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UFC's Drew Dober plans lightweight return after next fight despite CSAC order to move up

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UFC veteran Drew Dober said his fight with Frank Camacho doesn’t signal a permanent move to welterweight.

Afterward, Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) plans to return to the lightweight division despite an order from the California State Athletic Commission to move up in weight.

“I appreciate the effort and people being concerned about my health, but I think I’m most competitive at lightweight,” Dober, who faces Camacho (21-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 27, told MMAjunkie.

Dober, who’s never missed weight for a UFC bout, was the first of several athletes identified by the CSAC as cutting an unhealthy number of pounds. After a knockout win over Josh Burkman at UFC 214, Dober said his pre-fight weight check triggered the order, which requires him to receive doctor’s clearance if he wants to remain at lightweight.

Per a new 10-point plan to curtail extreme weight cutting in MMA, the CSAC checks athletes on the scale prior to the official weigh-ins. Fighters who show up on fight week over 10 percent above their weight class are ordered to move up. This applies only for events in the state.

“They didn’t like it very much, but it’s still healthy,” Dober said of the CSAC. “I did it with science and working with (nutritionist) George Lockhart.”

Dober didn’t say whether he’s received doctor’s clearance. But the commission’s order has affected his career. He said his fight with Camacho, which serves on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed portion of the Jan. 27 card, was initially put together as a lightweight fight before the promotion encountered static from the North Carolina Boxing Authority, which regulates the event at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Both fighters’ history factored into the snag. Camacho missed weight for his previous UFC bout, which took place at UFC Fight Night 121.

“I was approached with, they have a hard time licensing my fight at lightweight, considering him missing weight and me having CSAC complain about me,” Dober said. “So I was like, ‘Let’s do a catchweight.’ UFC doesn’t really like doing catchweight, so I just said I’ll fight him at 170 (pounds).”

But after this fight, Dober said the UFC has signed off on allowing him to compete at lightweight. Although he still believes the recently created 165-pound division could be his most natural home, he said he has the ability to fight at both lightweight and welterweight.

“I’m in that beautiful sweet spot,” Dober said. “I think I’m going to be most competitive at lightweight, but I can take a fight at welterweight, depending on the opponent.

“(A 165-pound division would be) fantastic. I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon, so I’m not going to put any eggs in that basket. My goal is to take as many fights at lightweight as possible.”

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

December 13, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Jamie Verner moves in on Drew Dober during UFC Fight Night at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports December 13, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Drew Dober reacts following his victory against Jamie Varner during UFC Fight Night at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports December 13, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Drew Dober is declared the winner by tap out against Jamie Varner during UFC Fight Night at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Mar 21, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BRAZIL; Leandro Silva (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 21, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BRAZIL; Leandro Silva (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 21, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BRAZIL; Leandro Silva (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jan 2, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Scott Holtzmann (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC 195 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Jan 2, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Scott Holtzmann (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC 195 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Sep 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Drew Dober (red gloves) competes against Jason Gonzalez (blue gloves) during UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Sep 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Drew Dober (red gloves) competes against Jason Gonzalez (blue gloves) during UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Sep 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Drew Dober (red gloves) competes against Jason Gonzalez (blue gloves) during UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Sep 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Drew Dober (red gloves) defeats Jason Gonzalez (blue gloves) during UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-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/yk3xSfRf4t2NEaZpaiDg5A/296636", customAnalytics: true, title: "Drew Dober", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

UFC's Drew Dober plans lightweight return after next fight despite CSAC order to move up

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UFC veteran Drew Dober said his fight with Frank Camacho doesn’t signal a permanent move to welterweight.

Afterward, Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) plans to return to the lightweight division despite an order from the California State Athletic Commission to move up in weight.

“I appreciate the effort and people being concerned about my health, but I think I’m most competitive at lightweight,” Dober, who faces Camacho (21-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 27, told MMAjunkie.

Dober, who’s never missed weight for a UFC bout, was the first of several athletes identified by the CSAC as cutting an unhealthy number of pounds. After a knockout win over Josh Burkman at UFC 214, Dober said his pre-fight weight check triggered the order, which requires him to receive doctor’s clearance if he wants to remain at lightweight.

Per a new 10-point plan to curtail extreme weight cutting in MMA, the CSAC checks athletes on the scale prior to the official weigh-ins. Fighters who show up on fight week over 10 percent above their weight class are ordered to move up. This applies only for events in the state.

“They didn’t like it very much, but it’s still healthy,” Dober said of the CSAC. “I did it with science and working with (nutritionist) George Lockhart.”

Dober didn’t say whether he’s received doctor’s clearance. But the commission’s order has affected his career. He said his fight with Camacho, which serves on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed portion of the Jan. 27 card, was initially put together as a lightweight fight before the promotion encountered static from the North Carolina Boxing Authority, which regulates the event at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Both fighters’ history factored into the snag. Camacho missed weight for his previous UFC bout, which took place at UFC Fight Night 121.

“I was approached with, they have a hard time licensing my fight at lightweight, considering him missing weight and me having CSAC complain about me,” Dober said. “So I was like, ‘Let’s do a catchweight.’ UFC doesn’t really like doing catchweight, so I just said I’ll fight him at 170 (pounds).”

But after this fight, Dober said the UFC has signed off on allowing him to compete at lightweight. Although he still believes the recently created 165-pound division could be his most natural home, he said he has the ability to fight at both lightweight and welterweight.

“I’m in that beautiful sweet spot,” Dober said. “I think I’m going to be most competitive at lightweight, but I can take a fight at welterweight, depending on the opponent.

“(A 165-pound division would be) fantastic. I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon, so I’m not going to put any eggs in that basket. My goal is to take as many fights at lightweight as possible.”

