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Quintet 1: Sakuraba's 5-on-5 team grappling event set to feature Josh Barnett, other MMA stars - Bloody Elbow

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Frank Trigg: Ref Mario Yamasaki 'cost me a million dollars' but did right in Shevchenko fight

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Frank Trigg believes he has as good a reason as anyone to further bury referee Mario Yamasaki for his much-maligned performance in this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 125 co-main event, but he won’t.

Trigg (21-9 MMA, 2-5 UFC), a retired fighter who earned a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame, now serves as a referee, and he’s been involved in one of Yamasaki’s poorly officiated fights in the past – specifically, a UFC welterweight title fight with Matt Hughes at UFC 52 in April 2005.

Yamasaki failed to identify a low blow in the title fight, and ultimately Hughes won by submission. This past Saturday, Yamasaki allowed Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) to put a prolonged beating on Priscila Cachoeira (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) that many agree should have ended far earlier than it did.

RelatedJoe Rogan: Mario Yamasaki should've stopped Valentina Shevchenko fight '15 or 20 times'

Trigg, who has the rare perspective of being a former fighter and now a colleague of Yamasaki, said he has every reason to pile on, but after watching the fight, he’s reluctant to do so.

“I think Mario did a fine job, and believe me, Mario and I have no love lost between each other,” Trigg said while guest-hosting MMAjunkie Radio. “This fool cost me a million dollars. Let’s be very clear: It’s not like, ‘Oh, it’s ‘Big’ John McCarthy, it’s Mike Bell, and it’s Mike Beltran.’ I’ll defend those guys all day long no matter what they do. These are my boys. This guy (Yamasaki), we don’t disagree when we meet with each other, but he cost me a lot of money, and it’s his fault I’m not a millionaire now – back to that one instance he should have stopped the fight and he didn’t (against Hughes). But that’s the way it goes. What he did on Saturday night, I’m totally OK with.”

Trigg said things played out poorly with Shevchenko vs. Cachoeira but said the amount of hate directed at Yamasaki is unjust. He re-watched the fight, and though he would have waved off the action prior to Shevchenko’s fight-ending rear-naked choke, he said Yamasaki handled himself appropriately.

RelatedAnatomy of a bloodbath: Late stoppage wasn't the only issue with Shevchenko vs. Cachoeira

“I would have stopped it a minute earlier, but that’s because I already know the result of the fight; I already know what’s going to happen,” Trigg said. “I wasn’t in the cage. I wasn’t doing it live. From what I watched on Mario, he did everything correct. No sound, but I assume he’s talking to her. Every time she got spoken to she moved. I assume everything he did was exactly within the mechanics of the way I was taught. He was doing it correct.

“It’s his style. He’s always a little bit laid back and delayed when it comes to the stoppages. That’s just how his style is. You have your opponent, but you also have to worry about the ref. It’s getting better obviously not, but you still have to worry about the ref. When you have Mario, you know he’s coming in a little late, and you’ve got to keep going.”

Trigg also said that in the given situation, Cachoeira’s corner could have called off the fight. The Brazilian was out-struck by a staggering 227 total strikes, and she suffered a serious knee injury in the process. Trigg said there’s a responsibility that falls on Cachoeira’s team, as well.

RelatedDana White: Mario Yamasaki should 'never set foot in octagon again' after Shevchenko-Cachoeira

“There’s a lot of stuff that went on,” Trigg said. “The corner could have stopped it at any time, told the inspector, ‘Hey, stop this fight.’ Could’ve easily told her between rounds, ‘Hey, don’t get up because your knee is jacked up.’ Hindsight, we know she had a torn MCL and torn meniscus. Have her stay on the seat between rounds; fight’s over. Let’s get her out of this thing. There’s a lot of ways for that fight to end way before it ended. It could have happened at any of these sequences.”

Trigg said any criticism of Cachoeira herself should be immediately disregarded, though. As a former fighter, Trigg knows it’s unreasonable to expect Cachoeira to give up in the octagon regardless of injuries or damage sustained. But that’s what cornerman, referees and doctors are for.

