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Fight Nights Global preps for dual-event weekend, including Vitaly Minakov vs. Tony Johnson

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Execs at Russia’s Fight Nights Global are prepping for a busy weekend with a pair of events on the books this weekend.

On Friday, the promotion visits Omsk Arena in Amsk for “Fight Nights Global 81: Matmuratov vs. Ignatiev,” while the next night the company shifts to Moscow’s Russia Hall for “Fight Nights Global 82: Minakov vs. Johnson.”

Fight Nights Global 82 is expected to be distributed shortly after its completion via video on demand at UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event of Friday’s Fight Nights Global 81 event, featherweight champ Alexander Matmuratov (8-3) puts his title on the line against Evgeniy Ignatiev (10-1-2). Meanwhile, Saturday’s Fight Nights Global 82 event features a heavyweight clash between former Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov (20-0) against Bellator and ONE Championship veteran Tony Johnson (11-3).

Minakov last appeared in a Bellator cage in 2014 but has since gone 6-0 while competing under the Fight Nights Global banner, which was previously knows as Eurasia Fight Nights. Minakov’s most recent win took place in June, when he scored a second-round knockout of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

Meanwhile, Johnson fights for the second time under the Fight Nights Global banner after debuting for the promotion in June and needing just 80 seconds to dispatch of Magomedbag Agaev.

The full cards for both nights currently include:

Fight Nights Global 81
  • Champ Alexander Matmuratov vs. Evgeniy Ignatiev – for featherweight title
  • Marina Mokhnatkina vs. Karine Silva
  • Akhmed Balkizov vs. TBA
  • Nikita Baltabaev vs. Nauruz Dzamikhov
  • Mariya Artyukhina vs. Julia Borisova
  • Furqan Gozachik vs. TBA
  • Murad Magomedov vs. Daniyar Zhantemirov
  • Said Samadov vs. Alexey Shurkevich
  • Sultan Gizatulin vs. Makhach Hvadzhaev
  • Petr Peretyatko vs. Alexander Podmarev
Fight Nights Global 82
  • Vitaly Minakov vs. Tony Johnson
  • Vener Galiev vs. Nikolay Gaponov
  • Shamil Akhmedov vs. Artur Astakhov
  • Alexandr Shabliy vs. Miroslav Strbak
  • Khalid Murtazaliev vs. Gzegorz Siwy
  • Aigun Akhmedov vs. Valdir Araujo
  • Dmitry Bikrev vs. Asif Tagiev
  • Robert Oganesyan vs. Vladimir Tyurin
  • Mariya Agapova vs. Liliya Kazak
  • Vadim Buseev vs. Nikita Mikhailov
  • Safarbek Kurbanov vs. TBA
  • Oleg Kubanov vs. Ismail Sagov

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Jake Collier vs. Marcin Prachnio booked for UFC on FOX 28 in Florida

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A light heavyweight contest is the first official addition to February’s UFC on FOX 28 event.

UFC officials recently announced that Jake Collier (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will face Marcin Prachnio (13-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the Feb. 24 fight card, which takes place at Amway Center in Florida.

While the night’s complete broadcast plans have yet to be announced, the main card airs on FOX.

Collier was in action most recently in November, picking up a decision win over Marcel Fortuna at UFC Fight Night 120 in November. The 29-year-old Collier has alternated wins and losses in each of six UFC appearances to date, earning wins over Fortuna, Alberto Uda and Ricardo Abreu but coming up short against Devin Clark, Dongi Yang and Vitor Miranda.

Prachnio makes his UFC debut on the strength of an eight-fight winning streak. The most recent result came in August, Prachnio’s only fight of 2017, when he needed just 83 seconds to score a knockout win under the ONE Championship banner. Prachnio has earned 10 of his 13 career wins via knockout – all 10 of which have come in the opening round.

For more on UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Let Brett Johns' story be a warning: When street fighting, maybe avoid historical monuments

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In Brett Johns’ defense, he was provoked that time he exchanged chokes and punches with another guy in the middle of the street.

But in hindsight, maybe he could’ve maybe picked a spot to stand up for himself that had a little less historical baggage.

As shown by an undefeated record that includes three UFC outings, Johns (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) knows a thing or two about fighting other men in a controlled, regulated environment. But back in the day, when he was solely a judo player with no MMA training, he saw himself in a situation that did not involve a bout agreement.

“There were a couple of thugs by me, and I remember walking on the street,” Johns told MMAjunkie Radio, when asked to share a street-fight story. “I mentioned I was doing judo. I’d done judo for 16 years before this point. This guy, randomly, probably about the same age as me – jumped on my back and rear-naked choked me.

“He tried to put me unconscious in the middle of the street. Just for a joke, really. And I’m not a big fan of that. I’ve never gone to sleep in my life, and I never plan to.

“Hopefully it doesn’t happen this Friday, either.”

Spoiler: It didn’t. By “this Friday,” Johns meant his recent TUF 26 Finale appointment with grappling expert Joe Soto, which took place Dec. 1. In fact, not only did Johns manage not to get choked out, but he pulled off a rare calf-slicer submission in a mere 30 seconds.

RelatedTUF 26 Finale results: Brett Johns needs just 30 seconds to finish Joe Soto via calf slicer

But this is now. At the time that the “thug” tried to choke him out in the street, Johns wasn’t quite as well-rounded. So let’s just say things didn’t go as smoothly for the bantamweight.

“I remember just getting really annoyed, so I pushed him,” Johns said. “I remember pushing me to a corner of a wall and beating lumps of me. Those were five or six punches he beat into me. And they all landed flush in the face. And I remember being so embarrassed that I offered him out by the – it was like a monument.

“It was a solider monument from the first World War, and I said, ‘We’ll fight down there.’ Not very respectful, I know.”

Albeit morally questionable, the maneuver was effective.

“I think he fancied his chances because he landed some punches on me,” Johns said. “But I managed to switch the situation. I held him on a rear-naked choke. I was choking him, and I let him up. I managed to catch him with a shot and put him down.

“I remember looking up – after it all finished, the guy didn’t want to carry on after that. And I looked to the sign.”