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

December 13, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Jamie Verner moves in on Drew Dober during UFC Fight Night at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports December 13, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Drew Dober reacts following his victory against Jamie Varner during UFC Fight Night at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports December 13, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Drew Dober is declared the winner by tap out against Jamie Varner during UFC Fight Night at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Mar 21, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BRAZIL; Leandro Silva (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 21, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BRAZIL; Leandro Silva (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mar 21, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BRAZIL; Leandro Silva (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio do Maracanazinho. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Jan 2, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Scott Holtzmann (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC 195 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Jan 2, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Scott Holtzmann (red gloves) competes against Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC 195 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Sep 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Drew Dober (red gloves) competes against Jason Gonzalez (blue gloves) during UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Sep 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Drew Dober (red gloves) competes against Jason Gonzalez (blue gloves) during UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Sep 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Drew Dober (red gloves) competes against Jason Gonzalez (blue gloves) during UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Sep 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Drew Dober (red gloves) defeats Jason Gonzalez (blue gloves) during UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-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/yk3xSfRf4t2NEaZpaiDg5A/296636", customAnalytics: true, title: "Drew Dober", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

Georges St-Pierre coach: 'Truth is no one knows' if he'll fight again, stomach disease big concern

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The latest update on Georges St-Pierre’s fighting career isn’t particularly promising.

According to St-Pierre’s (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) longtime jiu-jitsu coach, John Danaher, the possibility of the former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion making a return to the octagon is still very much in the air after St-Pierre revealed a medical issue in December.

St-Pierre confirmed he’d been diagnosed with ulcerative-colitis shortly before vacating the 185-pound belt just 33 days after winning it against Michael Bisping at UFC 2017. “Rush” has provided few updates on his future since relinquishing the gold and, according to Danaher, is still struggling.

“The truth is no one knows (if he will fight again) because it comes down to medical problems,” Danaher said on Monday’s edition of the “JRE MMA Show” podcast with Joe Rogan. “Georges has got a problem in his stomach. I’m not going to claim to be a medical expert, but it’s one of the most frustrating things Georges has had to deal with because there’s certain parts of the human body that are just out of your control, and the stomach is one of them.

RelatedDana White: Georges St-Pierre 'ain't fighting Conor McGregor' if he returns to UFC

“There’s things that can happen in your stomach that you can’t control it. Things likes stress seem to make it worse, and the truth is that no one really knows at this point. So, wherever there’s doubt, my instinct is to think: Do you really want to come back Georges? You’ve done (it) all.”

St-Pierre began dealing with the issue during his preparation for the fight with Bisping. It marked his return to competition from a more than four-year layoff and with the win, the French-Canadian became just the fourth fighter in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes.

Danaher said the ulcerative-colitis turned St-Pierre’s UFC 217 training camp into a “disaster” that was “the worst camp” he’d ever been involved with. He didn’t seem eager to encourage another comeback, but if it happened St-Pierre would likely return at welterweight.

RelatedAre fans ready to follow Georges St-Pierre into 'mega-fight' after one of UFC's shortest title reigns?

Current 170-pound kingpin Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) has been calling for a matchup with St-Pierre at every turn. Although it’s unknown if the former champ will ever be medically fit to fight again, Danaher thinks St-Pierre would be interested in the challenge.

“Absolutely (he would fight Woodley),” Danaher said. “I think Tyron Woodley’s a great champion. I know he gets a lot of stink and a lot of flack. That kid is very, very talented. … Tyron Woodley’s a very, very difficult opponent to beat, because people criticize his style, but people don’t understand the difference between regular fighting and championship fighting. Championship fighting is about winning and losing, and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to win. That’s the first consideration.”

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

Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) enters the cage before his welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 30, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre at the weigh in prior to the fight against B.J. Penn (not pictured) for the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 30, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre (left) faces B.J. Penn at the weigh in for the welterweight championship bout in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre enters the arena prior to taking on B.J. Penn during the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre (black trunks) against B.J. Penn (white trunks) during the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre (black trunks) punches B.J. Penn (white trunks) during the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre (black trunks) punches B.J. Penn (white trunks) during the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter B.J. Penn (white trunks) is punched in the face by Georges St-Pierre (black trunks) during the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre (top) hits B.J. Penn during the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre celebrates with a backflip after defeating B.J. Penn (not pictured) during the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre celebrates with the champions belt after defeating B.J. Penn (not pictured) during the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre during the post fight press conference after defeating B.J. Penn (not pictured) during the welterweight championship in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. St-Pierre defeated Penn with a fourth round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Oct. 29, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137 at the Mandalay Bay event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Oct. 29, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre sits cageside during UFC 137 at the Mandalay Bay event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Nov 16, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre (left) and Carlos Condit (right) face off during the weigh-in for UFC 154 at New City Gas. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre walks out before his fight against Carlos Condit (not pictured) during their Welterweight title bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre steps into the octagon in his return to fight Carlos Condit (not pictured) before their Welterweight title bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Georges St-Pierre (black) throws punches on Carlos Condit (white) during first round action of their Welterweight Championship bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. 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Georges St-Pierre coach: 'Truth is no one knows' if he'll fight again, stomach disease big concern

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The latest update on Georges St-Pierre’s fighting career isn’t particularly promising.

According to St-Pierre’s (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) longtime jiu-jitsu coach, John Danaher, the possibility of the former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion making a return to the octagon is still very much in the air after St-Pierre revealed a medical issue in December.

St-Pierre confirmed he’d been diagnosed with ulcerative-colitis shortly before vacating the 185-pound belt just 33 days after winning it against Michael Bisping at UFC 2017. “Rush” has provided few updates on his future since relinquishing the gold and, according to Danaher, is still struggling.

“The truth is no one knows (if he will fight again) because it comes down to medical problems,” Danaher said on Monday’s edition of the “JRE MMA Show” podcast with Joe Rogan. “Georges has got a problem in his stomach. I’m not going to claim to be a medical expert, but it’s one of the most frustrating things Georges has had to deal with because there’s certain parts of the human body that are just out of your control, and the stomach is one of them.

RelatedDana White: Georges St-Pierre 'ain't fighting Conor McGregor' if he returns to UFC

“There’s things that can happen in your stomach that you can’t control it. Things likes stress seem to make it worse, and the truth is that no one really knows at this point. So, wherever there’s doubt, my instinct is to think: Do you really want to come back Georges? You’ve done (it) all.”

St-Pierre began dealing with the issue during his preparation for the fight with Bisping. It marked his return to competition from a more than four-year layoff and with the win, the French-Canadian became just the fourth fighter in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes.

Danaher said the ulcerative-colitis turned St-Pierre’s UFC 217 training camp into a “disaster” that was “the worst camp” he’d ever been involved with. He didn’t seem eager to encourage another comeback, but if it happened St-Pierre would likely return at welterweight.

RelatedAre fans ready to follow Georges St-Pierre into 'mega-fight' after one of UFC's shortest title reigns?