“Fighters are dumb,” Trigg said. “They’ll continue to fight no matter what. That’s why referees are there – for fighter safety. That’s why corners are supposed to be better – for fighter safety. You’re supposed to be there for your fighter and know when your fighter’s in deep water.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Abu Dhabi Invites Every Past Champion For New Mega Event 'King of the Mats' - FloGrappling

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The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation announced a new feature for this year's 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. “King of the Mat” is a move that will see all previous black belt champions invited to the event in order to ...

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Nate Diaz 'sick of not fighting,' wants UFC champ Tyron Woodley this year

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Nate Diaz has broken his silence about the specific next steps in his career.

Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC), a UFC vet who hasn’t competed since a majority-decision loss to Conor McGregor in their rematch at UFC 202 in August 2016, posted on social media this past month that he’s ready to return to the octagon, likely in early summer. Since then, however, there hasn’t been much progress.

Now “The Ultimate Fighter 5” winner and fan-favorite has publicly said his plans, and they include a championship showdown with UFC welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) this year.

“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting; I’m not getting any younger,” Diaz told ESPN.com‘s Brett Okamoto on Tuesday. “I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn’t say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option.

RelatedRafael dos Anjos to UFC champ Tyron Woodley: 'Shame on you' for wanting Nate Diaz fight

“I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I’m like, ‘What the (expletive)? If that’s what you want to do.’ It’s not really my weight class, but I’m with it. I think it’s my title we’re fighting for. If he’s the one calling me out, whose title are we fighting for? Who’s the real champion here?”

Woodley has said for several months that he’s open to and interested in a matchup with Diaz – despite the latter’s lack of recent credentials at 170 pounds. Outside of his submission win over McGregor in their first meeting – at UFC 196 in March 2016 – Diaz hasn’t won a fight at welterweight in more than seven years.

Nevertheless, Diaz’s name value could potentially slide him into the fight he wants, likely much to the dismay of Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC), who has already been promised the next title shot and has pestered Woodley for pursuing a fight against Diaz.

RelatedTyron Woodley's UFC welterweight title and its possible suitors

Diaz said he’s ready to share the octagon with Woodley at any time, as long as he can come to financial terms with UFC officials and get a “two- or three-month” training camp in first.

“We’ll figure it out,” Diaz said. “There’s definitely going to be something. I’m trying to fight. … I told them I’d fight him on shorter notice but would send them what I wanted in the contract. It was nothing out of the norm. My boxing coach said something about $15 million in an interview, but that was never the number.”

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

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Marcus Meira ensina raspagem da guarda fechada com armlock na Action Jiu-Jitsu

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Professor Marcus Meira mostra os detalhes da sua raspagem da guarda fechada. Foto: Reprodução

Professor na Action Jiu-Jitsu School, nossa GMI na Barra da Tijuca, no Rio de Janeiro, o faixa-preta Marcus Meira tem à sua disposição algumas posições de fácil aplicação e funcionalidade justa, que podem cair como uma luva no seu jogo.

Na posição de hoje, Marcus escalou o amigo Luiz Alves, e mostrou uma raspagem da guarda fechada que termina com um armlock sorrateiro após cair na montada. Para executar a inversão, o professor laça o braço adversário dominando a gola cruzada. Depois, usa as pernas da guarda fechada para puxar o oponente e criar espaço para aplicar o ganchos, para depois pendular e cair montado. Sem soltar a pegada no braço, o professor ajusta no cotovelo inimigo, levanta a perna oposta e cria a alavanca necessária para finalizar.

Veja os detalhes da movimentação, pegadas e posições com o Marcus Meira e coloque mais esta opção no seu jogo da guarda fechada!

'UFC 221 Embedded,' No. 1: Curtis Blaydes on how Mark Hunt fight came together

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The UFC returns to pay-per-view this week, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment to preview UFC 221.

The event takes place Sunday (but airs live in North America on Saturday due to the time difference) at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, heavyweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, takes on No. 4-ranked Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC). And in the co-main event, No. 10-ranked heavyweight and fan favorite Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) meets No. 14 Curtis Blaydes (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).

