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Security concerns over rowdy soccer fans force 2 fighters out of UFC-Gdansk ceremonial weigh-ins

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GDANSK, Poland – Adam Wieczorek and Anthony Hamilton didn’t appear at UFC Fight Night 118 ceremonial weigh-ins, but the heavyweights will still clash at tomorrow’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed event.

UFC officials told MMAjunkie that the two fighters did not appear on stage because of security concerns inside Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, though their fight will go on as expected.

Wieczorek (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) were in attendance at the ceremonial weigh-ins. However, a few dozen Lechia Gdansk “ultras” – extreme and sometimes violent supporters of the local soccer team – showed up just prior to the session. Wieczorek is a supporter of Ruch Chorzow, a Lechnia Gdansk rival team from South Poland.

Police in riot gear outside of Ergo Arena following UFC-Gdansk ceremonial weigh-ins.

After the group made their presence known with a few synchronized chants, venue staffers put up a barricade in front of the section where the rowdy fans were seated. The UFC took precaution in keeping Wieczorek and Hamilton from participating in the weigh-ins.

Police sporting riot gear quickly gathered outside of the arena, stopping spectators as they exited, and asked for identification.

The two heavyweights each made weight earlier in the day, with Wieczorek at 233 pounds and and Hamilton at 256, during official weigh-ins at the host hotel.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Gegard Mousasi, Alexander Shlemenko pass drug tests prior to Bellator 185 headliner

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Gegard Mousasi and Alexander Shlemenko both passed drug tests in advance of their Bellator 185 headliner.

Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) passed two out-of-competition tests for drugs of abuse and performance-enhancers, while Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 9-3 UFC) passed one, Mike Mazzulli of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations today told MMAjunkie.

The Mohegan commission regulates tonight’s Spike-telvised event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The clean tests cleared the way for the middleweight fight, which is likely to serve as a title eliminator. Mousasi and Shlemenko both made weight on Thursday. Mazzulli said the competitors will also be tested tonight.

RelatedBellator 185 headliner Alexander Shlemenko: Win over Gegard Mousasi already makes me champ

Bellator President Scott Coker previously told MMAjunkie Shlemenko was targeted for additional drug testing due to a previous positive test for the steroid oxandrolone and its metabolites, as well as an elevated T/E ratio. Originally suspended three years, his term was reduced to one year, ending in February 2016. During his suspension, he fought overseas in Russia before returning to the Bellator cage in October 2016 at Bellator 162.

Mousasi was well aware of Shlemenko’s past and believed the Russian had doped. He requested additional drug testing to Bellator, which left the decision to Mazzulli, who’s conducted drug testing on the promotion’s behalf in overseas jurisdictions in addition to his job with the Mohegan commission. Shlemenko passed his first test this past month.

“Let’s be honest: He’s been caught for 50 times the testosterone amount of a normal human being, so he definitely has cheated before,” Mousasi said. “But this time, he tested clean. So far, so good. I want to have fighters that are clean. I’m a clean fighter, so I want my opponent to be clean.”

Related5 reasons to watch Bellator 185, where Gegard Mousasi looks to establish dominance

Mousasi said one of the reasons he signed with Bellator was their receptiveness to his requests for additional drug testing.

“I don’t want to have a guy who’s physically or mentally twice as strong who normally wouldn’t be that,” Mousasi said. “I want to fight a clean fight. In a clean fight, I’m not worried. I know what I can do.

“When the sport is clean, I’m one of the best fighters. We’ve seen a lot of people who didn’t perform after (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency). All I’m asking is a fair opponent.”

Mousasi hopes to capture the middleweight title before moving to the light heavyweight division, where he’ll have to cut less weight. He’s currently on a five-fight win streak and is the No. 6 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings. Shlemenko has won six of his past seven bouts and hopes to win back the Bellator belt he previously held for one year.

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Who Ya Got?! Fighters weigh in on 'Cowboy' Cerrone vs. Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 118

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GDANSK, Poland – For the first time in his career, Donald Cerrone needs to snap a losing skid, and he’ll have to do it against an unbeaten opponent.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) takes on England’s Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC). Cerrone is a slight favorite and is fighting outside North America for the first time in more than 10 years.

