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Vídeo: Edson Barboza e a expectativa para seu primeiro main event no UFC, neste sábado

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Edson barboza e Kevin Lee fazem duelo de cinco rounds programados nos EUA> Foto: Reprodução

Natural de Nova Friburgo, no Rio de Janeiro, o versátil Edson Barboza conquistou seu espaço no Ultimate. Atleta da casa desde 2010, com nove sucessos e cinco derrotas na organização, Edson parte para sua primeira luta principal pelo UFC, em edição que rola em Atlantic City neste sábado, dia 21 de abril.

Seu adversário, Kevin Lee, vem de derrota, assim como o brasileiro, e ambos buscam a redenção para se aproximar de uma disputa do título peso leve, hoje nas mãos de Khabib Nurmagomedov. Aluno de Ricardo Almeida “Cachorrão”, Edson tem seus truques no Jiu-Jitsu e habilidade de sobra para finalizar, mas seu jogo em pé é o que o torna um dos leves mais perigosos da divisão.

Por conta de sua trocação afiada, Edson Barboza ressalta que os fãs de luta devem ficar vidrados na tela durante os 25min programados para o combate contra Kevin Lee, por seu jogo agressivo pode liquidar a fatura a qualquer momento.

“Eu tenho nocautes com chutes altos, chutes baixos, chutes no corpo e alguns knockdowns com socos. Se piscar na minha frente, a luta acaba”, cravou Edson Barboza.

Confira no vídeo abaixo as expectativas do atleta top 10 dos leves para sua luta no UFC Atlantic City!

UFC: Barboza x Lee
Atlantic City, EUA
21 de abril de 2018

Edson Barboza x Kevin Lee
Frankie Edgar x Cub Swanson
Justin Willis x Chase Sherman
David Branch x Thiago Marreta
Aljamain Sterling x Brett Johns
Jim Miller x Dan Hooker

Card preliminar

Ryan LaFlare x Alex garcia
Siyar Bahadurzada x Luan Chagas
Patrick Cummins x Corey Anderson
Aspen Ladd x Leslie Smith
Merab Dvalishvili x Ricky Simon
Tony Martin x Keita Nakamura

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Gilbert Melendez, Colby Covington

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Gilbert Melendez and Colby Covington.

Melendez, a former Strikeforce lightweight champion and ex-UFC title challenger, is waiting to find out what his next fight will be. Covington will co-headline UFC 225 in Chicago in June against Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight title.

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2664 with Brittney Palmer, Dillon Danis, Joe Giannetti

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Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Brittney Palmer, Dillon Danis and Joe Giannetti.

Danis, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, makes his MMA debut against Kyle Walker on April 28 at Bellator 198 and called in to talk about his transition. UFC octagon girl Palmer called in to share her latest business endeavors, as well as thoughts on Elias Theodorou’s “ring boy” experience. Giannetti, a competitor on “The Ultimate Fighter 27,” called in to help recap Episode 1 in which he won his first fight.

You can listen to the entire episode on AudioBoom.com. You can watch a replay of the episode below, as well.

ONE Championship 71 results: Kevin Belingon's powerful kick sets up finish of Andrew Leone

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Kevin Belingon showed no regard for the state of Andrew Leone’s liver en route to a second-round TKO victory in today’s bantamweight main event at “ONE Championship 71: Heroes Of Honor.”

Belingon (18-5) put on perhaps the best performance of his career against Leone (8-4) in the event headliner, which took place at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, and streamed online.

After some competitive action in the opening frame, Belingon turned up the heat in the second. He timed a perfect turning back kick which connected hard on the liver of Leone and sent him crashing backward to the canvas. That’s when Belingon’s killer instinct kicked in.

Belingon rushed his downed opponent and unleashed a relentless flurry of strikes. He mixed in punches and elbows, but it was a series of grounded knee strikes that finally forced the referee to step in and wave the bout off at the 2:17 mark of Round 2, giving Belingon his fifth consecutive win in ONE Championship competition.

“My next fight is the decision of ONE,” Belingon said in his post fight interview. “I will accept whoever they give me.”

Kevin Belingon TKO's Andrew Leone via spinning back kick, punches, hellbows & knees. Beautiful finish. THE SILENCER #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/bmknIWLb5V

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 20, 2018

Banario beats Pang by controversial decision

The lightweight matchup between Honorio Banario (13-6) and Adrian Pang (22-12-2) turned into an all-striking affair, and although Pang seemed to clearly get the upper hand, it was Banario who left with a controversial split decision.