Here’s the UFC’s description of the first “Embedded” episode:

“On Episode 1 of UFC 221 Embedded, middleweight title contender Luke Rockhold braves the traffic patterns down under as he arrives in Perth to a traditional Australian meal. Opponent Yoel Romero braces himself for a week of media before his title showdown. Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes takes in the Big Game and recounts how he landed his big fight against local legend Mark Hunt. “The Super Samoan” moves into his fight week home, looks back on his career and hits the gym. Rockhold shops for organic produce and get Ali-inspired advice in the sauna.”

Check out the full episode in the video above.

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Valentina Shevchenko, Matt Mitrione, Ben Saunders, Dominique Steele, Kyle Stewart

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Valentina Shevchenko, Matt Mitrione, Ben Saunders, Dominique Steele and Kyle Stewart.

Shevchenko defeated Priscila Cachoeira this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 125 and sparked an industry-wide discussion about officiating and late stoppages. Mitrione meets Roy Nelson on Feb. 16 at Bellator 194 in the opening round of the Bellator heavyweight grand prix. Saunders fights Alan Jouban on Feb. 24 at UFC on FOX 28. Steele fights Nikolay Aleksakhin on Feb. 22 at Fight Nights Global 83. Stewart meets Jaleel Willis in the LFA 33 headliner on Feb. 16.

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.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2616 with Roy Nelson, Josh Emmett

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Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Roy Nelson and Josh Emmett.

Nelson, who rematches Matt Mitrione at next week’s Bellator 194, is confident ahead of the upcoming heavyweight grand prix and is excited at the prospect of becoming a world champion for the first time since his IFL days. Emmett, who headlines UFC on FOX 28 against Jeremy Stephens later this month, believes he’s worthy of his quick rise up the featherweight rankings and thinks with another big win, a title shot should come sooner rather than later.

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

Rafael dos Anjos to UFC champ Tyron Woodley: 'Shame on you' for wanting Nate Diaz fight

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Rafael dos Anjos is sick and tired of Tyron Woodley mentioning Nate Diaz as a potential challenger to his UFC welterweight title.

Dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC) has been deemed the next challenger to the UFC welterweight title since his unanimous-decision win over fellow ex-champ Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 26 in December (check out his post-fight interview above). Champ Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) however, has purposefully disregarded the matchup, hoping for a “bigger” fight instead.

First, it was Woodley angling for a matchup with former two-division UFC titleholder Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC). When that started to look bleak due to St-Pierre’s medical condition, “The Chosen One” turned his attention to Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC), who hasn’t fought since his majority-decision loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016.

RelatedColby Covington: Tyron Woodley vs. Rafael dos Anjos would mean lowest PPV ever for UFC

Woodley told ESPN.com this week he thinks there’s a good chance Diaz will be his next opponent when he returns to the octagon in the summer following a recent shoulder surgery.

Naturally, this frustrated former 155-pound champ dos Anjos, who’s 3-0 since moving up to welterweight (via Twitter):

@TWooodley man up and stop talk about fight that make no sense, everyone know that I'm the real contender. You want to fight a guy that has never beat a real welterweight in his whole life. Shame on you…

— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) February 7, 2018

Outside of his high-profile pair of fights against McGregor in 2016, Diaz hasn’t fought in the welterweight division since April 2011. His last win over someone other than “The Notorious” was against Marcus Davis at UFC 118 in August 2010.

RelatedTyron Woodley's UFC welterweight title and its possible suitors

Dos Anjos has made it clear he’ll be livid if the UFC grants Diaz a title shot ahead of him. The Brazilian has beaten Lawler, Neil Magny and Tarec Saffiedine during his stint at 170 pounds, and despite UFC President Dana White’s continued assurance a title shot is on the horizon, Woodley keeps looking elsewhere for his next foe (via Twitter):

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— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) February 6, 2018

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

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GRACIEMAG #252 – Rickson Gracie e o novo desafio do Samurai

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A GRACIEMAG #252 já está disponível em sua versão digital e a partir do dia 15 de fevereiro nas bancas de todo o Brasil.

