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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Walt Harris and Tywan Claxton.

Harris was disqualified after hitting fellow heavyweight Mark Godbeer with an illegal kick at UFC 217 on Saturday. Claxton scored a highlight-reel flying-knee knockout a night prior at Bellator 186.

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

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Aprenda com a primeira aula de Roberto Gordo na GMI Start BJJ

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Gordo ensinou seus melhores truques na GMI Start BJJ. Foto: Reprodução

Depois de longa temporada em Abu Dhabi, Roberto “Gordo” Correa chegou à Flórida com a missão de ensinar o seu fino Jiu-Jitsu na nossa GMI Start BJJ.

A academia, tocada por Rafael “Gordinho”, já estava em plena atividade, mas a chegada do popularizador da meia-guarda promete dar ainda mais refino ao ensino do Jiu-Jitsu em Pembroke Pines.

Para sua aula de estreia no dojô, Gordo contou com a presença de Zé Mario Sperry, célebre campeão mundial absoluto em 1998 formado por Carlson Gracie, além de um exército de alunos, famintos para aprender as artimanhas de Gordo.

No vídeo, você confere a primeira aula do professor na nova academia. Veja e visite nosso catálogo GMI, com algumas das melhores academias de Jiu-Jitsu do Brasil e do mundo.

Fired-up James Vick pleads for ranked opponent, but 'can't put a gun to a guy's head'

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NEW YORK – James Vick is sick and tired of begging for ranked competition and hopes his impressive second-round TKO win over Joseph Duffy at UFC 217 will finally get him where he wants to be in the lightweight division.

Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) picked up his eighth victory in a nine-fight UFC career on Saturday when he became the first to stop Duffy (17-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with strikes. It was another solid performance, and having competed in the featured preliminary-bout prior to the pay-per-view main card at Madison Square Garden in New York, Vick hopes he’s finally put the division on notice.

“What else can I do?” Vick said following his win. “That was my third finish in a row, against a high-level opponent. That was the first time Joe Duffy’s ever been knocked out, and he had 18 professional fights. I better have got some attention.”

RelatedUFC 217 results: James Vick keeps rolling, TKOs Joseph Duffy with 1 tick left in second

Vick knows that in the current UFC landscape, winning alone isn’t enough. He’s also aware that calling his shot is an important part of the game, and Vick came prepared to let the world know what he wants next.

Not only did Vick name the winner of next weekend’s UFC Fight Night 120 main event between Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) as his preferred next opponent, but he targeted the headlining spot of the recently announced UFC Fight Night 126 card on Feb. 18 in Austin as his preferred date and location.

“I’ll get on the card, but what I want is that main-event spot,” Vick said. “I’m 8-1. That’s one of the highest winning percentages in the UFC. It’s time to move forward now. I’m 30 years old. My goal is to be a world champion now. How many Joe Duffys do I have to beat?

“I want the winner of next week, Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier. I don’t want to shoot too low with a No. 3 guy that I’m not going to get, but Pettis or Poirier is ranked No. 8 in the world. Whoever wins is going to take that. So yeah, whoever wins that I want. The timeframe is perfect. Give them a couple weeks to heal up and get in camp.”

RelatedUFC 217 post-event facts: Record set as 3 new champs crowned in historic night

Although Vick is pushing for a big-fight opportunity, he said he’s been left disappointed before. Vick said he thinks UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby is doing his best to get him marquee fights, but there’s an issue finding willing opposition.

After beating a name like Duffy, he said he hopes that finally changes.

“Sean has been very good to me recently,” Vick said. “He tried as hard as he could to get a ranked guy, but they don’t want to fight me. They literally do not want to fight me. You can’t put a gun to a guy’s head.

“The thing is I’m in the high-risk, low-reward category right now. So I want to put myself into the high-reward category by making my name bigger. I’m doing my part, so hopefully the UFC, they’ve helped me recently in giving me a good push, and hopefully they continue to do so.”

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Opponent switch: Eryk Anders meets LFA champ Markus Perez at UFC Fight Night 123

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Eryk Anders will go from fighting one UFC newcomer to another when he makes his return to the octagon at UFC Fight Night 123.

Anders (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) announced on Sunday that John Phillips (21-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of their scheduled middleweight bout at the December event. He now fights another promotional newcomer and now-former LFA middleweight champion: Markus Perez (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

The switch was revealed on Anders’ social media (via Instagram):

“Got a new opponent for #ufcfightnight in #Fresno, Ca. I️ will be welcoming Markus Pérez to the UFC. His style makes for an interesting matchup #punchface”

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Anders made a successful UFC debut in July, when he quickly put away now-retired UFC veteran Rafael Natal with a first-round knockout at UFC on FOX 25. The unbeaten 30-year-old, who won a national title with the University of Alabama football team in 2009, has earned seven of his nine career victories by stoppage.

He welcomes Perez to the UFC in what will be a battle of unbeatens. The 27-year-old Brazilian last competed at LFA 22 in September, when he earned a first-round submission win over Ian Heinisch to remain undefeated and claim the vacant LFA middleweight title.

The nature of Phillips’ withdrawal from the event is unknown at this time.

The latest UFC Fight Night 123 lineup now includes:

  • Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Eryk Anders vs. Markus Perez
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Frankie Saenz
  • Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Rani Yahya

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


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Ricardo Ramos: UFC 217 spinning elbow knockout of Aiemann Zahabi my hardest hit ever

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NEW YORK – UFC bantamweight Ricardo Ramos didn’t bring out his spinning (expletive) for Aiemann Zahabi. But when Zahabi started to pressure him, he was ready to let it go.