Banario spent the majority of the 15-minute fight on his bicycle, using a ton of movement but establishing next to no significant offense. A frustrated Pang chased his opponent down and landed during the exchanges, but Banario refused to bite or put himself at risk.

Pang ultimately did what he could given the fact he was put in the ring with a seemingly unwilling foe. He seemed to get the better of the action, but two of three judges saw it differently. Banario was awarded the split decision, and a gutted Pang suffered his fourth consecutive loss dating back to October 2015.

Gafurov gets back on track

Former ONE Championship titleholder Marat Gafurov (16-1) was barely able to leave the ring under his own power, but he will gladly take that after choking Emilio Urrutia (11-5) out cold in the opening round of their featherweight fight.

After taking a punishing calf kick that hobbled him, Gafurov dragged the contest to the ground. Shortly thereafter, Gafurov got in position to lock in an arm-triangle choke, which put Urrutia to sleep at the 2:34 mark of Round 1.

The win helped Gafurov bounce back from his first career defeat, which he experienced against Martin Nguyen in August.

Complete ONE Championship 71 results included:
MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view)

  • Kevin Belingon def. Andrew Leone via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:27
  • Honorio Banario def. Adrian Pang via split decision
  • Marat Gafurov def. Emilio Urrutia via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:34
  • Daw Hwan Kim def. Masakazu Imanari via unanimous decision
  • Akihiro Fujisawa def. Kaji Ebin via verbal submission (injury) – Round 1, 1:48

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)

  • Gina Iniong def. Jenny Huang via unanimous decision
  • Adrian Matheis def. Ming Qiang Lan via unanimous decision

For more on ONE Championship 71, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

Kevin Lee apologizes for missing weight for UFC Atlantic City main event

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It didn’t take long for Kevin Leeto express his apologies for missing weight for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 128 headliner.

Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) came in one pound overweight for his scheduled lightweight bout against Edson Barboza (19-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC). It was the first time in his career that “The Motown Phenom” has officially come in over his contracted mark, and he chalked it up to running out of time.

Just minutes after stepping off the scale, Lee took to social media to post a statement on the situation (via Instagram):

For the first time ever in my athletic career since high school I’ve missed weight this morning. I just ran outta time. I apologize @Ufc @danawhite @edsonbarbozajr tomorrow Imma go put on a show #ufcatlanticcity #25tolife

30+ fights and over 400 wrestling matches in my career, for first time ever I miss weight. Ran outta time but imma still put on a show fr

— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) April 20, 2018

UFC Fight Night 128 takes place Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., and the card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

As a consequence for missing weight, Lee will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Barboza. It’s fair to assume it also may hurt his standing in the UFC lightweight title picture if he can get past Barboza at UFC Fight Night 128.

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Shannon Sinn: My impressive LFA debut got me tonight's title shot

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LFA returns tonight with a pair of titles at the top of the card in South Dakota.

In the main event, the vacant men’s flyweight belt is up for grabs when Sid Bice (7-1) takes on Maikel Perez (5-1). In the co-feature, the vacant women’s flyweight title is on the line when Sabina Mazo (4-0) meets Shannon Sinn (3-5).

LFA 37 takes place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card airs live on AXS TV.

Ahead of the title fights, Sinn breaks down her fight with Mazo in the video above. Below, don’t miss Bice discussing the main event

And for more on LFA 37, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Sid Bice's bold prediction: I'll submit Maikel Perez to win flyweight title in LFA 37 main event

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LFA returns tonight with a pair of titles at the top of the card in South Dakota.

In the main event, the vacant men’s flyweight belt is up for grabs when Sid Bice (7-1) takes on Maikel Perez (5-1). In the co-feature, the vacant women’s flyweight title is on the line when Sabina Mazo (4-0) meets Shannon Sinn (3-5).

LFA 37 takes place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card airs live on AXS TV.

Ahead of the title fights, Bice breaks down his fight with Perez in the video above. Below, don’t miss Sinn discussing the co-main event

And for more on LFA 37, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 128 weigh-in results: Kevin Lee heavy, but main event goes on

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – MMAjunkie was on scene and reporting live from today’s early and official UFC Fight Night 128 fighter weigh-ins, where a main-event fighter came in heavy.

