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GMI: Alex Barros ensina seu atalho preferido para passar a guarda no Jiu-Jitsu

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Professor Alex Barros, nosso GMI na Nova União Grajaú. Foto: Arquivo pessoal

Como devemos enfrentar a guarda dos oponentes elásticos e contorcionistas, que ficam à vontade ao lutar com o corpo dobrado?  O professor Alex Barros, nosso GMI à frente da academia Nova União Grajaú, no Rio de Janeiro, ensina sua passagem de guarda preferida para aterrorizar os guardeiros flexíveis.

Na técnica, Alex emborca o inimigo antes de começar a aplicar os detalhes que fazem o sucesso da posição. Primeiro ele trava o quadril do oponente com o joelho e a mão na faixa. Depois faz pegada na gola e em seguida, com a mão que está na faixa, joga o adversário para o lado e dá o passo para chegar na posição lateral, garantindo os três pontos.

Confira no vídeo abaixo o passo a passo da posição e tente aplicá-la nos treinos desta semana, estudioso leitor. Oss!

 

Douglas Lima wants respect if he beats Rory MacDonald at Bellator 192 – but he won't beg for it

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Douglas Lima is unsure whether he’s got an appropriate amount of recognition for his body of work as Bellator welterweight champion.

A strong argument can be made that he hasn’t, but all that could change with a successful title defense against Rory MacDonald at Bellator 192.

Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) vs. MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is one of the most legitimate title fights in Bellator history. The bout headlines the Jan. 20 event at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and airs on Paramount Network following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Only able to fight the opponents placed in front of him, Lima is pleased Bellator continues to bring strong competition to challenge for his 170-pound belt. He’s currently No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, but could enhance that position by beating No. 3-ranked MacDonald.

RelatedVideo: Rory MacDonald, at his most 'Canadian Psycho,' says Douglas Lima not on his level

With names like Lorenz Larkin (No. 12), Andrey Koreshkov (No. 15), Paul Daley and more already on his resume, there’s little doubt Lima is among the best. The Brazilian prefers to stay humble, but he does agree a case can be made that the winner of the Bellator 192 main event is the best welterweight in the world, especially when considering MacDonald already holds a dominant win over current UFC champ Tyron Woodley.

“I’d love to think (the winner is No. 1 in the world) – I think Rory’s been on the top for a long time,” Lima said on Wednesday’s Bellator 192 conference call. “He beat the guy who is supposedly the No. 1 right now – he beat him before. So he can be considered the No. 1, and I’ll take that spot when I beat him next Saturday, for sure. I’m honestly not even thinking about that. I’m just focused on the fight. I don’t really care much about rankings. There’s always going to be someone saying something like, ‘He doesn’t deserve to be No. 1.’ So, I’m not really focusing on that.”

Lima may not care about rankings, but he does acknowledge the importance of recognition. Lima has the most knockout victories in Bellator history, the most stoppages in the promotion’s welterweight history and will be competing in his sixth championship bout for the company at Bellator 192. Lima’s skill never has been much of a question, but he believes his recent performances against opponents with greater name value is helping raise his profile.

“I feel like it’s getting better,” Lima said. “Bellator is bringing out all these top guys and guys with big names. I love it. I love to have that target on my back. I love being the champion and let them all come at me. I love it. I love what Bellator is doing. The division is stacked and it feels good to sit on top of it.”

RelatedWhat makes Bellator champ Douglas Lima so scary? Jimmy Smith breaks it down

Despite all his successes, Lima is still being largely counted out ahead of Bellator 192. Oddsmakers currently list him as the betting underdog, and though some fighters thrive off that position, Lima doesn’t see himself as the one with the biggest obstacles to overcome.

“I’m being considered the underdog for many people, but in my eyes I’m not the underdog,” Lima said. “I’m the champion. I know he’s fought bigger names throughout his career, but I don’t think it matters who is the underdog or not. This is one of the best fights at welterweight right now. It doesn’t matter which organization. At welterweight, this is one of the best fights ever.

“I feel really good. I feel in my prime. I’m still young and hungry and same for him. I’m just going to go and give my best and try and knock his head off. If that’s not enough, then we’ll just keep fighting. What can I do?”

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

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Combate Americas inks five-division boxing champ Amanda Serrano

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Combate Americas’ international scouting has landed another intriguing fighter.

The latest signing is Amanda Serrano, a 29-year-old Puerto Rican striker who’s the only female boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes.

Combate Americas officials today confirmed the signing with MMAjunkie.

Serrano, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight (118 pounds) champion and a top-10 pound-for-pound boxer, has signed an exclusive multi-year MMA deal with Combate Americas. DiBella Entertainment will continue to promote her boxing bouts.

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Serrano, who’s 34-1-1 with 26 knockouts during her nine-year pro boxing career, will make her official MMA debut at a March Combate Americas event, though an opponent, weight and exact date haven’t been determined.

The Brooklyn-based fighter decided to make a move into MMA partially at the urging of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who now serves as Serrano’s co-manager.

Combate Americas, headed by UFC co-founder/co-creator Campbell McLaren, is available in 21 Spanish-speaking countries and produced some of its best ratings this past year in countries such as the U.S., Mexico and Spain.


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What Bellator's Georgi Karakhanyan learned after two weeks with Nate Diaz

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What can you learn in two weeks with Nate Diaz?

Bellator featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan (28-7-1 MMA, 6-5 BMMA) wanted to find out. He’d always felt a kinship with the UFC star. They shared the same engage-first philosophy on fighting.

Plus, Karakhanyan also smokes pot, so he figured they’d get along.

He called his manager and asked to set up a meeting, which he thought would provide a nice last push in advance of a fight against Henry Corrales (14-3 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) at Bellator 192, which takes place Jan. 20 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and airs live on Paramount.

In the small world of MMA, it wasn’t hard to make the connection. Soon, Karakhanyan was headed up I-5 for the five-hour drive to Stockton, Calif.

Nobody greeted him at the door. But eventually, he was on the mats with Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC), bouncing between training, cannabis and advice for five hours a day.

Karakhanyan thought he might encounter the same hostile presence Diaz portrays on TV. But looks can be deceiving.

“You think of them like bad, ‘cholo’-talking (expletive) to you, but they’re actually really cool people, man,” he said. “Nate is a cool guy. We have the same opinions about MMA.

“He also taught me some stuff about promoting fights and talking (expletive). I picked up a lot of stuff from him.”

One of the main things, Karakhanyan said, is a philosophy about how to make the most of your MMA career.

“I think some of the fighters don’t open up their mouth,” he said. “I’m a straightforward person, and I’m really honest about a lot of things. But when it’s time to open up your mouth, you’ve got to talk because I feel like this is our career, and you can’t let the promotion control your career. That’s the one thing I learned. You’re pretty much your own brand, and you’ve got to promote yourself your way.”

Diaz is a model for that, of course, though he also got a helping hand from his older brother, Nick, who built the Diaz brand into a needle-moving name in the MMA industry.

Even today, the Diaz brothers remain front-page news as fans speculate on a potential return, and they tease a comeback.

As talented as he is, Karakhanyan hasn’t even come close to that level of recognotion. But he vows that will change soon.

