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UFC President Dana White says he isn’t really a tattoo guy, which might be surprising for an MMA promoter.

In a new video from GQ.com, White plays a game of “Guess Those Tattoos.” And in the world of MMA, there’s no shortage of ink.

It gives White ample opportunity to goof on the likes of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, ex-heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, former interim titleholder Carlos Condit, former contender Alan Belcher (and his infamous Johnny Cash ink), vet Darren Elkins, WWE star turned MMA fighter Phil “CM Punk” Brooks and others.

RelatedMMA has inspired some terrible tattoos, but this McGregor-Diaz ink is pretty amazing

“I think tattoos are a bad idea, whether you’re a fighter or not,” White says. “But man, fighters got some bad taste in tattoos.”

When asked to identify fighters by their tattoos alone, White had a surprisingly solid success rate.

Check out the full video above.

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Mickey Gall, Duane Ludwig and Jason Buchamer

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Mickey Gall, Duane Ludwig and Jason Buchamer.

Fast-rising Gall fights fellow welterweight Randy Brown on Saturday’s UFC 217 preliminary card. Ludwig corners T.J. Dillashaw, who challenges bantamweight titleholder Cody Garbrandt, in the co-headliner of the event. Former MMAjunkie Radio intern Buchamer recaps the latest episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”

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Why is Georges St-Pierre a big deal? 5 fights that defined a UFC legend

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Take heed, fight fans. The return of Georges St-Pierre in a middleweight title fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 217 on Saturday is nigh at hand.

If, like me, you’re wondering why that doesn’t seem like a bigger deal to more people, maybe it’s time to consider a lot has changed in the four years since St-Pierre last fought, and those changes might include some serious shifts in the fanbase.

For instance, you could have first discovered an interest in MMA midway through your freshman year, gotten gradually more into it during your sophomore and junior years, then graduated as a wise and haggard senior all without ever having actually lived through a GSP fight.

You could have watched every moment of the last 161 UFC events, which would have taken roughly 1,000 hours of your life, and still never have seen the former longstanding welterweight champion in action.

RelatedUFC 217 preview: The historic numbers behind Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre

What’s it to you if he’s coming back now? And if he’s so great, why doesn’t he have a bunch of fight-ending highlights floating around the internet? There’s not a single clip of him yelling at someone while throwing an energy drink at the guy’s head, so how important could he be?

All fair points (kind of). So here, let’s look back at the defining moments that made St-Pierre an MMA great – even if we have to peer into the non-HD vault of UFC fight footage to do it.

1. St-Pierre vs. Sean Sherk, UFC 56

It’s crazy to think GSP got his first crack at the UFC title in just his third fight with the promotion, and his eighth pro fight overall. What’s even crazier is that he lost, getting armbarred by Matt Hughes for the first loss of his career in a battle for the vacant 170-pound title belt.

It was a crushing blow for the 23 year-old St-Pierre, but a year later he was back near the top of the welterweight division, having reeled off four wins in a row. The last came against Sean Sherk, who would later become UFC lightweight champ, but on that night he was little more than a punching bag for a bigger, stronger GSP.

But what was really notable about the fight was what came after. During a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, St-Pierre literally got down on his knees and begged “UFC management” for another chance at the title. It succeeded in helping him stand out, especially since the very next fight on the card saw the champion Hughes defeat Joe Riggs via submission.

RelatedWhy did Georges St-Pierre leave? Before UFC 217 return, GSP discusses self-imposed exile 2. St-Pierre vs. Matt Hughes II, UFC 65

In his rematch with the champion, St-Pierre vowed that he wouldn’t make the same mistake he did in the first fight. That mistake? “I gave him too much respect,” St-Pierre said.

He was already on the path to avoiding that error some two months before the fight, when he showed up at Hughes’ title defense against B.J. Penn at UFC 63 (a spot that was supposed to be St-Pierre’s before injury forced him out of the fight) and hugged the victorious champion before dropping one of his most famous lines.

“I’m very glad you won that fight, Matt,” St-Pierre said into the microphone. “But I’m not impressed with your performance.”

By St-Pierre standards, it was blisteringly severe trash talk. He would meet Hughes in the rematch two months later, and this time it was a different St-Pierre who showed up. Confident, aggressive, he attacked the champion with a diverse striking attack, dropping him with help from his signature Superman punch late in the first, then finishing him with a head kick followed by ground-and-pound early in the second.

At the time it felt like a monumental shift. After two long stints as champ, the first interrupted only briefly by a loss to Penn, Hughes felt like the welterweight champion of record for many MMA fans. Seeing him so easily dethroned seemed to mark the beginning of a new era – one that would continue for the better part of the next seven years, with only one brief pause …

Georges St-Pierre got revenge on Matt Serra but not before one of the most stunning upsets in MMA history.

3. St-Pierre vs. Matt Serra, UFC 69

Any conversation about the biggest upsets in MMA history must inevitably include GSP’s first fight with Serra, who came into the bout as a roughly 8-1 underdog and left as the UFC welterweight champion. This was the unthinkable in action. Serra had earned the shot by winning the welterweight division of a “comeback” season on “The Ultimate Fighter.” Coming into the bout, he seemed less like a threatening challenger and more like a man in possession of a certain kind of lottery ticket.

