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UFC 220 salaries: Four headliners earn nearly $2 million combined

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UFC 220 featured two huge title fights in the main and co-main events, and their significance was reflected in the salary disbursements.

Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, and challengers Francis Ngannou and Volkan Oezdemir combined for $1,950,000, which accounted for more than 76 percent of the money earned by the 22 fighters on the card.

RelatedTrading Shots: Is Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier the best kind of fun, or just desperation mode?

In the headliner, Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) dominated Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) over five rounds for a unanimous decision to retain his heavyweight title. And in the co-headliner, Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) took out Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) with a second-round TKO to keep his 205-pound belt.

MMAjunkie today requested and received disclosed salary payouts from the Massachusetts State Athletic Commision for UFC 220, which took place Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston and aired live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The total disclosed payroll for the event, which you can see below, was $2,549,000:

Stipe Miocic $600,000 (no win bonus)
def. Franciso Ngannou $500,000

Daniel Cormier $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Volkan Oezdemir $350,000

Calvin Kattar $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Burgos $22,000

Gian Villante $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Francimar Barrosso $27,000

Rob Font $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Thomas Almeida $36,000

Kyle Bochniak $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Davis $10,000

Abdul Razak Alhassan $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Sabah Homasi $12,000

Dustin Ortiz $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Alexandre Pantoja $14,000

Julio Arce $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Ige $10,000

Enrique Barzola $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Bessette $12,000

Islam Makhachev $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Gleison Tibau $50,000

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include Reebok Athlete Outfitting Pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses.

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For complete coverage of UFC 220, visit the UFC events section of the site.

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UFC 220 salaries: Four headliners earn nearly $2 million combined

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UFC 220 featured two huge title fights in the main and co-main events, and their significance was reflected in the salary disbursements.

Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, and challengers Francis Ngannou and Volkan Oezdemir combined for $1,950,000, which accounted for more than 76 percent of the money earned by the 22 fighters on the card.

RelatedTrading Shots: Is Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier the best kind of fun, or just desperation mode?

In the headliner, Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) dominated Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) over five rounds for a unanimous decision to retain his heavyweight title. And in the co-headliner, Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) took out Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) with a second-round TKO to keep his 205-pound belt.

MMAjunkie today requested and received disclosed salary payouts from the Massachusetts State Athletic Commision for UFC 220, which took place Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston and aired live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The total disclosed payroll for the event, which you can see below, was $2,549,000:

Stipe Miocic $600,000 (no win bonus)
def. Franciso Ngannou $500,000

Daniel Cormier $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Volkan Oezdemir $350,000

Calvin Kattar $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Burgos $22,000

Gian Villante $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Francimar Barrosso $27,000

Rob Font $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Thomas Almeida $36,000

Kyle Bochniak $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Davis $10,000

Abdul Razak Alhassan $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Sabah Homasi $12,000

Dustin Ortiz $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Alexandre Pantoja $14,000

Julio Arce $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Ige $10,000

Enrique Barzola $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Bessette $12,000

Islam Makhachev $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Gleison Tibau $50,000

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include Reebok Athlete Outfitting Pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses.

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For complete coverage of UFC 220, visit the UFC events section of the site.

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Daniel Cormier: Beating Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 would make me greatest fighter of all time

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Daniel Cormier believes beating Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 226 will put him in rarified air when it comes to his position in MMA history.

Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the UFC light heavyweight champion who moves up to face Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) in the July 7 pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, can become the fourth fighter in UFC history to claim titles in two different weight classes, and the second to do it simultaneously.

Current UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor is the only other fighter to own belts from two weight classes at the same time, and although that position was short-lived, “The Notorious” will forever live in the record books for it. Cormier feels his accomplishment would be greater than the Irishman, though, because the heavyweight and 205-pound divisions arguably have more historical significance than any other in the sport.

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As Cormier said on the “Believe You Me” podcast with fellow UFC fighter Michael Bisping, though, it won’t be an easy task.

“If I can go and accomplish this thing that’s so rare and so far left, yes, I should be in the conversation,” Cormier said. “But not only one of the greatest to do it, the greatest to ever do it. Not just one of, but the conversation for the best fighter of all time. I truly believe that, because it’s such a massive accomplishment.”

Cormier and Miocic are both coming off defenses of their respective titles at UFC 220 earlier this month. After the event concluded, UFC President Dana White expressed his desire to see the two champions face off later this year, but the idea was met with some resistance.

“DC,” who started his career as a heavyweight and went 13-0, said he wasn’t particularly interested in going back up, especially with the return of injury-plagued American Kickboxing Academy teammate Cain Velasquez looming. Cormier said he was genuine when he dismissed the idea of a Miocic matchup, but then the wheels started to go in motion.

“I was dead serious when I said I had no interest in that fight, but Dana White and the UFC, they have ways of making things happen that they want to happen,” Cormier said. “When they started really trying to make the fight happen, it became very difficult for me to say no. … I spoke to Cain. Cain said to me, ‘I don’t think they’re going to give me a title shot right away. But this is such a huge opportunity, I think you should take it. When you win the fight, that’s a bridge we’ll cross when we get there.'”

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After talking things over with Velasquez, the idea of not accepting the Miocic fight at UFC 226 seemed preposterous to Cormier. The promotion put no pressure about what he’ll have to do should he take possession of both belts, but Cormier said he’ll have several possible directions.