“It was not something I was planning especially for him, but that’s something that we train a lot,” Ramos told MMAjunkie backstage after a highlight-reel knockout of Zahabi in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed opener at UFC 217. “I had some secret weapons for him, and I always have these weapons.

“When Aiemann is pressuring, he attacks, and that’s what happened.”

RelatedWatch Ricardo Ramos' insane spinning elbow KO at UFC 217

Zahabi (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had availed himself relatively well in rounds one and two, cutting off many of Ramos’ unconventional attacks with straight counters of his own. Although he appeared to be struggling to stay mobile, his feet flat-footed, he sent Ramos (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) reeling backward in the third and final frame.

The spinning elbow that sent Zahabi unconscious to the mat surprised just about everyone at Madison Square Garden. That includes Ramos.

Asked whether his fight-ending strike was the hardest he’d ever hit a man, he let out a squeal of joy.

“This was the hardest,” Ramos said.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Horiguchi-Oliveira, McCall-Kape among tourney bouts set for Rizin FF 8 on Dec. 29

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The quarterfinal-round matchups are set for Rizin FF’s bantamweight tournament.

Officials announced the four pairings on Sunday.

The quarterfinals of the yearlong tournament take place at Rizin FF 8. The event, which streams as an online pay-per-view in North America, takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The semifinals and tournament conclusion take place two days later at Rizin FF 9, which is slated for the same venue.

On one side of the bracket, former UFC flyweight title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi (20-2), who recently knocked out Hideo Tokoro, meets undefeated Gabriel Oliveira (10-0), who’s fresh off a highlight-reel knockout of Tatsuya Kawajiri. Additionally, UFC vet Ian McCall (13-5-1), who fights for the first time since a six-bout UFC run, meets Portugal’s Manel Kape (7-1) in the other bout.

RelatedIan McCall on Rizin signing, desire to stomp Manel Kape's head

The other side of the bracket features DEEP bantamweight champ Takafumi Otsuka (23-12-1) vs. undefeated German Khalid Taha (11-0) and King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari (23-6-4) vs. Frenchman Kevin Petshi (13-3).

The tourney-reserve bout, which features Anthony Birchak (13-5) vs. Jae Hoon Moon (9-10), is slated for Rizin FF 8. Light heavyweights Karl Albrektsson (6-1) vs. Jiri Prochazka (18-3-1) are also slated to fight, likely at Rizin FF 8.

The latest Rizin FF 8 card includes:

  • Manel Kape vs. Ian McCall – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket A)
  • Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Gabriel Oliveira – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket A)
  • Takafumi Otsuka vs. Khalid Taha – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket B)
  • Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Kevin Petshi – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket B)
  • Anthony Birchak vs. Jae Hoon Moon – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal reserve bout
  • Karl Albrektsson vs. Jiri Prochazka

For more on Rizin FF 8 and Rizin FF 9, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Saad Awad looking for more respect after 15th Bellator fight, knockout of Freeman

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Fifteen fights into his Bellator career, lightweight Saad Awad has grown a little tired of being just another fighter.

After a first-round knockout of Zach Freeman (9-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) to open the Bellator 186 main card this past Friday, Awad (21-9 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) said he’s ready for a step up in competition – for a little respect.

“I kind of do feel (I don’t get enough respect),” Awad told MMAjunkie. “I don’t have a big following. I know people know who I am – but more of the hardcore fans. I just think it would be nice to be out there more. When you’re the first fight on the (main) card, they don’t really promote you, which I understand. You promote the main event and the co-main event. I don’t usually get much promotion. But it’s my 15th fight in Bellator, and I think it’s the first time (I was at a post-fight news conference).”

Bellator 186 took place Friday at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. The main card aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

One of the problems for Awad may be that when he’s gone up against Bellator’s higher-level lightweights, he hasn’t typically come out on top.

His resume features losses to Brennan Ward, Derek Anderson, David Rickels, Patricky Freire and Will Brooks, though his loss to Brooks came eight months after he knocked him out in 43 seconds.

But Freeman was coming off a brilliant submission of highly touted prospect Aaron Pico, and it gave Awad two wins in a row. Was it enough to start getting the respect he’s seeking?

Check out the video above for more from Awad after Bellator 186.

And for complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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'Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight' S2E4: Merab Dvalishvili's 15-second KO

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“Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” is back with its fourth episode of the second season, which now can be watched in its entirety.

White, who hosts the series with former UFC champion Matt Serra and MMA vet Din Thomas, uses the show to search for future UFC talent, though there are plenty of pitstops along the way.

In the fourth episode of Season 2, Gian Villante steps in for Thomas as the guys hit New York City. They celebrate Serra’s birthday while taking batting practice with the New York Mets (with special guests Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum), do a ride-along with the New York Police Department, dance with the Rockettes and grab a New York slice.

The guys also visit nearby New Jersey, where they check out Serra protege and featherweight James Gonzalez at Ring of Combat 59. They also watch a fight between Roufusport fighter Raufeon Stots and Serra student Merab Dvalishvili, who got a quick win to earn himself a UFC contract.

Check it out above.

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

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Jiu-Jitsu: Georges St-Pierre e o mata-leão que apagou Bisping no UFC 217

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Em noite de gala no UFC 217, realizado no último sábado, no Madison Square Garden, em Nova York, Georges St-Pierre voltou para o octógono com o pé direito. Após quase 4 anos longe dos cages, o canadense ex-campeão dos meio-médios fez o seu retorno contra Michael Bisping, em combate que valeu o cinturão dos médios, e o Jiu-Jitsu forte do pupilo de Renzo Gracie e Matt Serra foi posto em prática.