That all changed when Serra’s right hand found the sweet spot just behind St-Pierre’s ear. Soon the 13-1 favorite was stumbling like a newborn fawn, and Serra was swarming in for more. When the fight was finally stopped and the belt strapped around his waist, even Serra seemed to be in a state of shock.

RelatedBefore UFC 217 headliner, watch Georges St-Pierre get revenge on Matt Serra to reclaim title

As for GSP, he became obsessed with, in his words, “revenge.” He wanted nothing more than to beat Serra and reclaim his title. As he would later tell it, a sports psychiatrist he was working with compared his single-minded focus to a brick that was weighing him down day after day.

“He made me get a brick, and I wrote ‘Matt Serra’ on it, and he said, ‘When you are ready to release that brick and look to the future, you’re going to take this brick and throw it into the river.’ It sounds stupid, but that’s what I did,” St-Pierre said. “I think it helped me to release a lot of the negative energy that I had. Instead of focusing, I kept my eyes off of the goal. So now I’m focused again on the goal. I think this helped me a lot.”

After a decision win over Josh Koscheck, followed by a submission over Hughes in the rubber match for an interim title, St-Pierre got another shot at Serra almost exactly one year after their first fight. This time GSP took no chances. After touching gloves to start the fight, he immediately took Serra down and then began a systematic destruction that finally ended with a barrage of knees to the body of a downed and exhausted Serra late in the second round. He had avenged his only loss as champion. And he has yet to lose again.

Georges St-Pierre dominated B.J. Penn at UFC 94.

4. St-Pierre vs. B.J. Penn, UFC 94

GSP’s path to winning the title in the first place had gone straight through another former champion in Penn, who he narrowly defeated via split decision after being bloodied early on in a three-round fight at UFC 58. After Penn’s follow-up loss to Hughes, he returned to lightweight, where he soon won the vacant title before defending it against Sherk, who’d been stripped of the belt after testing positive for steroids in 2007.

But Penn couldn’t seem to forget about St-Pierre, and soon he was talking about going back up in weight for a champion-vs.-champion clash with the welterweight titleholder. The UFC apparently liked the idea enough to put more promotional muscle than usual behind the bout, including a new preview show called “UFC Primetime,” which showed both men’s preparations (though it also led to some criticism of Penn’s training habits and work ethic).

St-Pierre would dominate Penn in the fight, eventually forcing a corner stoppage at the end of the fourth round, but controversy soon followed. Penn and his team pointed toward a moment earlier in the fight, when one of GSP’s coaches – muay thai specialist and general guru Phil Nurse – appeared to rub Vaseline on St-Pierre’s chest between rounds.

Penn took his complaint to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which heard from just about everyone – including Penn’s mother – in a hearing on the matter. St-Pierre and his team insisted that any violation of the rules was accidental, but for a time the accusation threatened to stick to the champion. Other previous opponents popped up with complaints that GSP felt “greasy” during their fights, though it was hard to tell what was serious accusation and what was just sour grapes.

Ultimately, the NSAC took no action against St-Pierre, and Penn had to live with the lopsided loss. Though St-Pierre would go on to defend his title seven more times, the victory over Penn was his last stoppage win to date.

Georges St-Pierre eked out a controversial win over Johny Hednricks at UFC 167.

5. St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks, UFC 167

After going to his “dark place” to beat Nick Diaz in March 2013, St-Pierre returned in November to face a dangerous contender on a six-fight winning streak. Hendricks made for an interesting opponent because he seemed to pose a new kind of challenge for St-Pierre. His background as an NCAA national champion wrestler meant he wouldn’t be as easy to take down as past opponents like Diaz and Carlos Condit, and his string of knockout victories suggested he could hurt the champion on the feet.

In a lot of ways, Hendricks lived up to those promises. Over five close rounds, Hendricks seemed to hurt St-Pierre with strikes at several points, leaving his already bruise-prone face looking like a lump of spoiled fruit by the end.

Georges St-Pierre after UFC 167.

Still, two of the three judges saw it for St-Pierre, surprising many fans and fellow fighters who thought Hendricks had done enough to take the title. In the cage after the win, GSP threw more fuel on the fire. He was “stepping away” from the sport of MMA, he told Rogan. He refused to explain why, or to say if or when he might return.

At the ensuing post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White was livid. Much of his ire was directed at the judges and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which he called “atrocious” and in need of an intervention from the governor’s office.

But as White ranted and raved – all before St-Pierre had arrived – he also complained about St-Pierre’s post-fight comments.

“He didn’t say he was going to retire,” White said of GSP. “He said, ‘I’m going to take some time off.’ You don’t just say, ‘Hey I’m going to take some time off, maybe I’ll be back, maybe I won’t.’ You owe it to the fans, you owe it to that belt, you owe it to this company, and you owe it to Johny Hendricks to give him that opportunity to fight again, unless you’re going to retire.”

