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Vitor Belfort announces fight vs. Uriah Hall for January 2018

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An intriguing middleweight bout appears to be set for early 2018.

Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) announced today on Instagram that he’s signed a bout agreement to fight Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC).

I just signed my bout agreement for January 14th at UFC.
I always looked for big challenges and in my last UFC fight it couldn’t be different…
@uriahhall it’s a honor to share the cage with a such young and talented fighter. Thanks for accepting the fight!

According to Belfort’s post, the fight is slated for a yet-to-be announced UFC event on Jan. 14, which, it should be noted, falls on a Sunday.

In his last fight in June, Belfort scored a unanimous-decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212. It was Belfort’s first victory since Nov. 2015, when he knocked out Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 77.

Belfort was called out by Sam Alvey in August and responded in kind. But with Alvey booked to fight Ramazan Emeev on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118, Belfort apparently has moved on.

In Hall, Belfort faces an opponent also on the rebound. Hall last month rallied to win via TKO over Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Fight Night 116 to snap a three-fight losing streak.

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

Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) reacts to fight against Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) before the fight against Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) fights Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) fights Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) fights Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) fights Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) fights Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) reacts to fight against Victor Belfort (red gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) fights Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jun 3, 2017; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Victor Belfort (red gloves) reacts to fight against Nate Marquardt (blue gloves) during UFC 212 at Rio Olympic Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/JmzjWf3tg9CCuDfPnHnPKj/278542", customAnalytics: true, title: "Belfort def. Marquardt", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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UFC-Gdansk's Andre Fili hopes rekindled passion for fighting turns around inconsistent UFC run

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GDANSK, Poland – Andre Fili genuinely believes he’s the best 145-pound fighter in the world, but he also knows there’s no point in saying it.

He has to prove it.

The obvious argument against his case, as Fili himself will point out, is inconsistency. When he joined the UFC back in 2013, the featherweight was on an eight-fight winning streak with five finishes. After a victorious octagon debut, though, momentum shifted. And a loss to current champ Max Holloway sent Fili into a seesaw of results, most recently a loss at UFC 214.

Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) gets a chance to pick it back up Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118 in a preliminary bout against Artem Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC). The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass from Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Fili’s confidence that he can get back on track – for good this time – rests on a few factors that have been building toward this particular bout. A big one was certainly re-claiming an excitement about fighting that the natural wear-and-tear of more than a decade same daily routines had taken from him.

RelatedUFC-Gdansk's Artem Lobov had an awesomely cringe-worthy breakdown of Andre Fili

A spark that he says had been re-ignited already at UFC 214, despite the the unanimous-decision loss (to replacement opponent Calvin Katter) that ultimately stemmed from it.

“Even though the end result wasn’t what I wanted, I started enjoying fighting again,” Fili told MMAjunkie. “I haven’t enjoyed fighting since my first fight in the UFC, honestly. Around the time I fought Holloway, it started feeling like a job. It was just like clocking in and putting in your hours. Like, ‘OK, I’m going to practice, because I have to practice.’

“Now it’s back to the feeling, like ‘I get to do this (expletive).’ I get to go to Poland with my best friends, and I get paid to beat someone up on TV. I get to do that.”

At 27, Fili knows he’s not an old man. But he’s been at this for a while, too. So the process has been about getting in touch with that same fighter who was out there “knocking people out” and putting together streaks in his early 20s.

“I want to get back to that feeling,” Fili said. “I want to get back to that excitement. I’m going to get back to that energy, that electricity, where you go into a fight knowing everything’s on the line, because I’ve had five wins already and this sixth win is going to put me that much higher.

“I’m going to get back to that. I’m just excited. I don’t know if you can tell, I’m (expletive) excited.

But a renewed hunger is not all that Fili is bringing into Saturday’s bout. What he once thought was something reserved for the mentally weak, for instance, has now turned into one of Fili’s weapons: He started talking to a sports psychologist.

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The addition helped him realize a bigger thing: that the weight cut, the opinions on the internet, even the fight camp – these things that would accumulate and ultimately weigh on his mind are not what determine the outcome of a fight.

“In reality, the only thing that matters is how you feel right after you walk out,” Fili said. “And I’m the only one who controls that. And I think that’s something I really worked on.”

Provided the admittedly sleep-deprived featherweight is able to beat jet lag and finally get some proper shut-eye, Fili believes these things will come together to make for a rough night for Lobov – whether it’s the type of three-round bloodbath Fili’s been known to put on or the finish that he’s aiming for.

“Without sounding cocky, I can beat him everywhere,” Fili said. “I’m better than him everywhere. First of all, I’m a better athlete. So I’m stronger, I’m faster. Second of all, I’m a better martial artist. So I’m better on the ground, I’m better standing, and my fight IQ is higher. So I think he’s going to present a lot of opportunities to me.

“I’m just going to capitalize on them. Don’t be surprised if you see me around his neck. I think I can choke him. I think I can finish him with a choke. I also think I can finish him with a shot to the chin. I know he hasn’t been finished before, but I think I’m the (expletive) to do it right now, honestly.”

While Fili ended up choked out by champ Holloway in their UFC 172 encounter in 2014, he put together two tough rounds. Even Holloway thought he was behind in the scorecards. While things have clearly changed for both, Fili takes this meeting as a measuring stick of what he’s capable of.

In fact, he believes he can hang with the finest featherweights the UFC has to offer. Now, it’s about making sure everyone else knows it, too.

“There’s just been an inconsistency in my performances, but I’m excited to turn that around,” Fili said. “I genuinely believe that I’m the best 145-pound fighter in the world. And it’s like, it doesn’t matter how many times you say that.

“It doesn’t mean (expletive). You have to prove it.”