Current 170-pound kingpin Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) has been calling for a matchup with St-Pierre at every turn. Although it’s unknown if the former champ will ever be medically fit to fight again, Danaher thinks St-Pierre would be interested in the challenge.

“Absolutely (he would fight Woodley),” Danaher said. “I think Tyron Woodley’s a great champion. I know he gets a lot of stink and a lot of flack. That kid is very, very talented. … Tyron Woodley’s a very, very difficult opponent to beat, because people criticize his style, but people don’t understand the difference between regular fighting and championship fighting. Championship fighting is about winning and losing, and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to win. That’s the first consideration.”

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

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Champ Rose Namajunas expects Joanna Jedrzejczyk rematch, says mind games won't work again

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ST. LOUIS – UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas is looking to return to the octagon for her first title defense sometime between April and July. And in her mind, a rematch with Joanna Jedrzejczyk is the most probable matchup.

Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) pulled off 2017’s “Upset of the Year” when she dethroned previously unbeaten champion Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) with a first-round knockout at UFC 217 in November. A rematch has seemed like the most logical option, but that direction hasn’t been confirmed by the UFC brass.

Speaking with MMAjunkie at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event in St. Louis, Namajunas revealed she has some travel booked for the coming months. She’ll be ready to jump back into camp once that’s complete, and although she would be willing to move in another direction, she believes running it back with Jedrzejczyk is what fans desire most.

“(It makes sense) for a different number of reasons,” Namajunas told MMAjunkie. “I think that’s definitely the fight that most people want to see, but I’m always open to fighting anyone. We’ll see.”

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Prior to the first matchup at UFC 217, there was a lot of tension between the 115-pound title-fight competitors. Most of that came from Jedrzejczyk’s side, as she tried to intimidate her challenger Namajunas at every possible turn.

Ultimately Namajunas was able to deflect everything her Polish foe threw her way, and that included in the fight. She stormed through Jedrzejczyk with multiple knockdowns and finished the fight in the opening frame. She said any similar tactics from Jedrzejczyk ahead of a potential rematch would fail, as well.

“I never really took anything personal, even after the fact,” Namajunas said. “That’s just what she had to do. That was her best strategy to beat me, but it didn’t work, and it’s still not going to work.”

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At 25, Namajunas currently is the youngest in the UFC’s crop of champions. She continues to make strides between every fight, and said she expects that progress to continue as she adjusts her mindset to defend the belt for what she hopes is a long time to come.

“I’ve definitely been continuing my mental growth and trying to map out what the next year is going to look like for me,” Namajunas said. “It’s been a transition period, basically.”

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

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UFC Fight Night 124 post-event facts: Jeremy Stephens on cusp of all-time knockdowns record

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Jeremy Stephens is one of the longest-tenured UFC fighters, and on Sunday he added another chapter to his career with a victory over Dooho Choi in UFC Fight Night 124’s main event.

Stephens’ (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC) power was again on display in the FS1-televised headliner at Scottrade Center in St. Louis (early prelims streamed on UFC Fight Pass). He put Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) down in the second round, giving him a TKO win that placed him nearly the top of the list of one of the most notable categories in UFC history.

For more on the numbers to come out of the first UFC event of 2018, check out 40 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 124.

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General

Jeremy Stephens

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $135,000.

Debuting fighters went 0-1 at the event.

Stephens, Choi, Darren Elkins and Marco Polo Reyes earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 124 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 124 drew an announced attendance of 10,052 for a live gate of $812,995.

Betting favorites went 6-5 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:05:51.

Main card

Jeremy Stephens

Stephens improved to 7-5 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in May 2013.

Stephens’ 17 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are second most in company history behind Anderson Silva (18).

Stephens’ 10 knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Choi suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2016.

Jessica-Rose Clark and Paige VanZant

Jessica-Rose Clark (9-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) earned her second UFC victory in a 57-day stretch. She also beat Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 121 in November.

Clark has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.

Paige VanZant (7-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) was unsuccessful in her UFC flyweight debut.

VanZant suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. She hasn’t earned a victory since August 2016.

Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 11 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Usman’s seven-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Usman became the first welterweight since Jon Fitch to start his UFC career with seven consecutive victories.

Usman has completed 28 takedowns in his seven UFC appearances

Emil Meek (9-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Darren Elkins

Elkins (24-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) improved to 13-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Elkins’ 13 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (14).

Elkins’ six-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is the second-longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (11).

Elkins earned his first submission victory since May 30, 2009 – a span of 3,151 days (more than eight years) and 21 fights.

Elkins’ 36 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (39).

Darren Elkins and Michael Johnson

Elkins’ 21 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Elkins has landed 1,565 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history.

Michael Johnson (17-13 MMA, 9-9 UFC) was unsuccessful in his UFC featherweight debut.

Johnson fell to 1-5 in his past six fights dating back to August 2015.

Johnson suffered the eighth submission loss of his career. He’s been tapped out in all but one of his career stoppage losses.

Preliminary card

James Krause and Alex White

Alex White (12-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) fell to 1-2 since he moved up to the UFC lightweight division in January 2017.

Polo Reyes (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned seven of his eight career victories by stoppage.

Matt Frevola (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Irene Aldana (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) earned the first decision victory of her career.

Talita Bernardo (5-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in her career.

Kyung Ho Kang

Kyung Ho Kang (14-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was successful in his return to competition from a nearly 3.5-year layoff.

Guido Cannetti (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by submission.

Jessica Eye (12-6 MMA, 2-5 UFC) was successful in her UFC flyweight debut.

Eye snapped her four-fight losing skid for her first victory since November 2014. She’s 2-5 in her past seven fights.

Kalindra Faria (18-7-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) became the first fighter in UFC history to suffer two losses in women’s flyweight competition.

J.J. Aldrich’s (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Felice Herrig (four) and Tecia Torres (three).

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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UFC Fight Night 124 post-event facts: Jeremy Stephens on cusp of all-time knockdowns record

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Jeremy Stephens is one of the longest-tenured UFC fighters, and on Sunday he added another chapter to his career with a victory over Dooho Choi in UFC Fight Night 124’s main event.

Stephens’ (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC) power was again on display in the FS1-televised headliner at Scottrade Center in St. Louis (early prelims streamed on UFC Fight Pass). He put Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) down in the second round, giving him a TKO win that placed him nearly the top of the list of one of the most notable categories in UFC history.

