abaixo e estude a movimentação de Kron Gracie!

Twitter reacts to Jimmy Smith joining UFC broadcast team

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The UFC’s rotation of broadcasters grew today when officials announced the signing of former longtime Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith.

Smith will soon appear in the broadcast booth for UFC cards, as well as occasional pre-fight and post-fight analyst duties for FOX Sports.

RelatedJimmy Smith explains departure from longtime Bellator commentary role

The decision to bring Smith on board was met with nearly universal praise within the MMA community.

After the announcement, fighters, media and even fellow UFC broadcasters reacted on social media. For more, check below for the top Twitter reactions to the UFC’s signing of Smith.

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Jimmy Smith has joined the UFC as a broadcaster, the promotion has announced. Great addition to the staple of talent.

— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) January 12, 2018

Honored to be a part of the @ufc and getting to call the biggest fights in the world!! Can’t wait to get to know everyone there and show how hard I can work!!

— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma) January 12, 2018

Smith’s first UFC assignment will be UFC 220 desk work on FS1 from the LA studio, sources say.

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 12, 2018

Congrats, @jimmysmithmma. <3 https://t.co/S0rQW5YVA4

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) January 12, 2018

Couldn't be happier for @jimmysmithmma. In my mind, there is literally no one more qualified or deserving of the platform than him… #LetsGo https://t.co/XMt7lcd8qs

— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) January 12, 2018

So let me get this straight:

Jimmy Smith: Bellator to UFC.
Big John: referee to Bellator.
Brian Stann: UFC to real estate.

Am I the only one who liked all three where they originally were better? If so, I'll shut up.

— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) January 12, 2018

So happy for my friend and former colleague @jimmysmithmma . @ufc is lucky to have him! https://t.co/SgI2wazyoi

— Dana Jacobson (@danajacobson) January 12, 2018

Welcome aboard

— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) January 12, 2018

Congrats brother! You'll be amazing as always. It's great for the sport overall, not just the brand.

— Robert Hinds (@hindsmmareferee) January 12, 2018

Congrats to @jimmysmithmma for joining the UFC broadcast team! An awesome addition to their telecasts

— Sam Caplan (@SamCaplanMMA) January 12, 2018

One of the additional benefits for UFC in signing Jimmy Smith is that if Zuffa Boxing becomes a thing, he can commentate for them there.

He was excellent for PBC on Spike.

— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) January 12, 2018

Happy to see @jimmysmithmma can now finish that Twitter bio. https://t.co/t8PoMgIbH3 pic.twitter.com/5DYGrgKv9A

— Dann Stupp (@DannStupp) January 12, 2018

Welcome to the team, @JimmySmithMMA! https://t.co/qOJVHZogF8

— UFC (@ufc) January 12, 2018

Jimmy Smith signs with UFC as color commentator https://t.co/7uPW7mmhO7

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) January 12, 2018

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

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UFC Fight Night 124 staff picks: One toss up, three heavy favorites in St. Louis

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Choi
vs.
Stephens Belfort
vs.
Hall Clark
vs.
VanZant Meek
vs.
Usman MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 124-92 (2017)
Choi
(59%)
Hall
(79%)
VanZant
(68%)
Usman
(72%) Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 135-81
2017 Champion
Stephens
Hall
VanZant
Usman Ben Fowlkes
@BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 131-85
2016 Champion
Choi
Hall
VanZant
Usman Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 129-82
2015 Champion
Choi
Hall
VanZant
Usman Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 131-85
Choi
Hall
Clark
Usman Steven Marrocco
@MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 129-87
Stephens
Hall
VanZant
Usman John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 128-88
Choi
Hall
Clark
Usman Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2017: 127-89
2014 Champion
Choi
Hall
VanZant
Usman Fernanda Prates
@nandaprates_
2017: 123-93
Choi
Hall
VanZant
Usman Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 122-94
Stephens
Hall
VanZant
Usman George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 121-95
Stephens
Hall
VanZant
Meek Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2017: 0-0
Stephens
Hall
VanZant
Usman Trent Reinsmith
@TrentReinsmith
2017: 0-0
Choi
Hall
VanZant
Usman Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2017: 0-0
Stephens
Hall
VanZant
Meek Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2017: 0-0
Stephens
Hall
Clark
Usman

The UFC is back for its first event of the new calendar year, and it has touched down in St. Louis for the first time in its history.

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Sunday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card 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, Jeremy Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) takes on Dooho Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout. Choi is a slight favorite in the fight, but our 14 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers (we’ve expanded the field for 2018) are split right down the middle at 7-7.

In the co-feature, former champion Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) meets Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) in a middleweight bout – and in what could be Belfort’s final fight. Hall is a -250 favorite, and he is the only unanimous pick on the card with 14 of 14 taking him to win.

Also on the main card, Jessica-Rose Clark (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) looks to build on her successful promotional debut when she takes on Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who is moving up from strawweight to the UFC’s new women’s flyweight division. Clark actually is a slight favorite over VanZant, but it’s VanZant with a big 11-3 edge.

And to open the main card, Emil Meek (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on Kamaru Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at welterweight. Usman is the biggest favorite on the card, and he’s got a 12-2 edge with just a pair of pickers going with Meek, the heavy underdog.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Choi, Hall, VanZant and Usman are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator 192 Countdown, No. 2: 'Rampage' gets serious; Sonnen gets poetic (again)

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Bellator MMA’s heavyweight grand prix kicks off later this month, and the promotion is rolling out a special three-part series previewing the opening-round matchup between Quinton Jackson and Chael Sonnen.