No duelo, GSP começou com o controle do centro do cage. Algumas trocas de soco da média para a curta distância rolaram entre os atletas, mas sem real perigo de nocaute. Bisping voltou mais esperto na segunda etapa. Com leve cansaço do canadense, o cipriota naturalizado inglês atacou melhor na trocação e, mesmo derrubado no single leg, não se rendeu e voltou a pontuar em pé.

No terceiro assalto, St-Pierre não pensou duas vezes e levou logo para o solo no single-leg. Bisping se movimentou bem com as costas no solo e levantou, mas um cruzado forte de GSP levou o campeão ao chão novamente, e este acabou por ter o canadense nas suas costas. De lá, GSP aplicou o mata-leão da vitória: após passar o braço, Bisping não bateu e dormiu no estrangulamento. Vitória de Georges, que agora se coloca ao lado de Randy Couture, BJ Penn e Conor McGregor como campeão em duas categorias diferentes do UFC.

Confira no vídeo abaixo o legdrag e a finalização certeira de GSP!

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Trading Shots: Did UFC 217 title turnover teach us a lesson about the price of arrogance?

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Three very confident champions all lost their titles in brutal fashion at UFC 217. What, if anything, is the lesson here? MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss.

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Fowlkes: What a night, eh, Danny? For the first time in UFC history, three titles changed hands in three consecutive bouts. Another way to look at it: In all three title fights, we saw some version of a story that is as rare in real life as it is satisfying. I refer now, of course, to the story of hubris punished.

Think about it. Michal Bisping? Joanna Jedrzejczyk? Cody Garbrandt? All three came into their title defenses talking a metric ton of crap. All three, to one extent or another, played the role of the bully, constantly poking a finger in the challenger’s chest while threatening all manner of humiliating violence. Then, one by one, all three got beaten up.

To make the contrast between the defeated bullies and the victorious bullied even more glaring, you had Rose Namajunas out there using her victory speech to encourage us to be nice and hug each other. You had Georges St-Pierre apologizing for the using the word “balls” in public (surely, NYC residents were scandalized by such talk). You had T.J. Dillashaw … well, he didn’t gloat anywhere near as obnoxiously as he could have, and that’s something, especially against a bitter rival and former teammate.

Is it all one big coincidence, Danny? Or is there something to learn from a night when the plot of basically every teen movie from “The Karate Kid” to “Never Back Down” became reality in the UFC?

Downes: Who knew that all it took for Ben Fowlkes to get back into the church pew was three UFC titles changing hands in one night? Maybe next week we can change the name of this column to “Trading Blessings” and we talk about how #blessed we are in our lives.

Of course it’s a coincidence! You constantly talk about how we shouldn’t read any morality into MMA. Well, we shouldn’t attribute any metaphysical arc of justice to it either. The same night as these alleged “bullies” lost their titles, former NFL player and domestic abuser Greg Hardy started his new career as an MMA fighter.

I think there’s a mistake in grouping all three of the former title holders in the same group. They were all arrogant in their bullying, but in different degrees. Bisping was his usual, grating self, with the mix of cocky Englishman, condescension and lack of self-awareness that we’ve come to expect. He even dresses the part of a bad guy in a low budget action movie.

Garbrandt’s attitude was driven more by personal animus towards Dillashaw. He probably crossed a line or two in the etiquette department (it’s never appropriate to brag about sparring “wins”), but that could be attributed to the fact that he really did not like Dillashaw. Rightly or wrongly, he finds Dillashaw disloyal and that really annoyed him.

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I personally find Jedrzejczyk’s case the most interesting. She’s always had a mean streak, but in the buildup to this fight, she seemed especially nasty. Particularly in the way she attacked Namajunas, who tried to bring awareness to mental health issues.

Was this a case of Jedrzejczyk turning up her persona to 11, or was it a case of her drinking her own Kool-Aid? When everyone in the MMA landscape says you’re the baddest woman on the planet, you’re probably going to start calling yourself the boogeywoman, speaking in crazy hyperbole and looking for a role in the new “Roadhouse” remake. (Sorry, I think that last one was somebody else who believed her own hype.)

Regardless of what type of bully they personified, it appears they all received their comeuppance. I’m sure many fans enjoyed watching them lose their respective titles. I’m also sure that many fans aren’t looking for a kinder, gentler UFC fighter.

Fighters, too, aren’t going to be telling themselves, “You know, I should be more respectful to my opponent.” Everyone is going to be chasing that Conor McGregor money. As result, you’re going to get bootleg McGregors (cough* Colby Covington cough*) trying to be a more athletic Biff Tannen.

You compared last night to “The Karate Kid.” Do you think the “good guys” won last night? Do MMA fans have cocky A-hole fatigue? What should we learn from last night other than it’s really difficult to keep your title?

Fowlkes: I’m not going to say it was a moral failing that caused the downfall of these three champions, but especially in Jedrzejczyk’s case, it did seem like a disdain for her opponent’s skills (and maybe an overabundance of faith in her own) played a role in her loss. Arrogance can be a good selling point in combat sports. But if it’s also a character trait that you bring into the fight, it can get you knocked out.

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As for the question of cocky A-hole fatigue, yes and no. It was strangely refreshing to see Namajunas pull off the night’s biggest upset, only to turn around and insist that she felt “like a normal person” afterward, because it is who you are with or without the belt that really matters.