St-Pierre, however, was resolute. He’d made up his mind. Having his boss scream at him while he was out of the room didn’t seem to soften his stance any.

“I’ve being fighting for a very long time at a high level,” St-Pierre said. “It’s a lot of pressure. I’ve decided I need to take time off. I vacated my title for the respect of other competitors. One day, when I feel like it, I might come back. But right now, I need a break.”

And that was the last we saw of him in the UFC. Until now.

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

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5 reasons to watch Bellator 186, where a once-disrespected challenger gets his wish

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After he signed a free-agent deal with Bellator, former UFC light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader was booked to face Muhammed Lawal in his promotional debut, but an injury forced “King Mo” from the fight. That gave Bader the opportunity to meet then-light heavyweight champion Phil Davis at Bellator 180.

Bader won by split decision, and the victory earned him the first major title of his 10-year career. On Friday Bader looks to defend that title when he meets Linton Vassell in Bellator 186’s main event.

In the co-main event, Ilima Macfarlane faces Emily Ducote for the Bellator’s inaugural women’s flyweight title.

Former champ Davis also appears on this card and welcomes Bellator newcomer Leo Leite to the promotion.

Bellator 186 takes place at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa., with a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Here are five reasons to watch the event.

1. Put the lesson to good use

Not long after Bader took the light heavyweight title from Davis at Bellator 180, Bellator President Scott Coker told MMAjunkie he was leaning toward Bader vs. Lawal for the freshly minted champ’s first title defense. That didn’t sit well with Vassell, who defeated former champ Liam McGeary at Bellator 179.

“I do feel disrespected,” Vassell told MMAjunkie. “I feel like what I’ve done is not enough. Beating former world champions is not enough. If you’ve got a bigger name, then you’re going to get the fight – win or lose. No disrespect for Mo, but his recent record is win, loss, win, loss.

“When Scott was asked the question (about who was next), he didn’t even mention my name. He just said, ‘Yeah, Mo will be next in line.’”

In August, the promotion gave Vassell (18-5 MMA, 7-2 BMMA), who is No. 14 in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings, what he wanted: the opportunity to fight the No. 3-ranked Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) for his title.

This is Vassell’s second shot at the light heavyweight crown. In his previous title fight, then-champ Emanuel Newton submitted him in the fifth round. Vassell had the champ in trouble multiple times during that contest with his own submission game, but he couldn’t force the tap.

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Vassell, who is in the midst of a three-fight winning streak, has waited three years for his second shot at Bellator gold. He’s said he learned from his first title fight loss, and we’ll find out if that’s true at Bellator 186.

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Macfarlane has had a wild ride in MMA. She made her pro debut in 2015 and won that fight with a 10-second knockout. Video of the stoppage quickly went viral after her overmatched opponent, Katie Castro, was dubbed a “soccer mom.” Since then, Macfarlane has done an excellent job of shaking off whatever stigma came with that win. She’s now 6-0, and at Bellator 186, she meets Ducote for the inaugural flyweight title.

This is the second meeting between these two. In the first fight, Macfarlane scored a unanimous-decision victory. Since that bout, Macfarlane (6-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) has one win – a first-round armbar submission – while Ducote (6-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) has a submission win and decision victory to her name.

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The first matchup between these two was fairly even. Ducote had the advantage on the feet, but Macfarlane’s aggressive ground game won her the fight.

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Former light heavyweight champ Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) meets promotional newcomer Leite at Bellator 186.

Even though this is Leite’s (10-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) first fight with Bellator, he’s no neophyte when it comes to combat sports. He enters this bout as a former dual-division titleholder with Legacy FC. He also sports a perfect 10-0 record. Leite has also won world championships in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The only mark against the Brazilian is that he hasn’t fought in nearly a year.

This is a high-risk, low-reward fight for Davis. Not only is he fighting at the school where he won an NCAA Division I national wrestling championship, but he also faces an opponent who lacks the name recognition of many of his former foes. If Davis, who is ranked No. 4 in the light-heavyweight division, loses this fight, his road back to a title shot could lengthen.

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Zach Freeman

Zach Freeman raised his profile considerably in his most recent fight. Freeman was the man Bellator picked to fight the much-hyped Aaron Pico in his pro debut. Freeman ran over Pico, submitting him in 24 seconds in front of a stunned crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) takes a considerable step up in competition at Bellator 186, where he faces 14-fight Bellator veteran Saad Awad (20-9 MMA, 8-6 BMMA), who has been in the cage with some of the best fighters in the promotion’s lightweight division.

Awad has had mixed results in those fights, but he’s a tough, well-rounded fighter who puts a lot of pressure on his opponents. Awad defeated Ryan Quinn by decision in his most recent bout.

If Freeman can get past Awad, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Bellator fast-tracked him into a fight against a top-five lightweight in his next outing.

5. Stepping up

Ed Ruth (3-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) wanted a step up in competition for his fourth professional fight. He gets that in former UFC competitor Chris Dempsey (11-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who had a four-fight run with the UFC between 2012-2016.