There were a number of issues at the weigh-ins. Headliner Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) missed the 156-pound lightweight limit by one pound. He will be fined 20 percent of his “show” purse, but his matchup with Edson Barboza (19-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) will go on at a catchweight.

In the lone women’s bout on the card, Aspen Ladd (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) came in heavy for her scheduled bantamweight clash with Leslie Smith (10-7-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC). It has not yet been determined if the matchup will go on.

Additionally, it was discovered during the weigh-ins that Magomed Bibulatov (14-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been ruled out of his flyweight fight against Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2 MMA, 3-4 UFC) due to an injury.

The early weigh-ins took place at the UFC host hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., and precede the ceremonial weigh-ins for the fans, which take place at 5 p.m. ET at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The full UFC Fight Night 128 weigh-in results included:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Edson Barboza (155.6) vs. Kevin Lee (157)*
  • Frankie Edgar (145.6) vs. Cub Swanson (145)
  • Chase Sherman (247) vs. Justin Willis (265.4)
  • David Branch (186) vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos (185.8)
  • Brett Johns (135.8) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.2)
  • Dan Hooker (155.6) vs. Jim Miller (155.4)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Alex Garcia (171) vs. Ryan LaFlare (170.6)
  • Magomed Bibulatov ()** vs. Ulka Sasaki ()
  • Siyar Bahadurzada (171) vs. Luan Chagas (170)
  • Corey Anderson (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205.6)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Aspen Ladd (137.8)*** vs. Leslie Smith (135.4)
  • Merab Dvalishvili (135.2) vs. Ricky Simon (135.8)
  • Tony Martin (170.6) vs. Keita Nakamura (170.6)

* Kevin Lee missed weight by one pound; fined 20 percent of purse

** Magomed Bibulatov was forced to withdraw vs. Ulka Sasaki after being deemed “medically unfit” to compete.

*** Aspen Ladd missed weight on first attempt; will not weigh in again.

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Gallery UFC Atlantic City official weigh-ins view 23 images

O campeão de Jiu-Jitsu que superou um acidente de moto para voltar a vencer

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Rafael Carino venceu sua primeira de 2018 e quer ainda mais. Foto: Divulgação

Foi por pouco, mas Rafael Carino conseguiu se recuperar a tempo de participar do seu primeiro campeonato de Jiu-Jitsu em 2018. Duas semanas antes do Troféu Brasil, a terceira etapa do Circuito Brasil Open Mineirinho, que aconteceu no último final de semana no Clube Municipal, no Rio de Janeiro, o faixa-preta da Nova União se envolveu em um acidente de moto, que o impossibilitou de colocar o kimono para treinar. Mesmo avariado por conta do acidente, Carino conseguiu participar da competição e faturar a medalha de ouro em sua categoria.

“Foi meu primeiro campeonato este ano e eu tive que ser bem estratégico. Recentemente sofri um acidente de moto saindo do projeto social onde meu filho treina e me ralei todo. Por conta disso não consegui treinar de kimono, fiz apenas preparação física. Só coloquei o kimono na semana da competição, mas ainda assim não consegui treinar porque os machucados ainda não estavam cicatrizados. Mas como estava com um bom condicionamento físico, e a cabeça boa, eu consegui criar uma estratégia de luta. As coisas deram certo nas duas lutas que eu fiz e consegui me sagrar campeão”, explicou o veterano de 44 anos.

Após fazer duas lutas duras, e com muitas dores no corpo, Carino ainda conseguir ter forças para apoiar seus alunos, que encheram o professor de orgulho ao conquistarem bons resultados no torneio.

“Quase todos os meus alunos medalharam, apenas um não subiu no pódio. Mas estou muito satisfeito. Foi um trabalho muito bem feito, que contou também com a ajuda dos outros professores da equipe. Estamos sempre caminhando juntos e em busca dos melhores resultados”, enfatizou.

O próximo compromisso de Carino será a Taça Rio, que acontece nos dias 19 e 20 de maio. Depois, ele luta o Rio Open Fall da CBJJ, que acontece nos dias 8, 9 e 10 de junho. Em julho, nos dias 7 e 8, ele participa do Brasileiro da CBJJD. “Em seguida fico aguardando apenas a confirmação da luta contra o Marcio Pé-de-Pano pelo cinturão do Legends, que está sendo cogitada para setembro em Los Angeles. Esse será o meu maior desafio em 2018”, encerrou.