“I’m going to slowly put it into play,” he said. “I don’t want to be changing overnight. I want to slowly adapt into that person that’s branding himself.

“This next four or five years is very important because that’s how long I’m trying to fight, and I want to get as many belts and fight as many top fighters and make as much money as I can.”

To get there, he needs to earn a title shot against the current featherweight champ, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. Karakhanyan, who lost a TKO to Freire in 2011 and was forced out of a rematch with a knee injury, feels the champ is on the decline and ready to be replaced.

“He’s just holding on to the belt as long as he can,” Karakhanyan said. “And if (Daniel) Weichel and (Emmanuel) Sanchez don’t take his head off, I will come and take his head off. I haven’t seen ‘Pitbull’ perform that well, even though he’s champion.

“I feel like he’s been in too many wars. He’s gets clipped in the jaw and he gets dazed, and once your chin is gone, I don’t care how much heart you have – that’s it. You’re done.”

The fight against Corrales is a nice bridge for Karakhanyan, who’s impressed by his opponent’s deep Bellator resume. He anticipates a firefight where both fighters will duke it out until one is left standing. Of course, he expects that will be him.

You might not hear him go all Diaz just yet if he wins, but that time is coming soon.

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


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A arte de vencer como professor de Jiu-Jitsu no Brasil, com Lucio Charly Brown

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Na vida, como no Jiu-Jitsu, os obstáculos nunca desaparecem, apenas mudam de forma ou intensidade.

Para o GMI Lúcio “Charly Brown” Fernandes, professor da Gracie Barra Paraíba, as primeiras dificuldades no Jiu-Jitsu começaram bem cedo, quando a criança que tomava gosto pelos treininhos não tinha dinheiro para pagar o ônibus até a academia.

Confira como o faixa-preta da GB superou, um a um, os problemas que surgiram em sua vida, de praticante, de competidor e por fim de professor e administrador de academia.

Confira a seguir o que aprendemos com a jornada de Lucio rumo a uma academia de sucesso, em João Pessoa, PB!

Lucio Charly Brown, nosso GMI na Paraíba: percalços e sucesso como professor. Foto: Acervo Pessoal.

 

“Dou aulas há 20 anos, desde 1998. Quando comecei no Jiu-Jitsu, a academia mais próxima da minha casa ficava a 40 quilômetros de distância. Mas a paixão e a vontade de seguir esta estrada era maior”.

“Hoje sou professor de Jiu-Jitsu faixa-preta três graus, e resido em João Pessoa, na Paraíba.”

“Quando comecei a treinar, o problema não era que nossa arte tinha pouca fama na minha região. Era pior: as pessoas nem sabiam pronunciar a palavra Jiu-Jitsu. As técnicas nos chegavam pela revista GRACIEMAG e fitas.”

“Eu era faixa-branca e não tinha condições de pagar a passagem para ir treinar três vezes por semana. Só existia dinheiro para a ida. Eram quatro conduções para ir e voltar, e eu ia com um amigo que morava no meu bairro, Valentina de Figueiredo. Muitas das vezes, descíamos por trás sem pagar e corríamos para não ser pegos.”

“Nosso professor, Luiz Barboza, sempre estranhava. Perguntava por que estávamos tão suados e esbaforidos. Respondíamos que fazíamos questão de chegar para o treininho totalmente aquecidos.”

“Todos os dias, eu tinha o hábito de tomar meu café da manhã e ir para a beira de minha cama folhear por várias vezes minha última edição de GRACIEMAG. Tenho até hoje a coleção das revistas.”

“Meu grande sonho, que eu falava para todo mundo ouvir, é que um dia eu iria lutar no clássico Tijuca Tênis Clube, no Rio de Janeiro. Ficava imaginando como seria a praia de Copacabana, como seriam as ondas da Barra.”

“Em 2004, cumpri o prometido: lutei o Campeonato Brasileiro de faixa-marrom, e trouxe a primeira medalha de nossa equipe do Rio de Janeiro. Liderei um processo que hoje nos faz uma academia recheada de campeões nacionais e internacionais, e uma das mais respeitadas do Nordeste.”

“Tenho um lema: ‘A falta de oportunidade é injusta, mas não é invencível.’”

“Meu primeiro ídolo foi meu vizinho: Jordan Negão dos Santos. Ele me apresentou o Jiu-Jitsu. Graças a ele e a seus incentivos, mudei completamente o rumo de minha vida, e meu esporte se tornou meu estilo de vida e minha profissão.”  

“No início, meu pai não entendia minha paixão pelos treinos de Jiu-Jitsu. Luiz Gonzaga Fernandes era o seu nome. Precisei treinar escondido dele por alguns anos, enquanto ele espiava minha orelha para ver se eu estava frequentando a academia. Quando ele percebeu que não tinha como evitar, se tornou meu fã número um.”

“Quando meu pai faleceu, fiquei muito mal e pensei em desistir de tudo. Entrei em início de depressão. Com a ajuda de minha mãe e dos amigos no Jiu-Jitsu consegui dar a volta por cima. Passei a canalizar a saudade do meu pai nas competições, e lutar por ele.”

“O Jiu-Jitsu me tornou mais otimista, me acalmou em inúmeras situações extremas, me deu uma capacidade de tentar entender e perdoar as pessoas que eu não tinha. Aprendi a viver bem comigo mesmo.”

“Graças aos ideais do mestre Carlos Gracie Jr incutidos à filosofia da GB, as academias aqui da região que tinham apenas alunos lutadores hoje têm mulheres, crianças, maridos e famílias inteiras treinando lado a lado, aprendendo e se exercitando juntos em nossa escola.”

“Hoje minha academia em João Pessoa e as demais filiais contam com mais de 400 atletas. Conheci diversas partes do mundo. E nunca mais calotei o ônibus ou corri de ninguém.”

>> >> Reportagem originalmente publicada na GRACIEMAG #241; assine já!

>>> Quer entrar para o programa GRACIEMAG Indica e ser um GMI? Saiba mais aqui.

Grade the 'UFC 221: Whittaker vs. Rockhold' poster

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What do you think of the official poster for the UFC’s second pay-per-view event of the year?

Officials recently revealed the poster for “UFC 221: Whittaker vs. Rockhold.”

UFC 221 takes place Feb. 11 (but airs live in North America on Feb. 10 due to the time difference) at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. The main card airs on PPV following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC 221 lineup is finalized; how do you rate Western Australia's PPV debut?

In the main event, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC), who’s No. 2 in the TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, meets former titleholder and No. 3-ranked Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC). Whittaker, a former interim champ, was promoted to undisputed titleholder after Georges St-Pierre recently vacated the belt shortly after winning it from Michael Bisping.

In the co-headliner of UFC 221, which marks the UFC’s PPV debut in Western Australia, veteran slugger Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC), who’s No. 10 at heavyweight, meets No. 14-ranked Curtis Blaydes (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).

Here’s the official poster, featuring both fights (via Twitter):

The countdown is on for #UFC221 pic.twitter.com/VPlPo7iWVk

— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) January 11, 2018

The promo isn’t unlike some we saw in 2017, including UFC 210 and UFC Fight Night 103.

What do you think of the UFC 221 poster? Grade it below.

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

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Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann slated for UFC 222 in Las Vegas

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A ranked bantamweight will return in March at UFC 222.

Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who’s No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, takes on Cody Stamann (16-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at the event.

UFC officials announced the fight via reviewjournal.com.

RelatedUFC 222 opening odds: Champ Max Holloway favored big against Frankie Edgar

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

Caraway is coming off back-to-back decision wins over standouts Eddie Wineland and Aljamain Sterling, and he’s now 4-1 over his past five fights. However, the 33-year-old WEC vet and “The Ultimate Fighter 14” semifinalist fought once in 2015, once in 2016, and not at all in 2017 due to injuries.

He now meets Stamann, who picked up decision victories over Terrion Ware and Tom Duquesnoy in his firs two UFC bouts. The 28-year-old, who launched his career in 2011 on the Midwest regional circuit, now has an overall winning streak of nine fights.

The latest UFC 222 card includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve
  • Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder
  • Ketlen Vieira vs. Cat Zingano
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann

For more on UFC 222, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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UFC's Amanda Ribas 'humiliated and victimized,' warns fellow fighters after two-year suspension

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Despite a failed drug test and subsequent two-year suspension that spoiled her planned UFC debut, Amanda Ribas is maintaining her innocence.

The 24-year-old Brazilian strawweight sent a statement to MMAjunkie following Wednesday’s announcement of her suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the UFC’s drug-testing partner.

The failed drug test, which scrapped Ribas’ (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) 2017 bout with Juliana Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) on the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, was due to ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that’s banned year-round.

RelatedUFC's Amanda Ribas accepts two-year suspension for anti-doping violation

Ribas initially maintained her innocence, and following the announcement of a career-stalling two-year suspension, she hasn’t backed down from that stance. She also offered some addition details.

According to Ribas, the failed drug test was likely due to a tainted supplement, and at her own cost, she had her an array of supplements tested. Ostarine wasn’t detected in any of them, though she said they may have been in a bottle of supplements she completed and thus didn’t have available to test.

“However, we did find (clenbuterol), which also is a forbidden substance, but oddly enough, never showed up in my tests,” she wrote.

Ribas said she hopes her situation serve as a wakeup call for fellow fighters, who may pay put too much faith into the safety and legitimacy of the supplements they take. (USADA.org includes a large amount of information on supplements for athletes and even has a special section devoted to ostarine.)

Here’s Ribas’ full statement:

“This is Amanda Ribas. I am fighter under contract to the UFC. Recently one of my anti doping tests performed by USADA came out positive for the steroid Ostarine.

“This would have been my debut in the UFC and the fulfillment of my dream!

“Those who know me, know my opinion and thoughts on PEDs. I was a Brazilian National Judo team member, and I am a professional MMA fighter. I have always been completely against any kind of cheating and the use of any of these kinds of products!

“When the test came back positive, I, along with my manager and trainer, gathered all the supplements and medicines I had been using, and sent them to USADA to try to find out how this had shown up in my body. Not only had I not used it, up until that moment, I had never even heard of Ostarine!

“After spending a lot of money on the testing of the supplements (which is paid for by the athlete), we were unable to find Ostarine in any of the products. However, we did find clumbeterol, which also is a forbidden substance, but oddly enough, never showed up in my tests.

“I have never used anything like this in my life, and I feel extremely humiliated and victimized at being punished for something I did not do. The fact that clumbeterol appeared in one of my supplements shows the poor quality and low standards of many of the supplement products on sale in Brazil and worldwide. For sure, I used a supplement that contained traces of Ostarine, but since it never occurred to me that things like this could happen, I must have used it up and thrown it away.

“It happened to me, and it has happened to other Brazilian athletes as well as athletes from other countries. I want to declare my innocence, and leave an urgent warning to all other athletes in Brazil and worldwide. This happens! It represents a huge risk to our lives and our careers! I will make it my mission to tell the world what happened to me, so that maybe I can avoid it happening to somebody else!

“I will serve my suspension, I will train hard, and I will come back and become UFC Champion!”

Ribas’ suspension is retroactive to June 7, 2017, the day her test was performed. She can return to competition on June 7, 2019.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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Vídeo: O estrangulamento de Nicholas Meregali no Europeu de Jiu-Jitsu

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Falta pouco para o início de mais um Europeu de Jiu-Jitsu da IBJJF, e a ansiedade no mundo da arte suave só aumenta. O evento, agendado para rolar entre os dias 16 e 21 de janeiro, vai trazer para Odivelas a nata do Jiu-Jitsu mundial para mais uma vez fazer história nos tatames em Portugal.

E para aquecer as turbinas para o torneio, vamos relembrar mais uma das inúmeras atuações implacáveis de Nicholas Meregali. Ainda na faixa-marrom, no Europeu de 2016, o hoje faixa-preta campeão mundial encarou Adam Wardzinski, terror do Jiu-Jitsu em terras europeias.

Para superar o adversário e conquistar o ouro no peso pesado, Nicholas pegou as costas, estabilizou e atacou com pressão no estrangulamento de lapela. Confira o duelo completo no vídeo abaixo e acompanhe no GRACIEMAG.com todos os detalhes do Europeu de Jiu-Jitsu 2018!

MMAjunkie's '2017 Moments of the Year': The 10 storylines that shaped our traffic

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As MMAjunkie dishes out its year-end awards – recognizing the best fighters, fights, coaches and everything else associated with the sport – today we focus on the top moments.

More specifically, these are the stories that clicked with MMAjunkie readers. The good, the bad, the ugly, the wild, the crappy – this past year had it all.

I dug through our year-end traffic report to find the stories that resonated with the MMAjunkie faithful. Here they are, in no particular order.

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Score one for the good girls (and guys)

After dethroning Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the UFC’s long-reigning women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas had every opportunity to gloat. After contentious pre-fight buildup that sometimes bordered on nasty, “Thug Rose” earned the right to rub it in the ex-champ’s face following her knockout win at UFC 217. Instead, the ever-graceful Namajunas said she was simply sick of the hate and implored MMA to return to its roots of “honor and respect.”

After a year of high-profile trash-talking and social-media beefs, the classy post-fight comments from the new champ were a breath of fresh air, as were similarly inspiring post-fight comments from Andre Fili and Brian Ortega.

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The possibility of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor meeting boxing legend Floyd Mayweather? In an actual boxing match? With a $100 pay-per-view price tag? With all of the logistical, financial and promotional headaches that would be involved with some of combat sports’ biggest and most-demanding personalities? It actually happened – and it provided a year’s worth of coverage, for better or worse.

Sure, “The Money Fight” may have been the endeavor that fight fans loved to hate, but they spent nearly a full calendar doing so. Nearly everyone involved got rich. MMA got the national – and international – spotlight. UFC lightweights, meanwhile, are still waiting for a return to normal.

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UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighter. He’s all but cleaned out his division. He’s seemingly unbeatable. He’s a true ambassador for a perpetually overlooked division. But the king of 125-pounders rarely gets his due (especially due to that whole T.J. Dillashaw debacle).

At UFC 216, “Mighty Mouse” looked to break Anderson Silva’s long-held UFC record for consecutive title defenses. Even taking sole possession of what’s arguably MMA’s most prestigious record probably wouldn’t have earned Johnson the respect he deserves. But then he notched his record 11th straight title defense with the year’s best submission – an eye-popping, gravity-defying armbar. Sure, we’ll bicker over the name (he calls it “The Mighty Armbar,” and we prefer “The Mouse Trap”), but it was the perfect way to enter the record books in style.