“I don”t rule out going back to 205,” Cormier said. “We have a ton of options as we’re moving forward. It’s not like I’m limited to the heavyweight division or to the 205-pound division. There are options for me, and none of those options include fighting Cain. There are a ton of ways to work around that.

“There has been no talk of me giving up the light heavyweight championship,” he continued. “Not at all. Dana even said to me, ‘If you win the fight and you vacate, whatever. I just think it’s such a great fight, we need to make it.’ I was like, ‘OK.’ They’ve never talked to me about vacating the title.”

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As far as the fight itself goes, Cormier said he knows beating Miocic won’t be easy. Miocic’s dominant win over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 broke the longstanding record for most consecutive UFC heavyweight title defenses, and Miocic has every intention of further extending his reign.

Cormier believes he has what it takes to solve the Miocic mystery, though. He said his style is problematic for the champ, and he intends on showing why.

“He’s a very tough guy, very durable, very well rounded,” Cormier said. “He can do everything. There’s no glaring weakness in his fighting style. It’s just when they made me the offer it was like, ‘Oh, this seems pretty good.’ I’ve always felt it’s a good fight stylistically for me. A guy like Luke Rockhold would give me trouble because he’s a kicker. Those are the guys I struggle with more. Essentially I wrestle, and I box, and that’s what Stipe Miocic does.”

For more on UFC 226, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Daniel Cormier: Beating Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 would make me greatest fighter of all time

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Daniel Cormier believes beating Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 226 will put him in rarified air when it comes to his position in MMA history.

Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the UFC light heavyweight champion who moves up to face Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) in the July 7 pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, can become the fourth fighter in UFC history to claim titles in two different weight classes, and the second to do it simultaneously.

Current UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor is the only other fighter to own belts from two weight classes at the same time, and although that position was short-lived, “The Notorious” will forever live in the record books for it. Cormier feels his accomplishment would be greater than the Irishman, though, because the heavyweight and 205-pound divisions arguably have more historical significance than any other in the sport.

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As Cormier said on the “Believe You Me” podcast with fellow UFC fighter Michael Bisping, though, it won’t be an easy task.

“If I can go and accomplish this thing that’s so rare and so far left, yes, I should be in the conversation,” Cormier said. “But not only one of the greatest to do it, the greatest to ever do it. Not just one of, but the conversation for the best fighter of all time. I truly believe that, because it’s such a massive accomplishment.”

Cormier and Miocic are both coming off defenses of their respective titles at UFC 220 earlier this month. After the event concluded, UFC President Dana White expressed his desire to see the two champions face off later this year, but the idea was met with some resistance.

“DC,” who started his career as a heavyweight and went 13-0, said he wasn’t particularly interested in going back up, especially with the return of injury-plagued American Kickboxing Academy teammate Cain Velasquez looming. Cormier said he was genuine when he dismissed the idea of a Miocic matchup, but then the wheels started to go in motion.

“I was dead serious when I said I had no interest in that fight, but Dana White and the UFC, they have ways of making things happen that they want to happen,” Cormier said. “When they started really trying to make the fight happen, it became very difficult for me to say no. … I spoke to Cain. Cain said to me, ‘I don’t think they’re going to give me a title shot right away. But this is such a huge opportunity, I think you should take it. When you win the fight, that’s a bridge we’ll cross when we get there.'”

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After talking things over with Velasquez, the idea of not accepting the Miocic fight at UFC 226 seemed preposterous to Cormier. The promotion put no pressure about what he’ll have to do should he take possession of both belts, but Cormier said he’ll have several possible directions.

“I don”t rule out going back to 205,” Cormier said. “We have a ton of options as we’re moving forward. It’s not like I’m limited to the heavyweight division or to the 205-pound division. There are options for me, and none of those options include fighting Cain. There are a ton of ways to work around that.

“There has been no talk of me giving up the light heavyweight championship,” he continued. “Not at all. Dana even said to me, ‘If you win the fight and you vacate, whatever. I just think it’s such a great fight, we need to make it.’ I was like, ‘OK.’ They’ve never talked to me about vacating the title.”

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As far as the fight itself goes, Cormier said he knows beating Miocic won’t be easy. Miocic’s dominant win over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 broke the longstanding record for most consecutive UFC heavyweight title defenses, and Miocic has every intention of further extending his reign.

Cormier believes he has what it takes to solve the Miocic mystery, though. He said his style is problematic for the champ, and he intends on showing why.

“He’s a very tough guy, very durable, very well rounded,” Cormier said. “He can do everything. There’s no glaring weakness in his fighting style. It’s just when they made me the offer it was like, ‘Oh, this seems pretty good.’ I’ve always felt it’s a good fight stylistically for me. A guy like Luke Rockhold would give me trouble because he’s a kicker. Those are the guys I struggle with more. Essentially I wrestle, and I box, and that’s what Stipe Miocic does.”

For more on UFC 226, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Daniel Cormier has love for Sonnen, plus 'King Mo' vs. Ryan Bader, in Bellator tourney

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Daniel Cormier has some experience in heavyweight tournaments run by Scott Coker.

