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Bellator 185's Jordan Young wants to go viral with a knockout

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Jordan Young’s training camp for Bellator 185 was just the same as previous ones – save for the giant hurricane that forced him out of town.

Young, an Iowa native who relocated to South Florida to train at American Top Team, found his schedule disrupted by Hurricane Irma.

In the middle of camp, he returned home to work with his old training partners in Iowa. As it turned out, they were happy to see the kid who left town for greener pastures.

“It was good to feel that energy,” Young (7-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) told MMAjunkie. “Everybody’s happy for me and where I’m at in my career.”

At 22, the undefeated Young is anxious to climb the middleweight ladder, taking on bigger names until he reaches the top. He doubts his upcoming opponent, Alec Hooben (5-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), has worked with the same level of talent while working his way up the ladder.

Young might not have gotten the same number of hours at American Top Team this time around, but he’s confident in the base he’s built.

Before he steps into the cage against Hooben, he already has his eye on bigger oppontents, citing Chris Honeycutt, a veteran who’s been dismissive on Twitter, as a bridge to opportunity.

“He doesn’t want to do that, at least yet, so I’m going to go out here and go my part, and the rest will happen,” he said.

Young stops short of calling his history with Honeycutt, because, he said, “where I’m from, if there’s beef, somebody has to die about it.”

“This is just social media,” he added. “I’m a fighter, and I’m young at that. I see him eating, and I’m trying to take his lunch. That’s all.”

The best way to keep eating, of course, is to deliver a spectacular performance. Young sees his colleagues getting famous with impressive knockouts, and wants to get one of his own.

“I’m looking to expand and show more of myself,” he said. “Knockouts these days are how people are going viral and making a name for themselves. That’d be awesome.”

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


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Mike Perry can't wait to put Santiago Ponzinibbio to sleep at UFC on FOX 26

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GDANSK, Poland – If disaster strikes and one of headliners is forced out of Saturday’s welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 118, there’s a ready-made replacement raring to go.

Hard-hitting “Platinum” Mike Perry (11-1, 4-1 UFC) is here in Poland as one of the UFC’s guest fighters and, even though he’s not scheduled for action, he’s arrived in superb shape and ready to step in if need-be.

“That’d be a dream come true, man,” Perry today told MMAjunkie at the Ergo Arena, where the UFC Fight Pass-streamed event emanates. “I’m always ready to fight – short notice, any time, anywhere, any place, anyone.

“I know I always say that, but that’s the way I live my life. I’m always in great shape, I’m always training hard, and I’m always ready for anything. I would love to fight this weekend. We’ll see.”

Perry already has a bout scheduled, with the UFC granting his wish to take on top-10 opposition by matching him with Argentinian contender Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC).

On paper, at least, the matchup looks like a sure-fire winner, with both men established as two of the most aggressive, come-forward fighters in the welterweight division. It’s also a fight that Perry says he’ll relish as he prepares to face a man he described as a “high-caliber opponent.”

RelatedFinally, a Mike Perry 'highlight' video that captures his full bro-tastic essence

“Moving up in the rankings is just a dream come true again, man, because I came in fast and hard, trying to knock everybody out,” Perry said. “I think (the UFC matchmakers) see that, appreciate that and respect the way I fight, how I fight, why I fight.

“Fighting Ponzinibbio, I see another game opponent. I’m always looking for someone who can stand there and trade shots with me (and) who can take one or two of mine. I had a good fight in front of the European fans out here in Manchester against Danny Roberts, and they loved that fight. He was able to take it and return it.

“So I’m looking for another fight like that – another scrap – but I really don’t see him maintaining for very long and being able to take my shots because of his style, (which) I think matches up very well with mine. I’m going to hit him with some counter-punches that are probably going to lay him down (and) put him to sleep.”

Perry knocked out Alex Reyes in 79 seconds in his last outing, but all the headlines were about his post-fight interview with Jon Anik, as he told the Pittsburgh crowd and everyone watching at home: “Everybody wants to see me beat up Robbie Lawler.”