“Rampage” (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) and Sonnen (29-15 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) meet at Bellator 192, which takes place on Jan. 20 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The main card airs on the soon-to-be-rebranded Paramount (formerly Spike) following prelims on MMAjunkie.

In the second edition of “Bellator Countdown,” we get a closer look into the different important relationships in both fighters’ lives. We watch as the habitually playful “Rampage” gets serious about training and about the added motivation he has in becoming coach Bobby Rimmer’s first heavyweight champion.

RelatedChael Sonnen won't retire with Bellator tourney win, will exit MMA 'face down and embarrassed'

The vet acknowledges he hasn’t had his best stretch. But, injury-free, he says he feels like a new person. Rimmer attests to the fighter’s hunger and even gets a little emotional.

We also get a glimpse of Sonnen’s life at home, next to his wife, Britanny, and their two kids. We discover Sonnen turns into a food critic after dinner – and that Brittany is not there for it. “Hovercraft mom” Britanny also offers some humorous critique of Sonnen’s parenting skills, particularly when tending to the baby (Sonnen says his biceps are too big to hold him tightly).

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Sonnen-related video without some verbal acrobatics. After kicking things off with one of his now-traditional poems, he treats us to this little gem.

“People always ask me how training is going,” Sonnen said. “Training? It’s just ‘Rampage.’ Anybody could train for a fight and show up all ready. But a real man just steps in there.”

Check out the video above.

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For more on Bellator 192, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Jimmy Smith signs with UFC as color commentator

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Less than one month after parting ways with Bellator, color commentator Jimmy Smith has a job with MMA’s industry leader.

The UFC today announced Smith will join its ranks for a to-be-determined debut. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I am honored to join the world’s premier combat sports brand in 2018,” Smith stated in a press release. “It is a privilege to call fights for a living, and I can’t wait to join the tremendous UFC broadcast team to call the best fights in the world. To the UFC fans, I am thrilled to join you for this wild ride. See you all very soon.”

Bellator announced Smith’s departure late this past month, stating the split was amicable. Smith backed that account and said the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a new contract after an extended negotiation period.

RelatedJimmy Smith explains departure from longtime Bellator commentary role

“They did make an honest effort to keep me,” he said. “They really tried, they just – they didn’t make me an offer that was worth me coming back. That was the deal.”

Bellator subsequently hired veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy as a color commentator. In an interview with MMAjunkie, McCarthy said he was called for the job one day after Smith’s announced departure.

Smith’s hiring by the UFC is no great surprise given the powerful endorsements he received. Longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan said the Viacom-owned Bellator erred when it didn’t come to terms on a new contract, and he said the UFC should come to the table.

“You (expletive) up, Bellator,” Rogan said. “I’ve been telling everybody Jimmy Smith’s the best out there, and you let him go. That’s a huge error on their part. I would be thrilled if somehow or another they were able to work it out where Jimmy Smith was at the UFC. That would be what I would like to see.”

Smith’s role in the UFC includes color commentary for events broadcast on FOX, FS1 and pay-per-view – in addition to pre-fight programming, according to the release. He joins a team that currently includes Rogan, Jon Anik, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, Dominick Cruz, Paul Felder, Brandon Fitzgerald, Dan Hellie, Dan Hardy and John Gooden.

“We’re very excited to have Jimmy Smith join the UFC production team and look forward to working him into a variety of different on-air talent roles,” UFC Executive VP of Operations and Production Craig Borsari stated. “Jimmy’s extensive experience in mixed martial arts gives him a unique voice and great insight to breakdown the intricacies of our sport. We are excited to welcome him to the family.”

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

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Invicta FC's Shannon Knapp

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.

Knapp discusses Saturday’s Invicta FC 27 event, which streams on UFC Fight Pass with a Pannie Kianzad vs. Sara Kaufman headliner.

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

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What kind of person wants to watch a woman fight a man?

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There’s hardly a single thing about it that sounds like a good idea, beginning with the name – Gender Wars MMA.

Then you get to the meat and potatoes of the pitch: Tonight (early Saturday morning in Russia) in a venue that event promoters have described as “a warehouse outside of St. Petersburg,” a woman named Tess Barrall will fight a man identified only as “Trent,” in a bout where the winner will supposedly receive $1 million.

Take a minute and let that sink in.

Barrall isn’t a pro fighter. Aside from the occasional martial-arts class and some cardio kickboxing, she never did much serious training before a couple months ago.

As for “Trent,” whose identity the promoters say they are guarding out of concern for his safety, the whole idea is that he won’t train for the bout at all.

“He’s just some punk,” said Brad Kohler, a former fighter turned businessman who’s promoting the online pay-per-view event. “He’s an arrogant little prick. I couldn’t imagine finding someone actually like this.”

Kohler, who fought twice in the UFC in the late ’90s before spending much of the rest of his career in Japan, didn’t find him by accident. He went in search of someone like this, soliciting applications and short audition videos from both men and women for a mixed-gender bout with modified rules (both fighters may strike on the feet; only the woman can strike on the mat) that would anchor a curious three-fight PPV event.