So just because Cormier is the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, and one of the promotion’s lead broadcast analysts at pay-per-view events and for the FOX networks, don’t expect him to turn a blind eye to Bellator’s current heavyweight grand prix just because it’s a competing promotion.

Bellator earlier this month had the first of four quarterfinal fights in its heavyweight tournament, which will run throughout 2018. The plan is for the final to take place by year’s end, and the winner will be Bellator’s new heavyweight champion.

The field is made up of four legit heavyweights (Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson), but also of four fighters who either are light heavyweights, or spent much of their career in that division: current champ Ryan Bader, Quinton Jackson, Muhammad Lawal and Chael Sonnen.

At Bellator 192, Sonnen topped Jackson to move on to the semifinals, where he’ll meet the winner of the upcoming fight between Emelianenko and Mir, who fight in late April, later this year.

Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) said in the days after his TKO win over Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the UFC 220 co-main event the same night Sonnen beat Jackson, the two talked on the phone about each others’ fights.

“It’s very impressive – I’m excited,” Cormier recently told MMAjunkie Radio of Bellator’s tournament. “I’m happy for Chael. … He texted me telling me congratulations (for beating Oezdemir), and I go, ‘No, bud – after what you did last weekend, this warrants a telephone call.’

“So me and Chael talked for 30 minutes because I’m so happy and proud of him for going out there and getting the job done. And ‘Rampage’ looked big. ‘Rampage,’ in the pictures, he looked super in-shape, and in the fight he just looked massive. I was like, ‘Wow, this dude’s big.’ Chael went out there and did his thing. I’m so happy for Chael – he deserves to win.”

In 2011, Cormier was tossed into the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix as an injury replacement and beat Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Coker, now Bellator’s president, was running Strikeforce at the time. Cormier went on to the final and beat Josh Barnett before eventually moving on to the UFC in the promotions’ merger in 2013.

As an analyst, Cormier said he’s looking forward to the Mir-Emelianenko fight at Bellator’s event in the Chicago area in late April. But he also wishes an upcoming fight between light heavyweight champ Bader and Lawal had more at stake than just a spot in the semifinals.

(Bear in mind, Cormier has some history with Bader before Bader left the UFC for Bellator. After Cormier won the title for the first time at UFC 187, Bader interrupted his post-fight news conference to challenge him. The bad blood never got settled before Bader changed promotions as a free agent.)

“I want ‘Mo’ to go out there and really take it to Ryan Bader,” Cormier said. “I wish they could make that for the title, though – why can’t they just make that, inside their tournament, for the light heavyweight championship?”

Alas, if Lawal wins, Bader still will be the 205-pound champion, and “King Mo” will move on in an attempt to become the heavyweight king.

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

And for more on the upcoming Bellator and UFC schedules, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Daniel Cormier has love for Sonnen, plus 'King Mo' vs. Ryan Bader, in Bellator tourney

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Daniel Cormier has some experience in heavyweight tournaments run by Scott Coker.

So just because Cormier is the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, and one of the promotion’s lead broadcast analysts at pay-per-view events and for the FOX networks, don’t expect him to turn a blind eye to Bellator’s current heavyweight grand prix just because it’s a competing promotion.

Bellator earlier this month had the first of four quarterfinal fights in its heavyweight tournament, which will run throughout 2018. The plan is for the final to take place by year’s end, and the winner will be Bellator’s new heavyweight champion.

The field is made up of four legit heavyweights (Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson), but also of four fighters who either are light heavyweights, or spent much of their career in that division: current champ Ryan Bader, Quinton Jackson, Muhammad Lawal and Chael Sonnen.

At Bellator 192, Sonnen topped Jackson to move on to the semifinals, where he’ll meet the winner of the upcoming fight between Emelianenko and Mir, who fight in late April, later this year.

Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) said in the days after his TKO win over Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the UFC 220 co-main event the same night Sonnen beat Jackson, the two talked on the phone about each others’ fights.

“It’s very impressive – I’m excited,” Cormier recently told MMAjunkie Radio of Bellator’s tournament. “I’m happy for Chael. … He texted me telling me congratulations (for beating Oezdemir), and I go, ‘No, bud – after what you did last weekend, this warrants a telephone call.’

“So me and Chael talked for 30 minutes because I’m so happy and proud of him for going out there and getting the job done. And ‘Rampage’ looked big. ‘Rampage,’ in the pictures, he looked super in-shape, and in the fight he just looked massive. I was like, ‘Wow, this dude’s big.’ Chael went out there and did his thing. I’m so happy for Chael – he deserves to win.”

In 2011, Cormier was tossed into the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix as an injury replacement and beat Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Coker, now Bellator’s president, was running Strikeforce at the time. Cormier went on to the final and beat Josh Barnett before eventually moving on to the UFC in the promotions’ merger in 2013.

As an analyst, Cormier said he’s looking forward to the Mir-Emelianenko fight at Bellator’s event in the Chicago area in late April. But he also wishes an upcoming fight between light heavyweight champ Bader and Lawal had more at stake than just a spot in the semifinals.

(Bear in mind, Cormier has some history with Bader before Bader left the UFC for Bellator. After Cormier won the title for the first time at UFC 187, Bader interrupted his post-fight news conference to challenge him. The bad blood never got settled before Bader changed promotions as a free agent.)