Our staff picks are in. But who are some of the other fighters on the UFC Fight Night 118 card picking in the main event?

Check out the video above to get their picks.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

July 29, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Donald Cerrone lands a kick against Robbie Lawler during UFC 214 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports July 29, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Donald Cerrone moves in with a hit against Robbie Lawler during UFC 214 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Jan 28, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) competes against Jorge Masvidal (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Jan 28, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Jorge Masvidal (blue gloves) looks on during his fight against Donald Cerrone (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Matt Brown (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Matt Brown (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts to fight with Matt Brown (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Patrick Cote (blue gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (red gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Patrick Cote (blue gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (red gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Patrick Cote (blue gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (red gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts after his welterweight bout against Patrick Cote (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) walks to the octagon to compete against Alex Oliveira (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) competes against Alex Oliveira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts after defeating Alex Oliveira (not pictured) by submission during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (left) reacts as he is named the winner by submission against Alex Oliveira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/F9WgF2phYGaNBwTu7LymjZ/278714", customAnalytics: true, title: "Donald Cerrone", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 118 with 'Cowboy' looking to snap his first career skid

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Here’s hoping you all enjoyed the short break in the UFC schedule we just had, because from now until the end of the year, there’s only one weekend without a UFC event. That weekend isn’t until Dec. 23.

The UFC’s sprint to the end of 2017 begins on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 118.

In the main event, young upstart Darren Till meets Donald Cerrone, the man who just can’t say no when the UFC calls and offers him a fight. Till is unbeaten in his 16-fight career. That run includes four fights in the UFC. Cerrone is on the first two-fight losing skid of his career. With a loss in this contest, the former UFC lightweight title challenger could be at risk of going winless during the calendar year – something that has never happened during his 11 years of fighting.

In the co-main event, former strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz looks to get back in the win column after two straight defeats against UFC newcomer Jodie Esquibel.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. Lights, camera, action

After just four fights in the UFC, Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) saunters into his first main event with the promotion full of attitude and confidence. The 24-year-old, faces 25-fight UFC veteran Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC), who also knows a thing or two about swagger and self-belief.

There are some, like former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub, who think Till shouldn’t fight Cerrone this early in his career, but Till has something to say about that kind of talk.

“You’ve got people like Brendan Schaub … saying he doesn’t know me, he’s disrespecting me and whatever, saying ‘Cowboy’ shouldn’t be taking this fight, but why shouldn’t I be taking the fight? Let’s get it straight, I’m unbeaten here,” Till said on the “Obviously Fight Talk” podcast. “I’m unbeaten. Nobody’s been able to beat me.”

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As for the 34-year-old Cerrone, who is ranked No. 10 in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, he seems to see a little of himself in his young opponent.

“I was up-and-coming once. I was in his shoes. He might be the next guy,” Cerrone told MMAjunkie. “You can’t look at him like, ‘Oh, this guy sucks.’ He’s undefeated. We’ll see. It’s like going from like a farm team, called up to the big show and now he’s the main event, five rounds – that’s a lot. Lights, camera, action.”

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Interesting is one way to describe the strawweight matchup between Kowalkiewicz and Esquibel. Kowalkiewicz fought three of the best 115-pound fighters in her three most recent outings. During that run, she defeated Rose Namajunas, dropped a title fight to champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and was submitted by Claudia Gadelha.

A cynic might look at this fight as the promotion giving the No. 4 ranked Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who competes in her home country of Poland for the first time as a UFC fighter, a favorable matchup. After all, Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who is unranked, makes her promotional debut in this contest.

During her run with Invicta FC, Esquibel went 4-2 with losses to current UFC fighters Alex Chambers and Alexa Grasso at atomweight. Her strawweight debut morphed into a 117.6-pound catchweight contest when her opponent, DeAnna Bennett, came in heavy. Esquibel won that fight by split decision.

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Before his UFC debut, Jan Blachowicz was on a five-fight winning streak with victories over four former UFC fighters. In his promotional debut, Blachowicz put Ilir Latifi away in the first round. After that triumph, the Polish fighter went 1-4.

Blachowicz’s (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) opponent, Devin Clark, has gone unbeaten at 205 pounds, including two decision wins with the UFC. In his most recent bout, Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) pitched a shutout against Jake Collier. He dominated the fight, but left the arena disappointed.