RelatedEcstatic Brett Johns breaks down rare calf-slicer that finished Joe Soto at TUF 26 Finale

If getting busted by your parents in a situation like this is embarrassing, there has got to be a new word for what Johns experienced next.

“I realized that my great-grandfather was on that monument,” Johns said.

In light of that, Johns thinks he maybe should have taken the scuffle somewhere else. But on the other hand, there’s also the possibility that his great-grandfather would have been proud to see him stand his ground against what was ultimately a bully.

“It’s one of those things: I detest – I think everybody does, but I hate bullies,” Johns said. “I’m not a big fan of bullies.”

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

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

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11 formas de escapar do cem-quilos sem usar força

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Esta semana a Renzo Gracie Online Academy funciona como uma poderosa lanterna contra a escuridão que aflige milhares de praticantes de Jiu-Jitsu quando estão por baixo numa luta, sofrendo o amasso do cem-quilos do oponente. Apavorados, não conseguem enxergar caminhos seguros para escapar da pressão imposta pelo domínio lateral do adversário. A partir desta semana, no entanto, todo esse sofrimento vai passar. Os alunos vão aprender defesas extremamente técnicas e eficientes, ampliando o leque de bloqueios, raciocinando a respeito de cada mecânica defensiva e também sobre o oportunismo para aplicar contra-golpes.

A semana 4 do programa RGOA está organizada da seguinte forma:

  • Onze técnicas de defesa contra o domínio lateral.
  • Ouchi gari: a mecânica de derrubar, atacando com a perna por entre as pernas do oponente.
  • Qualidade de vida: Como harmonizar a sua vida de lutador de Jiu-Jitsu com a vida fora da academia, cheia de cobranças profissionais, pessoais e familiares?
Dia 1: Segunda-feira Aula 1: Saída do cem-quilos com ponte diagonal

O adversário passou a sua guarda e chegou ao domínio lateral? O Mestre Renzo Gracie ensina uma forma para você escapar do sufoco, recorrendo a uma movimentação extremamente simples, a qual você deve praticar sempre que puder, no aquecimento das aulas na academia.

Aula 2: Erros a serem evitados durante a defesa do cem-quilos

Gregor Gracie ensina uma forma básica de repor a guarda quando o adversário alcança o domínio lateral e abraça a sua cabeça impondo pressão. Gregor alerta para diversos equívocos de posicionamento que você deve evitar.

Aula 3: Defesa para o cem-quilos com base trocada

Gregor segue uma dinâmica semelhante à do vídeo anterior, porém, desta vez, o adversário está de base trocada, o que requer alguns ajustes diferentes para viabilizar a reposição de guarda. A lógica no entanto continua a mesma: abrir espaço entre o tronco dos lutadores e infiltrar um joelho por entre esse espaço.

Dia 2: Terça-feira Aula 4: O uso da esgrima para defender o cem-quilos

Gregor Gracie tenta esgrimar o adversário com o braço esquerdo. Isso possibilita que ele encontre espaço para se movimentar lateralmente e girar o corpo. Gregor sai de baixo do oponente, domina suas pernas e inverte o posicionamento caindo por cima.

Aula 5: Defesa do cem-quilos com ida para as costas

Caso o adversário se defenda do contra-ataque, veja uma variação muito eficiente, a qual leva ao domínio das costas do oponente.

Dia 3: Quarta-feira Aula 6: Defesa do cem-quilos com ida para meia-guarda

Quando você busca a esgrima com o braço esquerdo, porém, o adversário o abraça com muito força e não permite que abra espaço para girar o corpo. Veja como você conseguirá espaço para “pescar” a perna do oponente com o pé em forma de gancho e fechar a meia-guarda.

Aula 7:  Variação para a defesa do cem-quilos com ida para a meia-guarda

Você segue a movimentação defensiva ensinada no vídeo anterior, porém, na hora de “pescar” a perna do adversário, ele se afasta e evita o domínio da perna. Gregor mostra uma maneira bastante simples de resolver esse problema, capturando a perna com a mão que está livre.

Aula 8: Lifestyle – Em busca de equilíbrio

Como harmonizar a sua vida de lutador de Jiu-Jitsu com a vida fora da academia, cheia de cobranças profissionais, pessoais e familiares? O faixa-preta Bruno Fernandes tem ótimas dicas. Confira!   

Dia 4: Quinta-feira Aula 9: Defesa da norte-sul indo para o single-leg

Hoje o professor Gregor Gracie considera a possibilidade de o adversário progredir do cem-quilos para a posição norte-sul. Gregor ensina como você deve se antecipar à movimentação do oponente e, na sequência, como você pode contra-atacar.

Aula 10:  Defesa da norte-sul com reposição de guarda

Se o adversário esparramar o peso, bloqueando o contra-ataque ensinado no vídeo anterior, Gregor demonstra uma maneira simples e segura de girar o corpo e repor a guarda.

Dia 5: Sexta-feira Aula 11: Defesa do cem-quilos virando de costas

Caso todas as alternativas estudadas até aqui se revelem inviáveis para a situação que você está vivendo no combate, Gregor Gracie demonstra um plano mais ousado, o qual induz você a se virar rapidamente de costas para o adversário, chegando a ficar com o corpo dobrado (pernas por sobre a cabeça). É assim que você vai encontrar espaço para, com uma brusca fuga dos quadris, repor a guarda.

Aula 12: Variação para a defesa do cem-quilos virando de costas

Se o adversário distribuir bem o peso e conseguir bloquear a movimentação demonstrada no vídeo anterior, Gregor Gracie ainda escapa do domínio lateral, esgrimando um dos braços do oponente e progredindo para as suas costas.

Aula 13: Ouchi gari

Assim como o osoto gari, o ouchi gari também é uma técnica de ashi waza. Porém, desta vez, você vai atacar com a perna por entre as pernas do oponente. Preste atenção num detalhe importante para amplificar a potência da queda.

E a semana 04 se encerra por aqui.

Bons treinos!

Jon Anik and champ Daniel Cormier on the call for UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday

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The broadcasting and reporting crews for this weekend’s UFC on FOX 26 event are set.