Para conferir tudo o que a revista dedicada ao Jiu-Jitsu mais lida do Brasil tem a oferecer este mês, acesse www.graciemagshop.com.br e faça já sua assinatura.

Boa leitura e bons treinos!

Marcio André ensina raspagem da guarda-aranha com passagem no Jiu-Jitsu

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Atleta de Nova União e um dos competidores mais versáteis da nova geração, Marcio André mostrou, em seminário recente na nossa GMI DJ Bros, uma de suas raspagens preferidas da guarda-aranha, com termino no cem-quilos.

Na aula, auxiliada pelo professor GMI Oswaldo Jurema, Marcinho coloca o adversário na guarda-aranha e chuta o mesmo para cima. Com a perna oposta, Marcio envolve a perna do oponente e usa o pé na axila para desequilibrar e derrubar. Com as costas no solo, o faixa-preta, passa a perna que sobra por cima do corpo e, sem soltar a pegada, sobe no leg-drag para fazer a transição, livrar as pernas e chegar no cem-quilos.

Estude com atenção os detalhes da posição de Marcio André e raspe com sucesso no treininho de hoje!

Roberto Gordo ensina a anular uma das passagens de guarda mais frequentes do Jiu-Jitsu

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Professor na nossa GMI Start BJJ Academy, na Flórida, Roberto Gordo traz para o estudioso leitor de GRACIEMAG duas opções para contra-atacar a passagem escorregando o joelho, uma das opções mais básicas e comuns nos treinos e campeonatos.

Na posição, o faixa-preta mostra como anular a progressão da passagem, travando o joelho do oponente. Em seguida, com a perna oposta da passagem, ele projeta o professor Rafael Gordinho para frente, e faz o pêndulo para levantar e ganhar as costas. Na segunda opção, quando o adversário trava o braço, Gordo usa a pegada como vantagem para girar o eixo e terminar por cima.

Veja em detalhes no vídeo abaixo e utilize as opções para surpreender seus adversários no próximo treino. Oss!

Video: Watch UFC 221 headliner Yoel Romero shut down ex-champ Chris Weidman in 2016

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Heading into UFC 205, Yoel Romero was riding a seven-fight winning streak and got a date with a former UFC middleweight champion.

At the late-2016 event, Romero extended his winning streak to eight – and picked up his fifth fight-night bonus during the stretch – with a highlight-reel finish of Chris Weidman.

Check out the full fight above.

Related'UFC 221 Countdown' full episode with Romero-Rockhold, Hunt-Blaydes

And catch Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who’s No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, back in action this weekend, when he takes on No. 3-ranked Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in UFC 221’s main event.

UFC 221 takes place Sunday (but airs live in North America on Saturday due to the time difference) at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Romero and Rockhold fight for an interim title while champ Robert Whittaker recovers from a staph infection.

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz rebooked for UFC 222 in Las Vegas

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John Dodson and Pedro Munhoz will give it another go at UFC 222.

UFC officials recently announced Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who’s an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, and No. 13-ranked Munhoz (15-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) are booked for the event.

The fighters were originally scheduled to fight in this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 125 co-headliner in Brazil, but Munhoz missed weight by four pounds, and Dodson didn’t agree to such an allowance for a catchweight bout.

RelatedJohn Dodson to receive portion of 'show' money for UFC-Belem after Pedro Munhoz misses weight

UFC 222 takes place March 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. However, the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Dodson, a former flyweight title challenger, is 2-2 since moving back up to the bantamweight division. In addition to wins over Manny Gamburyan and Eddie Wineland, the 33-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA fighter suffered losses – both came via split decision – to John Lineker and Marlos Moraes.

He meets now Munhoz, a 31-year-old Brazilian who went 1-2 (with one no-contest due to a failed drug test) in his first four UFC fights. However, the former RFA champ has been on a recent roll while going 4-0 with three submission victories and three “Performance of the Night” bonuses, including his recent victory over Rob Font.