During that time, he went 1-3, and his three losses all came via first-round knockout. In his most recent bout, Dempsey was knocked out in 40 seconds by Adam Hunter at a regional show (Hunter signed with the UFC after that victory).

Ruth, a three-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion at Penn State, turned pro in MMA in 2016.

Since inking his deal with Bellator, Ruth has looked like a solid prospect. He’s still working on his situational awareness, and he does rely heavily on his wrestling, but he’s making steady progress. One thing in Ruth’s favor in this fight is Dempsey’s takedown defense, which was a mere 16 percent during his UFC tenure.

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Bellator 186's Ed Ruth on why punching people is way easier than wrestling

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Let’s get one thing clear: Ed Ruth wants to punch someone in the face. Anyone. After all, that’s way easier than wrestling.

As it happens, on Friday at Bellator 186, the person Ruth (3-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) wants to punch in the face is UFC veteran Chris Dempsey (11-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who is making his promotional debut against the former Penn State University wrestling standout, now an unbeaten and up-and-coming middleweight.

Bellator 186 takes place at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. The main card, including Ruth vs. Dempsey, airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

RelatedLinton Vassell says he's night and day difference from first title shot to Bellator 186

In his young MMA career, Ruth has three knockouts in three fights. For his fourth fight in his first year as a pro, he wants to keep that perfect finishing rate.

“I’m looking for the fourth knockout,” Ruth told MMAjunkie on Wednesday. “Obviously I want to go for submissions and everything (eventually). But once you first step in the cage, and you’re a young fighter, the first thing on your mind is you just want to punch somebody. You just want to hit ’em. It’s a new feeling – it’s brand new.

“(When) I was wrestling, I could just grapple you. I could just grab your leg and take you down. Now I can just punch you. That’s easy. Once you get past that initial fear of punching someone in the face, it’s great. It takes a lot of stress out of your body.”

Dempsey comes into the fight as the most accomplished MMA opponent Ruth will have been in the cage against. But he’s fallen on some hard times. After a 10-1 start to his career, he got the call from the UFC. But there, he went just 1-3, and his lone win was a questionable split decision over Eddie Gordon.

Dempsey’s three UFC losses all were knockouts, and after he was let go, he suffered another KO loss in just 40 seconds to Adam Hunter in Pittsburgh in June. But Dempsey is a Pennsylvanian, too, and may be girded by a home-state fight, even though he’ll clearly be on Ruth’s turf at Penn State.

“I didn’t train just for Chris Dempsey – I’ve been training for anybody, anybody I’ll meet in the Bellator cage,” Ruth said. “I’ve seen him as a fighter. I just don’t believe he has anything I should be scared of. I don’t think he has anything that will stump me. But as I go out there, I’m still going to respect him like he’s a champion. I don’t want to go out there with my hands down, flat-footed, and get caught. That happens. I saw a couple of his fights in the past, (but) I didn’t see too much that made me put up the alert.”

For more from Ruth, check out the video above.

And for more on Bellator 186, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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'PFL: Fight Night' co-headliner Steven Siler just trying to 'have fun beating people up'

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Steven Siler had his run in the UFC, going 5-4 inside the octagon from December 2011 until his final fight with the industry leader in June 2014. Back then, the focus was 100 percent on training and fighting.

That’s a little tougher these days.

Siler (29-16), who takes Lance Palmer (11-3) in the co-main event of tonight’s “PFL: Fight Night” event in Washington D.C. (8 p.m. ET on MMAjunkie), has fought for four different promotions since leaving the UFC. PFL will mark his fifth.

RelatedWith plans to retire before 35, PFL's Lance Palmer wants to make most of time in MMA

Things are different as he now holds a regular day job in the mornings to balance with training for MMA fights. He is, however, thankful for the support he gets from his wife, who’s been doing well in real estate to allow him to concentrate more on training.

“That’s helped us out quite a bit,” Siler told MMAjunkie Radio. “Let me train a lot more, teach and just get ready for some fights.”

Because fighting is what he still enjoys most.

“I’m just trying to have fun in the gym, have fun beating people up,” Siler said.

To hear more from Siler, including his thoughts on his matchup with Palmer, check out the video above.

And for more on “PFL: Fight Night,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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You may not know Leo Leite, but Phil Davis knows the danger at Bellator 186

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The name standing across from Phil Davis on Friday at Bellator 186 may not jump out to casual fans.

And it may not be one that many would presume would get the former champ back into quick title contention at light heavyweight. But Davis (17-4-1 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) appears to be acutely aware of the kind of threat Leo Leite (10-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) presents to him.

Brazil’s Leite, making his Bellator debut, is a black belt in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo. And while the 39-year old only has a few fights that are quickly recognizable Stateside – he won Legacy FC’s light heavyweight title in 2014 and defended it twice the next year – he’s been competing around the world outside MMA for years.