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While Bellator has worn many hats over the years, MMA’s No. 2 promotion seemed to do some real self-reflection in 2017. And if you’re a fight fan who enjoys a little weirdness from time to time, the promotion’s return to pay-per-view with Bellator NYC/Bellator 180 largely delivered. If nothing else, it was memorable, largely because Bellator embraced the weirdness.

Sure, past-their-prime UFC vets squared off in the headliner, with Chael Sonnen topping rival Wanderlei Silva. That’s par for the course on a major Bellator card. But we also had a still-relevant heavyweight contender – Matt Mitrione – destroying a legend in Fedor Emelianenko. Additionally, champ Douglas Lima defended, blue-chip prospect Aaron Pico got a rude welcome to MMA, and Michael Chandler’s knee provided one of the year’s biggest in-cage debacles.

Throughout the year – and especially with its latest PPV offering – Bellator reminded us that it’s very much not the UFC. That can be a very good thing. Stay weird, Bellator. It’s working for you.

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Everything old seems new again – at least in MMA. We were reminded of that in November, when former longtime UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returned from a four-year layoff, moved up to middleweight, and dethroned polarizing champ Michael Bisping to become the fourth two-division champ in UFC history.

Some MMA supporters are simply St-Pierre fans; some just love to hate Bisping. Either way, “Rush’s” return was reason to celebrate. And for longtime fight fans, fellow vets and the bean-counters at the UFC, seeing an all-time great return to his former glory was some inspirational stuff.

St-Pierre’s future is uncertain (he’s already vacated the belt, after all). But few MMA notables have represented the sport as well as St-Pierre has, so it’s no surprise that his return to competition proved to be one of the year’s brighter moments.

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UFC Fight Night 124 pre-event facts: Vitor Belfort can take sole possession of UFC stoppage record

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The UFC kicks of a new year with a solid fight card on Sunday. UFC Fight Night 124 takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The lineup features a featherweight main event with longtime UFC slugger Jeremy Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) clashing with highly touted prospect Dooho Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

For more on the numbers behind the event, check out 65 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 124.

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Main event

Jeremy Stephens

Stephens makes his 27th UFC appearance, tied for third most in company history behind Michael Bisping (29) and Jim Miller (28).

Stephens is 6-5 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in May 2013.

Stephens’ 16 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are second most in company history behind Anderson Silva (18).

Stephens’ nine knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Stephens’ five knockdowns landed at UFC 215 are tied for the single-fight UFC record set by Forrest Petz vs. Sammy Morgan at UFC Fight Night 6 in 2006.

Stephens is one of three fighters in UFC featherweight history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a head kick. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 32.

Stephens’ 13 losses in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Stephens’ 10 decision losses in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Dooho Choi

Choi returns to competition for the first time since Dec. 10, 2016. The 400-day layoff is the longest of his more than eight-year career.

Choi has earned 12 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Choi has earned all three of his UFC victories by first-round knockout in a total fight time of four minutes and 33 seconds.

Choi’s 18-second knockout of Juan Puig at UFC Fight Night 57 stands as the second-fastest debut in UFC featherweight history behind Makwan Amirkhani’s eight-second win at UFC on FOX 14.

Co-main event

Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-9 UFC), 40, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Belfort becomes the 10th fighter in UFC history to make 26 or more octagon appearances.

Belfort is the only fighter in UFC history with five or more appearances in three separate weight classes.

Belfort is 9-4 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the middleweight division in September 2007.

Belfort has suffered losses only to fighters who have won a tournament championship or held an undisputed title in the UFC, PRIDE or Strikeforce.

Vitor Belfort

Belfort’s 14 stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied with Silva for most in company history.

Belfort’s 13 first-round stoppage victories in UFC competition are the most in history.

Belfort’s 12 knockout victories in UFC competition are the most in history.

Belfort’s four UFC knockout victories stemming from a head kick are tied for second most in company history behind Donald Cerrone (six).

Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his six UFC victories.

Hall is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the head. Former bantamweight champ Renan Barao also accomplished the feat.

Remaining main card

Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), 23, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

VanZant moves up to the UFC women’s flyweight division after making her previous six octagon appearances at strawweight.

VanZant’s three stoppage victories in UFC strawweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (four).

VanZant earned the first stoppage victory in UFC strawweight history with her knockout of Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night 57.

Jessica-Rose Clark (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) makes her second UFC appearance in a 57-day stretch. She defeated Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 121 in November.

Clark 3-3 (with one no-contest) in her past seven fights.

Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) enters the event on a nine-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Usman’s six-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied with Santiago Ponzinibbio for the longest active streak in the division.

Usman has completed 20 takedowns in his six UFC appearances.

Usman out-lands his opponents by +2.59 significant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.

Usman absorbs just 1.48 significant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Emil Meek (9-2-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Dec. 10, 2016. The 400-day layoff is the longest of his nearly seven-year career.

Preliminary card

Darren Elkins

Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) competes in his 16th UFC featherweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (17).

Elkins is 12-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Elkins’ 12 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind Holloway (14).

Elkins’ five-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied with Brian Ortega for the second longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (11).

Elkins has earned 10 of his 13 UFC victories by decision.

Elkins has landed 1,511 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history.

Elkins’ 35 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (39).

Elkins’ 20 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Elkins was victorious against Mirsad Bektic at UFC 209 despite a -91 total strike differential (146 to 72), the third-largest deficit for a winner by stoppage in UFC history.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) drops to the UFC featherweight division after spending his previous 17 octagon appearances at lightweight.

Johnson is 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to August 2015.

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

James Krause

James Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) returns to the UFC lightweight division after a one-fight stint at welterweight.

Krause’s submission of Sam Stout at the 4:47 mark of Round 3 at UFC 161 stands as the third latest submission victory in a three-round UFC fight.

Alex White (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is 1-1 since he moved up to the UFC lightweight division in January 2017.

White has earned 10 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) competes in his 22nd UFC welterweight bout, the fourth most appearances in divisional history behind Josh Koscheck (24), Matt Brown (24) and Matt Hughes (23).

Alves’ 14 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Koscheck for third most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (19) and Hughes (16).

Alves’ 13 knockdowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Thiago Alves

Alves’ 13 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied for fifth most in company history behind A. Silva (18), Stephens (16), Cerrone (14) and Chuck Liddell (14).

Alves’ eight knockout victories in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Brown (10).

Alves’ four knockout victories stemming from knee strikes in UFC competition are most in company history.

Alves has landed 280 leg kicks in UFC competition, the second most in company history behind Cerrone (314).

Alves’ 52 leg kicks landed against Seth Baczynski at UFC on FOX 11 are the second most landed in a three-round UFC fight. Benson Henderson, who landed 53 kicks against Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 59, holds the single-fight record.

Zak Cummings (21-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is 5-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in August 2013.

Jessica Eye

Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) drops to the UFC women’s flyweight division after making her previous seven octagon appearances at bantamweight.

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

Eye’s five losses in UFC competition are second most of any female in company history behind Kailin Curran (six).

Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) becomes the first fighter in UFC history to compete in two women’s flyweight bouts. She lost to Mara Romero Borella at UFC 216 in October.

Kyung Ho Kang (13-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Sept. 20, 2014. The 1,212-day layoff is the longest of his nearly 11-year career.

Guido Cannetti (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Aug. 1, 2015. The 897-day layoff is the longest of his more than 10-year career.

Cannetti has earned six of his seven career victories by first-round stoppage.

Danielle Taylor’s (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Felice Herrig (four) and Tecia Torres (three).

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

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

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No heavyweight tournament for Bellator 192's Rory MacDonald

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It sounded like a bold idea, but Bellator welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald won’t be participating in the promotion’s heavyweight tournament.

“I think Rory has a big fight coming up that he’s focused on at 170 pounds,” Bellator President Scott Coker told MMAjunkie during a conference call in support of MacDonald’s (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) title shot against welterweight champ Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) at Bellator 192. “So let’s see how that works out.

“As far as him fighting at heavyweight, the thing I love about him is he’s a real martial artist, and the weight class issue doesn’t bother him. But I think that we’ll probably stick to heavyweights.”

MacDonald faces off with Lima in the Paramount-televised main event of the Jan. 20 fight card, which takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bellator 192 also features an opening-round matchup in the eight-man heavyweight tournament: a co-headliner featuring Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) .

MacDonald told “The MMA Hour” he wanted to go “old school” in stepping up to face bigger men if he’s successful against Lima. The prospect of giving up so much weight to opponents wasn’t a concern.

“I think any time I get in a fight with somebody, I’m going to be competitive,” he said today. “I’m the type of fighter that’s going to go down swinging until my last breath. Even if these guys are massive, I’m still going to make them feel something. I’m going to make them fight for it.”

But for now, he’ll stick with his native welterweight division, in which he awaits a championship fight. If all goes well against Lima, you might see him bulk up – just not as much as he’d like.

Optimistic about his chances in any division, MacDonald said his options after the fight come down to timing.

“I’m pretty much open to anything,” MacDonald said. “Whatever is the best thing at that particular time, I’m ready to jump on it. If there’s not a clear No. 1 contender at welterweight, if I beat Douglas, I’d be happy to fight for the middleweight title, or fight someone with a bigger name in a larger weight class.”

Getting past Douglas, he acknowledged, is no easy task to start. The Brazilian knocked out Andrey Koreshkov 14 months ago to win back the welterweight title and then defended against high-profile UFC defector Lorenz Larkin.

“He can hit hard from pretty much anywhere, and I think that’s the biggest thing,” MacDonald said. “But I’ve fought a lot of power hitters before and I’ve been very successful, so I’m not too stressed about it.

“He is dynamic, and he’s good on the ground as well. Pretty much every position we’re going to be in, it’s going to be a fight.”

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

Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Rory MacDonald (blue gloves) is introduced for his welterweight title bout against Robbie Lawler (not pictured) during UFC 189 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lawler won via fifth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robbie Lawler (red gloves) and Rory MacDonald (blue gloves) fight during their welterweight title bout during UFC 189 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lawler won via fifth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robbie Lawler (red gloves) and Rory MacDonald (blue gloves) fight during their welterweight title bout during UFC 189 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lawler won via fifth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robbie Lawler (not pictured) and Rory MacDonald (blue gloves) fight during their welterweight title bout during UFC 189 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lawler won via fifth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robbie Lawler (red gloves) and Rory MacDonald (blue gloves) fight during their welterweight title bout during UFC 189 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lawler won via fifth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Rory MacDonald (red) reacts after his fight against Tyron Woodley (blue) in their welterweight bout at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Rory MacDonald (red) fights against Tyron Woodley (blue) in their welterweight bout at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Rory MacDonald (red) fights Tyron Woodley (blue) during the Welterweigtht bout at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Rory MacDonald defeats Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Rory MacDonald (red) fights against Tyron Woodley (blue) in their welterweight bout at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Rory MacDonald (red) fights Tyron Woodley (blue) during the Welterweigtht bout at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Rory MacDonald defeats Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Rory MacDonald (red) fights Tyron Woodley (blue) during the Welterweigtht bout at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Rory MacDonald defeats Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Rory MacDonald (red) stands before the fight against Tyron Woodley (blue) during the Welterweigtht bout at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Rory MacDonald defeats Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Feb 22, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Rory MacDonald celebrates his victory over Demian Maia (not pictured) after their UFC welterweight bout at Mandalay Bay. MacDonald won by way of a 29-28 decision. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Feb 22, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Rory MacDonald (red gloves) lands a punch on Demian Maia (blue gloves) during their UFC welterweight bout at Mandalay Bay. MacDonald won by way of a 29-28 decision. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Feb 22, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Demian Maia (blue gloves) tries to stop a kick to the side by Rory MacDonald (red gloves) during their UFC welterweight bout at Mandalay Bay. MacDonald won by way of a 29-28 decision. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Feb 22, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Rory MacDonald (red gloves) throws a punch at Demian Maia (blue gloves) during their UFC welterweight bout at Mandalay Bay. MacDonald won by way of a 29-28 decision. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Rory MacDonald (red gloves) fights against Robbie Lawler (blue gloves) in their welterweight bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Rory MacDonald (red gloves) fights against Robbie Lawler (blue gloves) in their welterweight bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. 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MMAjunkie's best UFC photos from November-December 2017: Plenty of blood, plenty of title fights

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2017 was another busy year for the UFC with 39 total events around the globe. MMAjunkie and USA TODAY Sports had a photographer at each of those shows, which featured 457 different fights.

Some of the sport’s most epic and iconic moments are captured through a lens. With another year of octagon action complete, it’s time to look back the best photos from the past 12 months.

The organization put on a whopping total of nine events between November and December for its busiest two-month stretch of the year. Those fight cards included UFC 217 in New York City; UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk, Va.; UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney; UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai; the TUF 26 Finale in Las Vegas; UFC 218 in Detroit; UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, Calif.; UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and, to close the year, UFC 219 in Las Vegas.

USA TODAY Sports Images photographers Noah K. Murray, Peter Casey, Christopher Hyde, David McIntyre, Stephen Sylvanie, Raj Mehta, Kyle Terada, Bruce Fedyck and Gary Vasquez were on assignment for those events and captured the best moments in and out of the cage.