The pairing Kohler got, it seems, is exactly what he wanted. In her video, the fit and upbeat Barrall films an enthusiastic pitch from the gym where she works as a trainer (via Facebook):

In his, the mysterious “Trent” appears in a hoodie and sunglasses, bragging in intensely unlikable fashion about his ability and willingness to beat up any woman put in front of him and “put them back on the stripper pole where they belong” (via Facebook):

Watching this feels as if an Internet comments section has sprung to life. Which, yeah, that’s pretty much the whole idea, and this event isn’t the only one to try to capitalize on the same exact mood.

Explaining why he chose to anchor this event – which also features MMA veterans Wes Sims and Travis Wiuff squaring off, as well as Shannon Ritch vs. “TBA” – Kohler explained that the investors bankrolling the show had initially suggested an MMA fighter against a boxer.

“But that’s been done,” Kohler said. “No one wants to see that anymore.”

A man against a woman, however, still felt novel enough to be interesting, even if it was already done by Rio Heroes back in 2007.

Turns out the idea was still so novel even in 2018 that it was turned down “by a couple different streaming partners,” according to Kohler, before they finally turned to InPlayer, which will host the $9.99 PPV online.

But as soon as you hear the details, some questions spring immediately to mind. Questions like, how could these people, who do not even seem to have their own website and are specifically advertising that there will be “no audience” to witness these “backyard rules” fights in a Russian warehouse, possibly have $1 million to pay out?

Also questions like, there’s no way this thing whole thing is legitimate and on the level, right?

And finally (perhaps even most importantly), what kind of person would want to watch something like this?

Kohler has answers to all these questions, in a way. The whole project, he said, is being funded by unnamed investors and TV networks abroad, but “it’s all confidential.” And whatever people may think of the way it sounds or the people involved, he swears it’s “totally legit.”

As for the question of the intended audience, Kohler doesn’t deny that pitting a man against a woman is a controversial choice.

“If the guy beats the crap out of the woman, my balls will probably be hung from the highest tree,” Kohler said. “I get it. But the guy vs. girl thing is not new. There’s a bunch of documented (fights). We won’t even be the first one of 2018.”

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When Kohler said this in late December, it looked like he’d be correct. At the time, there was a similar bout scheduled at a gym in Florida. Billed as a sparring match between “Internet troll” Kristopher Zylinski and women’s MMA pioneer Tara LaRosa, the fight was shut down by the local athletic commission shortly before it was scheduled to begin.

The impetus for that bout was more organic than what Gender Wars MMA has planned, but both seem to play to a similar idea: A loudmouth man proudly declares that women are physically inferior to men, and even one trained in martial arts can’t overcome the simple facts of biology. Then you find a woman who, for money or honor (or both), is willing to try to prove him wrong, and you’re off and running.

That’s how it worked for Barrall, a 35-year-old mother of three who said she was motivated by Kohler’s promise of a $1 million payout (she insists she has a contract for the bout and believes she will actually receive the money if she wins), but also by the implication that maleness alone would be enough to beat her in a fight.

“This is all about training a woman and seeing what she can do against a man who thinks that he can beat up a woman,” Barrall said. “That right there gets your blood pumping as a woman.”

It’s a different story for LaRosa, who said she was roped into fighting a man after commenting on what a bad idea the whole thing was when she saw it being discussed on Facebook. Then, when the scheduled female fighter withdrew due to injury, LaRosa agreed to step in for a fee.

“I’m definitely not with the whole women’s lib thing, all the snowflakes on the Internet,” LaRosa said. “I’m a conservative registered Republican, and you’re not going to talk me out of it. There are biological differences between men and women, and I am totally against a male fighter fighting a female fighter.”

Still, she was quick to point out, she’s a trained professional with more than 15 years in this sport. If some man thinks he’s going to beat her just on gender alone – more or less the exact sentiment Zylinski expressed on numerous occasions – she’s happy to prove him wrong.

“Plus there’s a pretty good paycheck in it for me,” LaRosa said.

One person who wasn’t happy to hear about LaRosa’s plans was Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp, who didn’t learn of the scheduled “sparring match” until after it was halted by commission authorities.

Her first response, Knapp said, was to question what was wrong with people who would want to watch an event like that. But then, maybe she already knows the answer.

“I think you’ve got a lot of people out there on the male side who are bitter right now,” Knapp said. “It’s that thing like, ‘Oh, you want equality? I’m going to show you equality.’ You’ve got these misogynistic egomaniacs out there who think they want to teach us a lesson or something.”

That does seem to be at least part of the cultural anxiety fueling interest in these kinds of matches. At a time of rapidly changing gender dynamics, maybe some men are more inclined to console themselves with the hope of physical strength as a last bastion for dominance over women.

Or maybe some people – men and women – just want to see a misogynistic jerk get beat up by a woman.

It’ a dynamic that many women say is a familiar one, both at work and in their social lives. It’s also reminiscent of a recent “New Yorker” cartoon – even when women are the trained experts, as LaRosa is, there’s always a man who thinks he knows better. Maybe there are also people who would like to see him learn otherwise in a violent and humiliating fashion.

“Maybe that’s true and this is a response to all that,” LaRosa said. “But for me, it was just a response to this one guy. My plan was not even to punch him, just take him down and submit him.”