(Fonte: Assessoria de imprensa)

Daily Debate: What did you think of the UFC's 'TUF 27' season debut?

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Another season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is underway.

The 27th edition of the show (not counting international versions) kicked off Wednesday night on FS1 and this time is made up exclusively of undefeated fighters. As if that wasn’t enough to make things interesting, the coaches are a pair of champions who will meet in a superfight title bout this summer when heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic puts his belt on the line against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier.

In MMAjunkie Radio’s latest Daily Debate feature, we asked readers and listeners what they thought of the first episode of Season 27, which featured a super-fast finish in the season’s first fight.

The good news is, very few people gave the episode a thumbs down. Thumbs up ran away with it – if paired against thumbs down. But more people actually didn’t watch the first episode than did, among our respondents (via Twitter):

Today's #DailyDebate question for @MMAjunkieRadio: What did you think of "The Ultimate Fighter 27" season debut episode Wednesday night?

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) April 19, 2018

Does that mean people have grown tired of “TUF,” despite the UFC consistently trying to change up the stakes of the show – like with unbeaten fighters this time, or introducing a women’s flyweight division with a title fight at the end this past fall? The MMAjunkie Radio hosts discuss the first episode and the show in general in the video above.

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

Staph infection caused Patrick Cummins to change gyms, regroup ahead of UFC Atlantic City

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Patrick Cummins has spent the better part of the past nine months recovering from a nasty staph infection and relocating his training camp to a comfortable area.

Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) is healthy and happy now, though, and said that’s an encouraging situation going into Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 128 showdown with Corey Anderson (9-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

“The staph thing really threw me off, but it’s only given me time to improve,” Cummins told MMAjunkie. “When I started off camp I started feeling really good. You have that confidence, and you have that momentum. Everything really starts to come along. When you’re an old man, and you have to take two or three months off, it’s probably not a bad thing. It was good. Get me refreshed and get me refocused.”

UFC Fight Night 128 takes place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., with Cummins vs. Anderson set to open the FS1-televised portion of the card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Although Cummins, 37, has a positive attitude about everything now, there were some dark times between current day and his most recent bout, a split-decision win over Gian Villante at UFC on FOX 25 in July. He said most of it was caused by the ordeal with MRSA, or what’s more commonly know as staph infection.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 pre-event facts: Jim Miller ties UFC record for most fights

Cummins has only fought once in the past year, so the financial stress of paying $700 for medication, as well as the other expenses that come with recovery and not fighting, were a major stress. There were some worrisome times, but Cummins managed to overcome and vows he’s in a better place because of it.

“Durkin” believes the issue with staph was partly brought on by the weather conditions in Florida. For that reason, he relocated to Denver and is now fighting out of Genesis Training Center, which is home to the likes of UFC strawweight champ Rose Namajunas.

Cummins’ issue with MRSA got so severe that he was forced to pull out of a scheduled bout at UFC 217 in November. He was slated to fight Anderson on that card, and even though “Overtime” lost to replacement Ovince Saint Preux, the UFC opted to book the fight again for UFC Fight Night 128. Cummins said that made him happy.

“This was the fight I really wanted,” Cummins said. “You train through a camp and for a specific person. At the time I was like, ‘Aw, that work is kind of lost.’ But I was excited when we got it booked again.”

Despite Anderson coming off two-straight knockout losses and Cummins riding a pair of decision wins, Cummins still thinks it’s a logical booking of the light heavyweight division. He likes how his style meshes with Anderson and said he’ll be looking for a submission on fight night.

“It’s an ideal matchup for me,” Cummins said. “I really want a submission this fight. I’ve got a couple tricks up my sleeve.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Magomed Bibulatov out of UFC Atlantic City bout vs. Ulka Sasaki

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The day before the UFC’s return to New Jersey, a preliminary card fight is off the show.

Magomed Bibulatov (14-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been ruled out of his flyweight fight against Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 128. A back injury for Bibulatov was the culprit. MMAjunkie confirmed Bibulatov’s withdrawal from the event following an initial report from MMA reporter Ariel Helwani on Twitter.

UFC Fight Night 128 takes place Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The Bibulatov vs. Sasaki fight was set to be part of the FS1-broadcast prelims. It is not yet known which of the three bouts from the UFC Fight Pass portion of the show will move up to the televised prelims.

Bibulatov started his career a perfect 14-0, including a decision win over Jenel Lausa in his promotional debut at UFC 210. But at UFC 216 this past October, he was knocked out by former flyweight title challenger John Moraga in the first round – his first loss. His hope to rebound now is put on hold.