“I want ‘Mo’ to go out there and really take it to Ryan Bader,” Cormier said. “I wish they could make that for the title, though – why can’t they just make that, inside their tournament, for the light heavyweight championship?”

Alas, if Lawal wins, Bader still will be the 205-pound champion, and “King Mo” will move on in an attempt to become the heavyweight king.

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

And for more on the upcoming Bellator and UFC schedules, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

Tyron Woodley's UFC welterweight title and its possible suitors

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In the current climate of superfights, there have been few champions clamoring louder than the UFC’s welterweight kingpin, Tyron Woodley.

Coming off a total of four championship fights that included three title defenses, Woodley (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) makes a solid argument for his cause when it comes to his resume. And though some of the champion’s approaches have earned him criticism from fans and pundits, an exciting matchup could be the perfect injection for Woodley and the welterweight division.

In a recent interview with MMAjunkie, Woodley said his recovery from shoulder surgery was coming along faster than expected and cited March, July and November as possible return dates. With that in mind, here are some projections for Woodley’s possible title challengers and their chances against the welterweight champion.

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Floyd Mayweather posts cryptic video entering MMA cage, and of course Conor McGregor responds

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Is Floyd Mayweather preparing to step in the UFC’s octagon for real? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped him from teasing it.

The idea of Mayweather, an undefeated boxing legend, fighting in the UFC – or in an MMA bout, in general – is something that’s come up infrequently over the years. The most recent was UFC President Dana White declaring a deal was in the works to get “Money” in the cage, but that was quickly shut down.

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Today, the soon-to-be 41-year-old Mayweather posted a cryptic video of him entering the cage at Syndicate MMA, a notable gym in his hometown of Las Vegas (via Twitter).

pic.twitter.com/JqWbuJ43eQ

— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) January 30, 2018

Mayweather last competed in the boxing ring this past August when he defeated UFC champion Conor McGregor in “The Money Fight.” Mayweather stopped McGregor by TKO in Round 10, and afterward said he’s officially retired from fighting.

If there’s one thing Mayweather is good at, though, it’s keeping his name in the headlines consistently. This is the latest example, and it certainly got a reaction from the MMA world – including, to no surprise, McGregor (via Twitter):

Hahahaha very good. Keep up the good work my son.
Yours sincerely,
Senior. https://t.co/Qk3U69isTS

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2018

Fuck the Mayweathers. pic.twitter.com/1E4MQTWoUr

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2018

Stop. https://t.co/IHFNC9yixs

— Tyler Melee Minton (@TheMeleeWay) January 30, 2018

So … this is a thing.https://t.co/TpT8s9eO71

— James Kimball (@jamesrkimball) January 30, 2018

i love how Floyd just loves to mess with MMA fans… it's almost too easy. https://t.co/3x3em8c6KP

— E. Casey Leydon (@ekc) January 30, 2018

All the internet trolls need to pack it up. Floyd just won. :) https://t.co/8SMnhsKEqP

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) January 30, 2018

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

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Floyd Mayweather posts cryptic video entering MMA cage, and of course Conor McGregor responds

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Is Floyd Mayweather preparing to step in the UFC’s octagon for real? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped him from teasing it.

The idea of Mayweather, an undefeated boxing legend, fighting in the UFC – or in an MMA bout, in general – is something that’s come up infrequently over the years. The most recent was UFC President Dana White declaring a deal was in the works to get “Money” in the cage, but that was quickly shut down.

RelatedMMAjunkie's '2017 Story of the Year': Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather crack open vault, change whole game

Today, the soon-to-be 41-year-old Mayweather posted a cryptic video of him entering the cage at Syndicate MMA, a notable gym in his hometown of Las Vegas (via Twitter).

pic.twitter.com/JqWbuJ43eQ

— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) January 30, 2018

Mayweather last competed in the boxing ring this past August when he defeated UFC champion Conor McGregor in “The Money Fight.” Mayweather stopped McGregor by TKO in Round 10, and afterward said he’s officially retired from fighting.

If there’s one thing Mayweather is good at, though, it’s keeping his name in the headlines consistently. This is the latest example, and it certainly got a reaction from the MMA world – including, to no surprise, McGregor (via Twitter):

Hahahaha very good. Keep up the good work my son.
Yours sincerely,
Senior. https://t.co/Qk3U69isTS

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2018

Fuck the Mayweathers. pic.twitter.com/1E4MQTWoUr

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2018

Stop. https://t.co/IHFNC9yixs

— Tyler Melee Minton (@TheMeleeWay) January 30, 2018

So … this is a thing.https://t.co/TpT8s9eO71

— James Kimball (@jamesrkimball) January 30, 2018

i love how Floyd just loves to mess with MMA fans… it's almost too easy. https://t.co/3x3em8c6KP

— E. Casey Leydon (@ekc) January 30, 2018

All the internet trolls need to pack it up. Floyd just won. :) https://t.co/8SMnhsKEqP

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) January 30, 2018

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

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Michael Bisping announces he's not competing at UFC Fight Night 127 in London

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With tickets set to go on sale later this week, UFC Fight Night 127 in London is still in need of a main event.

While former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) had teased the idea of potentially competing on the March 17 fight card at the O2, he today took to social media to announce that he will not be featured on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed event.