To hear from a sleepy “Touchy” Fili, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Apr 23, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yair Rodriguez (red gloves) competes against Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC 197 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Apr 23, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Yair Rodriguez (red gloves) competes against Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC 197 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Oct 25, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Andre Fili (blue gloves) reacts after his fight against Felipe Arantes (not pictured) during UFC 179 at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 25, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Andre Fili (blue gloves) reacts after his fight against Felipe Arantes (not pictured) during UFC 179 at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 25, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Felipe Arantes (red gloves) fights against Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC 179 at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 25, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Felipe Arantes (red gloves) fights against Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC 179 at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 25, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Felipe Arantes (red gloves) fights against Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC 179 at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 25, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Felipe Arantes (red gloves) fights against Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC 179 at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oct 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jeremy Larsen (red gloves) fights against Andre Fili (blue gloves) in their catchweight bout during UFC 166 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports Oct 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jeremy Larsen (red gloves) fights against Andre Fili (blue gloves) in their catchweight bout during UFC 166 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/Kego7nowUPhUchGKsUfnia/278455", customAnalytics: true, title: "Andre Fili", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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Rorion Gracie sobre vida saudável: “alimentação é mais importante que atividade física”

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Rorion Gracie com o livro que detalha as combinações e benefícios da Dieta Gracie. Foto: Divulgação

Rorion Gracie, 65 anos, se tornou referência no mundo das artes marciais ao difundir o Jiu-Jitsu nos EUA e criar o UFC, que mais tarde seria vendido para os irmãos Fertitta e Dana White. Contudo, a doutrina da alimentação saudável é o que rege a vida o Gracie.

O mestre esteve em São Paulo na última terça-feira, dia 16, para lançar a nova edição do livro “A Dieta Gracie”, e falou sobre os detalhes das combinações de alimentos criadas pelo seu tio Carlos Gracie, compiladas no livro, que nesta nova edição traz um capítulo falando apenas de receitas para desintoxicar o corpo.

Além disso, Rorion lembrou da importância de uma alimentação saudável aliada ao exercícios físicos, mas frisou que comer bem é mais importante do que movimentar o corpo.

“Não é atividade física que mantém a gente com saúde”, disse o Gracie em entrevistas a revista Quem. “Alimentação é fundamental. Se a pessoa fizer ginástica todos os dias e não tiver uma alimentação adequada, ela vai se dar mal no final. Não adianta comprar todos os alimentos orgânicos, direitinho e misturar de maneira errada. Milhares de pessoas seguem a dieta Gracie no mundo todo e sentem melhorias no corpo. São melhoras impressionantes em questões de azia, gastrite, enxaqueca… Tudo isso a gente melhora ou mesmo elimina através da alimentação.”

O sucesso da Dieta Gracie faz adeptos não só entre atletas. Famosos de todas as esferas também aprenderam os benefícios da combinação correta dos alimentos, como as atrizes Cléo e Glória Pires.

“Falei sobre a dieta Gracie com a Gloria e ela resolveu fazer uma experiência e sentiu-se muito bem. Não poderia ter um apoio melhor que o de Gloria Pires.”

Para saber mais, adquira a nova edição do livro “A dieta Gracie”, ou busque Dieta Gracie no GRACIEMAG.com e confira algumas de nossa receitas favoritas!

ADCC e Jiu-Jitsu: entramos na era da especialização?

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O americano Gordon Ryan, sensação do ADCC 2017, ataca Keenan Cornelius em disputa sem kimono. Foto: Gallerr.com

Por Jiuliano Leon *

Durante o ADCC 2017, a copa do mundo da luta agarrada realizada em setembro último na Finlândia, reparei que amigos se surpreendiam com as tantas vitórias de faixas-pretas até então desconhecidos dos fãs do Jiu-Jitsu esportivo. Eu, porém, preferi sorrir, aplaudir e dar os parabéns. Parabéns, comunidade do Jiu-Jitsu; seja bem-vinda à era da especialização no esporte.

O Jiu-Jitsu é um esporte curioso, pois é milenar ao mesmo tempo em que é jovem – em suas raízes, era praticado por samurais no Japão, enquanto o primeiro Mundial de Jiu-Jitsu brasileiro ocorreu em 1996. Sendo assim, segue caminhando a passos largos em direção à maturidade e à evolução, que pode ter não fim.

Por isso, será que foi mesmo surpresa ver algumas estrelas consolidadas do Jiu-Jitsu esportivo não tendo o mesmo desempenho nas regras e peculiaridades do ADCC? Será que atletas de menor expressão no mundo do kimono garantirem o pódio é uma zebra galopante?

Peço perdão mas tento responder com algumas perguntas:

Você apostaria seu suado dinheirinho em Usain Bolt numa corrida de 5 mil metros? Ou no nadador Michael Phelps numa prova de travessia marítima?

Eu não faria. E isso não quer dizer que o Bolt não tenha uma técnica perfeita nem que o Phelps não tenha treinado o suficiente. São especializações diversas.

Basta olhar ao redor para entendermos um pouco sobre esses caminhos paralelos do Jiu-Jitsu e do ADCC. Pensemos no futebol, por exemplo.

Talvez o leitor se lembre de como começou o futebol de areia no Brasil e no mundo. As primeiras seleções de futebol de praia (o beach-soccer, em bom português) eram formados por ex-craques do campo na faixa de 40 anos, que conheciam um pouco de praia, caso de Júnior e outros. Veio a massificação do esporte via Fifa e televisão, e surgiram jovens especializados no jogo de bola na areia, sem passagem nenhuma pelos gramados.

Outro exemplo similar vem do voleibol, onde campeões aposentados vestiam a viseira e garantiam troféus e vagas olímpicas entre as duplas de praia. Creio que até no tênis podemos traçar paralelos – há craques muito melhores no saibro do que na grama. Por fim, vale lembrar a evolução do MMA profissional: hoje ninguém pode imaginar que um craque do pano tire o kimono e conquiste do dia para a noite o cinturão do UFC, como nos anos 1990.

A conquista do absoluto por Felipe Preguiça, o novo supercampeonato de André Galvão e o tri de Rubens Cobrinha, claro, tampouco são surpresa, até pelo estudo profundo que os três têm da modalidade sem kimono. Os faixas-pretas que vestirem o kimono terão uma visão sempre mais abrangente, completa e inteligente das técnicas de chão. Mas o ADCC 2017 dá indícios que a dedicação e a especialização em cada modalidade serão um caminho cada vez mais rotineiro para quem quiser vencer naquela modalidade específica. É ver para crer no ADCC 2019.