FOX Sports officials today told MMAjunkie that play-by-play man Jon Anik and color commentator/current UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will call the action at the Canadian event.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and the main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Anik and Cormier are a frequent pairing on UFC fight nights.

RelatedNext week's UFC on FOX 26 lineup in Winnipeg undergoes slew of changes

Some other familiar faces will be a part of the broadcasting lineup.

Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley and former middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping work as desk analysts, along with lead host Karyn Bryant and reporter Megan Olivi.

The event marks Bisping’s debut on the FOX desk; his past work has been part of the UFC’s FS1 broadcasts.

Additionally, Victor Davila and UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera call the action for FOX Deportes.

UFC on FOX 26 features a 170-pound headliner with two former champs: ex-welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) vs. former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC). Additionally, perennial contender Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) meets late replacement Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the featherweight co-headliner.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator announces plans for July 7 event in Rome

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After hosting four successful events in Italy, Bellator officials are now planning a fight card in the nation’s capital city of Rome.

Bellator execs recently announced plans to host a July 7 event in Rome, marking the promotion’s first visit to the city.

“After the success of our events in Torino and Florence, Italy over the last two years, we knew that it was time to do a show in Rome, a city rooted deep in combat sports history,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated. “The Italian fans have shown their passion for the sport and we look forward to bringing a huge card to Rome next year on July 7.”

As with all 2018 Bellator events, the card will air on the soon-to-launch Paramount Network, a rebrand of the company’s current home on Spike.

Additional details, including a bout card, will be announced shortly.

This past weekend’s Bellator 190 event took place in Florence, where middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) needed just 44 seconds to score a knockout win over Italian challenger Alessio Sakara (19-12 MMA, 2-1 BMMA).

This week, the company is in Newcastle, England, for “Bellator 191: McDonald vs. Ligier,” featuring the promotional debut of former UFC title challengers Michael McDonald (17-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Valerie Letourneau (8-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

For more on upcoming Bellator events, including Bellator 191 and Bellator in Rome, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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McGregor vs. Pacquiao is a terrible idea. Wouldn't it be nice if that alone were enough to stop it?

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Let’s start with something we all (hopefully) agree on: A boxing match between Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao is a terrible idea.

It’s a bad idea not just because it’s bad, but also because it’s dumb and hackneyed, stripped of all novelty, like a ripoff of a parody.

Remember earlier this year when Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps “raced” a computer-generated shark on the Discovery channel? Booking McGregor vs. Pacquiao now would be like trying to run that one back, except this time with a CGI dolphin.

But here’s the problem with the current age of combat sports: As dumb and awful as a fight like that would be right now, how certain can you be that it won’t actually happen?

Personally, I’m hovering at right around 80 percent sure. I’m encouraged by recent developments, such as UFC President Dana White threatening a lawsuit over the reported negotiations between Team McGregor and Team Pacquiao, but I still can’t get all the way to 100 percent positive, or even comfortably into the 90s.

RelatedDana White denies Conor McGregor vs. Manny Pacquiao in works, fires back at Bob Arum

A lot of that is due to what you might call plausibility creep. The last several years have seen a shift in our perception of what’s possible in combat sports. McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather? That didn’t seem realistic until suddenly there it was. A pro wrestler jumping straight into the UFC with zero relevant experience to recommend him for the job? It was laughable until it was real.

It’s not just the UFC, either. Everything about Bellator’s stubbornly popular seniors tour feels like a bad joke that was repeated once too often, until it was finally conjured into being by the dulling force of repetition.

All this has consequences. Professional fighting is an imitative business. The best indicator of what will work is what already has worked in the recent past. This is true for both promoters and fighters.

Witness the shift in UFC fighter attitudes caused by the success of McGregor. Before he came along, the typical goal was to become a champion, then defend the belt again and again. Now it’s to win the belt and immediately go hunting for a huge payday in another division.

RelatedMax Holloway vs. Conor McGregor 2? Don't count on it (for now), Dana White says

For promoters, it’s a constant battle for our attention. If it’s only the outlandish possibilities that get us talking, then those must be the ones worth considering.

And since we accept and even expect that promoters will have no guiding principles that extend beyond the race for the next one-off cash grab, they’re free to live down to our standards. The only excuse they need in order to sell us a certain fight is the possibility that we’ll buy it.

Which brings us back to McGregor-Pacquiao, the combat sports version of the lazy action-movie sequel.

There’s nothing to recommend this fight. We’ve already seen McGregor as a boxer, so that curiosity is satisfied. The longer he stays away from the UFC, the more it seems like he’s holding the lightweight title hostage, and at a time when the division itself is as interesting as ever.

Even the bulb of Pacquiao’s celebrity doesn’t shine as brightly as it used to, making him seem like the copycat kid who shows up at school in whatever he saw the cool kids wearing yesterday.

RelatedConor McGregor vs. Manny Pacquiao opening odds: 'Notorious' (no surprise) is underdog

Still, you can’t say that nobody would watch this fight, which means you can’t say that the powers that be wouldn’t consider making it. Even with all the obstacles, ranging from personal to professional, we’ve reached a point where you can’t just write it off as impossible.

In a bizarre way, the fact that it seems so farfetched now actually makes it slightly more likely, since at least it would qualify as a surprise.

That’s a strange place for the sport to be, and it doesn’t seem like we’ve seen the end of it yet. It seems more like we’re still searching out the new boundaries, waiting to see how far those borders can be pushed until something – whether it’s anger, revulsion, or just indifference – finally pushes back.

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

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Why Brazilian manager Alex Davis is indifferent about Colby Covington's anti-Brazil sentiment

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Colby Covington’s Brazil-bashing routine caused such a stir that even some of his American Top Team stablemates turned on him.

But there’s one ATT member hailing from Brazil who is willing to defend the 170-pound contender: longtime MMA manager Alex Davis.