Check out the full photo gallery for November and December below. Above, don’t miss the best-of-the-best video.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Nov 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Mickey Gall (blue gloves) bleeds from a cut during his fight against Randy Brown during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Nov 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Walt Harris (red gloves) reacts after his fight against Mark Godbeer (blue gloves) during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Nov 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; James Vick (red gloves) defeats Joe Duffy (blue gloves) during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Nov 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Rose Namajunas (left) faces off with Joanna Jedrzejczyk (red gloves) during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Nov 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Rose Namajunas (blue gloves) celebrates with the belt after defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk (red gloves) during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Nov 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; T.J. Dillashaw (blue gloves) yells at Cody Garbrandt (red gloves) during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Nov 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Georges St-Pierre (blue gloves) fights Michael Bisping (red gloves) during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Nov 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Georges St-Pierre (blue gloves) greets Michael Bisping (red gloves) after their fight in UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Nov 11, 2017; Virginia, VA, USA; Angela Hill (red gloves) fights Nina Ansaroff (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Nov 11, 2017; Virginia, VA, USA; Andrei Arlovski (blue gloves) celebrates beating J nior Albini (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Nov 11, 2017; Virginia, VA, USA; John Dodson (red gloves) fights Marlon Moraes (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Nov 11, 2017; Virginia, VA, USA; Joe Lauzon (red gloves) fights Clay Guida (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Nov 11, 2017; Virginia, VA, USA; Nate Marquardt (red gloves) fights Cezar Ferreira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Nov 11, 2017; Virginia, VA, USA; Dustin Poirier (red gloves) fights Anthony Pettis (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Eric Shelton moves in against Jenel Lausa during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Nadia Kassem reacts during her match against Alex Chambers at UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Nik Lentz applies a hold against Will Brooks during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Fabricio Werdum moves in with a knee hit against Marcin Tybura during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 25, 2017; Shanghai, China; Cyril Asker (red gloves) reacts after his fight against Hu Yaozong (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Nov 25, 2017; Shanghai, China; Song Kenan (red gloves) defeats Bobby Nash (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Nov 25, 2017; Shanghai, China; Kelvin Gastelum (blue gloves) fights Michael Bisping (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brett Johns (blue gloves) fights Joe Soto (red gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Melinda Fabian (blue gloves) fights DeAnna Bennett (red gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nicco Montano (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Roxanne Modafferi (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nicco Montano (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Roxanne Modafferi (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Dec 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Dominick Reyes (blue gloves) reacts to fight against Jeremy Kimball (red gloves) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Dec 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Abdul Razak Alhassan (blues gloves) reacts to fight against Sabah Homasi (red gloves) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Dec 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Felice Herrig (red gloves) fights Cortney Casey (blue gloves) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Dec 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Alex Olivera (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Dec 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; UFC Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Michelle Waterson (blue gloves) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Dec 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Alistair Overeem (red gloves) fights Francis Ngannou (blue gloves) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Dec 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Max Holloway (red gloves) celebrates with family after fight against Jose Aldo (blue gloves) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Chris Gruetzemacher (red gloves) fights Davi Ramos (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Luke Sanders (red gloves) fights Andre Soukhamthath (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Luke Sanders (red gloves) fights Andre Soukhamthath (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Marlon Moraes (red gloves) fights Aljamain Sterling (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Jason Knight (red gloves) fights Gabriel Benitez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Marlon Moraes (red gloves) fights Aljamain Sterling (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Cub Swanson (red gloves) fights Brian Ortega (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Cub Swanson (red gloves) fights Brian Ortega (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Dec 16, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, USA; Jordan Mein defeats Erick Silva during UFC Fight Night at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports Dec 16, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, USA; Chad Laprise defeats Galore Bofando during UFC Fight Night at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports Dec 16, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, USA; Misha Cirkunov reacts after fighting Glover Teixeira during UFC Fight Night at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports Dec 16, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, USA; Glover Teixeira after defeating Misha Cirkunov during UFC Fight Night at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports Dec 16, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, USA; Santiago Ponzinibbio fights Mike Perry during UFC Fight Night at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports Dec 16, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, USA; Tennis player and girlfriend Danielle Nickerson helps Mike Perry after the fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio fights during UFC Fight Night at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports Dec 30, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Myles Jury pins Rick Glenn to the mat during UFC 219 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Dec 30, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Carla Esparza lands a hit against Cynthia Calvillo during UFC 219 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Dec 30, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Khabib Nurmagomedov lands punches against Edson Barboza during UFC 219 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. 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Eyeing March return, Edson Barboza reflects on tough loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Sure, the loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov was a tough one. But Edson Barboza is not planning on stewing on it for too long.

Barboza (19-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) met Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) at UC 219’s co-headliner on Dec. 30 looking for a win that was likely to stamp his ticket to a lightweight title shot. Instead, despite hanging tough, the Brazilian striker suffered a crushing defeat that translated to 30-25, 30-25 and 30-24 scorecards.

Not even two weeks later, no one would fault Barboza for needing at least some time to lick his wounds. Instead, the lightweight is already back in the gym and preparing to come back.

“I didn’t even take any medicine after the fight,” Barboza told MMAjunkie. “I have no injuries and no doubt I want to be back as soon as possible.”

How soon, you ask?

“Mid-March, the end of March, that would be very cool,” Barboza said. (via Instagram)

Quick turnarounds after losses are not entirely unusual. While some fighters like to take some time for soul-searching or even complete career reassessments after difficult losses, some just simply can’t wait to replace the negative octagon memories with good ones.

Barboza’s case, however, seems to be neither. He’s simply got “a very good head” right now and, as such, hasn’t lost his drive because of his setback. He wants to take the lessons learned to keep training and improving – as a result, he’s that much more motivated to fight.

But that’s not to say he’s fine with what happened or satisfied with his performance.

“It was tough,” Barboza said. “I’m still digesting it. I have a very good head, but I wasn’t expecting to lose – especially the way it was. I really wasn’t. I was very well-trained. My coaches did everything right. It was me, in the moment of the fight, who wasn’t able to … I fell into his game.

“I spent 15 minutes in his game. That was the whole problem. My coaches, they all did everything right. They had the right game plan. But I couldn’t. It was hard. It was hard, but in a good way. I’m trying to transform that hardship, that sadness the loss gave me, into hunger. I’m very hungry.”

Many have stood where Barboza stands now, on the bad end of Nurmagomedov’s stifling game. In fact, not only has Nurmagomedov never lost an MMA fight, he never so much has lost in the eyes of a single judge. It’s no wonder he’s been dubbed “the most terrifying lightweight contender” by Joe Rogan.

Barboza was coming off a three-fight winning streak over former UFC and WEC champion Anthony Pettis, former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez and Beneil Dariush. He’s not exactly a pushover in the cage. And yet, there was very little he could do against the undefeated contender.

Barboza has reviewed the tape and the verdict is simple: he played Nurmagomedov’s game and all credit goes to his opponent for that. Still, the Brazilian won’t go so far as to say that he is unbeatable.

“I couldn’t impose my game,” Barboza said. “I’m a fighter – if they offered me a fight against him tomorrow, I’d take it again for sure. I’d train and give it my best so that what happened in our last fight didn’t happen again. He does have various holes. But he’s able to get people to play into his game. And that’s the problem. That’s what happened to me. …

“It’s something I almost always do, too, getting them to play my game. But this time I couldn’t. It’s a fight. It’s a chess game. Sometimes the pieces go together and sometimes they don’t. In this last fight, the pieces didn’t. That’s his merit.”

Now, on to the future – for both Barboza and the division.

Barboza has never been particularly interested in callouts and he’s not about to start now. He would like, however, to fight someone that’s at least close to him in the official UFC rankings – with the exception of former 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez, who’s his friend and training partner.

“But anyone else who’s closest, above me in the ranking, I’ll fight,” Barboza said. “There’s (Justin) Gaethje, there’s (Kevin) Lee, there are some people there. So whomever’s around, I’ll fight, for sure.”