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“At times, I just stopped moving and didn’t go for the finish,” Clark told MMAjunkie. “There’s definitely openings, and I got hesitant at times.”

Clark fought at a high pace against Collier and that could be a concern for Blachowicz, who has run out of gas in the past, most recently during his April loss to Patrick Cummins.

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Oskar Piechota made his Cage Warriors debut in June. He claimed that promotion’s vacant middleweight title that night with a 32-second knockout. The quick KO win was Piechota’s ninth finish in 10 fights. Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut against Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in this middleweight scuffle.

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Wilson began his UFC career with a 50-second knockout of Chris Dempsey in a light heavyweight bout. He followed that victory with two losses. Wilson, a heavy-handed striker with six knockout wins, drops from light heavyweight for this matchup.

If you’re looking for a sleeper pick for “Fight of the Night,” this could be your fight.

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The good news for Marcin Held is that he gets to fight in his home country of Poland for the first time in more than seven years. The bad news is the former Bellator lightweight title challenger enters his bout against Nasrat Haqparast (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the worst run of his nine-year career. Held (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC), who joined the UFC in 2016, has lost each of his three fights inside the octagon.

When he signed with the UFC in 2016, many felt Held would be a threat in the lightweight division. An excellent grappler with 12 career submission wins, the 25-year-old has been unable to get on track since he joined the promotion.

Haqparast makes his UFC debut as a short-notice injury replacement. This bout marks the first time Haqparast fights outside of Germany. In his nine pro contests, Haqparast has eight knockout victories, six of which have come in the first round. His only defeat came in his professional debut.

6. Local man makes his UFC debut

Adam Wieczorek makes his UFC debut on the strength of a seven-fight winning streak. Each of those victories have come by way of stoppage. Wieczorek, the former PLMMA heavyweight champion, has spent his entire career fighting on the Polish scene. Wieczorek’s sole loss is a 2011 decision to current UFC heavyweight Marcin Tybura.

Wieczorek (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces Anthony Hamilton in Poland. Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) briefly toyed with retirement after his most recent fight, his third consecutive first-round stoppage defeat. He steps into this contest as a late injury replacement.

7. Looking for his place

Brian Kelleher made quite an impression in his UFC debut. Not only did he submit Iuri Alcantara, he did so in front of a hostile Brazilian crowd, but he then taunted that crowd after he defeated the home country fighter. During his post-fight interview, Kelleher threw the infamous Portuguese “you’re gonna die” chant back at the fans.

Kelleher’s second UFC fight did not go as well. He lost that bout via submission to Marlon Vera.

With both his UFC fights ending early in the first round, it’s hard to get an idea of just where Kelleher, who fought for more than 10 promotions before joining the UFC, fits in the bantamweight division.

Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces Damian Stasiak. Stasiak (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC), a good ground fighter, also lost his most recent fight. He dropped a decision to Pedro Munhoz in that contest.

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When Artem Lobov faced Cub Swanson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108, there were questions about the matchup. With a record of 2-2 in the UFC, the thinking was Lobov didn’t deserve a shot at Swanson who was on a three-fight winning streak and ranked No. 6 in the featherweight division at the time. The oddsmakers seemed to agree. Swanson was a more than a 6-1 favorite and he dominated the contest on fight night. Despite the decision loss, Lobov earned some respect with his performance. He hung tough, despite absorbing 251 strikes.

Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) meets Andre Fili in Poland. Calvin Kattar upset Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in his most recent bout. The decision defeat keeps Fili on a win one, lose one rollercoaster for his eight-fight UFC career.

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This should be a high-paced striking battle between two fighters desperate to get back in the win column and make a move in the featherweight division.

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In 2015, Warlley Alves was on his way up the welterweight rankings. He closed that year with a first-round submission win over Colby Covington. The victory gave Alves’ a record of 10-0. Since then, he’s dropped two unanimous decisions.

This is his first fight of 2017. With nearly a year between fights and with two straight losses, it’s going to be interesting to see what lessons Alves took from those setbacks and how he’s developed.

Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) faces UFC newcomer Salim Touahri in this bout. Touahri (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has won five straight fights ahead of his promotional debut. Four of those wins have come by knockout.

10. An anticipated debut

The unbeaten 22-year-old Aspen Ladd makes her UFC debut in Poland against Lina Lansberg in a bantamweight bout. Lansberg, a decorated muay Thai fighter, is best known for making her UFC debut against Cristiane Justino this past September. Lansberg lost to Justino via TKO.

Ladd made her pro debut with Invicta in 2015. She went 5-0 with the promotion. Four of her victories were by stoppage.

Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is an aggressive fighter who likes to pressure, but she’s never met an opponent with as much experience as Lansberg (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Her previous opponents had seven combined fights before Ladd faced them. Lansberg has nine MMA fights and almost 50 muay Thai contests to her name.

The 35-year-old Lansberg is a very tough fighter who can absorb a tremendous amount of punishment. She’ll be an excellent test for the still-developing Ladd.

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UFC heavyweight Carlos Felipe accepts USADA-issued 2-year suspension

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency today announced a two-year suspension issued to Brazilian heavyweight Carlos Felipe, who was flagged for a potential doping violation before his octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 119.

According to USADA, Felipe (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) tested positive for metabolites of stanozolol, 16β‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3’‐hydroxy‐stanozolol, following an out-of-competition test conducted July 29. Stanozolol, a steroid, is banned at all times in the category of non-specified substances and carries a two-year suspension for first-time offenders.

Felipe’s suspension is retroactive to Sept. 19, the day his provisional suspension was imposed, and he was removed from a bout against Christian Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119 next week at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In a statement, Felipe denied wrongdoing, claiming he hadn’t even taken caffeine pills since he signed with the UFC.

“I’ll be awaiting USADA’s judgment,” he wrote. “In light of that, I apologize to everyone who was looking forward to this fight.”

In USADA’s announcement of the suspension, however, Felipe accepted the two-year sanction, which brings a swift halt to the undefeated 22-year-old fighter’s promising career. Six of his eight wins have come by way of TKO.

Colombo is now scheduled to face Marcelo Golm (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims of the Oct. 28 event.

Here is USADA’s full statement:

“USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Carlos Felipe Cabral de Almeida, known professionally as Carlos Felipe, of Feira de Santana, Brazil, has accepted a two-year sanction after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

“Felipe, 22, tested positive for stanozolol metabolites, 16β‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3’‐hydroxy‐stanozolol, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on July 29, 2017. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

“Felipe’s two-year period of ineligibility began on September 19, 2017, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. As a result of his positive test, Felipe was removed from the Card for the UFC Fight Night event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, scheduled for October 28, 2017.

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

“USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. In an effort to aid UFC athletes, as well as their support team members, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on the UFC Anti-Doping Program website (http://ufc.USADA.org) regarding the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (http://ufc.globaldro.com), conducts educational sessions, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, and periodic athlete alerts.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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UFC Fight Night 118 staff picks: How many take unbeaten Darren Till to upset 'Cowboy' Cerrone?

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Till Esquibel
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Kowalkiewicz Blachowicz
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Clark Piechota
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The UFC returns to Poland this week with a fun welterweight scdrap in the main event.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) continues his run at welterweight against unbeaten British up-and-comer Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC). Cerrone is a slight betting favorite and is trying to snap the first two-fight losing skid of his career. He’s the pick of seven of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, former women’s strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fights for her home fans in Poland against Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who will be making her UFC debut. Kowalkiewicz is the biggest favorite on the card at more than 4-1, and to little surprise she’s a unanimous pick from our staff members.

Also on the main card, Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) fights in front of his home fans in a light heavyweight bout against Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). But it’s Clark who has the nod from eight of our 10 pickers. And unbeaten promotional newcomer Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will try to thrill his home fans when he takes on Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at middleweight. Piechota is a 2-1 favorite and is our second unanimous pick on the card.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Cerrone, Kowalkiewicz, Blachowicz and Piechota are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