And when GSP did his polite Canadian gentleman thing, you did get the sense that people were more into it because it was such a departure from the swaggering braggadocio we’ve gotten accustomed to lately.

I’m under no illusion that this is the beginning of an MMA culture change. Fighters saw McGregor getting fame and money, so they naturally tried to emulate the form hoping for similar results. That’s not going to stop all at once, or maybe ever.

Let’s not forget, when we were used to having St-Pierre and his G-rated trash talk around on the regular, we got to a point where we found it all a bit boring. He had to go away and come back in a different era for anybody to appreciate it.

But I do think that Saturday night might have been a reminder that there’s more than one path to the waterfall. Not everyone needs to be the sneering, cocky champ. The more people who try that act, the more of an opening it creates for something – anything – else.

Downes: If there’s one thing MMA fighters can learn from Hamlet (other than don’t get involved in Danish politics), it’s “this above all: to thy own self be true.” We’re so quick to tie MMA to professional wrestling that we conflate fighters with characters.

To be sure, fighters need to have some type of “brand.” The idea of letting your fighting do all the talking is naive, and it ignores the business of the sport.

When we have fighters out there working a gimmick, though, it cheapens everything else. Chael Sonnen had a decent thing going, but he went over the line into becoming a caricature of himself. I would argue that you’re better off having a boring personality than an insincere one.

Look at Sage Northcutt. I would assume by now he’s in on the joke, but it still works because that’s his personality. When wannabe McGregors spout uncreative nonsense, it seems ridiculous. It’s like when you tried to bring back the word fetch. Stop trying to make fetch happen, Ben. It’s not going to happen!

MMA is at its best when there’s variety. That applies to fighter personalities as much as it does to fighting styles. Homogeneity isn’t entertaining, and MMA fans aren’t a monolith. We all have different opinions of what we find entertaining, and the more options we have presented, the sport in general will be healthier. Some of us cheer for the bully. Some of us root for the underdog. But all of us want the sport to grow.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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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UFC 217's Ovince Saint Preux simply wanted Ilir Latifi to know he didn't forget callout

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NEW YORK – Resurgent UFC light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux didn’t call out Ilir Latifi, all appearances to the contrary.

“I didn’t pick him; he picked me,” Saint Preux told reporters backstage at UFC 217 after a thunderous knockout of Corey Anderson on the FS1-televised prelims at Madison Square Garden. “He called me out a while back, and I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ When this situation came up, I jumped on it.

“And I’m jumping right back on it. Dec. 30 we can make it happen.”

Saint Preux (22-10 MMA, 10-5 UFC), who topped Anderson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) for his third straight win, hasn’t heard whether the promotion will grant his desired date, which marks the date for UFC 219 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But, he added, “I’m pushing it.”

With two fights in 42 days, it’s hard to argue he’s pushing the bounds of activity. A December fight would mark his fifth octagon appearance in 2017.

Saint Preux previously traveled to Japan for a FS1-televised headliner at UFC Fight Night 117. He tapped short-notice replacement Yushin Okami with a Von Flue choke, his second consecutive win using the rare submission.

Going from the famed Saitama Super Arena to Madison Square Garden, Saint Preux said things couldn’t get much better. A fight in Vegas with Latifi (13-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC), who in September outpointed Tyson Pedro at UFC 215, would be a start.

But don’t get it mixed up – he’s merely responding to a request.

“He called me out. I’m just letting him know I didn’t forget about him,” Saint Preux said.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Georges St-Pierre and UFC 217's other winning fighters?

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The UFC landscape shifted on Saturday with UFC 217, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York, and featured a record-setting three title changes on the pay-per-view main card, which followed prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former longtime UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) made history by becoming the organization’s fourth two-division titleholder, winning the middleweight crown from Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) courtesy of a third-round technical submission.

Prior to St-Pierre’s comeback performance, T.J. Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) also regained UFC gold when he took out former teammate and training partner Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the bantamweight strap. And in a third title change, Rose Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) became the new UFC strawweight champ when she halted the momentum of Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) with a first-round knockout.

Other winners from the main card included two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) and undefeated middleweight prospect Paulo Costa (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 217’s winning fighters.

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Paulo Costa

Brad Tavares

Should fight: Brad Tavares
Why they should fight: Rising middleweight prospect Costa picked up a monumental victory for his young career when he defeated former champion Johny Hendricks by second-round TKO.

Costa had not faced anyone with Hendricks’ credentials prior to the bout, but the Brazilian handled his business in impressive fashion, and now he becomes a new contender worth following at 185 pounds.

Considering his quick rise through three UFC fights, seeing Costa get another notable step up in competition would be far from surprising. No one has been able to stop him so far, but Tavares (16-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has proven to be one of the most competitive and durable fighters in the weight class since his promotional debut in 2010.

Tavares has fought and beaten some of the best the division has to offer in his UFC career. He’s riding a three-fight winning streak with victories over some solid names, and he’d provide Costa a stern test that, at this point, would likely mean even more than a win over a slumping Hendricks.

Stephen Thompson

Darren Till

Should fight: Darren Till
Why they should fight: After two failed title bids and nearly 17 months without a win, Thompson sent a stern reminder that he’s a dangerous player in the welterweight division when he took out one of the weight class’ most dangerous contenders in Jorge Masvidal.

“Wonderboy” got back on track with a unanimous-decision victory. The performance helped him regain some of the status he lost in his underwhelming title fight with champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 209 in March, but the reality is Thompson is still winless in two fights against the current champ and is unlikely to get another crack at the gold unless the belt changes hands.