The future of the man that beat Barboza at UFC 219, it turns out, isn’t much clearer than his own. While Nurmagomedov is now undeniably the No.1 contender, that doesn’t define the title fight in a division that now has both an undisputed champ in Conor McGregor and an interim one in Tony Ferguson.

The logical choice would be a title-unifier between McGregor and Ferguson, but McGregor has offered no timeline for his cage return – or even confirmation that return will ever happen. And that means Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson may very well be next.

Barboza, like the rest of us, can’t tell what will happen with that. But, as someone who’s always made his thoughts on McGregor crystal clear, he nows what he would like to see happening.

“I don’t know whether (McGregor) will be back, and I don’t even want to know,” Barboza said. “The fight that has to happen is Khabib vs. Ferguson. It would be great fight. I, honestly, sometimes don’t stay up to watch fights because they happen too late.

“This is the type of fight that I would stay up to watch. Because it’s a very interesting fight. I believe either of them has equal chances of winning, it’s 50/50. It would be a fun fight for us watching.”

As for his own title aspirations? Obviously, they’ve been pushed back a bit. But Barboza doesn’t believe they’re out of sight just yet.

“I’m still very close,” Barboza said. “If you look at the rankings, I’m still No. 4. There are only three guys ahead of me. So, I think this will only postpone my arrival to the belt. I’m very close. I promise I’ll get some wins next to have my shot. To keep knocking at the door.”

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

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

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Chael Sonnen is confident winning the Bellator heavyweight grand prix tournament would represent the most significant achievement of his storied career. However, even if that happens, he said he wouldn’t attempt to leave the sport on a high.

The eight-man tournament, which will crown the next Bellator heavyweight champion, begins on Jan. 20 when Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) meets Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) in an opening-round bout at Bellator 192, which takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and airs on the Paramount Network following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Currently, the organization plans for the tournament to unfold over the course of the year before crowning a champion by December. Sonnen has been pegged by oddsmakers as one of the least likely to win it all, but naturally, his plan is to run the table and claim the vacant championship belt.

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Should Sonnen’s vision come to fruition, though, he said he wouldn’t retire on the heels of his biggest combat sports accomplishment. Sonnen is not the type who believes a fighter should go out on a high, and although he would certainly pursue trying to make it happen, he’s also very understanding to the realities of fighting.

“I definitely would not go anywhere else or use (winning the tournament) as a negotiation tool, I want to make that really clear,” Sonnen said on today’s Bellator 192 conference call. “I’m completely loyal to Bellator and would not even consider anything else. I’m a traditionalist and a fan first. I really believe that you’ve got to defend (the title). I don’t feel anybody should go out on top.

“Georges St-Pierre is one of them, but he gave them every chance in the world to beat him. He gave guys rematches, and some guys got three matches. He changed weight, he did everything he could do to get beat and pass that torch. He was just that damn good. And aside from him and Lennox Lewis, I can’t think of anyone that goes out on top. We all – all our careers end the same: Face down and embarrassed. And I think I’m going to follow suit on that. I don’t want to leave anything on the table.”

At 40, Sonnen hopes his final moment of disappointment and embarrassment is still far in the offing, because he has every intention of beating former UFC light heavyweight champion “Rampage” at Bellator 192. He knows what he’s up against, though, and that’s an opponent who will likely have a sizable strength and size advantage when the pair step in the cage.

RelatedCheck out 'Rampage' Jackson and Chael Sonnen highlights ahead of Bellator 192

As a former middleweight who has frequently dabbled at 205 pounds, Sonnen is still the least physically imposing figure in the tournament, which also includes lifelong heavyweights such as Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione. Sonnen considers himself a throwback type of fighter, though, and knows he’ll have to pull out all the stops to not only get past Jackson, but every other potential opponent beyond him, as well.

“I haven’t thought about it being taxing, but it is a first for me,” Sonnen said. “It increases my anxiety. I lay in bed at night and try to work this match through. I’ve got some teammates I work with that are as big as ‘Rampage’ or bigger, and a lot of my techniques don’t work. I’ll do everything perfect and hit those guys and boom, I just get stopped because of the size. It’s a first for me. I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve enjoyed the unknown in the process.

“I don’t totally know what to make about it. I have had a hard time in practice with some of the stuff that I’ve done and fortunately had those bodies to work with. I might have to go to a Plan B or a Plan C here. I don’t fully know what to make about it.”

RelatedWatch Bellator heavyweight tourney's 'Rampage' Jackson, Chael Sonnen in a strangely friendly face-off

If Sonnen had his druthers, the entire eight-man Bellator heavyweight grand prix tournament would occur in one night. He understands the logic of why it isn’t, but regardless of the format, Sonnen intends on running the gauntlet in monumental fashion.

“It would be my greatest accomplishment,” Sonnen said. “I’m a tournament guy. That’s what I grew up doing, four or five guys a day. I love this tournament, I wish it was all in one night, that’s old-school. It’s something better to say than actually do. I couldn’t really see anybody in this tournament fighting three other guys in their tournament in one night. But that is the old-school and it sure would be fun. It’d be a huge accomplishment. I love tournaments. They’re super tough. I love fighting these big name guys.”

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

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Jorge Masvidal: Ex-UFC champ Michael Bisping has a 'bounty on his head'

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With the one-year anniversary of his most recent victory fast approaching, Jorge Masvidal is in no rush to return to the UFC – that is, unless, he gets his long-desired matchup with Michael Bisping.

Simply put, Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC) has a major beef with Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC). The former UFC middleweight champion has said his next fight will be his last before retiring from the sport, possibly as soon as UFC Fight Night 127 in London on March 17. And “Gamebred” wants to be the one to send the Brit packing.

Masvidal’s disdain for Bisping stems from “The Count” tearing up a Cuban flag in the midst of a feud with Yoel Romero. Masvidal is one of Romero’s teammates and also has Cuban heritage, so Bisping’s actions angered him deeply. The pair has had several verbal altercations since the incident, and although they are a weight class apart, Masvidal is pushing to settle the score in the octagon.

“I just don’t like him as a person,” Masvidal told MMAjunkie Radio. “I never really liked him before I met him, and after we had our encounters I liked him even less. With him, it’s just a personal thing. He disrespected my country when he ripped up the flag, so he’s got the bounty on his head. I would like to cash in before he retires. That’s why I’m willing to fight so early (in March).”

RelatedJorge Masvidal posts exchange in which he calls Michael Bisping 'racist'

Masvidal calls the March date “early” because, after a tough 2017 campaign where he suffered losses to Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia, he planned on taking a hiatus from competition until the latter portion of the year.

There’s never been a point in Masvidal’s career at which he’s dropped three consecutive fights. He said he doesn’t want to start now, so he’s opting to take time off to make the necessary adjustments to his game. He would forego those plans, however, if it meant the opportunity to fight Bisping.

“If it’s up to me, I’m just going to be in the gym getting better until July, August,” Masvidal said. “Train, train, train and just go to the gym without having to fight. Just train and get better – do new things and change up old habits. That takes a bit of time to learn those things and execute them. That’s the only reason I’m willing to step up early, because I don’t like Bisping’s ass.”

RelatedRound 2: Michael Bisping and Jorge Masvidal had another altercation ahead of UFC 217

Following his title loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, Bisping said he would retire at the London event in March. He took a short-notice fight against Kelvin Gastelum two weeks later at UFC Fight Night 122, though, and suffered a first-round knockout, which may have altered his plans.