RelatedBellator 205-pound champ Ryan Bader interested in heavyweight tournament

“He’s a high-level athlete and he has a lot of tricks,” Davis told MMAjunkie on Wednesday. “Judo is very tricky and it’s very uncommon. When Ronda Rousey was on top of her game and she was doing things to people, people thought, ‘Oh wow! I didn’t know you could just throw people like that. We haven’t seen that.’ So there’s a skill set there that you don’t see very often. We did a little special preparation just for those judo throws and a lot of things that he brings to the game.”

Bellator 186 takes place Friday at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. The main card, including Davis vs. Leite, airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Davis came to Bellator in 2015 after a long UFC run. He won the promotion’s one-night light heavyweight tournament with a submission of Emanuel Newton and konckout of Francis Carmont, then took a unanimous decision from Muhammad Lawal in May 2016 to get a shot at the title then held by Liam McGeary.

A year ago, Davis won that belt by outpointing McGeary and moved to 4-0 in his new promotional home. But in June, at Bellator 180 in New York, he dropped a split decision to Ryan Bader – again. Bader beat him in his final UFC fight, also by split call. But in June, he had to surrender a belt.

Now he wants to start the climb back to title contention so he can get another crack at Bader, or whoever holds the title. Bader headlines Bellator 186 against Linton Vassell on Friday a few fights after Davis vs. Leite.

“This fight Friday is big and I just want to get back in the win column and just continue to gain momentum and keep pushing forward,” Davis said Wednesday. “This fight, win this in impressive fashion, and we’ll get the belt back.”

For more from Davis, check out the video above.

And for more on Bellator 186, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for October: A bloody brawl that ends in a draw

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With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best fights from October. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for October.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata at UFC 216

Every time Lando Vannata (9-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) has stepped in the octagon he’s delivered a bonus-worthy performance. He did it again in his lightweight bout with Bobby Green (23-8-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC), but it wasn’t enough to leave with a victory.

Vannata had a point taken away in the first round when he threw an illegal knee. Green continued despite absorbing the blow, and it was high-intensity for the remainder of the bout. Green’s late rally got him back in the fight, and the judges rules the contest a split draw.

Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham at UFC 216

It was a tale of two fights for Evan Dunham (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) and Beneil Dariush (14-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC), and the result of the entertaining lightweight bout was a majority draw.

Dariush had a big first round against Dunham, and it resulted in a pair of 10-8 scores. So even though Dunham won the second two rounds from that same pair of judges, it only got him to a pair of 28-28 scores for the draw. A third judge gave the fight to Dariush, 29-28.

Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee at UFC 216

It was far from an easy night of work for Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), but a third-round a slick triangle choke”>triangle choke got Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) to tap, crowning “El Cucuy” as the UFC’s newest interim champion.

After a back-and-forth two rounds began the fight, Ferguson’s superiority on the ground allowed him to set up. Lee attempted to fight out, but the choke was too fight and he was forced to tap out, crowning Ferguson as the new interim UFC lightweight champion.

Brian Kelleher def. Damian Stasiak at UFC Fight Night 118

Brian Kelleher (18-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had to struggle through some early adversity against Damian Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC), and then he had to find a way to put away an extremely tough opponent.

Kelleher managed to do both, rallying from behind to win the bantamweight contest. He wore Stasiak down with his physicality and managed to thump his way to a TKO stoppage with less than 90 seconds remaining in the fight.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Max Griffin at UFC Fight Night 119

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) nearly put Max Griffin (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) away in the first, causing many to criticize the referee, doctors and cornermen. Griffin managed to stay in the fight, though, hurting dos Santos in the second.

But after a wild fight with swings in both directions, it was dos Santos who put things together down the stretch to beat a very tough Griffin via unanimous decision after three rounds of exciting welterweight action.

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The Winner: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata

In a razor-thin fight, it was a point deduction that led to the draw between lightweights Vannata and Green.

Vannata had a point taken away in the first round when he threw an illegal knee against Green. Each fighter took a 29-27 score, and a third judge scored the fight 28-28. Absent the point deduction for the illegal knee, Vannata would have walked away with a split decision win.

Vannata pushed Green back early, then ducked under a Green left hand. The two tied up briefly, and when they broke it was Vannata who landed two heavy leg kicks, the second of which nearly took Green off his feet. After a brief clinch on the fence, where Green landed a solid elbow, Vannata landed a head kick.

RelatedThat Lando Vannata-Bobby Green draw at UFC 216 was a bloody good time

Green survived it, but seconds later Vannata stunned Green and put him on the canvas. He went after him and landed ground-and-pound, but when Green tried to get up, with one of his knees still grounded, Vannata threw a big knee. He knew immediately it was illegal and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight.

Although the replays showed the knee didn’t land flush, it still was an illegal strike, and Dean took a point. On the restart, Vannata went after a guillotine choke, but Green fought out of it and with 75 seconds left they went back to work in the center of the cage. Vannata attacked Green’s lead leg down the stretch, then got a late takedown. But the point deduction turned a 10-9 round for Vannata into a 9-9.