Plenty of intriguing matchups are available to help Thompson start the build toward an irrefutable case for a third UFC title shot. The one that stands out most, however, is against streaking Till (15-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC), who recently earned a main-event victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 this past month.

Rose Namajunas

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Should fight: Jedrzejczyk
Why they should fight: There isn’t much of an explanation needed for why Namajunas should have an immediate rematch with Jedrzejczyk following her title-winning upset.

Namajunas’ shocking first-round knockout victory is easily the biggest upset in the brief history of the 115-pound division. She handed the Polish fighter her first career loss, and given Jedrzejczyk’s previous dominance leading up to the fight, it only makes sense to run it back, which has been a precedent for longtime champions.

T.J. Dillashaw

Should fight: Demetrious Johnson
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Dillashaw should drop to flyweight to fight champion Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) next.

Georges St-Pierre

Should fight: Robert Whittaker
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why St-Pierre should meet interim 185-pound champ Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) in a title-unification bout next.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Michael Bisping and UFC 217's other losing fighters?

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UFC 217 was not a good night for champions. All three titleholders who entered the octagon dropped their belts with a stoppage loss on Saturday’s pay-per-view card at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The fairytale title reign of Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) came to a halt in the main event when he dropped the middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) with a third-round technical submission.

Prior to that, Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) had their undefeated records, as well as UFC titles, taken away with knockout losses to T.J. Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and Rose Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), respectively.

Also on the main card, former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (18-8 MMA, 13-8 UFC) continued his career slide while Jorge Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC) experienced another disappointing setback.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 217’s losing fighters.

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Johny Hendricks

Rashad Evans

Should fight: Rashad Evans
Why they should fight: Hendricks’ career slide took arguably it’s most worrisome turn when the former champ suffered a second-round TKO loss to rising middleweight prospect Paulo Costa.

After being forced out of the welterweight division due to multiple failed weight cuts, Hendricks won his 185-pound debut earlier this year. He lost his subsequent fight against veteran Tim Boetsch, but after falling short against a previously unproven prospect, he’s in a challenging position.

Hendricks is just 1-5 in his past six UFC fights dating back to March 2015. He moved his camp to Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., in hopes of finding new results, but it didn’t go his way. As long as Hendricks decides he wants to fight, he’s going to be a notable name who will have a job with the UFC or elsewhere.

“Bigg Rigg” desperately needs to win his next fight, and fighting someone who’s at a similar stage in his career might be the only thing to help him regain his confidence and form. Fellow ex-champ Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) is no gimme fight when he’s on point, but even the current version of Hendricks would likely be a favorite.

Jorge Masvidal

Dong Hyun Kim

Should fight: Dong Hyun Kim
Why they should fight: Just when Masvidal appeared to be on the cusp of a welterweight title shot, he suddenly finds himself on a two-fight losing skid after suffering a unanimous-decision defeat to Stephen Thompson.

Masvidal fell short against the two-time title challenger and is now in a difficult position. His two losses came against the best in Thompson and Demian Maia, but in a similar situation to when he was fighting at 155 pounds, Masvidal has had trouble winning at the most crucial moments.

Nevertheless, Masvidal isn’t going anywhere and will attempt to fight his way back into the mix. Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC) is coming off a loss to Masvidal’s teammate Colby Covington, and he’d surely be happy to follow up on his good friend’s handiwork with a showdown against “Stun Gun.”

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Should fight: Namajunas
Why they should fight: After putting together one of the most dominant title runs in UFC history, Jedrzejczyk finally experienced her first career setback with an upset loss to Rose Namajunas to drop the 115-pound title.

Although it was a surprising and disappointing outcome for the Polish fighter, it’s obvious what has to happen for her next: an immediate rematch with Namajunas. The UFC often gives dominant titleholders an immediate chance to regain the belt, and Jedrzejczyk has more than earned that opportunity.

If there were a clear No. 1 contender who had been overdue for a title shot, then perhaps there would be an argument to go a different direction for Namajunas’ first title challenger. No such contender exists, so Jedrzejczyk vs. Namajunas 2 should be next.

Cody Garbrandt

Should fight: John Lineker
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Garbrandt should fight Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) next after his title-fight loss.

Michael Bisping

Should fight: Luke Rockhold
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Bisping should have his trilogy bout with Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) following his title-fight loss.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Randy Brown derailed hype train of 'privileged little kid' Mickey Gall at UFC 217

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NEW YORK – Randy Brown didn’t expect to be booed in his hometown, especially against a guy from New Jersey.

“I’m from Queens, and I didn’t get the love,” Brown (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) told reporters backstage at UFC 217. “I was like, ‘all right.'”

Fighting Mickey Gall (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), a Garden State native, he could understand why the general populous might underestimate him. Gall had shot to stardom on “Dana White: Looking for a Fight,” the same show that launched his UFC career. Gall had beaten ex-WWE champ Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, and then Sage Northcutt, the most heavily hyped fighter to emerge from the UFC president’s talent showcase.

“He’s the more popular guy,” Brown said. “I get that. He’s got all those WWE fans.”

It still hurt to see on his home turf. But Brown knew something else: superior skill beats hype.

“The realness is in the cage,” he said.

On Saturday, Brown showed UFC fans the truth of that statement by outworking Gall en route to a decision victory on the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden.

Gall talked himself up quite a bit beforehand, calling Brown “a gift” and joking his opponent was to fight for the “Looking for a Fight” title he won by beating Northcutt.