Minha aposta: em dez anos, os campeões sem kimono serão totalmente diversos dos astros do Jiu-Jitsu esportivo. Indo mais longe, esses dois grupos de lutadores perigam desenvolver costumes, culturas, filosofias de treino e formas físicas diferentes – provavelmente notaremos, de longe, se aquele cara chegando é um atleta do Jiu-Jitsu ou do no-gi.

Bem-vindos à evolução e a profissionalização do esporte.


* Jiuliano Leon é professor de judô e Jiu-Jitsu formado na Alliance Rio.

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Vitor Belfort anuncia última luta no UFC em janeiro; conheça o adversário

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Belfort anunciou antes mesmo do UFC sua última luta do contrato, contra Uriah Hall. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr.

O velho leão já tem nova data de despedida do UFC. Após anunciar sua última luta no UFC Rio, em junho deste ano, e se ver em maus lençóis ao identificar uma confusão contratual, Vitor Belfort terá sua derradeira batalha no Ultimate no início de 2018.

Em seu último combate no octógono, Belfort vai encarar Uriah Hall, americano conhecido como “Homem-Ambulância” após participação arrasadora no TUF. O duelo será no dia 14 de janeiro.

Acabo de assinar o contrato para lutar no UFC dia 14 de Janeiro. Eu sempre busquei grandes desafios e na minha última luta no UFC não poderia ser diferente… @uriahhall será uma honra dividir o octógono com um lutador tão novo e talentoso. Obrigado por aceitar a luta! I just signed my bout agreement for January 14th at UFC. I always looked for big challenges and in my last UFC fight it couldn’t be different… @uriahhall it’s a honor to share the cage with a such young and talented fighter. Thanks for accepting the fight!

Uma publicação compartilhada por Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (@vitorbelfort) em Out 19, 2017 às 5:35 PDT

Belfort (26v, 13d, 1nc) é ex-campeão meio-pesado do UFC, além de ter lutado mais três vezes pelo cinturão (uma vez nos meio-pesados e duas pelo cinturão dos médios). Belfort vinha de três derrotas seguidas no Ultimate, contra Ronaldo Jacaré, Gegard Mousasi e Kelvin Gastelum, esta última alterada para “no contest” após Gastelum testar positivamente para o uso de maconha, e em seguida bateu Nate Marquardt no UFC 212, no combate que seria sua despedida.

Hall (13v, 8d) vem de vitória sobre Krzysztof Jotko, em setembro deste ano, mas antes vinha de retrospecto complicado nos médios, ao ser superado por Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson e Gegard Mousasi.

E para você, amigo leitor, Belfort ainda tem garrafas para vender e sairá com a vitória em sua despedida do UFC? Comente conosco!

After pulling out of DWCS 6 due to brother's death, Ryan MacDonald now fights in his memory

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When Ryan MacDonald found out his friend, Grant Dawson, was going to be on Dana White’s Contender Series 6, he was excited. After all, it could mean two Nebraska guys earning UFC deals in one night.

Dawson earned his contract after finishing Adrian Diaz with a rear-naked choke in the second round of his featherweight scrap. MacDonald, however, didn’t get his.

He never even got to fight.

“I had to withdraw from my Contender Series bout because my brother’s funeral was actually the day I was supposed to fly out,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie.

At 29, MacDonald’s eldest brother, Kyle, took his own life. And just like that, instead of heading to Las Vegas to fight Jamie Alvarez for the chance of a lifetime, the 24-year-old MacDonald was back home, mourning and helping his family in the aftermath of a tragic loss.

While the thought of going ahead with the fight crossed MacDonald’s mind, he had a variety of reasons not to go. Pragmatically, the lowest weight he’d fought at up until that point was 130 pounds. So he knew making the 125-pound limit would take some added dedication.

“We had to clean my brother’s house, which took three days in its own,”  MacDonald said. “That’s valuable time that would’ve gone toward my weight cut and probably would’ve made me go behind on it. And probably ended in a bad performance.”

And, of course, there is all that sits outside the practical realm of things in such an unspeakably sad situation. Ryan and Kyle had always been very close, enough that the very musical Kyle had not only gotten Ryan into playing the drums – he, then in high school, even allowed his middle-school brother to join his band.

Sitting it out was a tough decision for MacDonald (7-0), who’d already done medicals and pre-fight interviews for the DWCS bout. But he knew it was the right call, even if that meant watching from the sidelines as his would-be opponent won and two other men, including his close friend and occasional training partner, got their UFC deals.

“The one thing that was the toughest in the world to do was to watch the Contender Series,” MacDonald said. “When I was watching it, it was choking me up a little bit. There were a couple of nights when I had to go for long runs, because I was so angry and upset.

“From there on, you have those inner-battles. And I told myself what I did was the right thing. Because if I would have missed all that time with my family, I don’t think I would ever let myself forget about that. I don’t think I would forgive myself.”

Following the withdrawal from the fight, MacDonald briefly withdrew from the world altogether. MacDonald not only owns the gym where he trains back at home, but he coaches its MMA program and teaches its advanced muay Thai classes. And as the resident of North Platte, Neb., with a population of 30,000, the faces around him are quite often known ones.

When tragedy struck, it wasn’t easy to address them.

“A lot of it was I didn’t want the questions, more or less,” MacDonald said. “So I took a solid two weeks off. And this is going from coaching three times a week to not going to the gym, all because I didn’t want to answer the questions. Or I wasn’t ready for them yet.

“I had to take that time. A lot of times I would have the girl I was seeing go get something from Walmart for me or something.”

While the thought of a two-week break might not seem like much, it was certainly meaningful for someone who’d not only been involved in martial arts since his teenage years, but had made it into a business and a career choice for himself and others.