For more on the numbers to come out of the first UFC event of 2018, check out 40 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 124.

* * * *

General

Jeremy Stephens

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $135,000.

Debuting fighters went 0-1 at the event.

Stephens, Choi, Darren Elkins and Marco Polo Reyes earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 124 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 124 drew an announced attendance of 10,052 for a live gate of $812,995.

Betting favorites went 6-5 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:05:51.

Main card

Jeremy Stephens

Stephens improved to 7-5 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in May 2013.

Stephens’ 17 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are second most in company history behind Anderson Silva (18).

Stephens’ 10 knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Choi suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2016.

Jessica-Rose Clark and Paige VanZant

Jessica-Rose Clark (9-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) earned her second UFC victory in a 57-day stretch. She also beat Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 121 in November.

Clark has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.

Paige VanZant (7-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) was unsuccessful in her UFC flyweight debut.

VanZant suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. She hasn’t earned a victory since August 2016.

Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 11 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Usman’s seven-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Usman became the first welterweight since Jon Fitch to start his UFC career with seven consecutive victories.

Usman has completed 28 takedowns in his seven UFC appearances

Emil Meek (9-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Darren Elkins

Elkins (24-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) improved to 13-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Elkins’ 13 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (14).

Elkins’ six-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is the second-longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (11).

Elkins earned his first submission victory since May 30, 2009 – a span of 3,151 days (more than eight years) and 21 fights.

Elkins’ 36 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (39).

Darren Elkins and Michael Johnson

Elkins’ 21 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Elkins has landed 1,565 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history.

Michael Johnson (17-13 MMA, 9-9 UFC) was unsuccessful in his UFC featherweight debut.

Johnson fell to 1-5 in his past six fights dating back to August 2015.

Johnson suffered the eighth submission loss of his career. He’s been tapped out in all but one of his career stoppage losses.

Preliminary card

James Krause and Alex White

Alex White (12-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) fell to 1-2 since he moved up to the UFC lightweight division in January 2017.

Polo Reyes (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned seven of his eight career victories by stoppage.

Matt Frevola (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Irene Aldana (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) earned the first decision victory of her career.

Talita Bernardo (5-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in her career.

Kyung Ho Kang

Kyung Ho Kang (14-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was successful in his return to competition from a nearly 3.5-year layoff.

Guido Cannetti (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by submission.

Jessica Eye (12-6 MMA, 2-5 UFC) was successful in her UFC flyweight debut.

Eye snapped her four-fight losing skid for her first victory since November 2014. She’s 2-5 in her past seven fights.

Kalindra Faria (18-7-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) became the first fighter in UFC history to suffer two losses in women’s flyweight competition.

J.J. Aldrich’s (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Felice Herrig (four) and Tecia Torres (three).

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Mais ataques da meia-guarda

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Nessa semana, no curso da Renzo Gracie Online Academy, você vai dar continuidade ao estudo da meia-guarda ofensiva. O professor André Monteiro ensina um novo repertório de ataques para você minar o caminho dos passadores de guarda.

Confira técnicas infalíveis para raspar, finalizar e também para ir para as costas do oponente, um conhecimento muito refinado e bem organizado, difundido numa das escolas de Jiu-Jitsu mais sofisticadas do planeta, à qual você tem acesso ilimitado pela RGOA. A semana do programa Renzo Gracie Online Academy está organizada da seguinte forma:

  • Cinco técnicas de ataque a partir da meia-guarda.
  • Qualidade de vida: O hábito de dar pequenas recompensas a si mesmo vai manter você motivado nos treinos de Jiu-Jitsu.
Dia 1: Segunda-feira Aula 1: Ataque duplo: estrangulamento + arm drag

Caso o adversário consiga se defender do seu ataque via estrangulamento, aplique um arm drag, terminando a movimentação nas costas do oponente.

Dia 2: Terça-feira Aula 2: Raspagem dominando as duas pernas

Um dos caminhos recorrentes para o adversário tentar transpor a sua meia-guarda é variando para a meia-guarda invertida. Confira uma técnica valiosa para bloquear essa passagem, capturando as duas pernas do oponente e aplicando uma raspagem.

Dia 3: Quarta-feira Aula 3: Raspagem dominando as duas pernas e girando para o outro lado

No Jiu-Jitsu é muito importante que você tenha um “plano B” ou “plano C” caso a estratégia inicial falhe no meio da luta. É o que o professor André Monteiro ensina neste vídeo, considerando a hipótese de o adversário neutralizar uma tentativa de raspagem.

Dia 4: Quinta-feira Aula 4: Raspagem com a lapela puxando o joelho

A lapela do kimono do oponente pode se tornar uma ótima aliada quando você quer raspar e se estabilizar por cima. Veja como o professor André Monteiro envolve a perna do adversário com a lapela, obtendo um ótimo ponto de apoio para aplicar o desequilíbrio.

Dia 5: Sexta-feira Aula 5: Raspagem com a lapela quando o oponente tenta passar cruzando o joelho

Se o adversário tenta transpor a sua meia-guarda cruzando o joelho,  use a lapela do kimono dele para surpreendê-lo. Envolva a perna do passador com o pano, quebre sua postura puxando-o pela gola e projete-o para a frente empurrando o seu corpo com o joelho.

Aula 6: Qualidade de vida: Dê pequenas recompensas a você mesmo
Manter-se motivado no treinamento pelo longo prazo. Trata-se de um dos principais desafios para o lutador de Jiu-Jitsu. Bruno Fernandes oferece uma ótima dica para você lidar com a questão: dê pequenas recompensas a si mesmo após cumprir algum tipo de meta, como ir à academia três vezes por semana ao longo de um mês inteiro.

Renzo Gracie Online Academy: A cada semana, um nova tópico.

Mais: Quedas, Defesa Pessoal, Dicas de qualidade de vida, Documentários, Entrevistas, etc.

Invista 19.79 por mês no seu Jiu-Jitsu e ganhe acesso total ao conhecimento que já formou milhares de campeões  por todo o planeta.