Bisping has been relatively mum on what’s next for him since the lost to Gastelum. Masvidal said he would fight at any time possible (even if it came outside the cage), but if the UFC isn’t willing to make it happen, he will take his time off then focus on getting a matchup with another 170-pound contender. He named Neil Magny (20-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC), who he also has some negative feelings toward, as his top choice.

“Either one of those guys I’m interested in because I don’t like either one of them,” Masvidal said of Bisping and Magny. “But if not, I’m just going to be in the gym getting better.”

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

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Associação de Magistrados do RJ fecha parceria no Jiu-Jitsu com Leão Teixeira

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Tradicional academia de Jiu-Jitsu na zona sul do Rio de Janeiro, a nossa GMI Escola de Jiu-Jitsu Leão Teixeira, liderada pelo mestre Leão Teixeira, acaba de firmar um convênio de peso para agregar ainda mais adeptos à arte suave.

A Associação de Magistrados do Rio de Janeiro (Amaerj) firmou a academia de Jiu-Jitsu como sua mais nova conveniada, esta com a chancela de nomes importantes do seu quadro de conveniados, como o ministro do Supremo Tribunal de Justiça (STJ) Antônio Saldanha, que além de magistrado é atleta de Jiu-Jitsu.

“Dentre os professores que passaram pelo meu permanente aprendizado, o Leão Teixeira é sem dúvida o de maior aptidão pedagógica para transmitir os verdadeiros fundamentos dessa atividade que nos é tão cara”, disse Saldanha. “Exímio lutador e professor vocacionado, consegue mesclar, com maestria, todos os segredos do combate corporal com a elegância e refinamento de um verdadeiro cavalheiro.”

Com o convênio, os magistrados associados receberão um kimono no ato da matrícula e descontos nas filiais da Escola de Jiu-Jitsu Leão Teixeira.

UFC Fight Night 124 co-main-event breakdown: Speed could determine Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall

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MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 124’s main-card bouts. Today, we look at the co-main event.

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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Uriah Hall (14-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC)

Uriah Hall

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’0″ Age: 33 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 79″
  • Last fight: Knockout win over Krysztof Jotko (Sept. 16, 2017)
  • Camp: Xtreme Couture (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ “TUF 17” finalist
+ 2x Ring of Combat champion
+ Regional muay Thai titles
+ 11 KO victories
+ 1 submission win
+ 6 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Fast hand and foot speed
+ Counters and reads well
+ Dynamic kicking attack
^ Accurate spinning assaults
+ Strong inside the clinch
+ Underrated grappling ability
^ Good defensive instincts
+/- 3-2 against UFC southpaws

Vitor Belfort (26-13-1 MMA, 15-9-1 UFC)

Vitor Belfort

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’0″ Age: 40 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 74″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Nate Marquardt (June 3, 2017)
  • Camp: Tristar Gym (Canada)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Former UFC light-heavyweight champ
+ UFC heavyweight tournament winner
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
+ 18 KO victories
+ 3 submission wins
+ 19 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Accurate left hand
^ Coming forward and off the counter
+ Dangerous kicking attacks
+ Superb killer instinct
+ Improved wrestling ability
+ Serviceable guard game
^ Looks for submissions or standups
– Dropped or stopped in 4 of last 6 fights

Summary:

The co-main event in St. Louis features a middleweight matchup between Vitor Belfort and Uriah Hall.

A legend who needs no introduction, Belfort has been banging it out with the best for more than 20 years professionally. Coming off of his first decision win in more than a decade, Belfort will be looking to continue his storied career by demonstrating that old dogs can learn new tricks.

Standing in the Brazilian veteran’s way is Hall, a talented martial artist who has paved a path of his own since his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 17.” After turning around a three-fight skid in September, Hall will now test his skills against the sport’s first phenom.

RelatedVitor Belfort posts heartbreaking open letter to missing sister on her 43rd birthday

Starting off on the feet, we have a pairing of two dynamic strikers who carry a similar spirit to their game.

Belfort, the southpaw, has had many iterations of his style since his first appearance at UFC 12. Initially storming the scene as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brawler with fast hands, Belfort steadily sharpened his technique, taking bits and pieces from the camps he would work with over the years.

By the time he returned to the octagon at UFC 103, we saw a much more mature fighter, one who could counter or come forward with accuracy that was almost spooky. And despite Belfort coming up short in title attempts to the likes of Anderson Silva and Jon Jones, he still strung together an impressive reel of finishes, including a trifecta of kick KOs in 2013.

After that, a lot changed for both the sport and Belfort.

Although the Brazilian legend went on to earn a 2-2-1 record after his last failed bid for the title in 2014, he continued to work hard at improving his game – even at the advanced stages of his career.

In fact, we have seen an even more disciplined version of Belfort since he has been working with Firas Zahabi in Montreal. Given that Belfort is a fighter who traditionally lives and dies by the sword, it was impressive to see him maintain his composure for three rounds.

Furthermore, Belfort’s triggers – though not as fast as before – still appear to be intact. Whether he is slipping and returning with his classic uppercut-hook combination or unleashing his lethal left crosses and kicks, the Brazilian can crack when he needs to.

Considering that Belfort is facing a fellow fighter who also heavily relies on his confidence, then I suspect he will need to exercise his veteran savvy early and often.

Hall – who was also a recipient of a lot of hype early on in his career – had heaps of pressure put on his plate after his performances on “TUF 17.”

Coming from a traditional martial arts base, we saw Hall hit scary spin kicks and unorthodox assaults throughout the entire series. A freeform striker, Hall’s dynamism does best when allowed room to breathe.

RelatedUriah Hall felt like quitting in last fight until 'f*ck it moment' changed everything

Usually working behind a steady dose of feints and fakes, Hall will attempt to draw out the reactions and offense of his opposition. Keeping a cannon of a right hand at the ready, the native of Jamaica can either sit back and counter or come forward should he find something to his liking.

When feeling in stride, Hall will spin with surprising accuracy, typically working off of his previously established reads. However, like his current counterpart, Hall has also traditionally struggled when pressured.

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see what improvements Hall has made since moving shop to Xtreme Couture. Despite the sample size not being a large one, Hall has shown improvements to his underhook awareness inside of the clinch, as well as upgraded fundamentals on the feet.

Should Hall continue to build around his game, then I suspect he will be difficult for a fighter like Belfort to pressure.

Nevertheless, Hall will still need to be careful when attempting to circle away from the fence. Belfort may not be known for shooting takedowns and clinging onto clinches, but he stalks with the best of them and could make Hall pay should his habit of circling right show itself here.

The oddsmakers and public seem settled with an opinion, listing Hall -300 and Belfort +250 as of this writing.

Given that each man carries underrated counter-wrestling skills, I suspect that this battle will be decided standing. And if that happens, then I believe that speed will make the difference.

Belfort still has the tools to get things done offensively, but his decreased ability to see shots coming is the thing that screams at me the most when watching his past few performances. Unless Belfort can bring out the first-round phenom that this matchup arguably calls for, then I see Hall riding out the turbulence en route to a crushing second-round stoppage.

Official pick: Hall inside the distance

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

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