Sasaki needs to get back on track, as well. After his bonus-winning promotional debut submission win over Roland Delorme in August 2014 extended his unbeaten streak to 12 fights, he has struggled. He has won just two of his past six fights, and in September was submitted by Jussier Formiga in the first round in Japan. Since dropping to flyweight, he has alternated wins and losses.

The UFC Fight Night 128 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee
  • Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
  • Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis
  • David Branch vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Brett Johns vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Dan Hooker vs. Jim Miller

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Alex Garcia vs. Ryan LaFlare
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Aspen Ladd vs. Leslie Smith*
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon*
  • Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura*

* One of the UFC Fight Pass prelims will move up to the FS1-broadcast preliminary card.

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Bellator's Emmanuel Sanchez has 'aggression, pain' to take out on Sam Sicilia (nothing personal)

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Emmanuel Sanchez knows he’ll be world champion one day. What he can’t control is whether that will take one or 10 fights.

So, in the meantime?

“To me, fighting is just like Pokemon: I’ve got to go out and catch them all,” Sanchez told MMAjunkie. “You want to be the master? You’ve got to catch them all.”

Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) meets Sam Sicilia (16-8 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in the co-headliner of Bellator 198, set for April 28 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., just outside Chicago. It airs on Paramount, along with the rest of the main card, after prelims on MMAjunkie.

Sanchez goes into it in a good position. Not only has he won his past three bouts – for a total of six wins in seven Bellator outings – but the two most recent victories were against former featherweight champions in Marcos Galvao and Daniel Straus.

RelatedDaily Debate: Ahead of Bellator 198, what's your pick for Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir?

With an interesting time in Sanchez’s career comes an interesting opponent. A “The Ultimate Fighter” alum with 12 UFC fights under his belt, Sicilia comes off his own win over ex-champ Galvao. But, before that, he was on the thee-fight skid that culminated with the end of his octagon run.

There are a few ways in which Sanchez could have interpreted the data on his opponent before signing on the dotted line. But that would have involved caring about whose name was there.

“As soon as they announced that they were going to make another trip to Chicago, I was like, ‘I’m in,’” Sanchez said. “And the fact that Fedor (Emelianenko) vs. Frank Mir is headlining it? I’m like, ‘Sign me up.’ For me, it didn’t matter who it was. I wasn’t going to wait for the title. I’m not going to wait for another contender. I’m not going to jump weight classes. Just get me in there, even if it meant throwing me in the heavyweight tournament, everyone knows I like to eat. I’ll do it.

“I didn’t care. I’m a young fighter. In my job, that’s exactly it, that’s my title: fighter. I’m not an athlete. I don’t have an offseason. I don’t get paid in the offseason. I get paid to fight, and that’s it. So I’ve got to stay active in order to eat. I knew. I was like, ‘I want a fight, let’s get a fight, doesn’t matter who it is.’ I’m motivated and amped. Doesn’t matter who it is, where it is – I’m always down to fight.”

Sanchez knows Sicilia is a top featherweight, too, otherwise he wouldn’t have made it to two of the world’s biggest stages. But, really, Sicilia doesn’t differ much from his previous opponents. After all, he’s also a man who wants to fight him. He’s also a part of Bellator’s featherweight division.

And he’s also standing in Sanchez’s way.

Emmanuel Sanchez (red gloves) at Bellator 175.

“To me, it doesn’t matter if he came from the UFC, ACB, ONE FC, whatever FC, KFC down the street, I don’t care,” Sanchez said. “You call my name out? You want to fight me? Let’s fight. That’s my personality. That’s the kind of person that I am. I don’t need do talk trash on – I don’t use these hands to tweet and Instagram stuff. I use these hands to fight. That’s what entertains fans, and I think that’s why people want to tune in and watch me fight.”

Considering Sanchez’s standing in the division, a win here could feasibly credential him to be the next challenger to the belt. Not only is he on a roll, but his last loss happens to have been to Daniel Weichel, who’s now set to challenge for Patricio Freire’s title.

In an uncommon situation for Bellator’s revanche-riddled 145-pound division, Sanchez has never faced the current champ. Which means, however Bellator 203’s title headliner ends on July 14, a fourth straight win would mean some leverage for a title shot.

Well, that’s what a lot of people are thinking, anyway. But is Sanchez, himself, thinking about a title shot?