July 29, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Donald Cerrone lands a kick against Robbie Lawler during UFC 214 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports July 29, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Donald Cerrone moves in with a hit against Robbie Lawler during UFC 214 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Jan 28, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) competes against Jorge Masvidal (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Jan 28, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Jorge Masvidal (blue gloves) looks on during his fight against Donald Cerrone (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Matt Brown (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Matt Brown (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts to fight with Matt Brown (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Patrick Cote (blue gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (red gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Patrick Cote (blue gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (red gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Patrick Cote (blue gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (red gloves) in a welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Jun 18, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts after his welterweight bout against Patrick Cote (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at TD Place Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) walks to the octagon to compete against Alex Oliveira (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) competes against Alex Oliveira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts after defeating Alex Oliveira (not pictured) by submission during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Feb 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Donald Cerrone (left) reacts as he is named the winner by submission against Alex Oliveira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/F9WgF2phYGaNBwTu7LymjZ/278708", customAnalytics: true, title: "Donald Cerrone", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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A mensagem do Jiu-Jitsu para o mundo em tempos de guerra

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Faixa-preta Gabriel Marinho, nosso GMI na academia ProCombat, abraça seu adversário após a luta em sinal de respeito. Foto: Flashsport

Num mundo tão complicado, cheio de hostilidades, uma das grandes magias do Jiu-Jitsu é fomentar o respeito entre as pessoas, mesmo que elas estejam competindo pelo mesmo objetivo.

É o que ensina o professor GMI Gabriel Marinho, da academia ProCombat, em Campo Grande, no Rio de Janeiro.

“Respeito é a base de toda a existência humana”, diz Gabriel. “Respeito aos mais novos, aos mais velhos, aos vencedores e aos que foram vencidos. Do mais importante campeão ao mais novo faixa-branca. O respeito é e sempre será nossa maior vitória.”

A lição de Gabriel é vista todo os finais de semana nos campeonatos de Jiu-Jitsu em todas as partes do mundo, nos quais depois de batalhas duras por posições, os competidores sempre terminam num abraço. Não limitado à arte suave, o cordial abraço é também visto em outros esportes de luta, como o boxe e o MMA. É preciso buscar este respeito sempre, pois o adversário sempre estará pronto para te ajudar a crescer e evoluir como atleta.

Roger Gracie e Marcus Buchecha se abraçaram após o duelo histórico no Gracie Pro. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr.

Qual a melhor lição que o Jiu-Jitsu trouxe para a sua vida, amigo leitor? Deixe nos comentários e espalhe a mensagem da arte suave!

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Bellator President Scott Coker

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Scott Coker.

Coker, president of Bellator MMA, joins “Gorgeous” George, Goze and Dan Tom to discuss tonight’s Bellator 185 event, which is headlined by the promotional debut of Gegard Mousasi, who takes on former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko. The hosts will also preview tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night 118 event in Gdansk, Poland.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2547 with Ian McCall, Logan Storley and Joey Ruquet

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Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Ian McCall, Logan Storley and Joey Ruquet.

McCall explained the quick process of leaving the UFC and signing with Rizin FF. Storley, who competes next month at Bellator 186, discussed how his decorated background in collegiate wrestling has fast-forwarded the high level of competition in his MMA career. Ruquet said he’d love to fill in on the Copa Combate card in November if one of the eight participants withdraws from the tournament.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.


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Video: Watch today's UFC-Gdansk ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at noon E.T.

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GDANSK, Poland – UFC Fight Night 118 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass. It is headlined by a welterweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.

In addition to the video stream above, you can check out the early and official UFC Fight Night 118 weigh-in results from earlier in the day.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jan Blachowicz hopes to end ‘bad luck’ streak vs. Devin Clark at UFC-Gdansk

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GDANSK, Poland – Polish light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz returns to action hoping his good luck in this city will help end the “bad luck” in his recent form.

Blachowicz (17-7, 2-4 UFC) has lost four of his last five bouts, but he’s optimistic of success heading into his main-card bout with Devin Clark (8-1, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118 on Saturday night.

“He’s a wrestler. He will try to take me down. I am sure about that,” Jan Blachowicz said in matter-of-fact tone during media day. “So I will try to knock him before he does this.“

Blachowicz has great respect for Clark’s wrestling in particular and says he’ll need to be on his guard to ensure he doesn’t end up stuck on the mat.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 118 pre-event facts: Donald Cerrone on cusp of all-time UFC wins record

“I have to move a lot on my feet,” he said. “If he catches me, then I’m going to have trouble. So he cannot catch me. I have to punch him very hard, throw a lot of punches. That’s the way I’m going to win the fight.