Despite being shut down by the athletic commission, LaRosa insists her fight will still take place “in an undisclosed country, city, state, whatever.” Furthermore, she wonders at the wider ramifications of a commission stepping in to stop what was officially a sparring session between men and women, something that happens regularly in MMA gyms all around the world.

“That’s the thing, is where does it end?” LaRosa said. “You’re going to tell me I can’t do this thing I’ve been doing for years? Are you going to shut down all the gyms where women train with men? That’s what worries me.”

Meanwhile, in Russia, there’s seemingly no local authority interested in interfering with Gender Wars MMA. Whether or not that’s a good thing – and whether or not people will actually watch – Barrall is eager to find out.

“I’ve gotten a lot of hate mail over this, and it’s all from men asking me who do I think I am and telling me that a woman can never beat up a man and I’ll regret this,” Barrall said. “Then I’ve gotten other messages saying, ‘Yeah, go get him, girl.’ Whether people watch because they like it or because they think it will be a circus, I don’t care. All I know is, I’m going through this guy.”

Exclusivo: Erberth Santos ensina sua nova finalização para você surpreender no Jiu-Jitsu

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De olho em mais um ouro em Portugal, no Europeu de Jiu-Jitsu da IBJJF, o campeão mundial Erberth Santos chega com força total no torneio, e a missão é uma só: conquistar o grand slam da IBJJF.

O primeiro passo começa na próxima semana, com as disputas em Odivelas, e no meio de sua preparação, a fera separou um tempo para você, amigo leitor de GRACIEMAG, estudar mais uma transição com finalização para deixar seu jogo ainda mais agressivo.

Erberth mostrou uma de suas posições para surpreender o adversário que gosta de travar o jogo na guarda-x. Para sair da armadilha, Erberth joga o corpo todo para trás com um largo passou. Com o braço que fica preso, o atleta do Esquadrão Brasileiro de Jiu-Jitsu arma seu ataque. Após afundar o cotovelo e prender o braço do oponente, Erberth roda e deixa o adversário quase sem reação na sorrateira chave omoplata.

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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 124, where 'Korean Superboy' gets fellow slugger Stephens

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The UFC makes its 2018 debut on Sunday with UFC Fight Night 124, which also marks the organization’s long-overdue debut in St. Louis. The headlining bout between Jeremy Stephens and Dooho Choi is a spectacularly fan-friendly featherweight matchup.

Stephens enters the bout on the strength of what might have been the best performance of his career. In September he systematically dismantled former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Stephens earned a unanimous-decision win in his “Fight of the Night” bonus-winning performance. Choi lost his most recent bout, but that “Fight of the Night” contest against Cub Swanson – one that also earned “Fight of the Year” accolades – earned him a lot of respect and didn’t hurt his standing one bit with fight fans.

In the co-main event, former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort faces Uriah Hall in what Belfort said is the final fight of his 21-year career.

Also on the main card is rising welterweight star Kamaru Usman. The “Nigerian Nightmare” faces Emil Meek in the first bout of the main card.

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place at Scottrade Center, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. Different career stages, same goal

Choi’s most recent trip to the octagon was in December 2016. He dropped the decision to Swanson that night in a “Fight of the Year” contender. After the loss, the South Korean told UFC commentator Joe Rogan, via an interpreter, “I’m going to train even more, and I’m not going to lose again.” We’ll find out if Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is true to his word when he faces Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC).

Choi has surged in popularity since his debut in 2009. Before his loss to Swanson, he had won 12 straight fights. Ten of those wins came by knockout, which included three first-round stoppages with the UFC. In addition to his powerful and precise striking, Choi has displayed an iron chin.

Stephens, whose game has always been about power, will test that chin. The American enters this contest as the underdog. Stephens, who has been with the UFC since 2007, will be anxious to prove he’s no one’s stepping stone.

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Hall has been an enigma during his UFC tenure. At times he’s looked like he would rather be anywhere but inside the octagon. He’s also ended fights with spectacular displays of violence. Sometimes both of those things have occurred in the same fight. Hall’s recent knockout of Krzysztof Jotko, which halted his three-fight losing skid, was one of those nights.

Hall told MMAjunkie Radio he was ready to quit during that fight until he had a brief – and profane – conversation with himself.

“I literally said, ‘(Expletive) this (expletive), (expletive) you, (expletive) this, (expletive) everybody,’ and I knocked him out.”

Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) might want to have that talk with himself before he enters the octagon against Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC). The former UFC champ might not be the fighter he once was, but if given the opportunity early, he can still recapture some of his past glory and finish things in a hurry.

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Belfort, an honorable mention in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, ended a three-fight losing skid in June with a decision win over Nate Marquardt.

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Paige VanZant made headlines in November when she tweeted that her next fight would be against the then-uncrowned women’s flyweight champion. That was just wishful thinking. Instead, VanZant makes her 125-pound debut against Jessica-Rose Clark.

Paige VanZant

VanZant, who the UFC has been pushing as a potential star since she was signed, has not fought since Michelle Waterson choked her out in December 2016.

Clark earned a split-decision win over Bec Rawlings in her UFC debut. She missed weight ahead of that short-notice fight.

Like VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Clark (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has title aspirations in the growing flyweight division. The odds of the winner of this fight getting an immediate title shot are slim, but an impressive win could give the victor a healthy promotional push from the UFC.