“Yes and no,” Sanchez said. “I’m not overlooking Sam Sicilia. I’m not thinking about anything else but beating Sam Sicilia. Every single day of my life until next week, every night and every morning, all I’m thinking about is Sam Sicilia. That’s what I’m killing myself in the gym for. That’s what I’m sacrificing myself and my life, my personal life, everything. Everything is all about Sam Sicilia.

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“I can’t wait to take out all my aggression, pain, sacrifice, and suffering on Sam Sicilia, because I damn near killed myself to make this happen. People always talk, ‘title title title,’ or big fights, whatever. If it takes one more, if it takes 10 more, whatever. Regardless, I’m going to be world champion. That’s it. That’s all I know.”

As a “horrible fight predictor,” Sanchez won’t venture any guesses as to how the featherweight encounter is going to play out exactly. Only that it’s going to be “however I want to.” He’s also confident in his preparation and can’t wait to show to the world just why he is “El Matador” and “the next big thing.”

Emphasis on “show,” rather than “tell.” Sanchez is the type of fighter who’d rather let his fists carry his fight-related messages, rather than engage in social media feuds or spit out brash call-outs. His opponent has a similar approach, which has led to mutual respect between the co-headliners.

When Sanchez steps out in front of his friendly crowd, setting the stage for a headliner between just the type of MMA legends he aspires to be, there will be no animosity. There will be no personal attachment. There will be only two men after the same thing.

“That’s where I think people break. They get so angry or frustrated or whatever; they let someone get in their head,” Sanchez said. “For me, nothing’s in my head. This is strictly business. Nothing personal. He didn’t do anything to me. I know he’s going to try to do something to me – but I’m not going to let him do it.”

For more on Bellator 198, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 27' cast: Kyler Phillips started in jiu-jitsu when he was just 3

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LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returned this week for its 27th season, and for the first time all the cast members are unbeaten heading into the show.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know featherweight Kyler Phillips (5-0), who started in jiu-jitsu when he was just 3 years old. His father was a taekwando champion and wanted his son training.

“The Ultimate Fighter 27,” featuring UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

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

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Barb Honchak vs. Roxanne Modafferi among first additions to TUF 27 Finale card

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The card for the next live finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” has started to take shape.

A trio of fights has been added to the TUF 27 Finale set for July in Las Vegas, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing confirmation from the UFC.

Barb Honchak (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will meet Roxanne Modafferi (21-14 MMA, 0-2 UFC), and Montana De La Rosa (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Rachael Ostovich (4-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a pair of women’s flyweight bouts between contestants from Season 26 of the show. And Alessio Di Chirico (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will fight Julian Marquez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a middleweight bout.

The TUF 27 Finale takes place July 6, a Friday, at a venue still to be announced in Las Vegas as part of the UFC’s International Fight Week. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Honchak and Modafferi were supposed to meet at the TUF 26 Finale in December as the pair of semifinalists from the season who didn’t reach the final. But when Sijara Eubanks had to be pulled from the inaugural flyweight title fight tournament final, Modafferi was moved up to fight for the belt. The two fought in October 2011, when Honchak won with a third-round submission.

Honchak instead took on Lauren Murphy and dropped a split decision, which snapped a nine-fight winning streak that included winning Invicta FC’s flyweight title and two defenses of it before joining “TUF 26.”

Modafferi lost her title fight to Nicco Montano in a five-round battle, but picked up “Fight of the Night” honors for her efforts. Prior to that, she had won four of five fights and six of eight after a rough stretch between 2010-2013 that saw her drop six in a row, including her first fight with Honchak.

Ostovich lost to Honchak in the “TUF 27” quarterfinals. But at the TUF 27 Finale, she submitted Karine Gevorgyan with a first-round armbar despite Gevorgyan coming in four pounds overweight. Prior to her official UFC debut and “TUF” stint, she went 2-2 under the Invicta FC banner.

De La Rosa’s UFC debut at the TUF 26 Finale was a big one. She submitted Christina Marks with a first-round armbar, which gave her four armbar finishes in her eight career wins, six of which have come by submission.

Di Chirico’s UFC tenure has been up and down. He signed with the promotion after a 9-0 start to his pro career, including eight stoppages. He dropped his UFC debut by decision to Bojan Velickovic in Croatia two years ago. He reobunded later in 2016 with a split decision win over Garreth McLellan. But he was submitted by Eric Spicely his next time out. This past December, though, he got back on track in a big way with a bonus-winning knockout of Oluwale Bamgbose courtesy of a huge knee in Canada.