Davis was in Sao Paulo with many of his athletes when Covington turned his UFC Fight Night 119 meeting with Demian Maia into yet another opportunity to controversially gain attention. Clearly, it worked. And, while Davis finds it unfortunate that negativity seems to work so effectively toward boosting fighters’ names, he also can’t fault the welterweight for using a successful approach.

RelatedAlex Davis: Hype always has been part of fight game – but no need to be jerks about it

“As a member of American Top Team, I had Colby’s back there,” Davis told MMAjunkie Radio. “If anything would have been needed, I would have defended that kid. I like Colby. I don’t have a problem with him. And you know what? Colby went down there on a mission, and he accomplished it. He went there to gain notoriety, and he went there to beat Demian Maia. He did both. …

“I, personally, am kind of in a different position than all my Brazilian teammates – who are kind of upset about it and everything. He’s moving forward. People are talking about it.”

Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) spent all of fight week throwing jabs at Brazil and its “filthy animals,” but things reached a boiling point on fight night. After taking a unanimous decision over Maia, “Chaos” had boos and actual objects thrown his way as he made his way out of the octagon (via Instagram):

Despite an exec’s initial remarks about possible disciplinary action for the fighter, UFC President Dana White was later dismissive. Weeks after the incident, a still-unapologetic Covington traveled to Sydney to fulfill guest fighter duties and saw himself in the middle of a scuffle with Brazilian ex-champ Fabricio Werdum. Brazil seems to have played at least some part in it.

Other than a boomerang thrown his way, Covington’s antics also got him some heat from a few peers – including UFC champion Amanda Nunes and heavyweight vet Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who’s actually managed by Davis.

In fairness, Davis does think Covington takes things “a little too far.” And the manager, who wouldn’t personally say such things about anyone’s country, wishes trash-talking wasn’t such a proven way of getting ahead in the UFC. But, at the end of the day, the game “is what it is” – and Covington is at least backing up his talk.

RelatedBelal Muhammad called out Colby Covington because of ignorant '5th-grade trash-talk'

“It’s the second time he’s been in Brazil. It’s the second time he had things thrown at him and heard that he’s going to die,” Davis said. “So, you know what, put yourself in his position. He went out, won a great fight and then he said, ‘F y’all.’

“I like Colby personally. I don’t have a problem with him. So there’s where I’m at. He’s my teammate. I’m Brazilian-American (Davis was born in Brazil, but lived in the U.S. and comes from an American family), I love my Brazilians, I love my Americans, I’m ATT also, and he’s my teammate.”

To hear from Davis, check out the video above.

And for more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ricardo Lamas, Glover Teixeira and Paul Felder.

Lamas co-headlines Saturday’s UFC on FOX 26 event against replacement Josh Emmett. Teixeira fights Misha Cirkunov at the network-televised event. Fresh off a UFC 218 win, Felder called the action this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 123.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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ONE Championship 66 highlights: Check out this crippling liver shot

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ONE Championship closed out its 2017 campaign this past weekend, and the main card opened with a crippling liver shot.

“ONE Championship 66: Warriors of the World” took place Saturday at Impact Arena in Bangkok, and it streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

In the first main-card bout, featherweight Sagetdao Petpayathai (3-0) scored a first-round win after delivering a quick and precise knee to the liver that crippled Jimmy Yabo (5-6).

RelatedONE Championship 66 results: Alex Silva claims title as undercard dazzles with finishes

Also on the card, Alex Silva (7-1) scored a unanimous-decision victory and dethroned strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito (12-1) in the headliner.

Additionally, teenager Christian Lee (8-1) used a first-round suplex and punches to stop featherweight Kotetsu Boku (26-12-2), and atomweight Rika Ishige stopped Rome Trinidad with a second-round rear-naked choke.

Check out all of the highlights above.

And for more on ONE Championship 66, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA announces 3 events, 4 fights, 3 title bouts for January

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LFA is coming out strong in the new year.

Officials recently announced three events, including the headliners, for January.

LFA 30 takes place Jan. 12 at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., LFA 31 is set for Jan. 19 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, and LFA 32 closes out the month on Jan. 26 at Golden Nugget Lake Charles in Lake Charles, La.

All of the events air on AXS TV.

RelatedLFA 28 results: Damon Jackson chokes out Luis Luna in grudge match

At LFA 30, Curtis Millender (13-3) and Nick Barnes (12-2) – both former LFA headliners and both veterans of the Southern California scene – meet in a welterweight clash. Millender, a former Bellator fighter, carries a five-fight winning streak into his bout with Barnes, a Bellator and RFA vet who’s on a 3-1 run.

At LFA 31, Bobby Moffett (10-2) meets Thanh Le (7-1) for the organization’s interim featherweight title. Moffett, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with six submissions in 10 career wins, meets Le, a striker with six knockouts in seven career wins, which included a DWCS 2 victory over Lazar Stojadinovic.

Two titles are on the line at LFA 32. Brendan Allen (8-2), who fell short in an LFA title fight with now-UFC fighter Eryk Anders in June, meets undefeated guillotine specialist Anthony Hernandez (5-0) for the vacant middleweight title. Additionally, the inaugural light-heavyweight champion will be determined in the co-main event when former UFC fighter Alex Nicholson (10-4) takes on proven finisher Ryan Spann (12-5).

For the latest on LFA 30, LFA 31 and LFA 32, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Frankie Saenz on narrow win over Merab Dvalishvili: 'In the future, watch out for that guy'

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Frankie Saenz left Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123 event with a much-needed win and a warning about opponent Merab Dvalishvili.

“In the future, watch out for that guy,” Saenz told MMAjunkie.

In a preliminary-card bout that aired on FS1 from Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., Saenz (11-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) squeaked by promotional newcomer Dvalishvili (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with a narrow split-decision victory.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 123 results: Frankie Saenz outworks Merab Dvalishvili for split decision

According to MMADecisions.com, it was a difficult fight to score. Media members registered tallies that ranged from 30-27 for Saenz to 30-27 for Dvalishvili. Ultimately, though, Saenz got the win with official 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 tallies.