4. Still climbing

Usman has been steadily climbing the welterweight rankings since he won Season 21 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Now 6-0 in the UFC, he looks like he could part of the next generation of stars at 170 pounds. With a knockout win over Sergio Moraes in his most recent fight, Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) hopes to cement his position as a threat in the division when he meets Meek (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

After the Moraes fight, Usman climbed from rankings honorable mention to the No. 9 spot. He also decried the rankings and called out the rest of the division in the hopes of landing a top-10 opponent.

Meek is unranked and has just one UFC fight under his belt, a December 2016 decision win over Jordan Mein.

Meek has the opportunity to pull off the biggest upset on the card. If he does so, he could find his name mentioned as an up-and-comer in the division.

If Usman wins, there’s a good chance he’ll call out No. 4-ranked Colby Covington.

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Michael Johnson was born in St. Louis. As such, he hoped he would get a main-card spot when the UFC visited his hometown. It turns out his bout against Darren Elkins is the final fight on the prelims. That did not please him.

Johnson is 1-4 in his past five outings, but he’s won fight-night bonus awards in three of those contests. One of those bonuses came in Johnson’s most recent fight, a second-round knockout loss to Justin Gaethje. That bout won MMAjunkie’s “2017 Fight of the Year.”

Elkins, who is ranked No. 10 at featherweight, is on one of the best runs of his long career. He’s won five straight, including his March “Comeback of the Year” knockout of Mirsad Bektic.

Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) will be motivated to not only show the UFC they messed up with the placement of this fight, but also that he can be a contender at featherweight. Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC), seven years into his UFC career, will look to continue his climb up the rankings.

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The lightweight bout between Matt Frevola and Marco Polo Reyes has the potential to be a good one. Reyes (7-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has gone the distance just once in his career while the unbeaten Frevola (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has two decision wins on his record.

Marco Polo Reyes

Reyes was on a four-fight winning streak before James Vick knocked him out in May. The Mexican fighter opened his UFC career with two fight-night-bonus-winning knockouts. He has a good muay Thai base, and he isn’t afraid to get into a slugfest.

Frevola earned his UFC roster spot with a second-round submission win on the Dana White’s Contender Series 8 card. Frevola, like Reyes, is an aggressive and exciting striker, but he’s not as technically sound. The American fought with his hands low and chin high on the DWCS card, which could be a recipe for trouble against Reyes.

Despite his apparent technical shortcomings, Frevola is a more than 2-1 favorite.

7. Long-awaited return

Jessica Eye has not fought since she dropped a split decision to Bethe Correia in September 2016. It was her fourth straight defeat.

Jessica Eye

Eye was set to return in July, but her opponent, Aspen Ladd, was pulled from the fight on the day of the event. Eye was then set to make her UFC flyweight debut against Paige VanZant at UFC 216, but a back injury forced VanZant from the fight. Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) was subsequently removed from the card. Her UFC Fight Night 124 flyweight booking against Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been locked in since November.

Eye is under a lot of pressure to get a win in St. Louis. Her goal will be to remain focused despite that pressure and the adrenaline rush she’ll get when she returns to the octagon.

Faria dropped her UFC debut when Mara Romero Borella submitted her in the first round.

8. Make up the difference

The stylistic matchup between strawweights J.J. Aldrich and Danielle Taylor should make for an intriguing fight.

J.J. Aldrich

Aldrich (5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is a technical striker who uses her length well. She also gets her opponents to bite on her feints. She has a 5-inch height advantage over Taylor (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), as well as a seven-inch reach advantage.

Taylor, who is 5 feet tall, is not unaccustomed to being on the wrong end of the tale of the tape. To overcome those disadvantages, she relies on heavy-handed counter strikes. The downside of Taylor’s style is that she is not a very active striker. That could work against her when it comes to her more aggressive opponent.

9. ‘Show me’ fight in the ‘Show Me State’

Mike Santiago and Mads Burnell both lost their short-notice UFC debuts by submission. Santiago fell to Zabit Magomedsharipov while Burnell tapped to Michel Prazeres.

With both fighters getting a full camp ahead of UFC Fight Night 124, this contest should help determine where the two stand in the 145-pound division.

Mike Santiago

Santiago (19-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC), the former Ring of Combat featherweight champion, has a wrestling background. He also has boxing and kickboxing fights on his resume. The loss to Magomedsharipov ended his nine-fight winning streak.

Burnell (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, was signed to the UFC after two first-round Japanese necktie submissions wins.

10. It’s been a minute

No, the bantamweights opening the card are not making their UFC debuts. But the names Kyung Ho Kang and Guido Cannetti might not ring a bell.

Kyung Ho Kang

Kang (13-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) hasn’t fought since September 2014 while Cannetti’s (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) most recent UFC bout was in August 2015.

Ten months of Cannetti’s absence were due to a USADA suspension after a long list of banned substances showed up in an out-of-competition drug test. A dietary supplement Cannetti was taking was found to contain all five substances he tested positive for.

Kang returns to the octagon after serving two years of mandatory military service.

Between them, they have 17 stoppage victories. Don’t be surprised if these two look to make up for lost time by getting after it early.