“One of the main reasons I’ve not left where I’m from is because it’s such a fight town,” MacDonald said. “They’ve embraced me and helped me with sponsorship. My buddies, the guys we’ve brought up, they’re all hard-working guys. And strong-willed.

“They’re always in the gym and trying to get better with me. We have about four pros right now, and we’re all consistent in the gym every day. We bounce ideas off each other, and we’ve got a really good thing going.”

When MacDonald was ready to make his way back to the outside world, it proved to be a therapeutic experience.

“After I got back to the gym, it was huge,” MacDonald said. “Because that’s my life – martial arts. Without it, I kind of go crazy. It’s my way of coping with the world, and I have fun when I’m in the gym.”

‘I remember how much of a dreamer he is, and I know he’d want me to accomplish my dreams’

Now, MacDonald prepares for his first fight since losing his brother in August. And it’s not just any fight.

Friday’s Midwest Championship Fighting 14 featherweight meeting with Chad Obermiller will not only mean MacDonald’s first stab at a belt since his pro debut, it will headline an event entirely in memory of Kyle.

With the fight, MacDonald hopes to not only provide his brother with a proper memorial piece, but get some form of closure. But before he gets to step in the cage, MacDonald has found his own ways to honor Kyle – and to make sure the emotions around his early departure find the proper channels to manifest themselves.

“He has kind of marketed himself as a musician, so he has KASM T-shirts – which are his initials,” MacDonald said. “I’ve worn those to practice and wore the little ashes in the little necklace or whatnot, so that it would, rather than make me emotionally invested, it kind of motivated me to work hard.

“My brother was a very big dreamer. And my mom hated that, because she is a very hard worker. My brother would work hard at his job but only to throw every single dollar he had into his music. And I’m kind of the same way with martial arts. I work really hard but only to give my last dollar to it.

“Seeing his shirt or looking down at my necklace before practice, it just makes me work harder. Because I remember how much of a dreamer he is, and I know he’d want me to accomplish my dreams.”

The fight with Obermiller, which streams live on FloCombat.com, will be a rematch. MacDonald had earned a second-round submission over Obermiller in August of 2016. Originally, MacDonald wanted the second one to be a five-round affair. But his opponent, MacDonald says, was the one who convinced the commission otherwise.

“I don’t think he stayed in the gym,” MacDonald said. “He’s an older guy, 38 years old, and martial arts can kind of get taxing when you don’t enjoy doing it. I feel like he’s only taking this fight – maybe he needs some money, maybe he wants to right his wrong in a sense. Or whatever it is.

“I’m going to be in much better shape. And I think he’s just going to be chasing fighting shape. So, for that, he’s not going to be where I’m at technically.”

MacDonald says he’s improved since their original encounter – and after going back to it, he believes he’s found ways to make the second affair more brutal. He’s counting on Obermiller to come strong early and gas out.

“From then on, I think I can finish him with whatever I want to,” MacDonald said.

‘I’m just going to keep doing my thing. And if somebody recognizes it, then I’m excited and happy’

MacDonald doesn’t quite know what’s in store for the future. Considering the reason he had to pull out of his DWCS 6 encounter, he was told the promoters were sympathetic and understanding – and had indicated he would at least be on the radar for next season.

Of course, there’s always the chance that, with a local belt and an eighth straight win, he’d end up going straight to the octagon at some point. But while that’s a scenario MacDonald would be comfortable with, it’s not one he’s losing sleep over.

“I think if I go out and score a vicious knockout and something fans want to see – which I plan to – I think that will give them more of an opportunity or more of the want to pick me up earlier,” MacDonald said. “But, then again, I’ve seen Dana White turn down 9-0 guys just because of experience and stuff like that.

“So if it comes, it comes. But I’m not going to dwell on it. I’m just going to keep doing my thing. And if somebody recognizes it, then I’m excited and happy.”

There’s not much good that can be extracted from the type of ordeal that MacDonald and his family went through in the past couple of months. But, amid the heartbreak, there’s at least one thing he knows his eldest brother would be happy to see.

“My mom and my dad are divorced. So my mom and my dad’s side of the family, they didn’t get along,” MacDonald said. “Everybody kind of came together and made amends. And now everything is perfect, like he would want it to be. Me and my older brothers have always been the mediators of the family.

“Keeping everything calm, trying to make people talk and trying to make people happy. And it just never worked. But now everything seems to be going good, and everybody’s talking. In a sense, from a bad circumstance, it made good between the family.”

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Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith: MMA loves Heather Hardy because she has 'it' factor

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WBC international champion Heather Hardy loves MMA, and MMA loves her back, said Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith.

“She has that ‘it’ factor, where the whole crowd ends up rooting for her,” said Smith in a “Foundations” video promoting Hardy’s return opposite Kristina Williams at Bellator 185, which takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Hardy, 35, transitioned to MMA in search of better payouts after career opportunities dwindled in boxing. With help from MMA legend Renzo Gracie and fighters at Longo and Weidman MMA, she got a crash course in the sport and signed a one-fight contract with Bellator.

Instead of a small show in Thackerville, Okla., Hardy wound up making her debut on home soil at Madison Square Garden, a venue she’d never worked in boxing. And after a slow start, she battered Alice Yauger en route to a third-round finish.

Hardy gleefully announced she’d fallen in love with MMA afterward.

Now, she has a unique contract that allows her to compete both in the cage and squared circle, depending on which sport offers her the best opportunity. She’ll be under the Bellator banner at least two years, with a minimum of four fights.

On Friday, Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will make her second pro MMA appearance at Bellator 185, facing off with Williams (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) on the Spike-televised main card.

Things are moving fast for Hardy, but Smith can see why.

“She doesn’t just fight well; she’s a star of her own making,” he said.

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Video: With UFC in Poland, nation's biggest show heads to Ireland for Pudzianowski vs. McSweeney

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Poland’s preeminent MMA promotion is heading abroad for the week, landing in Ireland for Mariusz Pudzianowski (11-5) vs. James McSweeney (15-15) at KSW 40.