Brown saw the interviews proclaiming dominance and the swagger from Gall, a fighter with whom he’d trained on two occasions and considered a friend. In the weeks before the fight, Brown said he warned Gall.

“I was like, ‘Make sure that man shows up, the person you faking to be, if he doesn’t show up, you’re going to be bleeding, and you’re going to get hurt,'” he said. “Tonight that man didn’t show up.”

Although Gall implied he had the inside track on Brown from their previous work together, the opposite played out inside the octagon. Brown repeatedly outstruck Gall and cut him up with ground and pound after nabbing takedowns.

By the final round, Gall’s face was a mask of red as Brown pounded away. The final scorecards were 29-28 twice and 29-27.

“These cameras come in. This is a facade. This is a part of the game. But you need to be secure within yourself and actually be secure within yourself and actually know what you can do,” Brown said. “You can’t fall into this and try to act. Nah, man. That will catch up to you. And tonight it caught up to him.”

To be sure, Brown still considers Gall a friend and thinks the young fighter will be back better than ever. Only for now, a correction is in order.

“He’s a privileged little kid, and I just had to fight for it,” Brown said.

As he made his way to the UFC, Brown never got the same amount of hype as Gall. He didn’t call out Punk, of course, and suffered setbacks in the octagon. Now that he’s accomplished what he set out to do, it would be understandable if he wanted his promoter to transfer the attention bestowed on Gall.

Instead, Brown wants to earn those hometown cheers.

“It’s my job to be who I am and make people want to see me, and that’s what I’m going to do,” Brown said. “I don’t need anybody to give me any false accolades and build me up. I build myself up.”

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White: Robert Whittaker is next for new UFC champ Georges St-Pierre

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NEW YORK – There’s been no shortage of speculation as to what would happen to the UFC’s undisputed middleweight title after UFC 217’s headliner.

Would a win over Georges St-Pierre send Michael Bisping into retirement? Should St-Pierre come out victorious, would the returning Canadian simply go back to the welterweight division he ruled for so long? Or, even, could current 170-pound champ Tyron Woodley cut in line and have his shot at the winner?

Would the winner of Saturday’s headliner ever get to unify the title with interim champ Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC)?

As we know, St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) ended up claiming Bisping’s (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) crown with a submission win in the pay-per-view headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York So far, neither he nor Bisping has announced a retirement. And, at least according to UFC President Dana White, there’s little doubt as to what comes next for the two-division champion.

“It’s going to be Whittaker,” White said after UFC 217.

RelatedUFC interim champ Robert Whittaker picked Michael Bisping, will wait for Georges St-Pierre

As for the details – when and where it could possibly take place, for instance – White couldn’t commit just yet.

“I don’t even know what’s going on with GSP,” White said. “He was transported to the hospital (immediately after UFC 217). He’s got to get stitches on his nose. You know, if he doesn’t take Bisping down and keeps it stands, he comes out of this fight with almost no damage. Bisping did some serious work from his back – split his nose open, had blood all over his face.

“He took some big shots from the top position. If he didn’t do that, he probably would have come out pretty much unscathed. But he’s got to go to the hospital right now. We’ll see how he is, I don’t know what the status is with him.”

White had already told ESPN.com that the fight was a “done deal.” Later asked if the meeting is “definitely” the one to make next, he was straightforward.

“Yeah,” White said.

Good thing that, before UFC 217, Whittaker was clear in that he wasn’t particularly concerned about the time or place of the bout, and instead focused solely on being prepared for whomever it’s against.

“The things is, I’ll just have to make sure I’m ready to fight when they’re ready to fight and fight them,” Whittaker said. “I’m not worried where it is, when it is – I just want to find out who it is.”

To hear from White, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Bellator 186 post-event facts: Ilima Macfarlane's dominant run leads to inaugural 125-pound belt

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One new champion was crowned while another defended the gold on Friday at Bellator 186, which took place on the Penn State campus at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.

In the Spike-televised headliner, Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) defended his light-heavyweight title for the first time with a second-round TKO of Linton Vassell (18-6 MMA, 7-3 BMMA), which kept him undefeated since ending his UFC tenure a year ago.

The co-main event, meanwhile, saw Ilima Macfarlane (7-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) continue her dominance in the Bellator flyweight division. She beat Emily Ducote (6-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) once again, but this time she was awarded the inaugural 125-pound belt for her efforts.

Bader’s victory closed out of a five-fight main card, which saw four contests end in a stoppage. For more on the numbers behind the show, check out 20 post-event facts about Bellator 186.

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General

Ryan Bader

Debuting fighters went 0-2 at the event.

Betting favorites went 5-0 on the main card.

Betting favorites fell to 12-4 (with one even odds) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the five-bout main card was 39:14.

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Main card

Linton Vassell and Ryan Bader

Bader improved to 9-1 in his past 10 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came to Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 18 in January 2016.

Vassell fell to 0-2 in Bellator title fights.

Vassell suffered his first knockout loss since Oct. 29, 2010 – a span of 2,562 days (more than seven years) and 16 fights.

Macfarlane became the inaugural Bellator flyweight champion.

Macfarlane’s six Bellator victories are most among female fighters in the organization.

Ilima Macfarlane

Macfarlane’s six-fight Bellator winning streak in the longest among female fighters in the organization.

Macfarlane’s four stoppage victories in Bellator competition are most among female fighters in the organization.

Macfarlane’s four stoppage victories in Bellator flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Macfarlane has earned all of her Bellator stoppage victories by submission.

Ducote suffered the first submission loss of her career.

Leonardo Leite (10-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) had his 10-fight winning streak for the first defeat of his career.