Once a top bantamweight prospect, Saenz was stuck in a three-fight skid before his close win over Dvalishvili, a native of the country of Georgia who now trains with Team Serra Longo in New York. Saenz, a 37-year-old former KOTC champion, got his first victory since August 2015, and he endured three hard-fought rounds at UFC Fight Night 123 to get it.

Afterward, he raved about Dvalishvili, who entered the fight as nearly a 2-1 favorite and overcame a nasty and bloody head gash to keep the pressure on.

“Tough dude, man,” Saenz said. “He’s got a great career ahead of him, that’s for sure. … I hit him with a lot of shots, but in this game, everyone is tough.

“I hit him with a few, and he bounced back. He kept coming. He kept coming. That says a lot.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 123 post-event facts: Brian Ortega proving to be one of UFC's best finishers

Before the win over Dvalishvili, Saenz lost to Augusto Mendes via split decision but earned “Fight of the Night” honors. Before that, he tested himself against some elite 135-pounders – Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland – and came up short. Now in his late 30s, he knows he has only so many years of fighting left ahead of him, but with a victory in the final fight of his current contract, he’s got some new life.

So, what’s next?

“Christmas with my family,” he said. “That’s what I’m thinking about right now.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Scott Holtzman: I owe ref Mike Beltran a beer after 'choice words' about weird standups

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FRESNO, Calif. – Scott Holtzman had his reasons to be upset at referee Mike Beltran on Saturday. But in hindsight, the fighter thinks he could have gone about it a different way.

Holtzman (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) walked out of UFC Fight Night 123 with a clean sweep on the judges’ scorecards. Officially, getting the victory meant overcoming Darrel Horcher (13-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), but there was someone else in that cage who didn’t seem to be making things much easier for the lightweight.

It was clear during the bout that Holtzman wasn’t very happy with the times Beltran stood up the fighters. And he wasn’t alone. Twitter’s choice of words for the standups went anywhere from “bizarre” to “bogus,” but the gist of it was pretty much the same.

A sampling:

Despite Mike Beltran's bizarre standups for no reason, Holtzman should have this handily. 30-27 in my book @MMADecisions #UFCFresno

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) December 10, 2017

Mike Beltran doesn’t give a fuck about your takedowns… #UFCFresno

— MiddleEasy (@MiddleEasy) December 10, 2017

Mike Beltran was an absolutely horrific referee last night. Stand up from passing to mount? Did he have money on Darrell Horcher or something?

— Petey (@PeteyandJia) December 10, 2017

Mike Beltran is usually one of the better refs out there. Not his best performance there.

— Dave Doyle (@davedoylemma) December 10, 2017

What the fuck is Beltran standing them up for?!?! @HotSauceHoltzy had the dude fucking mounted!!

— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) December 10, 2017

If I am Scott Holtzman, I would not want Mike Beltran being assigned as a referee for any of his future fights

— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) December 10, 2017

Holtzman apparently wasn’t entirely off-base. But, still, he said he perhaps could have taken a classier route to the whole thing.

“I owe Mike a beer, I think,” Holtzman said. “I gave him the business a couple of times – gave him some choice words. You get caught up in the heat of the moment. But, man, he’s telling us to work on the ground. I’m hitting the guy in the face. I don’t know what else he wants us to do.

“If I’m dominant, if I can hold him and hit him at the same time. That’s called work to me. That’s called dominating. And then that one time that I stepped into mount, and he already had his mind made up that he was going to stand us up.

“I gave him the business that time and told him he messed up. I told him after the fight too. I shouldn’t have said some of that. You don’t want to embarrass the referee, and I’ll keep some of that stuff between he and I. But I got caught up in the heat of the moment, and I have to apologize to him for that.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 123 results: Scott Holtzman dominates Darrell Horcher en route to unanimous decision

It may not have been all smooth sailing, but Holtzman managed. He’s now two fights removed from his last loss, a decision to Josh Emmet at UFC on FOX 22 last December, and he managed to put together his first winning streak since joining the UFC in 2015.

Holtzman has needed the judges’ scorecards in his past five fights – wins and losses included. Even his sole finish in the octagon – a submission win over Tony Christodoulou in Holtzman’s debut – didn’t happen until the second half of the final round. So now that he’s got some momentum, it’s time for another goal.

“We need to get some finishes, man,” Holtzman said. “It’s no secret. I’m a smart guy. I know what it takes. So they’re coming, I promise.”

For Holtzman, a good place to start would be UFC on FOX 27, set for Jan. 27 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. As for possible competition, Holtzman doesn’t have any outlandish requests. In fact, he’s heard that Charlotte’s own Jordan Rinaldi, who’s 1-1 in the UFC after a submission win in August, needs a dancing partner.

“That’s a home town fight for me,” Holtzman said. “If he needs an opponent, let’s get in there and throw some leather, baby.”

To hear from Holtzman, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Cub Swanson says he 'panicked' from Brian Ortega's choke: 'I felt like I was going to die'

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FRESNO, Calif. – Aside from potentially contracting an illness from a baby a day before his fight, Cub Swanson thinks things were going pretty well against Brian Ortega prior to his submission loss in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123 headliner.

Naturally Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) was disappointed he had to tap out in the second round of the FS1-televised featherweight main event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. However, he struggled to be too critical of his performance against Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC).

“I felt like I was picking him apart, getting my flow from the (start),” Swanson told MMAjunkie. “I was figuring him out. I thought it was one of my best performances until getting caught. … I was landing big body shots, big leg kicks. Everything I wanted to execute I was doing. I felt great, and I messed up.”

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Swanson entered the headliner on a four-fight winning streak at 145 pounds and was looking to earn a title shot. It was also the final fight on his current UFC contract, and he said hopes to strike a new deal. UFC President Dana White said he wants to keep him around.

Although the fight was a setback, Swanson gave credit to Ortega for putting him in a guillotine he couldn’t escape.

“It crushed my head, and it’s like my neck just flared up, and I panicked,” Swanson said. “I felt like I was going to die.”

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Swanson’s loss marked the first time in his UFC career he’s fallen short against someone who hasn’t challenged for or held a UFC title. Reigning champ Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar and Ricardo Lamas are the only others to get the best of Swanson inside the octagon, and though Ortega joined that list, the veteran still thinks “T-City” can get better.