The latest UFC 222 card includes:

  • Frankie Edgar vs. TBA
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder
  • Ketlen Vieira vs. Cat Zingano
  • Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann
  • Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Bobby Green
  • John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz

For more on UFC 222, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Rashad Evans thought Michael Bisping rematch was set but understands why it fell through

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Rashad Evans reportedly was in line to to face Michael Bisping at next month’s UFC Fight Night 127 event in London. It seemed like a foregone conclusion. Everyone thought it was happening.

“I thought so, too, man,” Evans told MMAjunkie Radio on Monday. “I got the call, and I thought it was going to happen, but things didn’t work out on the negotiating side between the UFC and Bisping.”

Indeed, it was Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) who called off what would’ve been a rematch. He had teased potentially competing at the UFC Fight Pass-streamed March 17 event from The O2 in London. Bisping, 38, has expressed an interest in fighting once more before retirement, preferably in England.

That’s why it made made sense to Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC), who wasn’t sure why the booking fell through.

RelatedRashad Evans says commentating can make you 'feel stupid,' discusses move back to 205

“I don’t know exactly what it was about, but I guess the talks broke down after the (bout) agreement happened,” Evans said.

He continued, “I think it was contract stuff. I think Bisping is near the end of his contract, and I know he’s been talking about retirement. … I’m guessing somewhere along the lines of where the UFC could use Bisping and where he ultimately wants to be. I don’t think there was an agreement.”

Evans and Bisping first squared off in 2007 at UFC 78, where the then-unbeaten “Suga” won a split decision on his rise to claiming the light heavyweight title two fights later. The bout served as Bisping’s last in the 205-pound division before a drop down to 185.

Evans, 38, needs a win in the worst way after losing his last four fights. He was hoping the chance would come against the former UFC middleweight champion, but if it’s maximizing earnings that Bisping is after for his final fight, then Evans can’t blame him.

“For him, trying to get the bread, hey, get as much money as you can,” Evans said. “Because at the end of the day, this is a sport we can’t do forever. So I’m never against somebody making as much money as you can.”

RelatedLyoto Machida explains Michael Bisping callout: Fight should've already happened

For his part, Evans plans on just riding out the rest of his deal, even though he’s hip to the mindset of today’s fighters speaking up about their worth, especially in the wake of the UFC’s $4.2 billion sale to WME-IMG in 2016.

“I don’t want to have my mind pre-set on what I should do if there’s no need for it,” Evans said. “Fighters are different now, because we’re starting to see our worth more than ever. Four billion dollars and hearing our worth and what the UFC sold for, it woke up the fighters in a different way.

“Because we didn’t get any of that. We didn’t get nothing but an email that said, ‘We sold the company.’ And it’s nothing against the Fertittas. They were great the way they ran the organization, and they’re great people. It’s just the price of business, but we understand the cost and the price of business now more than ever.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 127, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

David Branch vs. 'Marreta' Santos, Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins added to UFC-Atlantic City

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A pair of contests has been added to the UFC’s upcoming return to New Jersey, though a main event still awaits.

UFC officials today announced middleweights David Branch vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos and light heavyweights Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins for the April 21 event, which takes place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

With the additions, UFC Fight Night 128 now includes:

  • Aspen Ladd vs. Leslie Smith
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Augusto Mendes
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • David Branch vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, Feb. 6: 'Marreta' ready to drop hammers

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With four straight knockout wins, UFC middleweight Thiago “Marreta” Santos says he’s ready to take on the division’s elite. We’re not about to disagree.

Santos scored a thrilling second-round TKO win over Anthony Smith (28-13 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the “Fight of the Night” at this past weekend’s Bellator 125 event in Brazil. After a pair of disappointing setbacks to Eric Spicely and Gegard Mousasi in 2016, Santos has since come roaring back with four consecutive knockouts, bringing his UFC record to 8-2 in his previous 10 appearances, and now sits as an honorable mention in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings.