Don't buy tickets to see me fight in London. I'm not fighting. Just spoke with ufc.

— michael (@bisping) January 30, 2018

Bisping, 38, has expressed an interest in fighting one more time, preferably on English soil, before calling it a career. He was reportedly in line for a rematch of a 2007 contest with Rashad Evans for the event in London, but Bisping dismissed those rumors on the latest edition of his “Believe You Me” podcast.

“There isn’t a Rashad fight,” Bisping said. “Yes, people are reporting it, but I am not.”

Bisping last saw action in November, suffering a pair of back-to-back losses in just a three-week span after being knocked out by Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 and submitted by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217.

The UFC Fight Night 127 lineup currently includes:

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jimi Manuwa
  • Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Dmitry Poberezhets
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Paul Craig
  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Alex Reyes
  • Kajan Johnson vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Charles Byrd vs. John Phillips
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Jack Marshman
  • Oliver Enkamp vs. Danny Roberts
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Danny Henry

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

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Michael Bisping announces he's not competing at UFC Fight Night 127 in London

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With tickets set to go on sale later this week, UFC Fight Night 127 in London is still in need of a main event.

While former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) had teased the idea of potentially competing on the March 17 fight card at the O2, he today took to social media to announce that he will not be featured on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed event.

Don't buy tickets to see me fight in London. I'm not fighting. Just spoke with ufc.

— michael (@bisping) January 30, 2018

Bisping, 38, has expressed an interest in fighting one more time, preferably on English soil, before calling it a career. He was reportedly in line for a rematch of a 2007 contest with Rashad Evans for the event in London, but Bisping dismissed those rumors on the latest edition of his “Believe You Me” podcast.

“There isn’t a Rashad fight,” Bisping said. “Yes, people are reporting it, but I am not.”

Bisping last saw action in November, suffering a pair of back-to-back losses in just a three-week span after being knocked out by Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 and submitted by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217.

The UFC Fight Night 127 lineup currently includes:

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jimi Manuwa
  • Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Dmitry Poberezhets
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Paul Craig
  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Alex Reyes
  • Kajan Johnson vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Charles Byrd vs. John Phillips
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Jack Marshman
  • Oliver Enkamp vs. Danny Roberts
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Danny Henry

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

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UFC-Belem main-event breakdown: Youth or experience with Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders?

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MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 125’s top bouts. Today, we look at the main event.

UFC Fight Night 125 takes place Saturday at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil, and the card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

* * * *

Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC)

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 39 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 74″
  • Last fight: KO loss to Derek Brunson (Oct. 28, 2017)
  • Camp: Kings MMA (California)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ Former UFC light-heavyweight champion
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
+ Shotokan karate black belt
+ 9 KO victories
+ 2 submission wins
+ 5 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Crafty feints and footwork
^ Deceptive distance closer
+ Accurate left cross
^ Coming forward or off the counter
+ Dangerous left kick
+ Tradionally counter wrestles well
^ Solid base and balance
– Sometimes struggles off of back
– 0-3 against fellow UFC southpaws

Eryk Anders (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

Eryk Anders

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 30 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 75″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Markus Perez (Dec. 9, 2017)
  • Camp: Spartan Fitness (Alabama)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ LFA middleweight title
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt
+ Golden Gloves champ (Alabama)
+ 6 KO victories
+ 1 submission win
+ 6 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Consistent pace and pressure
+ Improved striking flow
^ Devastating left hand
+ Underrated fight IQ
+ Strong inside of the clinch
^ Strikes well off of the breaks
+ Solid takedown ability
+ Excellent transitional grappling
^ Good positional awareness and rides

Summary:

The main event in Belem features a middleweight bout between Lyoto Machida and Eryk Anders.

A former champion who needs little introduction, Machida has made his mark on the sport with his trademark karate stylings. Now, with a chance to fight in front of a hometown crowd, Machida will attempt to halt a three-fight skid and return to glory.

Seeking to spoil the homecoming is Anders, a former linebacker for the University of Alabama who is translating his success seamlessly into MMA. Requesting this road game in Brazil, Anders will now have a chance to make a mark of his own.

Starting off on the feet, we have a battle between two southpaw strikers who go about their business in different ways.

As I often preach in my breakdowns, a matchup of lefties can always be tricky, especially considering that most southpaws predicate their games on facing an opponent of the opposite stance. For this reason, the more “skilled” striker does not always demonstrate his perceived on-paper advantages.

With that in mind, I will be curious to see Machida’s approach in what will be his fourth straight southpaw opponent. But with an aggressive counterpart in Anders, I’m sure the former champion’s counter-striking style will be present and prevalent through the duration of exchanges.

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Typically circling along the outside of range, Machida will lure his opposition into his space, keeping left-cross counters on a hair-trigger for anyone who commits to entering. Once finding offensive angles to his liking, the Brazilian blitzes in left-to-right punch continuums.

When feeling in stride, Machida will unleash his patented left body and head kicks, a weapon that has seemingly gotten stronger since his time spent with Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA.

Although it is hard to expect the 15-year pro to make any drastic changes, I will be interested to see if Machida applies defensive adjustments given the oncoming opponent at hand.

Anders, the more process-driven fighter, will pressure forward with his feet beneath him and his hands at the ready. Working behind prodding jabs, Anders keeps an accurate cross at the ready.