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Irmãos Miyao, Isaque, Igor Silva e mais finalistas no Grand Slam de Jiu-Jitsu em Abu Dhabi

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Muitas emoções e grandes duelos de Jiu-Jitsu rolaram nesta sexta-feira, dia 12, na capital dos Emirados Árabes, em mais uma edição do Grand Slam da UAEJJ, desta vez em sua terra natal, Abu Dhabi.

Atletas do mundo inteiro chegaram para disputar os valiosos pontos no ranking e a recompensa ficou para os fãs de Jiu-Jitsu que prestigiaram os combates e a briga por mais de 190 mil dólares em prêmios.

Na divisão de faixa-preta, os craques da arte suave expuseram o seu melhor na Mubadala Arena, e os finalistas que voltam amanhã, dia 15, para lutar pelo ouro foram definidos. Confira abaixo!

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56kg – José Carlos “Cocó” venceu João Kuraoka por 3 a 2 nas vantagens para garantir sua vaga na final contra Massaki Todokoro, que venceu Jorge Nakamura por 2 a 0 nos pontos na outra semifinal.

62kg – João Miyao e Hiago George finalizaram Jarrah Alhazza na chave de três para ficaram garantidos na disputa de ouro entre companheiros de equipe.

69kg – Paulo MIyao fez apenas uma luta para ficar com a vaga na final, ao finalizar Daniel Vieira pelas costas. Ele vai encarar Tiago Bravo pelo título, este que finalizou Abdullah Nabas e depois bateu Victor Otoniel por 2 a 0 no caminho até a finalíssima.

77kg – Na divisão mais movimentada, o australiano Lachlan Gilles e o brasileiro Flavio Vianna vão lutar pelo ouro neste sábado. Gilles chegou à final com uma vitória por 4 a 0  nos pontos sobre Raphael Mello e 3 a 0 nas vantagens sobre Julio Junior. Vianna garantiu a vaga com vitória por WO sobre Mohammed Al Qubaisi e 1 a 0 nas vantagens sobre o Burak Sarman.

85kg – Isaque Bahiense defenderá seu título conquistado no Rio contra Charles Negromonte. Isaque lutou duas vezes para chegar na final. Ele finalizou Nino Moreira e depois venceu Igor Sousa por 2 a 0 na semifinal. Já Negromonte finalizou Luis Venturino e depois venceu Marcos Costa por 3 a 0 nos pontos.

94kg – Adam Wardzinski chega na final com pressão máxima ao finalizar André Reis e Basel Fanous no caminho até a disputa do ouro. Do outro lado, Helton Junior venceu Lucas Figueiredo e Paulo Pinto para garantir a vaga na final.

110 kg – Igor Silva lutou uma vez para chegar na final,  ao pegar Pablo Aragão no triângulo. Ele vai encarar Mauricio Lima na final, este que finalizou Luis Henrique Nepomuceno na semifinal.

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49kg – Mayssa Caldas bateu Flavia Quintareli duas vezes para garantir a medalha de ouro na divisão. Na segunda partida, Mayssa conseguiu pegar as costas de Flavia e finalizar no estrangulamento.

55kg – Amanda Nogueira defenderá sua coroa contra Ariadne de Oliveira. Nogueira chegou à final com uma vitória na decisão sobre Amal Amjahid, enquanto Ariadne finalizou Ariane Guarnier com um estrangulamento rodado.

62kg – Charlotte Von Baumgarten venceu Larissa Paes por 5 a 0 para encarar Nadia Melo na final de sábado.

90kg – Samantha Cook pressionou Jessica Andrade para finalizar e encarar Thamara Silva na final.

UFC's Michael Johnson has made 'life-changing adjustments' for drop to featherweight

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ST. LOUIS – Michael Johnson admits his first weight-cut to featherweight has been a “little rough,” but the former longtime lightweight said he’s yet to second-guess his decision to change divisions for UFC Fight Night 124.

Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) will join a new weight-class Sunday when he meets Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) at the FS1-televised event following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “The Menace” fought many of the elite at 155 pounds over the years but said he was ready for a fresh start. It’s not that he’s abandoning his former weight class. Johnson simply just feels he’s moving to a place where the path to UFC gold is less muddy.

“People are like, ‘Oh my god, you lost to Justin (Gaethje), and you’re running to featherweight,'” Johnson told MMAjunkie. “You guys sound like some clowns. It’s the quickest way to a title shot for me. There’s so much going on at the top of the lightweight division. Conor (McGregor) is holding it up; Tony (Ferguson) and Khabib (Nurmagomedov) are going back and forth; so you never know. Even if I knock out a couple wins, I still could not be next in line for a title shot. Nate (Diaz) could come back in. It’s a popularity contest rather than somebody who actually deserves it. Me going down to featherweight, I get two solid wins, and I’m next in line, especially with my resume at 155.”

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At 31, a shift in division isn’t something Johnson could do overnight. He said the process has been a challenge but also admitted the required discipline has been advantageous overall.

“It’s extremely life-changing,” Johnson said. “I haven’t had a piece of bread in like two months. I’m dreading this cut. But it’s re-motivated me. It’s given me a new spark of life. I’m definitely rededicated to the sport, my training is going a lot harder, a lot tougher, and I don’t have that little time to slack off. I can’t afford a cheat meal here and there, I can’t afford to sneak a cookie or something or some candy. I’ve got a strict diet, with everything timed and eating right. It’s going good. I’m happy.”