Jiu-Jitsu: Gezary Matuda e seu estrangulamento campeão no Europeu de 2017

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Gezary Matuda vibra com a conquista do Europeu em 2017. Foto: Arquivos GRACIEMAG

Começam amanhã, dia 16 de janeiro, as emoções da maratona do Europeu de Jiu-Jitsu 2018, realizado em Odivelas, Portugal. Serão seis dias de puro Jiu-Jitsu, com grandes astros da arte suave e novas caras do esporte em busca do sucesso maior no primeiro evento da IBJJF na temporada.

E para chegar no pique, o aquecimento final para o torneio fica com a apresentação campeã de Gezary Matuda no Europeu do ano passado, na divisão de peso-pluma. Depois de grande campanha nas classificatórias, a brasileira representante da ATT encarou Sofia Amarante (Fight Sports) na luta pelo ouro.

Sofia buscou o jogo de guarda para tentar a vitória, mas Matuda bombardeou por cima até chegar nas costas, e finalizar no estrangulamento arco e flecha que valeu o título Europeu.

Confira o duelo no vídeo abaixo e acompanhe a cobertura do Europeu da IBJJF no GRACIEMAG.com e na nossas redes sociais!

Jeremy Stephens: I'm there if someone drops out of UFC title fight

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ST. LOUIS – After dismantling Dooho Choi in Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124’s main event, Jeremy Stephens has a few ideas as to what can be next for him.

One of them, we know, is Brian Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC). Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC) made that one quite clear while still in the octagon immediately after dispatching Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the second round of their “Fight of the Night” headliner at Scotttrade Center in St. Louis.

Backstage, Stephens elaborated.

“I know he’s in front of me, coming off a good win, a grappling win,” Stephens said after the FS1-televised featherweight bout. “Stylistically, I’m a striker, and he’s a grappler. I’m good at not getting submitted. I think that calls for a good fight.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 124 results: Jeremy Stephens devastates Dooho Choi with second-round TKO

It wouldn’t be an entirely unreasonable matchup. With Ortega’s recent upset of perennial contender Cub Swanson, both fighters are coming off big finishes in UFC headliners. Stephens is now on his first winning streak since 2014, after mangling Gilbert Melendez’s legs en route to a UFC 215 win this past September.

But then there’s the fact that Ortega, who’s never lost an MMA bout, is now on a five-fight winning streak in his unbeaten UFC run. And taking out the experienced Swanson in such fashion has probably catapulted him into the 145-pound title picture.

That’s exactly where Ortega is aiming, according to what Stephens could gather from a post-fight exchange with “T-City.”

RelatedUFC champ Max Holloway impressed with new contenders Brian Ortega, Josh Emmett

“He’d rather sit on his ass and wait for a paycheck,” Stephens said. “I just won a (expletive)-ton of money tonight by being active, so that’s the way I want to be. If he wants to wait, fine. But who’s in front of me? Let’s go.”

Stephens is right in that a title shot at this point will most likely take waiting. After all, champ Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) already has a title defense scheduled for UFC 222 on March 3, against former lightweight champion and two-time featherweight challenger Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) .

But as their own failed original booking showed, just because a fight is set to take place doesn’t mean that it will. In the event of that happening again, Stephens would like to throw his name in the hat.

RelatedUFC 222 opening odds: Champ Max Holloway favored big against Frankie Edgar

“Bring me someone who’s close to the title,” Stephens said. “If not, I’m there if somebody drops out of the title (fight). I fought both them guys. Max Holloway, he danced around and ran. (Stephens lost an unanimous decision at UFC 194.) He didn’t fight me like he fought Jose Aldo. I feel like I can make the adjustments now.

“Frankie Edgar, I really wasn’t with the Alliance camp around that fight. (Stephens lost an unanimous decision at UFC 205.) I would love to go back and fight him again with (coach) Eric Del Fierro in my corner. I feel like I’ve made those good adjustments, and I learned a lot from those losses. Those were very tough guys, at the top of the division. And I had razor-close decisions with them. I’m one fight away – if not, I’m right there.”

Of course, this rides on one big if. So how about Darren Elkins (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC), who called for a No. 1 contender fight on Sunday after picking up a “Performance of the Night” bonus with yet another comeback win?

“I already whooped Darren Elkins’ ass, so – next?” Stephens said.

To hear more from Stephens on his big win, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Jeremy Stephens: I'm there if someone drops out of UFC title fight

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ST. LOUIS – After dismantling Dooho Choi in Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124’s main event, Jeremy Stephens has a few ideas as to what can be next for him.

One of them, we know, is Brian Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC). Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC) made that one quite clear while still in the octagon immediately after dispatching Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the second round of their “Fight of the Night” headliner at Scotttrade Center in St. Louis.

Backstage, Stephens elaborated.

“I know he’s in front of me, coming off a good win, a grappling win,” Stephens said after the FS1-televised featherweight bout. “Stylistically, I’m a striker, and he’s a grappler. I’m good at not getting submitted. I think that calls for a good fight.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 124 results: Jeremy Stephens devastates Dooho Choi with second-round TKO

It wouldn’t be an entirely unreasonable matchup. With Ortega’s recent upset of perennial contender Cub Swanson, both fighters are coming off big finishes in UFC headliners. Stephens is now on his first winning streak since 2014, after mangling Gilbert Melendez’s legs en route to a UFC 215 win this past September.

But then there’s the fact that Ortega, who’s never lost an MMA bout, is now on a five-fight winning streak in his unbeaten UFC run. And taking out the experienced Swanson in such fashion has probably catapulted him into the 145-pound title picture.

That’s exactly where Ortega is aiming, according to what Stephens could gather from a post-fight exchange with “T-City.”

RelatedUFC champ Max Holloway impressed with new contenders Brian Ortega, Josh Emmett

“He’d rather sit on his ass and wait for a paycheck,” Stephens said. “I just won a (expletive)-ton of money tonight by being active, so that’s the way I want to be. If he wants to wait, fine. But who’s in front of me? Let’s go.”

Stephens is right in that a title shot at this point will most likely take waiting. After all, champ Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) already has a title defense scheduled for UFC 222 on March 3, against former lightweight champion and two-time featherweight challenger Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) .

But as their own failed original booking showed, just because a fight is set to take place doesn’t mean that it will. In the event of that happening again, Stephens would like to throw his name in the hat.