The five-time World’s Strongest Man and “The Ultimate Fighter 10” cast member headline the card, which takes place Sunday at 3Arena in Dublin and streams live via online pay-per-view (and with English commentary) at KSWTV.com for $12 USD.

The 40-year-old Pudzianowski has battled through mixed results in a fighting career that dates back to 2009. Still, he does boast notable wins over the likes of Eric “Butterbean” Esch, Rolles Gracie, Sean McCorkle, Pawel Nastula, Bob Sapp and Oli Thompson, among others, and currently boasts a two-fight winning streak that comprises of back-to-back TKO wins.

The Polish superstar said he doesn’t expect much resistance from McSweeney.

“I will be able to walk through him,” Pudzianowski said. “I will torment him until he quits.”

Meanwhile, McSweeney returns to action after a year away from the sport. “The Hammer” briefly announced a retirement from competition, citing medical concerns, but now steps back into the cage and believes a lifetime of both MMA and kickboxing experience has him more than prepared for Pudzianowski.

“If I did a bit of weights in a gym for three or four years, how do you think I would do in a strongman contest?” McSweeney asked. “Why does he think he’s going to come in here to my world after 20 years of being a professional fighter and think he’s going to come close to me? It won’t happen. He should have stayed a strongman. This is not the sport for him.”

While KSW remains Poland’s most well-known MMA brand, the UFC visits the country on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

The KSW 40 lineup includes:

  • Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. James McSweeney
  • Champ Mateusz Gamrot vs. Norman Parke – for lightweight title
  • Michal Materla vs. Paulo Thiago
  • Champ Ariane Lipski vs. Mariana Morais
  • Maciej Jewtuszko vs. David Zawada
  • Michal Fijalka vs. Chris Fields
  • Anzor Azhiev vs. Antun Racic
  • Lukasz Chlewicki vs. Paul Redmond
  • Konrad Ivanovsky vs. Paul Lawrence

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Léo Leite detalha estratégia para vencer Phil Davis no Bellator: “Derrubar e pegar”

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Bicampeão mundial de Jiu-Jitsu e atleta olímpico de judô, Leonardo Leite fez com sucesso sua transição para o MMA. Invicto com dez sucessos nas grades, o brasileiro foi convocado para fazer sua estreia no Bellator no dia 3 de novembro, na 183ª edição do evento, contra o ex-campeão Phil Davis.

GRACIEMAG esteve com Léo Leite nos estúdios da Fox Sports no início deste mês de outubro, e conversou com a fera sobre a oportunidade no Bellator e o debute contra um duro adversário logo na sua chegada. Léo não titubeou e garantiu que esta seria a melhor estreia para ele na organização.

Veja abaixo o papo com a fera do Jiu-Jitsu e do MMA e não perca sua estreia no Bellator 183, dia 3 de novembro, ao vivo e exclusivo nos canais Fox Sports!

GRACIEMAG.com: Invicto no MMA e com estreia marcada no Bellator. Como foi o convite e como você recebeu a proposta de um oponente duro como o ex-campeão Phil Davis?

Léo Leite:
Eu recebi o convite para lutar no Bellator e fiquei muito feliz. A luta com o Phil Davis é uma luta ótima para mim, mesmo sendo pela minha estreia na organização. O Phil é ex-campeão da categoria dos meio-pesados e ele pode ser o atalho que eu preciso para chegar no cinturão. Estou com 39 anos, não sou mais um garoto, então eu não posso trilhar meu caminho até o título. Tenho que chegar, fazer bem o meu trabalho e me jogar com tudo rumo ao topo.

Como você analisa o duelo contra o Davis? Já conseguiu traçar uma estratégia para bater o americano?

Acho que o meu jogo encaixa bem contra o Davis. Ele é um atleta duro, ex-campeão da categoria, mas eu vejo algumas falhas no jogo dele. A parte de defesa de quedas é uma dessas brechas que eu pretendo explorar. Minha base no jodo, principalmente, pode ser um diferencial, é um estilo pouco conhecido ao ser adaptado para o MMA e pode me trazer a vantagem necessária para levar o Phil Davis para baixo e, assim, trabalhar o meu Jiu-Jitsu. Quero lutar bem em pé, mostrar o meu valor, e assim derrubar para finalizar.

E o ritmo de treinos? Como você se preparou para estar bem na estreia pelo Bellator?

Os treinos estão ótimos. Estou 100% para entrar e vencer na luta. Fiz meus treinos na BTT, com o Murilo Bustamante, e também nas academias KS Wrestling, do professor Antoine Jaoude, e parte física no Instituto Reação, com o Márcio Pimentel. Estou cercado de ótimo material humano e tenho certeza que estarei na ponta dos cascos no dia da luta.

E para você, amigo leitor, o craque Léo Leite tem as armas necessárias para bater Phil Davis e se colocar como postulante ao título meio-pesado do Bellator? Comente conosco!

Bellator 185 ceremonial weigh-ins live stream (5 p.m. ET) and official results

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Bellator returns to one of its favorite venues Friday, and today the fighters will step on the scale for the fans at the ceremonial weigh-ins.

Bellator 185 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko takes on former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and recent UFC standout Gegard Mousasi, who is making his Bellator debut.

The fighters weighed in earlier today for the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations, which oversees Friday’s event. At 5 p.m. ET at Mohegan Sun Arena, they’ll step on the scale and face off for the fans.

In addition to the official results below, you can watch a live stream of the ceremonial weigh-ins above.

Bellator 185 weigh-in results included:

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

  • Gegard Mousasi (185.75) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
  • Zak Bucia (170.25) vs. Neiman Gracie (170.5)
  • Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
  • Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
  • Lisa Blaine (122.75) vs. Ana Julaton (125.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (7 p.m. ET)

  • Billy Giovanella (125) vs. John Lopez (126)
  • Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Perez (153)
  • Vovka Clay (150) vs. Frank Sforza (149.25) – 150-pound catchweight
  • Matthew Denning (149.75) vs. Don Shainis (150) – 150-pound catchweight
  • Alec Hooben (194) vs. Jordan Young (200) – 195-pound catchweight
  • Steve Skrzat* () vs. Costello Van Steenis (185.25)
  • Joaquin Buckley (171) vs. Vinicius de Jesus (170)
  • Pete Rogers (144) vs. Timothy Wheeler (144)
  • John Beneduce (155.25) vs. Dean Hancock (156)

* Skrzat was given additional time to make weight for his middleweight fight.