The final pounds are always the most challenging to lose, and it remains to be seen how Johnson will react when he approaches the 146-pound limit for the official weigh-in. Johnson has absolutely no doubt he’s going to make the mark without major issues, and he believes beating Elkins will put everyone on notice. That said, Johnson still left the door open for a future return to lightweight.

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“This is my future,” Johnson said. “I definitely think I’m going to go down here and get this title. That’s what I’m here to do. But I’m definitely not completely done with the lightweight division. I have a plan of going back up there. There’s still a few guys I’ve got some unfinished business with that I want some fights back. Who knows, I get that title around my waist at 145, then I get to call some shots at 155.”

For Johnson’s official foray into featherweight, the UFC did not provide an easy task. Elkins is No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings and in the midst of a five-fight winning streak against solid competition. “The Damage” is no pushover, but that’s exactly what Johnson wants.

“I want the best guy possible; I want the toughest guy available,” Johnson said. “Who are they? Sign them up. Sure enough, Darren Elkins said yes, and I’m blessed. He’s a great fighter, tough and durable, and I’m excited to go in there and have another ‘Fight of the Year’ performance.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Vitor Belfort says he really is retiring after UFC Fight Night 124, ready for 'second journey'

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ST. LOUIS – As he prepares to make his final walk to the cage, Vitor Belfort is both happy with what he’s accomplished and excited for what’s to come.

Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-9 UFC) meets Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 124. And, after telling the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast that the 185-pound co-headliner will be the last fight of his more than two-decade-long career, “The Phenom” sat down with MMAjunkie to discuss his decision.

First off, he confirmed that, win or lose, the decision is final.

“That’s the last one,” Belfort said with a smile. “People didn’t expect that, no? People are like, ‘Oh my God.’”

Well, it wasn’t that unexpected either. While Belfort had talked about fighting five more times after a home soil win over Nate Marquardt in July, the idea of retirement had been tossed around before. It was also a known fact that Sunday’s FS1-televised fight at Scottstrade Centre in St. Louis was the last in Belfort’s current UFC contract.

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Now, though, it’s final: “The Phenom” is hanging up his gloves, and Belfort is doing it on his own terms, too: With three months to go before Belfort’s 41st birthday, his original plan was to fight until he was 40.

Will he miss any of it? Well, “we miss a lot of stuff” in life. But, all in all, Belfort says he’s prepared to move on.

“My body needs that,” Belfort said. “I’m going to that second journey. Retirement, for me, is different than how people see it. I’m happy. I’m content. I’m content with my life. I don’t depend on the lights. I don’t live out of that. I don’t live out of, ‘Man, I need that to feed my ego.’ That’s not what feeds my ego.

“What feeds my ego is when I see someone changing their life, someone become a better person. This is what feeds my ego, to tell the truth. I’m going to miss a lot of stuff. But it’s part of life. You’ve got to know the time to start and have the time to end. So, here it is.”

What was somewhat surprising, though, was the choice of stage for Belfort’s final foray. Considering a former UFC champion who’s headlined big pay-per-view cards and walked out to the crazed chants of packed Brazilian arenas, an FS1-televised bout in St-Louis might not seem like the most obvious choice.

But Belfort? He thinks that’s just wonderful.

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“When the octagon door closes, it’s the same size,” Belfort told Brazilian reporters during an online scrum Thursday. “For me, it’s a joy. I don’t like goodbyes, throwing parties. A goodbye fight, this isn’t soccer, to have goodbye games. Party, barbecue, music. This is a fight. You can’t be relaxed, enjoy it, have a party. It’s very serious.

“For me, it’s very nice to be here. It’s a very welcoming card, a great card. Full of champions. Full of great guys, the future of the sport. I’m satisfied. I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished and to be able to finish it like this. I’m feeling special.”

After achieving his goals in the cage, Belfort is now geared toward helping create positive impact in the lives of others, starting with the a gym business that he’s been expanding next to his wife and partner. That is the current focus of the “second journey” Belfort had already talked to MMAjunkie about.

But he’s not planning on wandering too far off the octagon. Belfort can’t control how people are going to look back on him as a fighter, but he does want to be remembered as someone who wasn’t afraid to take risks. And he’s hoping his mentality can inspire others – including the sport of MMA.

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“We can go to a place – imagine MMA in the Olympics,” Belfort said. “Just imagine. It’s impossible for you to imagine, because MMA can take every sport. It can be the biggest sport in the Olympics.

“But how are we going to get there? What do we need to do? What do we need to sacrifice? And sometimes people are afraid to sacrifice, to change some stuff, create some stuff. Who knows, the Legend League. So many things out there that are going to take guts.”

That, Belfort says, starts with investing in safety. Even the protective gear used in training, Belfort says, is borrowed from other martial arts. Even the rules, the ex-champ believes, can be reviewed in order to make the sport less bloody and more like high-end entertainment.

“I say the most important thing of the sport, people don’t realize, it’s the safety,” Belfort said. “The safety is not there yet. People are like, ‘I love wars.’ War is great, but you don’t want your son to go to war. You want other people to fight the war. We need the sport. MMA is already a sport, with skills. We need more skills. Less damage.”

When it comes to his own immediate future vs. Hall, Belfort takes a pass on predictions.