RelatedUFC 222 opening odds: Champ Max Holloway favored big against Frankie Edgar

“Bring me someone who’s close to the title,” Stephens said. “If not, I’m there if somebody drops out of the title (fight). I fought both them guys. Max Holloway, he danced around and ran. (Stephens lost an unanimous decision at UFC 194.) He didn’t fight me like he fought Jose Aldo. I feel like I can make the adjustments now.

“Frankie Edgar, I really wasn’t with the Alliance camp around that fight. (Stephens lost an unanimous decision at UFC 205.) I would love to go back and fight him again with (coach) Eric Del Fierro in my corner. I feel like I’ve made those good adjustments, and I learned a lot from those losses. Those were very tough guys, at the top of the division. And I had razor-close decisions with them. I’m one fight away – if not, I’m right there.”

Of course, this rides on one big if. So how about Darren Elkins (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC), who called for a No. 1 contender fight on Sunday after picking up a “Performance of the Night” bonus with yet another comeback win?

“I already whooped Darren Elkins’ ass, so – next?” Stephens said.

To hear more from Stephens on his big win, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Darren Elkins says Brian Ortega should fight or risk losing No. 1 contender's spot

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ST. LOUIS – Darren Elkins said it’s a bad idea for Brian Ortega to sit on the sidelines and wait for a UFC featherweight title shot. The division might pass him by, he said.

Elkins (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) picked up his sixth consecutive victory at 145 pounds when he scored a second-round submission victory over Michael Johnson (17-13 MMA, 9-9 UFC) on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 124, which took place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

“The Damage” cannot be denied as a legitimate title contender, and with the second longest active streak in the division behind champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC), he said he should be in line for a No. 1 contender fight.

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With Holloway set to defend his title against Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) at UFC 222 in March, other contenders in the division are jockeying for the next shot. Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has won his past five fights, which includes a submission victory over Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 123 in December, and Elkins thinks he needs to meet “T-City” in a title eliminator.

“In my eyes I think we should (fight),” Elkins told MMAjunkie. “It’s going to be a while before Frankie Edgar and Holloway are going to fight. Then it’s going to be a while before someone fights anyway, so let’s fight this out and see who really the No. 1 contender is. Maybe if he waits around, he loses his title shot. We’ve seen that happen before too. I don’t think I’m going to wait it out because I don’t think I’m going to get it, so let’s fight for the No. 1 contendership.”

Elkins once again pulled out a resounding comeback victory. After getting repeatedly tagged with Johnson’s strikes in the opening round of Sunday’s bout, the Team Alpha Male product and got himself together in the second frame. He put “The Menace” on the ground and locked in a rear-naked choke to finish the fight, continuing his trend of come-from-behind victories.

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Although that’s not how he wants every fight to unfold, Elkins said he knows his toughness and durability is a key attribute in his game.

“I don’t have the quickness he has, so I had to slow him down, and I had to make him work,” Elkins said. “I had to keep my defense as high as I could and absorb the big punches. You could tell right at the end of the second he was starting to fade some, especially because he hit me with some big shots and I was standing right in front of him. It frustrates people. You hit some people with some of those exact same shots, they’re sleeping, and I’m still there. Other people just run away, but I’m coming right at you. That was part of it. The pressure I was putting on him, even when I was getting hit, it kind of broke him in the second.”

Ortega has shown an ability to rally in fights in which he’s not leading, as well, and that makes a matchup with Elkins particularly interesting. Ortega has yet to suffer a loss in his career, but Elkins said he could be the one to hand him his first blemish.

“He’s on a five-fight (winning streak), and I’m on a six-fight (streak),” Elkins said. “He’s definitely earned his position. He’s looked great, I’ve watched his fights, and I’m a fan of his, but that fight makes sense to me. Let’s do me and Ortega. Winner gets a title shot.

“He’s tough, but I thrive on those type of fights.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Darren Elkins says Brian Ortega should fight or risk losing No. 1 contender's spot

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ST. LOUIS – Darren Elkins said it’s a bad idea for Brian Ortega to sit on the sidelines and wait for a UFC featherweight title shot. The division might pass him by, he said.

Elkins (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) picked up his sixth consecutive victory at 145 pounds when he scored a second-round submission victory over Michael Johnson (17-13 MMA, 9-9 UFC) on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 124, which took place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

“The Damage” cannot be denied as a legitimate title contender, and with the second longest active streak in the division behind champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC), he said he should be in line for a No. 1 contender fight.

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With Holloway set to defend his title against Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) at UFC 222 in March, other contenders in the division are jockeying for the next shot. Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has won his past five fights, which includes a submission victory over Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 123 in December, and Elkins thinks he needs to meet “T-City” in a title eliminator.

“In my eyes I think we should (fight),” Elkins told MMAjunkie. “It’s going to be a while before Frankie Edgar and Holloway are going to fight. Then it’s going to be a while before someone fights anyway, so let’s fight this out and see who really the No. 1 contender is. Maybe if he waits around, he loses his title shot. We’ve seen that happen before too. I don’t think I’m going to wait it out because I don’t think I’m going to get it, so let’s fight for the No. 1 contendership.”

Elkins once again pulled out a resounding comeback victory. After getting repeatedly tagged with Johnson’s strikes in the opening round of Sunday’s bout, the Team Alpha Male product and got himself together in the second frame. He put “The Menace” on the ground and locked in a rear-naked choke to finish the fight, continuing his trend of come-from-behind victories.

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Although that’s not how he wants every fight to unfold, Elkins said he knows his toughness and durability is a key attribute in his game.

“I don’t have the quickness he has, so I had to slow him down, and I had to make him work,” Elkins said. “I had to keep my defense as high as I could and absorb the big punches. You could tell right at the end of the second he was starting to fade some, especially because he hit me with some big shots and I was standing right in front of him. It frustrates people. You hit some people with some of those exact same shots, they’re sleeping, and I’m still there. Other people just run away, but I’m coming right at you. That was part of it. The pressure I was putting on him, even when I was getting hit, it kind of broke him in the second.”

Ortega has shown an ability to rally in fights in which he’s not leading, as well, and that makes a matchup with Elkins particularly interesting. Ortega has yet to suffer a loss in his career, but Elkins said he could be the one to hand him his first blemish.

“He’s on a five-fight (winning streak), and I’m on a six-fight (streak),” Elkins said. “He’s definitely earned his position. He’s looked great, I’ve watched his fights, and I’m a fan of his, but that fight makes sense to me. Let’s do me and Ortega. Winner gets a title shot.