Ed Ruth

Ed Ruth (4-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has earned all of his career victories by knockout.

Chris Dempsey’s (11-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) four-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2015.

Dempsey fell to 1-5 in his past six fights dating back to July 2014.

Dempsey has suffered all six of his career losses by stoppage, including five knockouts.

Saad Awad

Saad Awad (21-9 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) has earned 17 of his 21 career victories by stoppage.

Awad’s four knockout victories in Bellator lightweight competition are tied with Michael Chandler for second most in divisional history behind Patricky Freire (seven).

Zach Freeman (9-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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UFC 217 post-event facts: Record set as 3 new champs crowned in historic night

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UFC 217 will go down in the history books as one of the most memorable fight cards in UFC history. Underdogs reigned supreme as three new champions were crowned and a remarkable nine of 11 fights ended inside the distance.

With memorable action from beginning to end, the fact all three title bouts changed hands will be the cornerstone of UFC 217, which took place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York with a pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) returned from a four-year hiatus to take the middleweight title from Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC). T.J. Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) knocked out former teammate and rival Cody Garbrandt(11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) to take back the bantamweight title in the co-headliner, and in the most unexpected outcome of all, Rose Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) dethroned Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) of strawweight gold with a quick knockout.

The biggest UFC event of the year lived up to the hype, and it showed on paper. Check below for 50 post-event facts and footnotes to come out of UFC 217.

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General

UFC 217 became the first event in UFC history to have three new champions crowned.

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $315,000.

St-Pierre, Dillashaw and Namajunas earned $50,000 UFC 217 fight-night bonuses. Ovince Saint Preux and Ricardo Ramos received $25,000 bonuses.

UFC 217 drew an announced attendance of 18,201 for a live gate of $6.2 million.

Betting favorites went 5-6 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 1:46:17.

Main card

Georges St-Pierre

St-Pierre became the fourth fighter in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes. Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Conor McGregor have also accomplished the feat.

St-Pierre’s 13 victories in UFC championship fights are the most in company history.

St-Pierre’s 20 victories in UFC competition are tied with Bisping for most in company history.

St-Pierre’s 13-fight UFC winning streak is tied with champ Demetrious Johnson for longest among active fighters in the company. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since April 2007.

St-Pierre’s 13-fight UFC winning streak is tied with Johnson and Jon Jones for second longest in company history behind Anderson Silva (16).

St-Pierre earned his first submission victory since Dec. 29, 2007 – a span of 3,598 days (nearly 10 years) and 11 fights.

St-Pierre’s 87 takedowns landed in UFC competition are most in company history.

Michael Bisping

Bisping had his five-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since November 2014.

Bisping has suffered his past two losses by submission after going his entire career without being submitted.

Dillashaw’s 11 victories in UFC bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dillashaw’s 11 victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with Urijah Faber for second most in divisional history behind Dominick Cruz (12).

Dillashaw’s seven stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dillashaw’s six knockout victories in UFC bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.

T.J. Dillashaw

Dillashaw’s seven knockdowns landed in UFC bantamweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Garbrandt (eight).

Dillashaw’s seven fight-night bonuses for UFC bantamweight bouts are the most in divisional history.

Garbrandt became the first UFC bantamweight champion to lose the title before making a successful defense.

Garbrandt had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Garbrandt’s eight knockdowns landed in UFC bantamweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Rose Namajunas

Namajunas became the third UFC strawweight champion.

Namajunas’ five victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied with Tecia Torres for second most in divisional history behind Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Namajunas’ four stoppage victories in UFC strawweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Namajunas earned the first knockout victory of her career.

Jedrzejczyk had her 14-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of her professional career.

Stephen Thompson’s (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) nine knockdowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Thiago Alves (13) and Jake Ellenberger (11).

Jorge Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC) fell to 4-4 since he returned to the welterweight division in July 2015.

Masvidal has suffered 10 of his 13 career losses by decision. That includes all five of his UFC defeats.

Paulo Costa

Paulo Costa (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned all 11 of his career victories by stoppage.

Costa has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by knockout. That includes all three of his UFC wins.

Johny Hendricks (18-8 MMA, 13-8 UFC) fell to 1-2 since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in February.

Hendricks fell to 1-5 in his past six fights.

Hendricks has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Preliminary card

Joseph Duffy (16-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Walt Harris (10-7 MMA, 3-6 UFC) suffered his second UFC loss in a 28-day stretch.

Harris fell to 3-3 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in April 2016.

Ovince Saint Preux

Ovince Saint Preux (22-10 MMA, 10-5 UFC) earned his second UFC victory in a 42-day stretch.

Saint Preux’s three-fight UFC winning streak in light-heavyweight competition is tied with Mauricio Rua and Volkan Oezdemir for the longest active streak in the division.

Saint Preux’s eight stoppage victories since 2013 in UFC competition are most in the light-heavyweight division and tied with Derrick Lewis and Max Holloway for second most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (nine).

Saint Preux has earned 17 of his 22 career victories by stoppage. That includes eight of his 10 UFC wins.

Corey Anderson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Mickey Gall

Mickey Gall (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his four-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Curtis Blaydes (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned seven of his eight career victories by stoppage, all by knockout.

Aleksei Oleinik (52-11-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) suffered his first knockout loss since July 22, 2011 – a span of 2,297 days (more than six years) and 15 fights.

Ramos (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 11 career victories by stoppage.

Ramos became the second fighter in UFC history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a spinning back elbow. Dong Hyun Kim also accomplished the feat The Ultimate Fighter China Finale.