“I think he’s still got some work to do, but obviously all the tools are there because you can’t teach poise and determination,” Swanson said. “He’s got that. That’s why he’s undefeated. That’s why he’s come from behind all of his fights.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Felipe Preguiça: três finalizações, um cinturão e muitas lições em Moscou

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Preguiça finalizou Lucas Hulk e um astro local para brilhar novamente em evento russo de Jiu-Jitsu. Foto: DIvulgação

A temporada de Felipe Pena, o Preguiça, foi quase perfeita no segundo semestre. Após ser campeão de quase todos os campeonatos que participou, com destaque para o título do absoluto do ADCC, maior evento de luta agarrada do planeta, em setembro, agora o faixa-preta de Jiu-Jitsu fechou o ano em grande estilo.

Campeão do torneio com kimono do Absolute Championship Berkut Jiu-Jitsu (ACBJJ), Preguiça lutou no último sábado, 9 de dezembro, em Moscou, na Rússia, em busca de seu segundo cinturão do evento. Desta vez, o evento foi o GP sem kimono na categoria até 95kg, que Felipe venceu da melhor maneira possível: finalizou todos os seus três adversários. Preguiça comentou cada vitória em detalhes:

“A primeira vitória foi contra o Gutemberg Pereira, que finalizei na chave de panturrilha – ainda ganhei o bônus de finalização da noite por esta chave”, contou Preguiça. “Treinei bastante essa finalização e sabia que conseguiria aplicar em alguma das lutas do torneio. Na segunda luta, enfrentei o Lucas “Hulk”, da Atos. Nunca tinha lutado contra ele. Consegui finalizá-lo na guilhotina, no segundo round. Na final enfrentei o russo Abdurakhman Bilarov, que estava muito bem, já tinha finalizado o Erberth Santos e o Jackson Sousa do outro lado da chave. Mas também o peguei na guilhotina”.

Além do título e do bônus pela finalização mais bonita do evento, o faixa-preta formado pela Gracie Barra BH teve mais motivos para celebrar: ele não sofreu nenhum ponto no torneio.

“Estava muito bem preparado e me senti muito bem, estava com o condicionamento físico em dia. Não poderia ter sido melhor. Treinei muito e, graças a Deus, deu tudo certo e fechei o ano como queria, com chave de ouro”, concluiu Preguiça.

Dana White: 'Unbelievable' Brian Ortega won't get UFC title shot before Frankie Edgar

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FRESNO, Calif. – UFC President Dana White is very high on Brian Ortega’s potential following a submission win over Cub Swanson in UFC Fight Night 123’s main event – just not high enough to give him a title shot.

Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) earned his biggest win to date on Saturday when he submitted Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) with a second-round guillotine of their featherweight headliner, which took place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. With five straight UFC wins, all by stoppage, “T-City” got himself noticed by the UFC boss.

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“Without a doubt, this kid’s obviously the future,” White told MMAjunkie following UFC Fight Night 123. “Cub Swanson looked incredible tonight. … The problem is, this Ortega kid, if he even puts his hands on you man – and he had him in the first round, and I’ve never seen a guy up in a guillotine choke like that and lets go, repositions his hands, and gets the choke. Against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt too. Unbelievable. Incredible performance that definitely puts this kid on the map.”

Ortega is on the map, but he won’t be fighting for the belt next, White confirmed. That honor goes to former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC), who was forced to pull out of a scheduled UFC 218 title fight with champ Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) earlier this month.

Edgar was also in attendance at UFC Fight Night 123 and told MMAjunkie he’s on the verge of being cleared for competition and could fight Holloway as soon as March. A number of things could happen to alter those plans, but as of now, White said Holloway vs. Edgar is the next 145-pound title fight.

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“There’s no way that Ortega jumps over Frankie,” White said. “Definitely not. … It all depends on timing. When do we fight again? Who’s ready? Who’s not?

“But yeah, Frankie definitely seems like the No. 1 contender.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Roberto Godoi ensina ataque duplo do crucifixo no Jiu-Jitsu

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Conhecido professor e competidor ferrenho, nosso GMI Roberto Godoi, líder da G13BJJ, tem na manga incontáveis truques para aprimorar o Jiu-Jitsu de sua legião de alunos. Vez ou outra, o professor solta uma dessas pérolas, e a de hoje veio especialmente para você, amigo leitor de GRACIEMAG.

Na aula, realizada em mais uma de suas inúmeras filiais, Godoi mostra como atacar o adversário que tenta se proteger na posição de quatro apoios. Para tal, o professor abre espaço com o joelho e envolve o braço oposto do inimigo, para dar o rolamento e sair com o crucifixo encaixado. De lá, o professor mostra dois ataques: ou finaliza na gola, ou usa o braço preso no crucifixo para fazer a alavanca e finalizar com uma torção.

Ficou curioso? Confira a posição no vídeo abaixo com a aula detalhada do nosso GMI Roberto Godoi!

Trading Shots: Dana White isn't mad at Georges St-Pierre, but what about fans?

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Did Georges St-Pierre do a disservice to fans, fellow fighters, or the UFC when he relinquished his middleweight title without a fight? Would the answer change if a less popular fighter pulled the same maneuver? MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss in this week’s Trading Shots.

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Fowlkes: Georges St-Pierre is no longer the UFC middleweight champion after a little more than a month with the belt, Danny. And UFC President Dana White? He’s not mad at all. No way. In fact, he knew this would happen.

So when he said just a couple weeks ago that he’d be “super pissed” if it happened? Nah, he didn’t mean it.

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I have a couple questions here. For one, if this was indeed the outcome White expected, that GSP would not even attempt to defend the middleweight title upon winning it, does he deserve some criticism for making the fight in the first place, since this very foreseeable outcome has now disrupted the lineage of the 185-pound championship?

But more importantly, what should fans make of GSP now? He’s got an out in the form of his ulcerative colitis diagnosis, but even before that he didn’t seem thrilled about defending this belt. And if he wanted to wait, get healthy, and then defend, you know the UFC would let him.