“He is really good. He looks tough. He’s a good wrestler. Of course, I have to watch out for his punches, but I think I’m better. I’ve got more fights than he’s got, so my experience is a little bit better than his. I’m a little bit taller than him, my reach is longer, so I’m going to use it.

“But he’s strong (and) a good wrestler. I have to be careful.”

The former KSW light heavyweight champion has fought twice in Gdansk before, winning both bouts, and says a third win in the city would mean the world to him.

“I don’t like to lose. Nobody likes to lose,” Blachowicz said. “You train every day. This is something that you do for life. It means everything to me. I have to win this fight to prove to myself that I can still win.

“It’s not the end of Jan Blachowicz. It’s just the end of his bad luck.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Renzo Gracie e a pegada perfeita

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“O melhor lutador de Jiu-Jitsu entre todos é aquele que mais se diverte em cima de um tatame”, ensina mestre Renzo Gracie. De fato, se você não tem prazer em vestir seu kimono, pode ser o mais forte e habilidoso de todos, mas dificilmente você será o melhor. Uma lição tão simples quanto poderosa: só o amor pelo ofício pode trazer a perfeição. E isso fica evidente logo nos instantes iniciais do vídeo que vamos estudar hoje. Num clima descontraído e animado, Renzo cativa a atenção dos alunos antes de explicar os segredos para a pegada perfeita quando tentamos estrangular um oponente. 

Renzo chama atenção para a importância do domínio correto da primeira mão que avança contra a gola do oponente. Se o encaixe não estiver certo e devidamente aprofundado, nem vale a pena dar continuidade ao golpe, afinal, o adversário vai conseguir fazer postura e resistir ao arrocho com facilidade, enquanto você vai desperdiçar energia e força, sem contar o desgaste das pegadas.

“Muitos lutadores têm o hábito de puxar a lapela do paletó do adversário, achando que assim a outra mão vai entrar com facilidade e de forma aprofundada, rente ao pescoço do adversário”, comenta Renzo. “Eu recomendo o contrário. Em vez de puxar a lapela, eu empurro a lapela para o lado, abrindo um amplo espaço para a outra mão entrar”. 

É dessa forma que Renzo consegue alcançar a pegada perfeita. A partir desse poderoso domínio, o Gracie garante: “Não importa onde a segunda mão vai catar o kimono do oponente. Por pior que seja a pegada da segunda mão, o estrangulamento será eficiente. O que realmente importa é a perfeição do primeiro domínio”.

A partir de agora, recorra a esse ensinamento na hora de arriscar um estrangulamento nos treinos e assim refine os ajustes do seu “torniquete”. Renzo lembra que essa lógica funciona em qualquer situação, não precisa ser apenas na guarda fechada. “Busque a pegada perfeita com a primeira mão sempre que for estrangular, esteja você na montada, na meia-guarda, com o joelho na barriga… Você vai perceber rapidamente que a sua capacidade de finalização será muito maior”, conclui o mestre, um dos precursores da transição do vale-tudo clássico para o MMA moderno, e bicampeão do ADCC.   

Conor McGregor coach Owen Roddy: Tony Ferguson title fight starting to look 'more logical'

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Maybe it’ll be Tony Ferguson after all.

Speculation continues to run rampant on UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s next move following his boxing TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in August.

Will McGregor choose a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz? Will he stick with boxing and fight sparring partner-turned bitter rival Paulie Malignaggi?

Or will McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) decide to do “the right thing” and unify his championship with interim title holder Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC)?

That last option at least seems to be gaining steam among the McGregor camp, with striking coach Owen Roddy on Thursday explaining why a Ferguson showdown might make the most sense.

RelatedTony (Ferguson or Montana?) – UFC champ Conor McGregor breaks silence on Twitter

“It’s exciting,” Roddy told the “Talking Brawls” podcast. “When the word goes out like that, and people start talking about it, it’s usually not far off of the deal being done. It could be a good one. Ferguson is the interim champion and rightfully so. He had a good performance against (Kevin) Lee, and he’s had a lot of good performances.