Also in the middleweight division, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (23-8 MMA, 15-8 UFC) kept his No. 13 position with a hard-fought win over the formerly undefeated Eryk Anders (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

The middleweight division could be in for a bigger shakeup this weekend, with Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) clashing in the main event of UFC 221 in Australia. Ahead of that event, take a look at the latest rankings across every division.

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Soft-spoken knockout artist Thiago 'Marreta' Santos learning to ask for more – and wouldn't mind Chris Weidman in New York

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It’s hard to think of a line that better encapsulates Thiago “Marreta” Santos’ MMA career more than the one that the UFC middleweight said, himself, before Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 125.

“My goal is always to win convincingly,” Santos told Combate.com. “My marketing is (made with) punches to the face, kicks and elbows.”

Those who have been following Santos since “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2” have been repeatedly given proof of that.

In the public sphere, we got to watch the middleweight beat nine of the 13 opponents he’s met in the octagon so far, while keeping an admirable pace of three fights a year since 2015. We often got to watch him do it in devastating fashion, too – only one of them, then-undefeated Elias Theodorou, made it to the judges’ scorecards.

Backstage, though, Santos’ presence has been different. Whether it’s entering a bout on a three-fight winning streak or a two-fight skid, Santos has never been one for braggadocio. He won’t feed you clicky one-liners or engage in Twitter feuds. And other than some politely-issued desires, like the one for a rematch with now-Bellator fighter Gegard Mousasi, his presence has remained largely call-out free.

On Saturday, though, Santos (17-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) raised his voice a little higher than usual. After folding Anthony Smith (27-14 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the second round to add a fourth straight knockout to his current streak – tying a record held by Anderson Silva in the process – Santos asked for what he believed he’d earned.

“It’s my fourth consecutive win with a knockout,” Santos told reporters backstage after the win. “I’m one of the fighters with more knockouts in my division. I deserve an opportunity. I had one with Mousasi, but with little time to be ready. I want a good name and that I can be ready for it. I would like one of the top-six: (Robert) Whittaker, (Luke) Rockhold, (Chris) Weidman – I accept any of these.”

Even those lines, he later admitted, took some arm-twisting.

“I will always prioritize the practical part, what I do in the octagon,” Santos told MMAjunkie. “But this other aspect also needs to be worked on. And that’s what I did in my last fight. That also came from my coaches and my manager. They told me, ‘You have to talk, man. You’ve already been doing it, so now you need to talk about what you’ve been doing.’ They instructed me.

“But I still only talk with conviction in what I’m actually doing. I will only market what I am effectively getting done. My marketing can’t be bigger than me; it has to be a continuation of my actions.”

That doesn’t sound at all surprising coming from someone who has always taken pride in having his achievements come from both his effort and his ability to making – and sticking to – his own plans.

Santos, who hails from Rio de Janeiro’s infamous Cidade de Deus slum, took no shortcuts to get to where he is. First, there was a seven-year army stint. Then, a “TUF: Brazil” run. And now, 13 fights into his UFC career, he’s at a place where he can feasibly make some requests.

From the start, Santos knew the potential he had to get places. But, when he looks back, it’s with a measure of awe.

“Of course I have goals,” Santos said. “I dream of being a UFC champion. But I’m already very grateful for what I have, what I’ve accomplished and what I’ve become. A boy from Cidade de Deus, … when I stop to think about it, I get a little stunned.”

“I don’t see myself as a talented guy”

Santos currently splits his time between the U.S., where he does part of his camp at Florida’s American Top Team, and Rio, where he trains at Tata Fight Team. Other than preparing for his fights – which happens often, considering his activity – Santos also runs a training center in the community where he was raised. There, he conducts a social project where local kids can take martial arts lessons for free.

As someone who’s seen, first-hand, how negative influences can find fertile ground in places where opportunities are scarce, Santos has taken it upon himself to be a positive one.

“I don’t see myself as a talented guy – as a guy who was born with a talent, or a gift,” Santos said. “Some guys were born with a gift. Like (ex-UFC-champ) Anderson Silva – he was born with a talent for this. (Soccer player) Neymar, as well. I’m not. I transformed into a fighter thanks to hard work and dedication.