Sure seems like he picked the easiest path he could find (which is not to say it was an easy fight) to a second UFC title and a big payday, and then he bolted once he got what he wanted.

If this were almost anyone else who skipped the line, nabbed a belt, and then fled like a thief in the night before the actual contenders could get a crack, seems like MMA fans would be all over them. Why isn’t that happening here? And should it?

Downes: The holidays must have you frazzled, Ben. You’re all over the place today. Let’s try to unpack all these questions one at a time.

As usual, you make an assertion with little evidence. Who says GSP played anyone (other than fans)? I believe White when he says that he saw this coming. As for why he said he’d be “super pissed” in the lead up to the fight, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but promoters lie.

By saying that he’d put the pressure on GSP to defend the middleweight title if he beat Michael Bisping, he avoided a PR problem that would hurt his pay-per-view buys. Even though most of us were skeptical that GSP would defend the belt, there was still the possibility. If White admitted he thought this was going to happen in the build up, it would have overshadowed the entire fight.

As far as the “lineage of the 185-pound championship” is concerned, I think a lot of this relates to our discussion last week. Sanctity might be too strong of a word, but UFC titles don’t have the same weight they once did. They’re thrown around haphazardly like the term “for a limited time only.”

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Even the idea of a two-division champion seems blasé now. GSP may not have had his titles in as close succession as Conor McGregor, but his win was still a major accomplishment, even though fans and media welcomed this feat with indifference. Part of that has to do with the disrespect people have for Bisping, but the response was still tepid.

Having said that, I do think fans should be mad at the UFC and GSP. They were sold a bunch of wolf tickets. GSP had no intention of defending the middleweight title, and the UFC knew it. They colluded together to sell PPVs. Even though this is a regular occurrence in the combat-sports world, we should still be outraged when it happens.

What about you? I know you always have room in your heart to hate on the UFC brass, but can you find some room for some GSP anger? A conspiracy to defraud requires two parties. Do you find GSP guilty, or is he too “classy” to be mad at?

Fowlkes: So your theory is that White and GSP had this planned all along, but lied to us about in order to sell PPVs, and now that the money’s all in the bank, the final phase of the plan is to admit that it was all a ruse? Brilliant. Right up there with the villain explaining his whole evil scheme before leaving the hero alone to die in a cave that’s slowly filling up with water.

Here’s the rare instance in which I almost believe White. You know, to an extent. Like, when he says he put Robert Whittaker in GSP’s contract because he knew St-Pierre wouldn’t want to defend the belt after winning it? That I believe. When he says he knew it would go down this way from the very start and now he doesn’t even mind? That I don’t.

If he’d known all that, there would have been no point in trying to pressure GSP with the threat of his rage just a couple weeks ago. And if the plan is to promote him in another one-off money fight whenever he’s healthy enough, it would be pointless to de-promote him now by making him sound like a hit-and-run mercenary who’s scared of the actual middleweights.

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What I think is the UFC really wanted GSP to defend this belt but feared he wouldn’t, which is why it tried, in whatever ways available, to ensure that he would. But even if White suspected that St-Pierre might find a way out of it, he didn’t much care because he was too focused on the short-term gain to think about the longterm repercussions. And honestly, that’s been the UFC in a nutshell for the last several years.

As for GSP, the goodwill he’s built up with fans is one reason they’re not coming down hard on him. The colitis excuse is another, since who’s going to tell a fighter that he’s obligated to risk his health any more than he already has for the sake of our entertainment?

There’s also the fact that his win is still so fresh. Contrary to your claims about it being “tepid,” GSP’s win over Bisping might have cemented him as the consensus GOAT of his era, especially when you factor in Anderson Silva’s second doping fail and Fedor Emelianenko’s continued descent into cautionary tale.

St-Pierre came back after four years and choked out the champion in a weight class above his. Now he’s acting like he wants to ride off into the sunset, which is something we can never seem to convince our heroes to do in this sport, so who’s going to demand that he stay and get beat up some more?

Plus, promoters have been getting over on fighters since the dawn of combat sports. There’s something satisfying about seeing it go the other way. And if the UFC doesn’t care about guarding the legitimacy of its titles, why should the fighters feel obligated to do it?

I mean, sure, now Whittaker will never get the chance to truly unify that title. But why is that GSP’s problem? Seems to me he learned the lessons of this business well, and then put them to work for his own interests. Maybe because it’s so uncommon to see a fighter pull that off, I just can’t get mad at him for it.

Downes: You just performed a lot of rhetorical jiu-jitsu to simply say “fighters don’t owe fans anything.” That’s a perfectly fine position to take. One I even support to a certain extent. At the same time, though, you have to acknowledge a graft when you see one.

You’re making the mistake of viewing MMA as a bilateral relationship – one that simply occurs between fighters and promoters. Promoters exploit fighters, so seeing a fighter “getting over” on a promoter is a welcome change to you.

What you forget is that MMA is what the French-Canadians would call a “ménage à trois.” A “household of three” if you will. And within this household, there are certain agreements that are agreed upon. Thomas Hobbes would refer to it as a social contract. Chief among these agreements is that you don’t defraud fans of their money.

I draw a line between embellishments/exaggerations and straight-up lies. GSP entered into his agreement with the public in bad faith. We all understand why he chose Bisping. We all know why he wants to take some time off (colitis aside). Just because we understand all these things doesn’t mean he should get a pass.

I agree he’s built goodwill up through the years, and that accounts for the lack of outrage. I would also argue that indifference is a major contributor too. Hardcore fans are so inundated with content that it’s difficult for them to focus on any one fighter when there’s an event every week. Casual fans who care about big names like GSP are indifferent to the day-to-day operations of the UFC, so they couldn’t care less about the middleweight title implications.

I guess I’m surprised at how nonchalant you seem to be about the whole ordeal. You’re always looking for something to be outraged by, yet you seem unfazed. Scam is too strong of a term, but can’t you admit that we were sold a bill of goods?

As far as MMA scandals are concerned, GSP getting a title shot and dropping it immediately is a minor one. I mean, it’s not like he’s refusing to defend his belt to go fight Miguel Cotto. At the same time, giving him (and the UFC) a total pass will embolden this type of behavior even more.