Marquez got his shot in the UFC thanks to a head-kick knockout win over Phil Hawes on Dana White’s Contender Series 4 this past August. He made his official UFC debut in December at UFC on FOX 26 and submitted Darren Stewart with a second-round guillotine choke, giving him stoppages in all seven of his pro wins.

The TUF 27 Finale card currently includes:

  • Barb Honchak vs. Roxanne Modafferi
  • Montana De La Rosa vs. Rachael Ostovich
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Julian Marquez

For more on the TUF 27 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Video: Watch today's UFC Fight Night 128 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 5 p.m. ET

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – UFC Fight Night 128 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 Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The venue also hosts Saturday’s event, which airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In addition to the video stream above, you can check out the early and official UFC Fight Night 128 weigh-in results from earlier in the day.

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 27' cast: John Gunther had Yosemite Sam as his MMA inspiration

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LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returned this week for its 27th season, and for the first time all the cast members are unbeaten heading into the show.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know lightweight John Gunther (3-0), who used the famed cartoon character Yosemite Sam as the inspiration for his mustache – as well as his entrance into MMA.

“The Ultimate Fighter 27,” featuring UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

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

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UFC Atlantic City's David Branch needed loss to Luke Rockhold because he was 'unraveling'

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – David Branch’s setback against Luke Rockhold in his most recent bout was a critical career moment, the UFC middleweight said ahead of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 128 event.

Branch (21-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) was thriving with an 11-fight winning streak prior to his September encounter with Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), which he lost by second-round TKO. He had gone on a dominant run outside the UFC to claim belts in two divisions under the WSOF banner. But when facing the former UFC champ, he got a reality check.

According to Branch, it was absolutely “needed.” He admits to putting himself in the wrong frame of mind and said a wake-up call was required. He got it, and now he feels like a new man headed into his matchup with Thiago “Marreta” Santos (17-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 128.

“I was unraveling a little bit,” Branch told MMAjunkie. “Sometimes it’s a little toxic to not lose in that long. That’s a long time. Having that champion mentality, it just let me know that I need to start over again like I did when I was over there (at WSOF). It’s a process. I was just trying to replace something that was more ego-driven and me being a champion, I was just coming over here and wanted to be a champion again, just like I was the champ. I just forgot about the process.”

UFC Fight Night 128 takes place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., with Branch vs. Santos set to air on the FS1-televised portion of the card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Branch flamed out of the UFC in early 2011 following a 2-2 run. He reinvented himself with WSOF, going on the long winning streak to win multiple titles. He returned to the UFC for a second stint in May, beating Krzysztof Jotko at UFC 211. That set him up for the headlining bout with Rockhold at UFC Fight Night 116.

Although Branch had some moments of success against Rockhold, the fight ultimately didn’t go his way. And with that came some perspective, which Branch admits he didn’t really know was needed until after the fact.

“Totally wasn’t in the right place,” Branch said. “It was mostly ego-driven, it was definitely financial driven, but mostly ego. I just wanted to be champion again. I had my old toys taken away from me and I wanted new toys again. Now I’m just focused, and I’m done with the Hollywood stuff. I just want to do my job and take care of business or Saturday.”

Branch’s road to getting back on track goes through an opponent with as much momentum as anyone at 185 pounds. Santos is riding a four-fight UFC winning streak, and has stopped every opponent in that stretch by knockout. The Brazilian has some of the most lethal striking in the division, but Branch said he sees a clear avenue to victory.

“He’s up there with the rest of them,” Branch said. “Everyone in the UFC is tough. You wouldn’t get here if you weren’t tough. He’s a big, strong dude. Coming to throw big kicks, big punches. He’s probably worked on a lot of things. He’s probably going to be worried about going down to the ground, but I’m a well faceted MMA fighter. I’m going to use my intelligence in there and I’ll get the job done.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 29 medical suspensions: Dustin Poirier leads list of six-month terms

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Six fighters are facing six-month medical suspensions following UFC on FOX 29, including headliner Dustin Poirier.

Poirier (23-5 MMA, 15-4 UFC) needs an MRI on his right knee after his impressive TKO of Justin Gaethje (18-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in the event’s FOX-televised headliner.