“I’d like to see it. People, including myself, were talking about the Diaz fight, but who knows that may come again. But if it’s Ferguson, that’s going to be a cracker, as well.”

Roddy’s words send a different message than earlier this month, when he said fans “would rather see Conor vs. Diaz.” That was in line with head trainer John Kavanagh, who last month gave his vote for Diaz as his fighter’s next opponent.

“I’ve said for a long time that the Nate Diaz trilogy fight at lightweight is what I’d personally like to see next,” Kavangh wrote in a guest column. “That still needs to be put to bed.”

RelatedTony Ferguson responds to Conor McGregor with perfect(ly odd) 'Grand Theft Auto' video on Twitter

But that was before Ferguson’s third-round submission win over Lee earlier this month at UFC 216 to claim the interim title. No lightweight has been more impressive over the last few years than “El Cucuy,” who is on a 10-fight winning streak.

Ferguson, who’s been railing McGregor all throughout his run of dominance, immediately called out “The Notorious,” imploring him to “defend or vacate” – a common refrain as McGregor has never defended his crown since winning it last November. During the UFC 216 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said McGregor vs. Ferguson “has to happen” next.

Ever since then, momentum has been building.

“That’s what Dana White is saying and because Ferguson is picking at Conor and stuff like that, it’s starting to look like the more logical fight, but who knows?” Roddy said. “It’s an exciting fight, isn’t it? He definitely brings problems, and people are asking for it. That’s the most important thing. …

RelatedConor McGregor's next move will determine if his MMA return lasts

“Obviously money talks at the end of the day, and whatever makes the most money is what both people would go for. But because people are asking for it and posting about it, that’s starting to gain the momentum that’s needed to get that big fight. It’s starting to build. It’ll be a good fight. It’ll definitely be a good fight.”

As good a fight as it might be, if it happens, Roddy sees McGregor putting on a clinic in the striker vs. striker affair.

“I still see the same outcome,” Roddy said. “I still see Conor — if they’re standing for any sort of extended period on the feet, it’ll be a quick one and that’s it. He’s just not as tidy as Conor. You play the percentages, and Conor’s the cleaner, more refined striker. Ferguson is tough. He’s unorthodox. But in my opinion Conor’s just the superior striker, most definitely.”

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

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Watch the only man to knock out UFC champ Cody Garbrandt do so in a 2014 amateur fight

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UFC champion Cody Garbrandt holds an undefeated record in his professional MMA career, but in his final amateur fight he suffered a highlight-reel knockout loss to Jerrell Hodge.

Since that fight Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has gone on to reach extraordinary heights. He claimed the UFC bantamweight title from Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 in December and is scheduled to make his first title defense against T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedChamp Cody Garbrandt: T.J. Dillashaw moves around gyms like 'a prostitute on the corner'

Hodge (3-1), meanwhile, has taken the slow and steady approach to his career since his third-round knockout of Garbrandt at “NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 10” in February 2014. Hodge has competed just four times since turning pro in June 2014, but returns to action on Saturday at CFFC 68, which takes place at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

Before the 27-year-old takes on Tony Gravely in a bantamweight bout, relive the time he showed “No Love” to Garbrandt.

Watch the video above.

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

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

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Veja Yuri Simões x Mirko Cro Cop em treininho solto de Jiu-Jitsu na Croácia

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Crocop e Uri posaram juntos após o treino na academia do croata. Foto: Reprodução

Bicampeão do ADCC em duas categorias diferentes de peso, Yuri Simões se colocou em outro patamar no Jiu-Jitsu quando o assunto é disputa sem kimono. Com planos de migrar para o MMA em um futuro próximo, Yuri já começa a fazer seus treinos com pessoas do ramo, e nesta semana a fera arrumou um sparring gabaritado para afiar suas armas.

Yuri, de passagem pela Croácia, se encontrou com a lenda Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Campeão do Pride, ex-atleta do UFC e campeão do GP do Rizin em 2016, Cro Cop tem no currículo, além dos mortais chutes altos, algumas belas finalizações no MMA, e não aliviou para Yuri no treininho de Jiu-Jitsu.