Aiemann Zahabi (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his seven-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of her career.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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In his vow to fight on after UFC 217, Michael Bisping sings a familiar tune

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You didn’t think you were going to get rid of Michael Bisping that easily, did you?

Well think again, because as the former UFC middleweight champion explained after losing his title to Georges St-Pierre in Saturday’s pay-per-view main event at UFC 217 in New York, he’s not ready to retire yet.

“I don’t want my last time in the octagon to be me getting choked out,” Bisping said following the event. “So I’ll be back in there at some point.”

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We’ve heard this one before. Several times, in fact, and from some pretty great fighters. It’s a vicious cycle, is what it is.

Typically how it works is, you’re getting older and you’re coming off a loss, which is the only reason why anyone’s asking you about retirement in the first place. But you don’t want to retire on a loss. What kind of a note is that to end on?

So now you’ve got to get a win before you can feel good about calling it quits. And if you need a couple tries to get that win, so be it.

But then, what if you get that win? Isn’t that a sign that you’ve still got it after all? Turns out that retirement talk was premature. You can still win fights and cash checks, so why wouldn’t you? At least until you lose again, and then the cycle starts all over.

What makes it even trickier for Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) is that middleweight has become a very dangerous place, especially for a former champ with a lot of enemies about. Think about the opponents who would make the most sense for him now. Think about which fights the UFC is likely to think it could sell.

RelatedUFC 217 results: Georges St-Pierre chokes out Michael Bisping to become two-division champ

There’s his old foe Luke Rockhold, for example. They’re due for a rubber match after splitting a pair of fights that ended with them somehow liking each other even less than when they started. The acrimony alone would garner attention, and it’s not like Rockhold has anything better to do as he waits for the title picture to clear up.

Then there’s Yoel Romero, whose beef with Bisping involved the ripping of flags and the burning of effigies, resulting in a simmering and as-of-yet-unresolved feud.

Both of those are dangerous fights for Bisping, especially now. He hopes to fight in London in March, but he also turns 39 in February. He’s won so many fights with his resiliency and his stubborn refusal to quit, and now he wears the damage from those wars all over his face.

As St-Pierre explained in his post-fight remarks, the left hook he landed to set up the finish came from diligent film study. He and his team had noticed that Bisping, who’s struggled with injuries to his right eye for several years, had difficulty with strikes that came from that side.

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Now that St-Pierre was nice enough to explain it on live TV, look for that to be something that all of Bisping’s future opponents try to use to their advantage.

Of course, maybe the UFC won’t ask too much of the company man in his return to action. He doesn’t necessarily have to fight a top middleweight if all he wants is to end on a high note. Then again, you have to reach pretty far down the middleweight ranks right now to find anyone who’s not a highly effective purveyor of violence.

Any way the story ends, Bisping will go down as one of the most successful UFC fighters of all time, as well as one of the great overachievers in MMA history. He was consistently overlooked and undervalued by fans and fellow fighters alike, but somehow he ended up with a title and the all-time record for UFC wins.

Getting one more (or not) probably won’t make any great difference to his legacy or his bank account, since both ought to be pretty secure by now. But the obstinate search for that elusive final win has a way of backfiring on aging fighters. And maybe any ending that lets you walk away with your health intact ought to be considered a happy one.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 217's Curtis Blaydes gives his side of story on confusing finish vs. Aleksei Oleinik

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NEW YORK – Curtis Blaydes saw an opportunity on the horizon when he noticed Aleksei Oleinik pop up off the mat in the first round of their fight. He figured he’d take advantage – and score an extra $50,000 – by greeting the Ukrainian-Russian fighter with a kick to the face in the second.

Blaydes had never rehearsed this kick, mind you. It’s hard to simulate something like that in practice. Still, no risk, no reward.

“I was trying to get a bonus,” Blaydes said after a controversial TKO of Oleinik in the second frame of their UFC Fight Pass-streamed meeting at UFC 217. “That’s what I get for trying to get a bonus.”

What Blaydes (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) didn’t know at the time was that the damage he’d done in the first round had already left Oleinik (55-11-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) on wobbly legs. There would be no popping up when he got off the mat.

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So when Oleinik got up in the second, instead of delivering a square foot to the face, Blaydes went to kick off Oliynyk’s head. As it turned out, he’d only grazed the ear. But in the moment, it looked like a blatantly illegal strike.

The referee immediately stopped the bout, throwing the bout into confusion and drawing the crowd’s ire at Madison Square Garden. Blaydes was sure he missed the strike. But he worried officials would see it otherwise and disqualify him.

“I’m looking at (Oleinik’s) face, and he seemed happy,” Blaydes said. “The way people reacted when I threw the kick, they had me second guessing, like, ‘Maybe I missed it, maybe I did kick him, (and) I just didn’t feel it.’ But watching the replay, I missed cleanly.”

When the sequence was reviewed by the referee, he did, in fact, determine that contact had been made. But in the end, that wound up being irrelevant, because the cageside doctor had determined Oleinik was unable to continue.

It was an awkward way to end a fight. The crowd certainly didn’t like it, chanting, “Let them fight.” Blaydes could only be thankful the call had gone his way.

“I was really hoping to get a clean knockout without having a doctor or any controversy,” Blaydes said. “But a win’s a win, so I’ll take it.”

Next time, he said, he’ll try to be a little more careful. And maybe only try moves he’s tested in the gym.

“I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth,” he said. “I won. I’m happy.”

Watch the above video to get Blaydes full reaction to his controversial fight.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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