“I want to fight my best fight,” Belfort said. “I want to have my best night. Of course I want to win, but I don’t have control over that. I wish I had an undefeated career. I wish I never fell. I wish every day was perfect.

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“I wish today wasn’t raining, but it’s raining. So, things you cannot control, it’s a waste of time thinking about. What I can control, I want to go out there and do my best on Sunday night.”

Belfort is more adamant when it comes to his distant future. While he will “stay prepared” because that’s part of his lifestyle and what he loves to do, Belfort says it would take a particularly appealing opportunity to make him walk back on retirement.

“A lot of money,” Belfort said. “A lot of money. Millions.”

How many millions, you ask?

“I’ll say 10 million, up,” Belfort said with a smirk. “We’ll start the conversation there. That’s the amount, and we can start talking.”

Ultimately, though, Belfort says it’s not about the money.

“What I have in my hands, I see a big, big opportunity to make other people wealthy,” Belfort said. “And healthy. That, for me, is what (fulfills me) more than money.”

Do you want more revelations from Belfort’s career? You’ll have to buy the book he’s going to print in the future. But the retrospective he shared with MMAjunkie in the video above is certainly a good start.

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 14, 2016; Curitiba, Brazil; Ronaldo Souza (red, top) throws punches down on Vitor Belfort (blue) during UFC Fight Night at Arena Atletico Paranaense. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 14, 2016; Curitiba, Brazil; Vitor Belfort (blue) reacts after losing to Ronaldo Souza (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Arena Atletico Paranaense. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 8, 2016; Manchester, UK; Vitor Belfort (red gloves) fights against Gegard Mousasi (blue gloves) during UFC 204 at Manchester Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 8, 2016; Manchester, UK; Vitor Belfort (red gloves) fights against Gegard Mousasi (blue gloves) during UFC 204 at Manchester Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 8, 2016; Manchester, UK; Vitor Belfort (red gloves) fights against Gegard Mousasi (blue gloves) during UFC 204 at Manchester Arena. 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Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Kelvin Gastelum (blue gloves) fights Vitor Belfort (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Kelvin Gastelum (blue gloves) fights Vitor Belfort (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Kelvin Gastelum (blue gloves) fights Vitor Belfort (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) fights Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. 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Drew Dober heads to welterweight, meets Frank Camacho at UFC on FOX 27

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Drew Dober will head to welterweight for a UFC on FOX 27 bout with Frank Camacho.

Camacho (21-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) today posted news of the bout with Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC), following an earlier report from charlotteobserver.com (via Instagram):

UFC on FOX 27 takes place Jan. 27 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. The card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Dober, who’s coming off a brutal first-round knockout win over Josh Burkman in July, cut a massive amount of weight for the fight, and the California State Athletic Commission subsequently said he would need to move up in weight for his next bout or getting medical clearance.

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The 29-year-old now heads to 170 pounds on the strength of a 3-1 run that also includes a knockout win over Jason Gonzalez and a decision victory over Scott Holtzman.

He meets Camacho, a 28-year-old from the Saipan Northern Mariana Islands who frequently fought for the Guam-based Pacific Xtreme Combat before signing with the UFC. After a decision loss to Li Jingliang in his promotional debut, he rebounded in November with a split-decision victory over Damien Brown, though major media outlets unanimously scored it for Camacho, via MMADecisions.com. Camacho came in heavy for the lightweight bout and also now heads to welterweight.

The latest UFC on FOX 27 card includes:

  • Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Andre Fili
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jordan Rinaldi
  • Bobby Green vs. Erik Koch
  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Godofredo Pepey
  • Mara Romero Borella vs. Katlyn Chookagian
  • Juliana Lima vs. Randa Markos
  • Vinc Pichel vs. Joaquim Silva
  • Justine Kish vs. Ji Yeon Kim
  • Niko Price vs. George Sullivan
  • Frank Camacho vs. Drew Dober

For more on UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Enrique Barzola vs. newcomer Matt Bessette is UFC 220's final addition

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Next week’s UFC 220 fight card has its 12th and final fight.

UFC officials recently announced a fight between “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2” winner Enrique Barzola (13-3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and UFC newcomer/reigning CES MMA featherweight champion Matt Bessette (22-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC 220 takes place Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston. The main card, which includes two title fights, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Although officials say the lineup is now complete, the bout order hasn’t been finalized on UFC.com.

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With the current order, though, Barzola vs. Bessette would be part of the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

Barzola, who won “TUF: Latin America 2” is a lightweight in 2015, then returned to featherweight. With back-to-back decision wins over Chris Avila and Gabriel Benitez in his two most recent bouts, the 28-year-old Peruvian fighter is now 3-1 in the UFC.

He meets Bessette, a 33-year-old Bellator and CES MMA vet who’s won seven straight fights – all via stoppage. The childhood cancer survivor appeared he was close to finally getting a shot in the UFC, but he then suffered a knockout loss to Kurt Holobaugh at the first Dana White’s Contender Series event in July. The loss was subsequently overturned, though, after it was determined Holobaugh didn’t properly disclose IV use.

The full UFC 220 lineup includes:

  • Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou – for heavyweight title
  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir – for light heavyweight title
  • Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Gian Villante
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
  • Julio Arce vs. Dan Ige
  • Matt Bessette vs. Enrique Barzola
  • Maryna Moroz vs. Jamie Moyle
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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