“So I’m very blessed. I think God allowed that so I can help people. It’s not for no reason. I believe that. So I try, as much as I can, to do something. Even if it’s not much, I try to also help and pay these blessings forward. I think it’s the least I can do.”

Whether talent was a factor or not, fact is that the somewhat one-dimensional striker that was quickly beaten by fellow “TUF” alum Cezar Ferreira in his short-notice UFC debut has evolved into a legitimate threat in the UFC’s 185-pound division.

A threat that, all things considered, isn’t exactly wrong in aiming a little higher in the rankings. While Santos did throw around a few names, again, he’s not in the business of call-outs. He just wants a fight that will get him closer to the belt.

And if he can’t have it his way? As usual, he’ll adjust.

“I want to fight three times this year, like I did last year,” Santos said. “So, doing the math, I want a fight by June. If we don’t have an offer to fight a big guy – whomever comes, I’ll fight. I don’t want to wait around. ‘Oh, if I don’t get this fight,’ – no, none of that.

“We’re going to put a little pressure, of course, but mostly I want to stay active and keep working.”

There’s a reason behind that, too. It’s Santos understanding that he doesn’t really have that much time to sit back and carefully plan a path toward the title like some of his younger peers do.

“I don’t think I have to make a career plan,” Santos said before his previous win, over Jack Hermansson. “That’s for a 20, 22-year old who’s just joining the UFC.”

Not that Santos is exactly old, either. But, other than the inevitable wear-and-tear of fighting, his 33-year-old body also has to account for the damage suffered in the several years he spent as a paratrooper. Add it all up and, understandably, he’s starting to feel it a little.

“My body, it’s been through a lot,” Santos said. “I was in the army for seven years and it was hard on my body. Now, with fighting and cutting weight, I already have all these pains. I don’t see myself fighting past 40. Of course, that’s how I feel now. Maybe at 38 I’ll feel good and think ‘Well, I can push it a little more.’ But, today, that’s how I feel.”

In any case, Santos still has a few years left before that happens. And while he’s yet to touch the extra money that came with three post-fight bonuses – two for “Performance of the Night” and a “Fight of the Night” one – he probably wouldn’t mind collecting some more.

As per usual, Santos is not going to start calling out those he’d like to collect them with – or over. But, while we’re at it, he might as well throw out this one little thought that has crossed his mind.

“A fight I’d like is Weidman,” Santos said. “I’d really like to fight him, maybe in New York. I’ve never fought there. I’d love to meet New York and dance with him there.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Joshua Burkman vs. Alex Morono added to UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin

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A welterweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s return to the Lone Star State.

UFC officials today announced that Josh Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC) will face Alex Morono (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 126, which takes place next Sunday at Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

The contest is scheduled for the evening’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed early prelims following additional prelims and a main card that each air on FS1.

Both fighters find themselves in need of a victory. Burkman, 37, carries a four-fight losing streak into the contest after dropping consecutive UFC outings to Drew Dober, Michel Prazeres, Zak Ottow and Paul Felder. The most recent setback, a first-round knockout loss to Dober, took place in July, so Burkman enters the fight with a little less than seven months on the sidelines.

Burkman revealed his involvement in the card a little less than one week ago, insisting fighting is simply in his blood.

Meanwhile, Morono, 27, was in action most recently in September, suffering a split-decision loss to Keita Nakamura in Japan. The result stands as Morono’s only official UFC loss to date, though he also came up short via TKO to Niko Price at UFC Fight Night 104 in February 2017. However, that result was later overturned when Price tested positive for marijuana.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 126 now includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Francisco Trinaldo vs. James Vick
  • Thiago Alves vs. Curtis Millender
  • Jessica Aguilar vs. Livia Renata Souza
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Thibault Gouti

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Diego Ferreira vs. Jared Gordon
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Geoff Neal
  • Joby Sanchez vs. Roberto Sanchez
  • Sarah Moras vs. Lucie Pudilova

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Josh Burkman vs. Alex Morono
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Steven Peterson

For more on UFC Fight Night 126, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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