The next time St-Pierre makes a promise to fans, we should be more skeptical. We should distrust all future statements a little more than we did a few moths ago. And he just can’t get mad at us for it.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Danny Downes, a retired UFC and WEC fighter, is an MMAjunkie contributor who has also written for UFC.com and UFC 360. Follow them on twitter at @benfowlkesMMA and @dannyboydownes.


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Alex Perez wasn't happy to have his UFC-Fresno bout moved to 135: 'At least make it a catchweight'

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FRESNO, Calif. – UFC newcomer Alex Perez made sure to enter his new home on the right foot after cruising past Carls John de Tomas en route to a second-round choke at UFC Fight Night 123.

As far as coming out victorious of the bantamweight bout in his backyard goes, Perez (19-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is on cloud nine. But here’s the thing: Perez is a flyweight. And, after taking steps to make sure he hit the 125-pound mark on the scale, that’s the division in which he expected to meet de Tomas (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on Saturday.

On Thursday, though, that changed. Upon hearing of de Tomas’ issues getting the weight down, the UFC and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) thought it would be best to move the fight up a class. After Perez signed off on it, the decision was made official.

Perez said he was basically given two options: “Either fight, or don’t get paid.” And considering a 10-week camp had gone into it, he went with the first choice. But he wasn’t exactly happy about it.

“I was kind of mad,” Perez told MMAjunkie backstage at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. “ CSAC doesn’t know how much it costs to get a nutritionist. I pay a nutritionist to help me get down the weight. That’s money out of my pocket. And then to tell me the week of that he can’t make it? They need to do a better job at checking.

“I came in at at 139 (pounds). The morning they told me, I was 137. An 11-pound cut to 125 does nothing – still eating three to four times a day, drinking a gallon, a gallon-and-a-half of water. They’re punishing the guy that did their job, and I felt like it was unfair. I didn’t get no percentage to move to a weight class up. He came in a lot bigger than me. I came in at 143, (and) we ate a lot last night.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 123 results: Alex Perez makes easy work of Carls John de Tomas for tap in second

This year, the CSAC approved a 10-point plan that aims to discourage extreme weigh-cutting. This includes monitoring the fighters’ weight ahead of fight week.

When he confirmed the division switch to MMAjunkie, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky said both the promotion and the commission felt it was “in the best interest of the athletes.”

Novitzky didn’t disclose the weight de Tomas was by the time they made the call. It was the fighter’s second time dealing with weight issues: in June, he came in at 131 pounds for a UFC Fight Night 111 flyweight meeting.

The idea of the plan is, of course, to preserve the fighters’ safety. But Perez said that there was one person whose health didn’t seem to have been taken into account on Saturday.

“It felt like they weren’t worried about my safety,” Perez said. “They were worried about the other guy’s safety, but they weren’t worried about my safety. I could have got really hurt if the guy were to connect or something. He might have come in above 160. Who knows? …

“I don’t think it was fair. At least make it a catchweight. I did my work outside of camp, and I got down. It’s not my fault that he got sick. Whatever happened on him, that’s on him. I didn’t get nothing out of it. The guy actually got something out of it: He actually got to be healthy.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 123 video highlight: Alex Perez chokes out Carls John de Tomas

In any case, the size difference was no issue when Perez sunk in the fight-ending D’Arce choke. At 25, he continued to impress after the submission that caught the UFC rresident’s eye at Dana White’s Contender Series 5 back in August.

All in all, fight-week stress aside, Perez is in a good place.

“It’s amazing,” Perez said. “It was destined to be. I got signed, also them having a show in Fresno. It couldn’t be any better.”

To hear more from Perez, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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With fear of being cut, Andre Soukhamthath 'took matters into my own hands' at UFC-Fresno

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FRESNO, Calif. – Andre Soukhamthath wasn’t going to give up his UFC roster spot easily, and he ensured at least one more octagon appearance with a crucial victory on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 123.

Soukhamthath’s (12-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) UFC start was a nightmare scenario. He lost back-to-back split decisions in fights that could have easily gone his direction. He admitted he feared a release was just around the corner, but then opportunity came knocking.

Less than two weeks out from UFC Fight Night 123, which took place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, Bryan Caraway suffered an injury, and Soukhamthath was slid in as the short-notice replacement against Luke Sanders (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Although Soukhamthath was a sizable underdog, he found a way to get the win by second-round TKO over a 3-1 favorite.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 123 results: Andre Soukhamthath TKOs Luke Sanders in second for first UFC win

“I took this fight on two weeks’ notice, and I knew he had a full camp,” Soukhamthath told MMAjunkie post-fight. “Me and my coaches knew he was planning on coming out hard, and he did. But I know how tough I am and how good my chin is and how good my wrestling defense is. I just weathered the storm, and I literally put all my energy into one punch, and it worked.”

Soukhamthath said he’s “extremely blessed” to get a third UFC showing after the disappointment of his first two. Split-decision losses to Alejandro Perez and Albert Morales as UFC Fight Night 114 and UFC 209 should have gone his way, but that wasn’t the case, he said.

Soukhamthath easily could have sat around and prayed the UFC gave him a third shot, perhaps in a favorable matchup, but instead he decided to take control of his own fate. He jumped at the chance to fight on short notice and said there was no one who could prevent him from achieving his goal.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 123 video highlight: Andre Soukhamthath TKOs Luke Sanders

Now that he’s in the UFC win column, Soukhamthath said he wants to keep the balling rolling. UFC fight cards are full for the next months, but if Soukhamthath can get booked quickly, or another replacement opportunity comes up, he said he would be all over it.

“The past is the past,” he said. “I saw an opportunity to take this fight on short notice. I would rather take matters into my own hands. Rather than (having UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby and the UFC cutting me after two losses, I took this opportunity and saved myself. I think I did that. I think I saved my job.”

“I already missed Thanksgiving,” Soukhamthath added. “I’ll miss Christmas and New Year’s, too. Put me in there in January. I’m in.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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