Demonstrating improvements from fight to fight, Anders does a better job of accompanying feints to his already fast distance closing abilities. Unloading punches with a thudding impact, the undefeated fighter variates his shots to the body before coming back upstairs.

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And considering that Anders does his best work when forcing his opposition toward the fence (a place that has caused problems for Machida in the past), I would not be surprised to see another pressure-heavy approach from the American here.

In Machida’s middleweight title bout with Chris Weidman, we saw him initially struggle to get off offensively under the waves of suffocating strikes and takedown stanzas. Should Anders have similar intentions, I will be looking to see how he fairs in the takedown portion of the equation.

Anders appears to be the better wrestler by a good stretch at this point in their perspective careers. Having a preternatural feel for transitions, the 30-year-old changes his level seamlessly in the heat of battle, displaying an ability to chain his takedowns if his initial attempt fails.

Whether Anders is hitting takedowns from the clinch or reactionary shots in the open, it is on the floor where his skills and fight IQ shine brightest.

Working well from topside, Anders shows excellent shoulder-pressure that he uses to pin, pass or persuade his opposition into a specific direction. Coupled with his positional awareness and ability to ride while delivering punishing strikes, and Anders could make it a rough night out for the legend.

Historically, Machida has been hard to take down outside of well-timed shots or an outright out-muscling. When fighters attempt to clinch Machida, he does well at re-swimming for underhooks or even limp-arming his way to safety when he needs to. But if Machida fails to defend the takedown, he has proven to be far from impervious.

Although he is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Machida has traditionally struggled when being put on his back, often displaying a lack of offense or even scrambling ability from the bottom.

Against Weidman, this cost Machida crucial rounds. Against Rockhold and Romero, it cost him brutal stoppages.

The oddsmakers and public seem to be firmly decided, listing Anders -300 and Machida +220 as of this writing.

As a longtime karate practitioner, part of me has always rooted for Machida to do well ever since watching his initial rise to the light-heavyweight title. That said, I believe the odds listed above are correct considering the current point in time these men are meeting.

Not only is Machida in the more advanced stages of his career, but he has always carried a style that is heavily reliant on speed and reaction times – the attributes that typically go first with age. Add on his recent record of stoppage losses against southpaw opposition, and I fear this a matchup that bodes poorly for Belem’s hometown hero.

The pick is Anders by a late first-round finish on the floor.

Official pick: Anders inside the distance

For more on UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Jul 22, 2017; Long Island, NY, USA; Eryk Anders (blue gloves) reacts to fight against Rafael Natal (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Nassau Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Nov 21, 2009; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Eryk Anders (32) during the game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Nov 29, 2008; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA: Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Eryk Anders (32) reacts after sacking Auburn Tigers quarterback Kodi Burns (18) during the first half of the Iron Bowl at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Oct 24, 2009; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Eryk Anders (32) attempts to block the pass of Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Jonathan Crompton (8) at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports Jan 7, 2010; Pasadena, CA, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) fumbles as he is sacked by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Eryk Anders (32) during the fourth quarter of the 2010 BCS national championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Jul 22, 2017; Long Island, NY, USA; Rafael Natal (red gloves) fights Eryk Anders (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Nassau Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Jul 22, 2017; Long Island, NY, USA; Rafael Natal (red gloves) fights Eryk Anders (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Nassau Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Jul 22, 2017; Long Island, NY, USA; Rafael Natal (red gloves) fights Eryk Anders (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Nassau Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Jul 22, 2017; Long Island, NY, USA; Rafael Natal (red gloves) fights Eryk Anders (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Nassau Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Jul 22, 2017; Long Island, NY, USA; Eryk Anders (blue gloves) reacts to fight against Rafael Natal (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Nassau Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Eryk Anders (red gloves) fights Markus Perez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Eryk Anders (red gloves) fights Markus Perez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Eryk Anders (red gloves) fights Markus Perez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Eryk Anders (red gloves) fights Markus Perez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 9, 2017; Fresno, CA, USA; Eryk Anders (red gloves) fights Markus Perez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/XeoSw22FriqHk66aooWmSD/300124", customAnalytics: true, title: "Eryk Anders", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

UFC-Belem main-event breakdown: Youth or experience with Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders?

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MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 125’s top bouts. Today, we look at the main event.

UFC Fight Night 125 takes place Saturday at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil, and the card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

* * * *

Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC)

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 39 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 74″
  • Last fight: KO loss to Derek Brunson (Oct. 28, 2017)
  • Camp: Kings MMA (California)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ Former UFC light-heavyweight champion
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
+ Shotokan karate black belt
+ 9 KO victories
+ 2 submission wins
+ 5 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Crafty feints and footwork
^ Deceptive distance closer
+ Accurate left cross
^ Coming forward or off the counter
+ Dangerous left kick
+ Tradionally counter wrestles well
^ Solid base and balance
– Sometimes struggles off of back
– 0-3 against fellow UFC southpaws

Eryk Anders (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

Eryk Anders

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 30 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 75″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Markus Perez (Dec. 9, 2017)
  • Camp: Spartan Fitness (Alabama)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ LFA middleweight title
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt
+ Golden Gloves champ (Alabama)
+ 6 KO victories
+ 1 submission win
+ 6 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Consistent pace and pressure
+ Improved striking flow
^ Devastating left hand
+ Underrated fight IQ
+ Strong inside of the clinch
^ Strikes well off of the breaks
+ Solid takedown ability
+ Excellent transitional grappling
^ Good positional awareness and rides

Summary:

The main event in Belem features a middleweight bout between Lyoto Machida and Eryk Anders.