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Video: UFC-Gdansk media day staredowns, where 'Cowboy' was all smiles

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GDANSK, Poland – UFC Fight Night 118 headliners Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) and Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) came face-to-face for the first time today, and it was “Cowboy” who reminded the young Englishman not to get too worked before it’s needed.

The welterweight contest headlines Saturday’s card, which streams on UFC Fight Pass from Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Till was first on the stage, walking well past the halfway point of the stage to claim his space. Cerrone stepped up moments later, smiled, and told Till he thought the fight “should be fun.” Never much for a staredown, Cerrone closed the exchange by telling Till to “loosen up,” since “we don’t fight until Saturday.”

Check out the video above, which also includes the night’s remaining main-card matchups with Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) vs. Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC), as well as an anticipated preliminary matchup of Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) vs. Artem Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Episode No. 7 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'

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Episode No. 7 of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” opens with UFC President Dana White making a surprise visit to the TUF house, much to the excitement of the athletes.

White shows his special edition BMW to Lauren Murphy and a few other cast members. He also tours the house and interacts with all the fighters from both teams. He provides some words of encouragement to the fighters as the competition nears its midway point.

Focus shifts to fight preparation for the seventh opening-round tournament bout, which pits No. 7 Melinda Fabian of Team Alvarez and No. 10 Rachael Ostovich of Team Gaethje.

Fabian has been dealing with injury issues to her leg in the lead-up to her fight. She’s attempting to tweak and minimize her training in the final days before she steps in the octagon. Coach Eddie Alvarez attempts to keep Fabian confident and says he views her as the best striker in the competition.

Ostovich is aware her striking is likely a level below that of Fabian, but coach Justin Gaethje believes Ostovich’s background in judo and wrestling will be a huge difference-maker.

At the weigh-in, Fabian and Ostovich come in under the 126-pound flyweight limit. A friendly staredown follows, and the seventh opening-round tournament bout is official.

Fight day arrives. Fabian and Ostovich head to the TUF gym. They finalize preparation in the locker rooms with their respective coaching staffs before making the walk to the octagon. They enter the cage, and the next tournament fight is underway.

#7 Melinda Fabian (4-3-1) vs. #10 Rachael Ostovich (3-3)

Round 1 – Both fighters show a lot of faints to start the bout. Ostovich lands an inside leg kick followed by a jab. Fabian lands a hard right hand, and Ostovich lands with a counter-hook. Ostovich lands a clean overhand right that backs up Fabian. Ostovich stays patient and connects with a leg kick. Ostovich scores with a another combination. Fabian nearly lands a head kick and begins to apply better pressure. She eats another hard punch, though, and Ostovich evades. Ostovich’s jab is on point and she’s picking Fabian apart. Fabian’s moving forward but is throwing almost nothing. Ostovich shoots for a double-leg takedown and easily puts Fabian on her back. Fabian attempts to scramble free but Ostovich jumps on the back. She gets back mount and has Fabian flattened out. She postures up and lands several hard punches before locking in a rear-naked choke that forces Fabian to tap out.

Rachael Ostovich def. Melinda Fabian via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

Ostovich is thrilled with the extremely one-sided performance.

“I feel great,” A thrilled Ostovich says. “I’m very, very happy, but it’s nothing that I hadn’t already seen in my head. Everything went as I planned it. … Celebration for a little while, take some time to congratulate myself and the hard work I put in, then on to the next.”

Team Gaethje takes a 4-3 lead in the competition with Ostovich’s victory. Only one opening-round fight remains, and it will see No. 8 Emily Whitmire of Team Gaethje take on No. 9 Christina Marks of Team Alvarez.

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Catch new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on FS1. MMAjunkie recaps each episode of the reality series.


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Marcin Tybura enjoying unexpected benefit of Mark Hunt-Dana White feud

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At this point, Marcin Tybura will tell you, with a laugh, calls from his manager are met with expectations of bad news. But that’s not what he got when his phone rang a little more than a week ago.

Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was set to headline next month’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena opposite Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC). The call was meant to inform him that was no longer happening. But then came the twist: Tybura had the option of meeting former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) instead.

Tybura first ran it by his coaches. But the “yes” to the new matchup took no longer than an hour to come. Sure, Tybura is now dealing with a “completely different” opponent, with a completely different style. But with six weeks to go, altering the game plan seemed like a minor sacrifice in light of the possible rewards.

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“It’s really special for me to fight a Top-2 fighter in the world already in Fabricio,” Tybura told MMAjunkie. “I recognize (he’s) one of the best heavyweights in the world – even the best, because he beat Fedor (Emelianenko) in his prime time, and he beat Cain (Velasquez) at a time when he was unbeatable.

“This guy has something special. I know he’s good. This is the top. That’s what I wanted to do when I came into the UFC, and now it’s happening. So I’m just happy.”

Tybura believed he couldn’t get any more motivated than he already had while training for Hunt, who’s currenly No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings. But the name of No. 3-ranked Werdum, fresh off a 65-second submission win over late replacement Walt Harris at UFC 216, managed to bring that up a notch.

Of course, what ended up being fine news for Tybura led to a much less uplifting situation involving Hunt. After the UFC cited health concerns and pulled him from the headliner, the ever-candid Hunt made his (ill) feelings on the promotion’s decision public.

Amid threats of a lawsuit against the UFC – another one, that is – Hunt said he was “misquoted” in story (that he penned himself) in which he addressed the toll that his career as a fighter may have had in his brain, including slurred speech and memory loss.

Asked about his feelings upon hearing some of his peers discuss brain trauma, Tybura clarified he doesn’t have access to all the information around Hunt’s health status. But he’s not on board with the way he went about addressing them.