“Me lembro que eu acordava de madrugada para ver as lutas desta lenda ainda na época do Pride”, disse Yuri no Instagram. “Eu era apenas um garoto sonhador, que ainda dava os primeiros passos no Jiu-Jitsu. Sonhava em um dia conhecer um dos meus ídolos e ontem pude realizar esse sonho. Foi uma honra poder treinar e aprender um pouco com a lenda Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovič, um dos maiores nomes da história do esporte.”

As feras rolaram com muita movimentação e troca de vantagens no solo, e você pode conferir o treino entre as feras no vídeo abaixo!

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Artem Lobov after weighing in: 'Choo choo motherf*ckers! You can't stop The Siberian Express!'

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All aboard The Siberian Express, folks!

Artem Lobov made weight Friday for his UFC Fight Night 118 featherweight bout with Andre Fili, and to say “The Russian Hammer” was hyped up about it would not be a lie.

Check out this outburst from Lobov to the assembled media right after it was announced he made 145 pounds on the dot:

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UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday from Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and airs entirely on UFC Fight Pass, with Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) vs. Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) slated to kickoff the prelims portion of the card.

Lobov will be looking to rebound from a five-round “Fight of the Night” loss to Cub Swanson in April, and earlier this week he gave us an awesomely cringe-worthy breakdown of how he plans to get the job done.

#UFCGdansk doesn't need a hype train on Saturday night. They've got The Siberian Express, @RusHammerMMA. #ChooChoo pic.twitter.com/C0zl0GxrKk

— Simon Head (@simonhead) October 20, 2017

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Colby Covington undeterred, insists UFC title shot close once he beats Demian Maia

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Ever confident about his future in the UFC welterweight division, Colby Covington believes his title shot is right around the corner.

Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is days away from a co-headliner against two-time UFC title challenger Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), a fight that could take his career to the next level or reveal his ceiling at 170 pounds.

But already the 29-year-old has a nickname for his date – and expected win – at UFC Fight Night 119: “The Nightmare in Sao Paulo.”

“Then Tyron Woodley is next, and five-round fights are going to favor me,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio in advance of his FS1-televised fight on Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I’ve only hit Gear 1. Wait until I hit Gear 2 and 3 against Tyron. Man, you’re about to see a new Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington.”

Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC), who defended his belt in July with a lackluster decision over Maia, is targeting the winner of a middleweight title fight between ex-welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping at UFC 217. Specifically, he wants a fight with St-Pierre, who was once targeted for the winner of his fight with Maia before UFC President Dana White changed his mind and booked St-Pierre vs. Bisping.

White, meanwhile, has already tabbed the winner of an upcoming headliner between ex-welterweight champ Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) as the next contender to the belt.

But Covington, the No. 9 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, never shies away from bold proclamations. Although he faces the unenviable task of muscling aside established contenders – and new ones – his only desire is to get the title shot against Woodley or otherwise.

“It doesn’t matter who it is,” Covington said. “There’s one singular goal and one singular focus, and that’s the world title. I do feel I have the skill set to hold the welterweight title for a long time. Whoever the champion is at the time, that’s who I want.”

Undeterred by the odds of getting the UFC to grant him No. 1 contender statsus, Covington said he’ll keep pushing until the UFC gives him what he wants.

“I live in the gym right now,” he said. “I’m actually staying at the dorms at American Top Team. I’m eating, living and breathing MMA. I have no girlfriend. I have no distractions in my life. All I do is I come downstars and I train. I go upstairs, I eat, I get on social media, and I promote myself.

“I’m letting the UFC know I don’t need them to promote me, but I want the big fights.”

He’s got one now, of course, facing off with Maia. The 39-year-old Brazilian fell short in a bid for the title, but many up-and-coming contenders have found him too steep a challenge to overcome. Those eager to take him out of his comfort zone on the mat have found themselves tapping out.

Predictably, though, Covington thinks the fight will be a walk in the park.

“I feel like his game has been the same since the beginning,” Covington said of Maia. “He’s very one dimensional. He just goes forward, he’s looking for takedowns, and he’s looking to get it to the ground and get a submission. He’s an old dog – he hasn’t learned any new tricks. It’s going to be the same Demian Maia. We’re not going to see any surprises.

“I’m going to expose him for that.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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