A former champion who needs little introduction, Machida has made his mark on the sport with his trademark karate stylings. Now, with a chance to fight in front of a hometown crowd, Machida will attempt to halt a three-fight skid and return to glory.

Seeking to spoil the homecoming is Anders, a former linebacker for the University of Alabama who is translating his success seamlessly into MMA. Requesting this road game in Brazil, Anders will now have a chance to make a mark of his own.

Starting off on the feet, we have a battle between two southpaw strikers who go about their business in different ways.

As I often preach in my breakdowns, a matchup of lefties can always be tricky, especially considering that most southpaws predicate their games on facing an opponent of the opposite stance. For this reason, the more “skilled” striker does not always demonstrate his perceived on-paper advantages.

With that in mind, I will be curious to see Machida’s approach in what will be his fourth straight southpaw opponent. But with an aggressive counterpart in Anders, I’m sure the former champion’s counter-striking style will be present and prevalent through the duration of exchanges.

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Typically circling along the outside of range, Machida will lure his opposition into his space, keeping left-cross counters on a hair-trigger for anyone who commits to entering. Once finding offensive angles to his liking, the Brazilian blitzes in left-to-right punch continuums.

When feeling in stride, Machida will unleash his patented left body and head kicks, a weapon that has seemingly gotten stronger since his time spent with Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA.

Although it is hard to expect the 15-year pro to make any drastic changes, I will be interested to see if Machida applies defensive adjustments given the oncoming opponent at hand.

Anders, the more process-driven fighter, will pressure forward with his feet beneath him and his hands at the ready. Working behind prodding jabs, Anders keeps an accurate cross at the ready.

Demonstrating improvements from fight to fight, Anders does a better job of accompanying feints to his already fast distance closing abilities. Unloading punches with a thudding impact, the undefeated fighter variates his shots to the body before coming back upstairs.

RelatedWhy Eryk Anders isn't 'like all giddy or excited' about UFC headliner with Lyoto Machida

And considering that Anders does his best work when forcing his opposition toward the fence (a place that has caused problems for Machida in the past), I would not be surprised to see another pressure-heavy approach from the American here.

In Machida’s middleweight title bout with Chris Weidman, we saw him initially struggle to get off offensively under the waves of suffocating strikes and takedown stanzas. Should Anders have similar intentions, I will be looking to see how he fairs in the takedown portion of the equation.

Anders appears to be the better wrestler by a good stretch at this point in their perspective careers. Having a preternatural feel for transitions, the 30-year-old changes his level seamlessly in the heat of battle, displaying an ability to chain his takedowns if his initial attempt fails.

Whether Anders is hitting takedowns from the clinch or reactionary shots in the open, it is on the floor where his skills and fight IQ shine brightest.

Working well from topside, Anders shows excellent shoulder-pressure that he uses to pin, pass or persuade his opposition into a specific direction. Coupled with his positional awareness and ability to ride while delivering punishing strikes, and Anders could make it a rough night out for the legend.

Historically, Machida has been hard to take down outside of well-timed shots or an outright out-muscling. When fighters attempt to clinch Machida, he does well at re-swimming for underhooks or even limp-arming his way to safety when he needs to. But if Machida fails to defend the takedown, he has proven to be far from impervious.

Although he is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Machida has traditionally struggled when being put on his back, often displaying a lack of offense or even scrambling ability from the bottom.

Against Weidman, this cost Machida crucial rounds. Against Rockhold and Romero, it cost him brutal stoppages.

The oddsmakers and public seem to be firmly decided, listing Anders -300 and Machida +220 as of this writing.

As a longtime karate practitioner, part of me has always rooted for Machida to do well ever since watching his initial rise to the light-heavyweight title. That said, I believe the odds listed above are correct considering the current point in time these men are meeting.

Not only is Machida in the more advanced stages of his career, but he has always carried a style that is heavily reliant on speed and reaction times – the attributes that typically go first with age. Add on his recent record of stoppage losses against southpaw opposition, and I fear this a matchup that bodes poorly for Belem’s hometown hero.

The pick is Anders by a late first-round finish on the floor.

Official pick: Anders inside the distance

For more on UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC's James Mulheron accepts one-year suspension for anti-doping violation

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UFC heavyweight James Mulheron will be sitting out most of 2018.

Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a 29-year-old Englishman, accepted a one-year suspension by UFC anti-doping partner USADA for a failed drug test conducted prior a November fight, which was slated for UFC Fight Night 122 in Shangai.

In a press release, USADA announced Mulheron failed an out-of-competition test due to clomiphene and its metabolite, hydroxyclomiphene – a specified substance in the class of hormone and metabolic modulators that is prohibited year-round. The suspension is retroactive to Nov. 17, 2017.

Mulheron was pulled from the Nov. 25 event and his card-opening fight with Cyril Asker after the UFC announced his potential anti-doping violation.