“We all try to show that this is a sport; it’s not only striking somebody in the head,” Tybura said. “I don’t think he should say some stuff like this. But I also don’t think I should be the one to say if somebody is healthy to fight or not.

“I don’t actually know all the details. I’ve just seen the news, the interview he did. I think he shouldn’t say that. He shouldn’t say that.”

RelatedDespite being labeled a 'bald headed prick,' Dana White insists he doesn't hate Mark Hunt

On his end, Tybura is certainly enjoying the journey. Now riding a three-fight winning streak, capped off by a UFC Fight Night 111 decision win over Andrei Arlovski, Tybura has recently taken a big step to up his game: He temporarily relocated from his native Poland to the U.S.

Seven weeks into his training at Jackson-Wink MMA, the 31-year-old seems to be happy with his choice.

“So far, it’s amazing, a completely different camp that I used to do,” Tybura said. “And I think it’s much better than what I did before.”

There are a few reasons for that. Apart from the experienced coaches, who offer their expertise not only in training but strategy-wise, Tybura gets to train and spar with high-level talent from all over. While he already felt he was making steady progress in his homeland, his evolution is clear to him.

Of course, there’s a downside to it all; it’s not really easy being away from home. But even that doesn’t faze the heavyweight.

“I’m actually chasing my dream,” Tybura said. “So that’s the price, and I’m cool with that completely.”

Whether his sacrifices will pay off remains to be seen, but beating Werdum would certainly bring some serious validation to the Polish heavyweight’s rise. While Tybura is only four fights into his UFC career, there’s something to be said for getting past an ex-champ in a somewhat shallow division.

Of course, there’s a lot to happen atop the heavyweight ladder. Alistair Overeem, for instance, is scheduled for a high-stakes UFC 218 bout with Francis Ngannou. Velasquez, who’s recently said he’s at “80 percent” in his recovery from injury, is eyeing a 2018 return.

But Tybura is already daring to think a little higher.

“I never talk about what the future is after the fight,” Tybura said. “I actually like to be focused on my task, which is to fight Fabricio Werdum. But, you know, he was a champion like a few months ago.

“So me beating him would be, I think – nothing less than ask for a title shot.”

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Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith: Standing up with Alexander Shlemenko is a gamble

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As experienced as Gegard Mousasi is as a striker, he should think twice about duking it out with Alexander Shlemenko.

That’s the way Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith sees Friday’s Bellator 185 headliner.

“Anyone who’s decided, ‘I’m going to stand on the feet and show this Russian that I can knock him out’ has ended up flat on their back,” Smith said for “Bellator Foundations,” which previews upcoming matchups on the Spike-televised event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut after a high-profile defection from the UFC, where a five-fight win streak helped him climb to No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings.

The Dutch-Armenian fighter will compete in his 51st professional MMA bout. But in the cage, he is in the rare position of facing an opponent that’s more experienced.

Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA), who will fight his 67th MMA bout, has won six of his past seven bouts. Long the face of Bellator’s middleweight division before upset losses to Tito Ortiz and Brandon Halsey, his career hit a snag with a positive drug test that held him up in court.

Now, Shlemenko is on a mission to reclaim the gold he lost. A win over Mousasi would be a huge feather in his cap.

Depending on Mousasi’s approach to the fight, Smith thinks the Russian has a good chance to get in line for a title shot.

“Mark my words, I don’t care who you are. If you stand and trade with Alexander Shlemenko, you are rolling the dice,” Smith said. “And the chances that it comes out in your favor are very slim.”

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Donald Cerrone agreed to fight Darren Till because 'rankings don't (expletive) matter anyway'

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GDANSK, Poland – Donald Cerrone knows he has a lot more to lose than gain in his UFC Fight Night 118 headliner with Darren Till, but he doesn’t seem to care.

An established fan-favorite like Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) agreeing to fight an unheralded opponent like Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) is an increasingly rare occurrence in the modern UFC. Top fighters are largely concerned about facing someone who has a ranking next to their name; they aren’t as willing to take the risk of fighting lesser-known opposition compared to when official rankings didn’t exist in the sport.

Cerrone, who meets Till in Saturday’s welterweight main event on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed card at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, isn’t one to fret over such things. His enjoyment of the sport trumps the politics of enhancing or weakening his position in the division, and he said that’s for the best, because fighters who dwell on their place in the rankings don’t appear much better off.

“The rankings don’t matter,” Cerrone told MMAjunkie. “I feel like in the last year the rankings don’t (expletive) matter anyway, right? ‘Cowboy’ takes a fight with somebody (unranked), and they’re like, ‘What the (expletive)?’ But someone who has the title can fight anybody they want, and it’s like, ‘Ah, that’s just a good fight.’ Come on, man. It seems like the last year the rankings aren’t mattering. I just needed an opponent.”

RelatedDarren Till's simple plan? Be the 'greatest fighter that ever fought in MMA'

Cerrone, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, said he would’ve embraced a matchup with a ranked foe, but bringing those fights to fruition is apparently a lot easier said than done. An unranked opponent like Till jumps at the opportunity to fight Cerrone because it could completely change the trajectory of his career, but athletes already established near the top of the sport aren’t as willing.

According to “Cowboy,” there were several offers extended to elite members of the 170-pound division. No one was biting at the chance to compete against him, though, and as someone who truly embodies the “anyone, any time, anywhere” mentality, that’s how he ended up in the showdown with Till.

“The MMA audience is so stupid,” Cerrone said. “They just think because a guy says, ‘I’ll fight anybody,’ that means they’ll do it. No, that’s not true. They said they’ll fight anybody in public, and then when they get the call and their manager sits down with them and they’re like, ‘They offered us ‘Cowboy’ and their manager says, ‘Stylistically I don’t know if that’s a good matchup for you right now, you’re coming off a loss’ and blah, blah blah.

“Then they say they didn’t turn it down, but their management turned it down and it’s not them doing it, ‘I didn’t turn it down.’ To me that drives me (expletive) through the wall.”