“He’s tough, but I thrive on those type of fights.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White says UFC fighters should build themselves into stars. Now why didn't they think of that?

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Surrounded by reporters following Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event in St. Louis, UFC President Dana White found himself confronted by a question about rankings – as in, those curious little numbers next to some fighters’ names, the ones that fighters and fans and matchmakers seem increasingly willing to ignore as they all search for that magic combination of willing combatants.

But if rankings don’t matter, one reporter asked, why not get rid of them? How necessary are they even, especially in the age of the “money fight”?

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White, it turned out, had some thoughts on the subject.

“The only reason there are ‘money fights’ is because of the rankings,” White said. “A guy gets into the top 10, and then a guy breaks into the top five. When a guy breaks into the top five, that’s when everybody is interested in him. And when guys talk about money fights, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

“You know what’s a money fight? Any fight with Conor McGregor is a money fight. There are certain people. Ronda Rousey – any fight with Ronda Rousey is a money fight.”

For the record, White just named two fighters who are nowhere to be found in the UFC at the moment. For all practical purposes, it is functionally impossible to get a fight with either of them right now, regardless of where you’re ranked.

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It’s also worth noting that Rousey, who hasn’t fought in more than a year and seems completely uninterested in doing so, is currently No. 9 in the UFC’s internal rankings. So if you drop her name while arguing that rankings are what determine a fighter’s financial value? Yeah, sorry, but you just undermined your own point.

But White had some advice for those fighters seeking a shortcut to fame and riches via the power of the money fight.

“Build yourself into a star, and you won’t be talking about money fights,” White said. “It’s getting to a point where Conor McGregor has exploded and become so huge that this whole money fight thing came about. And even if you’re not fighting Conor McGregor, you want to be on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star. Don’t worry about Conor McGregor or fighting on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star yourself.”

Oh, OK. So they should just become stars. Now why didn’t they think of that?

Maybe because it’s a lot easier said than done. In fact, it’s easier said than understood, since the precise mixture of skill and style and charisma and promotability that results in MMA stardom is tough to define, much less recreate at will. If it weren’t, chances are we’d see more stars.

But then, one thing noticeably absent from White’s recipe for success is the role of the promoter in, you know, promoting. To hear him tell it, this is entirely the fighter’s job. Don’t angle for the most profitable possible matchup. Instead, just get out there and make yourself a star.

Of course, he said this in the same media scrum where he severely criticized Kamaru Usman’s performance and overall standing in a unanimous-decision win over Emil Meek.

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In the very recent past, the UFC president has also had similarly strong words for welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, former welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre

Yeah, you get the point.

The UFC has precious few stars. White loves to dismiss this concern with a well rehearsed line about the company’s success in replacing everyone from Chuck Liddell to GSP to Brock Lesnar, but if the marquee fighters were really so replaceable, then we’d probably see them replaced more often.

It tells us something that, when listing off stars who make for a money fight, White couldn’t come up with anyone who’s competed in the UFC in the last year.

And the thing is, the UFC has plenty of talented fighters and interesting personalities. The raw star material is floating around out there, struggling to coalesce into some cohesive form.

If those fighters could get a little help from the company whose job it is to promote them – instead of, say, smacking them down in public the minute they ask for more money or even just decent opportunities – maybe we’d see more stars as a result. Maybe star-building could stand to be more of a team effort. At the very least, maybe it could stand to be less of a battle.

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White says UFC fighters should build themselves into stars. Now why didn't they think of that?

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Surrounded by reporters following Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event in St. Louis, UFC President Dana White found himself confronted by a question about rankings – as in, those curious little numbers next to some fighters’ names, the ones that fighters and fans and matchmakers seem increasingly willing to ignore as they all search for that magic combination of willing combatants.

But if rankings don’t matter, one reporter asked, why not get rid of them? How necessary are they even, especially in the age of the “money fight”?

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White, it turned out, had some thoughts on the subject.

“The only reason there are ‘money fights’ is because of the rankings,” White said. “A guy gets into the top 10, and then a guy breaks into the top five. When a guy breaks into the top five, that’s when everybody is interested in him. And when guys talk about money fights, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

“You know what’s a money fight? Any fight with Conor McGregor is a money fight. There are certain people. Ronda Rousey – any fight with Ronda Rousey is a money fight.”

For the record, White just named two fighters who are nowhere to be found in the UFC at the moment. For all practical purposes, it is functionally impossible to get a fight with either of them right now, regardless of where you’re ranked.

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It’s also worth noting that Rousey, who hasn’t fought in more than a year and seems completely uninterested in doing so, is currently No. 9 in the UFC’s internal rankings. So if you drop her name while arguing that rankings are what determine a fighter’s financial value? Yeah, sorry, but you just undermined your own point.

But White had some advice for those fighters seeking a shortcut to fame and riches via the power of the money fight.

“Build yourself into a star, and you won’t be talking about money fights,” White said. “It’s getting to a point where Conor McGregor has exploded and become so huge that this whole money fight thing came about. And even if you’re not fighting Conor McGregor, you want to be on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star. Don’t worry about Conor McGregor or fighting on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star yourself.”

Oh, OK. So they should just become stars. Now why didn’t they think of that?

Maybe because it’s a lot easier said than done. In fact, it’s easier said than understood, since the precise mixture of skill and style and charisma and promotability that results in MMA stardom is tough to define, much less recreate at will. If it weren’t, chances are we’d see more stars.

But then, one thing noticeably absent from White’s recipe for success is the role of the promoter in, you know, promoting. To hear him tell it, this is entirely the fighter’s job. Don’t angle for the most profitable possible matchup. Instead, just get out there and make yourself a star.

Of course, he said this in the same media scrum where he severely criticized Kamaru Usman’s performance and overall standing in a unanimous-decision win over Emil Meek.

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In the very recent past, the UFC president has also had similarly strong words for welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, former welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre

Yeah, you get the point.

The UFC has precious few stars. White loves to dismiss this concern with a well rehearsed line about the company’s success in replacing everyone from Chuck Liddell to GSP to Brock Lesnar, but if the marquee fighters were really so replaceable, then we’d probably see them replaced more often.

It tells us something that, when listing off stars who make for a money fight, White couldn’t come up with anyone who’s competed in the UFC in the last year.