RelatedJames Mulheron pulled from UFC-Shanghai opener due to potential USADA violation

Here’s the full release:

“USADA announced today that UFC® athlete, James Mulheron, of South Shields, United Kingdom, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted the standard one-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

“Mulheron, 29, tested positive for clomiphene and its metabolite, hydroxyclomiphene, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on November 10, 2017. Clomiphene is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

“Clomiphene is not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in the male population, as its use has not been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy. Clomiphene also indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone. Increasing testosterone, especially when combined with strength training, has been demonstrated to increase fat-free mass, muscle size, and strength in males, potentially leading to performance enhancement in sport.

“Mulheron’s one-year period of ineligibility began on November 17, 2017, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. As a result of his positive test, Mulheron was removed from the Card for the UFC Fight Night event in Shanghai, China, scheduled for November 25, 2017.

“Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under his or her sanction.”

Mulheron, a former heavyweight champ for the England-based M4tC 22 promotion, suffered a decision loss to Justin Willis in his July 2017 UFC debut. It snapped a four-fight winning streak and was just his second loss in a career that includes six knockouts in 11 career victories.

Mulheron is eligible to fight again on Nov. 17 of this year.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC's James Mulheron accepts one-year suspension for anti-doping violation

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UFC heavyweight James Mulheron will be sitting out most of 2018.

Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a 29-year-old Englishman, accepted a one-year suspension by UFC anti-doping partner USADA for a failed drug test conducted prior a November fight, which was slated for UFC Fight Night 122 in Shangai.

In a press release, USADA announced Mulheron failed an out-of-competition test due to clomiphene and its metabolite, hydroxyclomiphene – a specified substance in the class of hormone and metabolic modulators that is prohibited year-round. The suspension is retroactive to Nov. 17, 2017.

Mulheron was pulled from the Nov. 25 event and his card-opening fight with Cyril Asker after the UFC announced his potential anti-doping violation.

RelatedJames Mulheron pulled from UFC-Shanghai opener due to potential USADA violation

Here’s the full release:

“USADA announced today that UFC® athlete, James Mulheron, of South Shields, United Kingdom, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted the standard one-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

“Mulheron, 29, tested positive for clomiphene and its metabolite, hydroxyclomiphene, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on November 10, 2017. Clomiphene is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

“Clomiphene is not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in the male population, as its use has not been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy. Clomiphene also indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone. Increasing testosterone, especially when combined with strength training, has been demonstrated to increase fat-free mass, muscle size, and strength in males, potentially leading to performance enhancement in sport.

“Mulheron’s one-year period of ineligibility began on November 17, 2017, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. As a result of his positive test, Mulheron was removed from the Card for the UFC Fight Night event in Shanghai, China, scheduled for November 25, 2017.

“Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under his or her sanction.”

Mulheron, a former heavyweight champ for the England-based M4tC 22 promotion, suffered a decision loss to Justin Willis in his July 2017 UFC debut. It snapped a four-fight winning streak and was just his second loss in a career that includes six knockouts in 11 career victories.

Mulheron is eligible to fight again on Nov. 17 of this year.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Roberto Gordo ensina armlock do cem-quilos na Start BJJ Academy

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Roberto “Gordo” Correa, professor da Start BJJ Academy. Foto: Reprodução

Sempre em busca do Jiu-Jitsu simples e eficiente, nosso professor GMI Roberto Gordo, da Start BJJ Academy, traz para você, estudioso leitor de GRACIEMAG, uma opção para finalizar o adversário após chegar no controle lateral.

Na aula, Gordo mostra passo a passo como dominar o oponente e sair no armlock. Para tal, o professor mostra detalhes do posicionamento do braço para travar completamente o inimigo. Depois do controle, Gordo avança com o passo por cima da cabeça, para dominar a calça do adversário e assim sair no seguro armlock.

Confira a posição gravada por Roberto Gordo na Start BJJ Academy, em Pembroke Pines, na Florida, e fique ligado no nosso catálogo GMI, que reúne os melhores professores do Brasil e do mundo!

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ben Nguyen, Brendan Fitzgerald and Ana Julaton

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ben Nguyen, Brendan Fitzgerald and Ana Julaton.

Nguyen fights flyweight Jussier Formiga on Feb. 10 at UFC 221. Fitzgerald handles play-by-play duties on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 125 in Brazil. Julaton, our in-studio guest host, fights fellow pro boxer/MMA fighter Heather Hardy on Feb. 16 at Bellator 194.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • 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.

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ben Nguyen, Brendan Fitzgerald and Ana Julaton

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ben Nguyen, Brendan Fitzgerald and Ana Julaton.

Nguyen fights flyweight Jussier Formiga on Feb. 10 at UFC 221. Fitzgerald handles play-by-play duties on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 125 in Brazil. Julaton, our in-studio guest host, fights fellow pro boxer/MMA fighter Heather Hardy on Feb. 16 at Bellator 194.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • 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.

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2610 with Dustin Poirier, Eric Nicksick

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Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Dustin Poirier and Eric Nicksick.

Poirier headlines UFC on FOX 29 in Glendale, Ariz., against former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje on April 14. He called in to discuss the fight. Nicksick, the gym manager at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, co-hosted the show in the studio.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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