RelatedDonald Cerrone welcomes gatekeeper label, but can Darren Till 'get past the gate?'

Cerrone, 34, said his trouble getting an opponent makes him respect Till, 24, for stepping up to the plate. Although the Brit has infinitely more to gain than lose in the matchup, he’s also putting a lot of stock into his own ability to take a giant step up in competition and beat someone of Cerrone’s caliber.

Fighting is a game of taking chances, though, and as someone who has taken many during his own career, Cerrone said he appreciates Till following suit.

“For Darren to say, ‘You know what, I’ve only had a couple fights, I’ll fight a (expletive) legend, let’s go.’ Dude, right on, bro,” Cerrone said. “I was that son-of-a-(expletive) kid. I remember taking those fights. My hat’s off to the kid. The steam’s running on him. Good opportunity for him. But people say no all the time. It’s (expletive) asinine to me. Career-wise, is this a smart fight moving forward in my direction in the rankings? Probably not. This does me nothing. It does something for Darren if he wins. He could do some serious leap-frogging, but for me, nothing. Why be the guy that says I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime – oh, except for him? If I say that I have to live by it.”

Ultimately Cerrone is just happy to return to the octagon, regardless of who is standing on the other side. He enters UFC Fight Night 118 on a losing skid for the first time in his career, and his hope is to fix that on Saturday, especially because he had to travel a long way from Albuquerque, N.M.

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Cerrone has never fought outside North America in his 35 appearances to date under the UFC or WEC banners. That will change for the fight with Till, but Cerrone’s approach won’t. Gdansk is a long way from home, but Cerrone said his true home is inside the cage.

“It’s crazy sleeping in a hotel room,” Cerrone said. “The UFC, when I was trying to get a fight, they had a lineup of all the little places they offered me, there was no Europe on there. I was like, ‘What about the Poland card?’ And (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) was like, ‘Wait, you’ll go overseas?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, why not?’ He’s like, ‘It’s on Fight Pass.’ I said, ‘I don’t care, man. You guys really don’t understand. It doesn’t matter. I’ll fight the first fight of the night. It doesn’t have to be main event, Poland, pay-per-view. I don’t care.’

“It makes no difference to me. This is what I love to do. I enjoy this whole process, being over here, being in Poland, walking around, checking everything out. Then I get to fight and do what I love. Are you kidding me? Come on.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'UFC on the Fly': Behind the scenes with UFC-Gdansk co-headliner Karolina Kowalkiewicz

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz is looking to get back in the win column and what better place to make that happen than in her native Poland.

On Saturday, it could happen when Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) takes on Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 118 co-headliner, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Kowalkiewicz, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, is coming off back-to-back losses after starting her career 10-0. She dropped a decision to champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk last year at UFC 205 and followed that up with a submission loss to Cláudia Gadelha this past June at UFC 212.

The latest edition of “UFC on the Fly” catches up with Kowalkiewicz ahead of her fight with Esquibel.

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For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Mestres Fernando “Pinduka” e Otávio “Peixotinho” ensinam a defesa pessoal básica do Jiu-Jitsu

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Leais aos ensinamentos de Carlson Gracie, os mestres Fernando Pinduka, faixa vermelho-e-branca, e Otávio Peixotinho, faixa-coral, seguem disseminando o que aprenderam em Copacabana com o saudoso professor e ídolo do vale-tudo, mestre também em defesa pessoal.

Neste vídeo, os mestres mostram a equipe GRACIEMAG uma pequena seleção de técnicas básicas úteis para todas as faixas etárias, ótimas para espantar qualquer ofensor. Confira e busque aprimorar na academia. Oss!

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UFC President Dana White: More divisions isn't the solution to MMA's weight-cutting woes

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UFC President Dana White won’t budge on his stance that additional weight classes are unnecessary in the UFC to help prevent extreme weight cuts by athletes.

Despite documented evidence that the rate of failed weight cuts has gone up in the UFC, particularly since the introduction of early weigh-ins, White doesn’t believe giving fighters more options of which weight to compete at is the solution.

A total of 17 fighters have missed weight for UFC fights this year. Five of those weren’t fit enough to make it to the octagon for their bouts, and an issue with some sort of late-withdrawal is seemingly happening at every event.

RelatedThis video from Japan should make you want to ban extreme weight cutting in MMA

White said he’s not overly concerned, though. There are a section of fighters, fans and media who believe more weight classes would benefit those who have to cut too much weight for a certain division, but are too small to move up a category. The UFC recognized the Association of Boxing Commissions recent weight-class expansion project, but White said that’s not the fix.

“People are like, ‘Add weight classes, do this, do that,'” White told TSN. “It’s never going to change. You’re still going to have people trying to – let’s say I add a 165-pound weight class. That will only mean bigger guys will try to make 165. Everybody’s always looking for an advantage.”

White said when it comes to weight-cutting, the responsibility falls directly on the athlete. White has touted the UFC’s new Performance Institute in Las Vegas as a facility with free on-site experts who can help fighters cut weight in a safe and efficient manner. Unfortunately, the Performance Institute is of no use to those outside of Las Vegas.

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According to White, there’s an approach to weight-cutting that minimizes the risk. However, the problem is the majority of UFC fighters don’t have the financial resources to do what he expects of them.

“There’s ways to cut weight,” White said. “There’s safe ways. There’s scientific ways. Nutritionists can help you do this. Everybody just wants to take shortcuts and the easy way. But there is no easy way when you’re cutting weight.”

Regardless of White’s stance, he said the UFC is being proactive to make the situation better. He said the organization is taking some action behind the scenes to ensure fighters are cutting weight and competing at their fittest. He just isn’t willing to take what he views as an unnecessary step of providing more weight-class options.

“What we’ve been doing is Jeff Novitzky, the guy we hired who handles all the (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) stuff, he’s tracking all these guys’ weights,” White said. “He tracks them. When you come in the week of the fight we find out where you are compared to where you were the last couple times you fought.”

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

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