And the thing is, the UFC has plenty of talented fighters and interesting personalities. The raw star material is floating around out there, struggling to coalesce into some cohesive form.

If those fighters could get a little help from the company whose job it is to promote them – instead of, say, smacking them down in public the minute they ask for more money or even just decent opportunities – maybe we’d see more stars as a result. Maybe star-building could stand to be more of a team effort. At the very least, maybe it could stand to be less of a battle.

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Cris Cyborg and Stephen Thompson

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with Cris Cyborg and Stephen Thompson.

UFC women’s featherweight champion Cyborg recently defeated former titleholder Holly Holm at UFC 219. Thompson is a top UFC welterweight contender.

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UFC women’s featherweight champion Cyborg recently defeated former titleholder Holly Holm at UFC 219. Thompson is a top UFC welterweight contender.

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Dana White notebook: Matt Hughes' recovery, St. Louis PPV event, UFC in Russia

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ST. LOUIS – Following Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124, UFC President Dana White spoke to reporters about a variety of subjects.

You can check out the full scrum video above.

Here are some of the topics he discussed.

Hughes’ return

UFC Fight Night 124, which took place place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, had a special guest: UFC Hall of Famer and local product Matt Hughes, who appeared at a UFC event for the first time since a car-train accident this past summer.

After a remarkable recovery from the life-threatening accident, Hughes got a large ovation as he walked to cageside with his traditional “A Country Boy Can Survive” walkout music.

RelatedVideo: Matt Hughes honored by UFC in first appearance since accident

White, of course, was there to greet him.

“It was super emotional for me,” White said. “Matt Hughes is a guy, much like Chuck Liddell, who’s been to my house on holidays, and my kids hang with his kids. We kind of grew up together in this sport, and tonight was a big night for me.

“And Dan Lambert – people in MMA know who Dan Lambert is – but he’s very close to Matt Hughes. So we’ve kind of been keeping each other in the loop while this whole horrible tragedy happened with him. And for the three of us to be together tonight, with Matt’s wife, it was awesome. Very cool.”

St. Louis to get PPV

It took more than 24 years for the UFC to make its St. Louis debut. In fact, the UFC had been to the state of Missouri just once before (2017’s UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City).

For an FS1 card, UFC Fight Night 124 drew a pretty solid crowd – a 10,052 attendance and $812,995 live gate.

The city, which used to be a frequent stop for Strikeforce, could now be a regular host city for the UFC, according to White.

“The crowd was awesome in St. Louis,” he said. “This place is so great, man. I love the crowd. The whole place was screaming at me to bring a pay-per-view back here, and we will absolutely bring a pay-per-view back here. I loved it.”

“When we leave and get further out in the year and start planning dates, St. Louis is definitely on the books. One thing I love about this city, obviously it was a tough week for us with the card changes. Bot only did it not affect – the ticket sales went up. They didn’t go down. No returns. This city wanted the UFC, and they were an awesome crowd tonight, and I will reciprocate with a pay-per-view, and we’ll be back.”

UFC in Russia?

Nothing is official, but where there’s smoke, there’s often fire. And those reports of a UFC debut in Russia? White suggested there could be some validity.

This past week, Russia’s RT.com reported the UFC has booked the 35,000-seat Olympic Stadium in Moscow for a Sept. 15 show.

“I’ve been telling you guys for a long time that Russia is an important market to us,” White said. “I want it. I want it to happen. So we’re goofing around out there trying to figure out what we can do.”

The UFC would have no shortage of Russian fighters, including top UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, to book for the potential card.

Earlier topics

In addition to the topics above, White also addressed the following subjects:

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dana White notebook: Matt Hughes' recovery, St. Louis PPV event, UFC in Russia

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ST. LOUIS – Following Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124, UFC President Dana White spoke to reporters about a variety of subjects.

You can check out the full scrum video above.

Here are some of the topics he discussed.

Hughes’ return

UFC Fight Night 124, which took place place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, had a special guest: UFC Hall of Famer and local product Matt Hughes, who appeared at a UFC event for the first time since a car-train accident this past summer.

After a remarkable recovery from the life-threatening accident, Hughes got a large ovation as he walked to cageside with his traditional “A Country Boy Can Survive” walkout music.

RelatedVideo: Matt Hughes honored by UFC in first appearance since accident

White, of course, was there to greet him.

“It was super emotional for me,” White said. “Matt Hughes is a guy, much like Chuck Liddell, who’s been to my house on holidays, and my kids hang with his kids. We kind of grew up together in this sport, and tonight was a big night for me.

“And Dan Lambert – people in MMA know who Dan Lambert is – but he’s very close to Matt Hughes. So we’ve kind of been keeping each other in the loop while this whole horrible tragedy happened with him. And for the three of us to be together tonight, with Matt’s wife, it was awesome. Very cool.”

St. Louis to get PPV

It took more than 24 years for the UFC to make its St. Louis debut. In fact, the UFC had been to the state of Missouri just once before (2017’s UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City).

For an FS1 card, UFC Fight Night 124 drew a pretty solid crowd – a 10,052 attendance and $812,995 live gate.

The city, which used to be a frequent stop for Strikeforce, could now be a regular host city for the UFC, according to White.

“The crowd was awesome in St. Louis,” he said. “This place is so great, man. I love the crowd. The whole place was screaming at me to bring a pay-per-view back here, and we will absolutely bring a pay-per-view back here. I loved it.”

“When we leave and get further out in the year and start planning dates, St. Louis is definitely on the books. One thing I love about this city, obviously it was a tough week for us with the card changes. Bot only did it not affect – the ticket sales went up. They didn’t go down. No returns. This city wanted the UFC, and they were an awesome crowd tonight, and I will reciprocate with a pay-per-view, and we’ll be back.”

UFC in Russia?

Nothing is official, but where there’s smoke, there’s often fire. And those reports of a UFC debut in Russia? White suggested there could be some validity.

This past week, Russia’s RT.com reported the UFC has booked the 35,000-seat Olympic Stadium in Moscow for a Sept. 15 show.

“I’ve been telling you guys for a long time that Russia is an important market to us,” White said. “I want it. I want it to happen. So we’re goofing around out there trying to figure out what we can do.”

The UFC would have no shortage of Russian fighters, including top UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, to book for the potential card.

Earlier topics

In addition to the topics above, White also addressed the following subjects:

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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