Green landed a good left hand early in the second, but it was Vannata who made it look a little easier finding homes for his strikes. Green stayed in the fight with counters, but Vannata’s right was more effective. Even though it didn’t seem Green was landing heavy shots, Vannata was wearing the damage on his face from Green’s jabs. Midway through, Green pushed Vannata to the fence, but Vannata shrugged him off and dropped him to the canvas. Green got up quickly, but a scramble moments later had Vannata ready to take advantage.

RelatedUFC 216's Lando Vannata appeared to enjoy his ambulance ride after another 'Fight of the Night'

Back on the feet, Vannata landed a huge right hand, then started pouring it on with Green’s hands down. With a minute left, they started slugging. Vannata landed a leg kick. Green landed a knee to the body. And they both were feeling the effects late in the frame.

The two kept trading in the third, and a takedown attempt from Vannata wasn’t there a minute in. Green made sure the cuts on Vannata’s face kept the blood flowing, touching him up just enough. Green caught Vannata a few more times midway through. But Vannata kept the offense flowing, as well. They slugged it out down the stretch, and it was Green who landed several huge combinations just before the horn. Vannata walked away still standing, but with the blood gushing.

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UFC's Jim Wallhead notified of potential USADA violation

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Jim Wallhead failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.

Officials announced the news on Wednesday.

Wallhead’s failed test was the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 7.

From USADA:

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Wallhead. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) recently pulled out of a UFC Fight Night 118 booking against welterweight Warlley Alves and was ultimately replaced by Salim Touahri at the Oct. 21 event.

“Judo Jimmy,” a 33-year-old BAMMA, Cage Warriors and Bellator vet, entered the UFC in 2016 with a four-fight winning streak. However, he’s fallen short in two UFC bouts with a split-decision defeat to Jessin Ayari and a submission loss to Luan Chagas.

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


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Rodolfo Vieira ensina passagem com montada na GMI Escola de Jiu-Jitsu Brasileiro

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Rodolfo Vieira encarou Bernardo Faria pelo ouro super pesado no Mundial de 2014. Foto: Arquivos GRACIEMAG

Mesmo com sua migração para o MMA, o craque Rodolfo Vieira não deixa suas raízes no Jiu-Jitsu, e vez ou outra viaja para realizar um de seus lotados seminários pelo Brasil.

Em sua mais recente aula, na Escola Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu, do nosso GMI Edgar Guimarães, Rodolfo mostrou um lance valioso que usou no Mundial de Jiu-Jitsu da IBJJF, e a transição pode ser o detalhe que faltava no seu jogo por cima.

Na filmagem, produzido pela nossa correspondente no sul do Brasil Camila Nobre, você pode ver os detalhes da poderosa passagem de guarda do faixa-preta do mestre Júlio César, a qual abre caminho diretamente para a montada. Vale lembrar que trata-se de uma passagem de guarda com esgrima dupla, levando o passador diretamente para a montada em posição que vale sete pontos (três da passagem e quatro da montada).

Confira o lance, gravado na nossa GMI em Blumenau, Santa Catarina, e tenha mais esta arma no seu jogo por cima!

London calls: UFC Fight Night event announced for March 17 at The O2

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The UFC is set for a return to London in March.

UFC officials today announced a UFC Fight Night event for England’s capital city on March 17.

The event takes place at The O2. Broadcast plans haven’t been announced, and no fights are yet official for the card. The UFC’s most recent London event, UFC Fight Night 107 with a Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson headliner, took place March 18 and streamed entirely on UFC Fight Pass.

The 2018 return is the UFC’s 10th event in London, which hosted its first show in July 2002 with UFC 65.

“London is always a landmark event for UFC; the fights, fans and city itself always deliver,” UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content David Shaw stated. “To see how the organization has grown from the first event at The Albert Hall in 2002 is incredible. Our dedicated fans have helped us grow the sport in the U.K. to where it is today, and we are delighted to bring our 10th event to London. 2018 will be an exciting year for UFC in EMEA, and we will certainly be kicking things off in style in March.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 2.

For a look back at the UFC’s history in London, check out the UFC-produced graphic below.

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

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Watch today's star-studded UFC 217 press conference today at 3 p.m. ET

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NEW YORK – You can watch a live stream of today’s UFC 217 press conference, which features all six title-fight participants, here on MMAjunkie at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT).

The fan and media event takes place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main arena at Madison Square Garden also hosts Saturday’s event, which airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In addition to UFC President Dana White, today’s press conference features middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and fellow headliner Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) ad fellow co-headliner T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), and strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and opponent Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

MMAjunkie will be on scene at the event and will have full coverage throughout the day.

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

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Bellator 186 live and official weigh-in results (9 a.m. ET)

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Bellator returns Friday and touches down for the first time at Penn State University. Today, the fighters will step on the scale for the official weigh-ins.

The official weigh-ins take place at the host hotel in College Station, Pa. Later today, the event’s ceremonial weigh-ins take place at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. The same venue hosts Friday’s event, which has a main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

In the main event, Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) puts his light heavyweight title on the line against Linton Vassell (18-5 MMA, 7-2 BMMA). In the co-feature, Emily Ducote (6-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) and Ilima Macfarlane (6-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) rematch for Bellator’s inaugural women’s wlyweight title.