MMAjunkie requested and received the list of medical suspensions for the event from the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission, which regulated UFC on FOX 29 last Saturday at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.

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Of course, Poirier can be cleared prior to six months with doctors clearance. He nevertheless faces a mandatory 45-day suspension, while Gaethje, who was stopped in the fourth round, received a 45-day term for a hard bout.

A total of six fighters received potential 180-day suspensions, while every fighter received a minumum seven-day term.

The full list of medical suspensions from UFC on FOX 29 includes:

  • Dustin Poirier: suspended 180 days or until cleared by a doctor, and needs an MRI on his right knee; also suspended a minimum of 45 days
  • Justin Gaethje: suspended 45 days for TKO
  • Alex Oliveira: suspended 45 days
  • Carlos Condit: suspended 45 days
  • Israel Adesanya: suspended 7 days
  • Marvin Vettori: suspended 45 days
  • Michelle Waterson: suspended 7 days
  • Cortney Casey: suspended 180 days or until cleared by a doctor; also suspended a minimum of 30 days
  • Tim Boetsch: suspended 180 days or until cleared by a doctor; also suspended a minimum of 30 days
  • Antonio Carlos Junior: suspended 45 days for hard bout
  • Muslim Salikov: suspended 7 days
  • Ricky Rainey: suspended 180 days or until cleared by a doctor for KO and unspecified issue; also suspended a minimum of 45 days
  • John Moraga: suspended 180 days or until cleared by a doctor; also suspended a minimum of 30 days
  • Wilson Reis: suspended 7 days
  • Brad Tavares: suspended 45 days
  • Krzysztof Jotko: suspended 60 days for KO and hard bout
  • Gilbert Burns: suspended 7 days
  • Daniel Moret: suspended 45 days for KO
  • Lauren Mueller: suspended 180 days or until cleared by a doctor; also suspended a minimum of 30 days
  • Shana Dobson: suspended 7 days
  • Yushin Okami: suspended 7 days
  • Dhiego Lima: suspended 30 days for hard bout
  • Adam Wieczorek: suspended 7 days
  • Arjan Bhullar: suspended 7 days
  • Alejandro Perez: suspended 7 days
  • Matthew Lopez: suspended 45 days for TKO
  • Luke Sanders: suspended 45 days
  • Patrick Williams: suspended 45 days

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 29, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Brett Johns wants to be first Welsh UFC champion, even if 'it seems unrealistic'

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Brett Johns relishes the role of torchbearer for Welsh MMA in the UFC, even if it comes with a lot of pressure and expectation.

Johns (15-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) was among the first Welsh fighters to compete in the UFC, and was the very first to get a spot in the organization’s official rankings. The unbeaten bantamweight is making a name for himself in the octagon, and he wants to be known as the fighter breaks new ground for his country.

He views his matchup with Aljamain Sterling (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 128 as the next step in his journey to bring Welsh MMA to prominence. It’s a heavy burden to be at the forefront of such a push, but Johns said he embraces it.

“It’s motivating and a bit of pressure,” Johns told MMAjunkie. “I’m trying to become a legend of the sport in my own country. That’s what I’m trying to do. To be a legend in this game is so difficult. Some great fighters out there. For me my goal is to the greatest in my own country and lead the wake in my own country. It’s added pressure, don’t get me wrong, but it’s something I’m happy to do.”

UFC Fight Night 128 takes place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Johns vs. Sterling airs on the FS1-televised main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

There are certain fighters who have done for their own country what Johns is trying to do for Wales. Conor McGregor took MMA in Ireland to a new level, Michael Bisping was the face of British MMA for the better part of a decade, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s success is helping line up the UFC’s first event in Russia, and the list goes on.

It’s a lofty aspiration, but Johns wants to be the one who changes the game for his region.

“I want to be the first Welsh guy to hold the UFC belt,” Johns said. “It seems unrealistic, but every champion in the early days it seemed unrealistic to them. To be honest, I do believe I can make it.”

Johns is aware how critical his fight against Sterling is to his overall plans. His 30-second submission win over former title challenger Joe Soto at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in December was a huge leap forward in terms of win quality, and if Johns can follow that up by beating “The Funkmaster,” he said he would be in prime position for a marquee fight at 135 pounds.

“This fight can really get me up there. If I want a big name after this, there’s the opportunity to do this after the fight. We’ll see how that goes. A big win here, a nice little stoppage, I’ll call someone out and we’ll see.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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