Bellator 186 weigh-in results include:

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

  • Champ Ryan Bader () vs. Linton Vassell () – for light heavyweight title
  • Emily Ducote () vs. Ilima MacFarlane () – for inaugural women’s flyweight title
  • Chris Dempsey () vs. Ed Ruth ()
  • Phil Davis () vs. Leo Leite ()
  • Saad Awad () vs. Zach Freeman ()

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Josh Fremd () vs. Ryan Parker ()
  • Ethan Goss () vs. Andrew Salas ()
  • Frankie Buenafuente () vs. Francis Healy ()
  • Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman () vs. Tywan Claxton ()
  • Matt Secor () vs. Logan Storley ()
  • Matthew Lozano () vs. Dominic Mazzotta ()
  • Mike Otwell () vs. Michael Trizano ()
  • Brett Martinez () vs. Mike Wilkins ()
  • Scott Clymer () vs. Michael Benjamin Putnam ()

For more on Bellator 186, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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'PFL: Fight Night' live video stream and official results (8:25 p.m. ET)

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“PFL: Fight Night” takes place tonight, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results from the four-fight card here on MMAjunkie at 8:25 p.m. ET (5:25 p.m. PT).

“PFL: Fight Night” takes place at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C.

Former WSOF heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov (15-1) and Brazilian veteran Caio Alencar (11-1) headline the card.

The event serves as a partnership project with Fight For Children, “a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. with a mission to ensure all kids in the District of Columbia region, especially those in the highest need areas, receive a quality early education and solid foundation for future success,” according to PFL officials.

Official “PFL: Fight Night” results include:

  • Blagoy Ivanov vs. Caio Alencar
  • Lance Palmer vs. Steven Siler
  • Daniel Gallemore vs. Mike Kyle
  • Josenaldo Silva vs. Timur Valiev

For more on “PFL: Fight Night,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Video: Watch today's Bellator 186 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 5 p.m. ET

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Bellator 186 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).

The weigh-ins take place at at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. The same venue hosts Friday’s event, which has a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

In addition to the video stream above, you can check out the early and official Bellator 186 weigh-in results from earlier in the day.

For more on Bellator 186, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Episode No. 8 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'

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Episode No. 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” opens with fight preparation for No. 9 seed Christina Marks of Team Alvarez, who fights No. 8 Emily Whitmire of Team Gaethje in the final opening-round tournament bout.

With Team Gaethje ahead 4-3 in wins so far in the tourney, it’s up to Marks to get a victory and even the playing field for Team Alvarez going into the next round.

Coach Eddie Alvarez has high praise for Marks’ striking but admits that, similar to several other fighters in the tournament, she doesn’t have much grappling or ground skills. Nevertheless, Alvarez said he can guide his fighter to victory.

Back at the “TUF” house, Team Alvarez’s Lauren Murphy is still fuming over her negative interactions with her head coach following her loss earlier in the season. She is debating putting in a request to switch teams and start training with Team Gaethje.

The next day, Murphy arrives at the gym and announces she wants to be part of Team Gaethje. Coach Justin Gaethje and his staff immediately welcome Murphy with open arms, and training gets off to a smooth start.

As Whitmire begins to turn up the intensity in training, she’s also being cautious not to agitate a rib injury that’s been lingering since early in the competition. Whitmire has the support of her good friend and former UFC champion Miesha Tate, who is in the gym as a guest coach. Tate agrees to corner Whitmire for her fight.

Once Team Gaethje finishes training and Team Alvarez arrives at the gym, Murphy takes coach Alvarez aside for a personal conversation. She tells him she’s been frustrated and thinks it would be better for her situation to move to the other team. The news doesn’t sit well with Alvarez, and he tells the rest of his fighters that a “cancer” and “disease” was just cut out of the team.

With that drama aside, it’s time for one of the most anticipated events of each season: the coaches’ challenge. For the first time in the history of the reality series, the coaches will face off in a swimming competition. Coaches Alvarez and Gaethje will have to swim 16 lengths in a 50-meter pool (Olympic-size). The winner gets $10,000, and $1,500 for each member of his team.

Both men are concerned about how they will perform in the race. Gaethje gets off to a quick start while Alvarez opts to pace himself. His strategy begins to pay dividends, and Gaethje slows down significantly after just a few laps. Alvarez takes over and wins in lopsided fashion, but Gaethje is determined to finish the race despite being blown out.

At the weigh-in, Marks and Whitmire come in under the 126-pound flyweight limit. An intense staredown follows, and the eighth opening-round tournament bout is official.

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

No. 8 Emily Whitmire (2-1) vs. No. 9 Christina Marks (8-8)

Round 1 – Whitmire open by faking an overhand right then immediately shooting in for a takedown. She puts Marks on her back less than five seconds in and establishes half guard. Whitmire attempts to advances while Marks is looking to scramble and give up her back. Whitmire gets too high and falls over the top, but before Marks can escape, Whitmire locks on an armbar. She adjusts position and forces Marks to verbally submit, ending the shortest fight of the season.

Emily Whitmire def. Christina Marks via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 1

“There’s no words to describe the emotion I’m feeling right now,” Whitmire says afterward. “I couldn’t be happier with myself and with the team. Everything just worked out perfect.”

Team Gaethje takes a 5-3 lead in the competition with Whitmire’s victory. The opening round of the tournament has come to its conclusion, meaning the quarterfinals are up next. The quarterfinal matchups are set, and the field shakes out as follows:

Bracket A

  • No. 1 Roxanne Modafferi (Team Gaethje) vs. No. 8 Emily Whitmire (Team Gaethje)
  • No.  4 DeAnna Bennett (Team Alvarez) vs. No. 12 Sijara Eubanks (Team Alvarez)

Bracket B

  • No.  2 Barb Honchak (Team Alvarez) vs. No. 10 Rachael Ostovich (Team Gaethje)
  • No. 6 Montana Stewart (Team Gaethje) vs. No. 14 Nicco Montano (Team Gaethje)

Also see:

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


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UFC 217's Johny Hendricks reports this time he's not sick, not fat – just chillin'

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NEW YORK – Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks maintains an illness kept him from making weight in his previous fight. He playfully chided the media for reporting the information, despite the fact that he hadn’t informed anyone about it.

Now on the verge of his third bout as a middleweight, a twitchy Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) claimed all systems are a go for a must-win fight against Paulo Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 217. He said the Brazilian will have a bad night when they meet on the event’s pay-per-view main card at Madison Square Garden in New York.

“I’m not going to get sick this time,” Hendricks told reporters at Wednesday’s media day. “If I don’t get sick, it’s an easy weight cut. Easy weight cut means good fight for me.”

So far, those have been in short supply. Hendricks came in heavy for a bout against Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 112, adding to a long list of weight-induced struggles outside the cage. He was stopped in the second round, bringing him to 2-5 in his past seven outings.

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Hendricks has taken drastic measures to pull out of his current stall. The Texan drove across state lines to train at the famed Jackson Wink Academy in Albuquerque, N.M., getting in rounds with a bevy of top-tier UFC fighters.

The undefeated Borrachinha stands between Hendricks and redemption. The up-and-comer has stopped his past two opponents with fists. All but one of them have made it out of the first round.

“Yeah, he’s a large human being,” Hendricks said. “He feeds his muscles babies, and that’s the jist of it. All show, no go – that’s what I like to say. And we’ll find out on Saturday if they have any go in them.”

That’s likely the question most fans will be asking of Hendricks when he steps into the octagon. Looming before that fight is a battle with the scale.

Hendricks said there are many struggles behind the scenes that the public never knows about. Unlike other professions, he said, fighters have to suck it up and keep going. Plenty of times, he has come in less than 100 percent, whether he let the world know or not.

This time, though, he said everything is going just smoothly.

“I’m not sick,” he said. “I’m not fat. I’m just chillin’.”

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

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Linton Vassell says he's night and day difference from first title shot to Bellator 186

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Linton Vassell has been in this position before three years ago.

But the difference between that Vassell (18-5 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) and the one who will challenge for the light heavyweight title held by Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at Bellator 186, he says, is night and day.

In 2014, Vassell was strong early against then-champion Emmanuel Newton, but gassed out late and was finished in the fifth round. But after moving most of his training from his native England to South Florida, things are looking a lot different these days.

“I don’t even consider the two the same,” Vassell today told MMAjunkie. “When I fought Emmanuel Newton, I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t training to my best. The training partners I had, some of them were welterweights. … I thought I was ready because I felt fit.

“Now I’m in South Florida training with some of the best. I feel like my time has just come perfectly right now. … I was the biggest name on my team back in England, and I just wasn’t getting pushed.”

RelatedBellator 205-pound champ Ryan Bader interested in heavyweight tournament

Bellator 186 takes place Friday at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. Vassell’s shot at Bader’s 205-pound title is the main event.

Some of those best in Florida that Vassell mentioned include the likes of former UFC champs Luke Rockhold and Rashad Evans. And Vassell is hoping that work helps him against another standout wrestler in Bader.

In May, Vassell submitted former light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary. Then he had to wait on Bader’s title win over Phil Davis at Bellator 180 to find out if he was going to get a shot at the belt. It was supposed to be Muhammad Lawal, but thanks to injuries and shuffling, Vassell got the call.

“It was so satisfying to actually, one, get the win over Liam McGeary – a top, top boy, a former world champion,” Vassell said. “But it was amazing to actually finally get the nod and say I’m fighting Ryan Bader for the title. They said it might be ‘King Mo,’ so I put a tweet out to say, ‘This has to be fake news.’ I don’t know what happened, but obviously I got the nod. But everything went to plan.”

Now that he has the shot against Bader, he’ll clearly be watching out for the champ’s standout wrestling. But other than that, it’s Bader’s big-fight resume Vassell is impressed with.

“He has experience,” he said. “He’s fought some of the toughest. But other than that, I feel like we match up perfectly because my style, I feel like no one can imitate it.”

For more from Vassell, check out the video above.

And for more on Bellator 186, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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