The UFC opted to go a different direction, with Lawler matched against former lightweight world champion Rafael dos Anjos as the main event of December’s UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg. Perry faces Ponzinibbio on the same card.

It wasn’t the exact scenario he’d hoped for, but Perry is content with his situation and says his ultimate aim isn’t a fight with Lawler. It’s a fight for the title.

“I can’t say I’m disappointed, because I am getting a top-10 fight like I asked,” Perry said. “Maybe I won’t get as many fans as if I would have knocked out Robbie Lawler, but that’s all coming in time.”

And while the Orlando native says he plans on building his fanbase with exciting performances, Perry won’t be concerned if he ends up being labeled the “bad guy” for the rest of his UFC career.

“I’m just going to keep pushing towards my goal to be the best in the world, and when I get there, if I still don’t have any fans, I should have a bunch of haters who want to pay to watch me lose,” Perry said. “But I’m going to keep disappointing them.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 118 and UFC on FOX 26, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator 185 weigh-in results: Gegard Mousasi, Alexander Shlemenko official for main event

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The Bellator 185 official weigh-ins are in the books, and the headliners are official for their middleweight contenders fight.

Former champion Alexander Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) was 186 pounds for his fight against former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and recent UFC standout Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who is making his promotional debut. Mousasi weighed in at 185.75 pounds for the main event.

Bellator 185 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

The other fighters on the main card all hit their marks, as well, in the official weigh-ins with the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations, which oversees Friday’s event.

Co-main event welterweights Neiman Gracie (170.5) and short-notice replacement Zak Bucia (170.25) were on their marks, and so were highly touted women’s flyweight up-and-comers Heather Hardy (126) for her fight with Kristina Williams (126) and Ana Julaton (125.5) for her fight with Lisa Blaine (122.75).

Jordan Young (200) was off the mark for his scheduled 195-pound catchweight fight against Alec Hooben (194), but a Bellator official told MMAjunkie the bout still will go forward. And Steve Skrzat was given additional time to make weight for his middleweight bout against Costello van Steenis, who was 185.25.

Official Bellator 185 weigh-in results include:

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

  • Gegard Mousasi (185.75) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
  • Zak Bucia (170.25) vs. Neiman Gracie (170.5)
  • Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
  • Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
  • Lisa Blaine (122.75) vs. Ana Julaton (125.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (7 p.m. ET)

  • Billy Giovanella (125) vs. John Lopez (126)
  • Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Perez (153)
  • Vovka Clay (150) vs. Frank Sforza (149.25) – 150-pound catchweight
  • Matthew Denning (149.75) vs. Don Shainis (150) – 150-pound catchweight
  • Alec Hooben (194) vs. Jordan Young (200) – 195-pound catchweight
  • Steve Skrzat* () vs. Costello Van Steenis (185.25)
  • Joaquin Buckley (171) vs. Vinicius de Jesus (170)
  • Pete Rogers (144) vs. Timothy Wheeler (144)
  • John Beneduce (155.25) vs. Dean Hancock (156)

* Skrzat was given additional time to make weight for his middleweight fight.

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


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

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – It’s no secret former champ Alexander Shlemenko would like to fast-track his way back to the Bellator middleweight belt. But on Friday, he thinks he might be able to call himself the paper champion, even if he doesn’t have the hardware yet.

Shlemenko lost Bellator’s middleweight title three years ago when he was submitted by Brandon Halsey in just 35 seconds in a fairly shocking upset at Bellator 126. He’s worked his way back into the mix since then, and in June avenged that loss by knocking Halsey out in just 25 seconds in Russia in an M-1 Challenge fight.

But Friday, Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) will take a critical step toward getting back to contention when he meets former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who is making his promotional debut at Bellator 185 after a 12-fight run in the UFC. Bellator 185 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

RelatedGegard Mousasi targets 205-pound division after he captures Bellator middleweight title

“As soon as I heard the rumor that Gegard had been signed by Bellator, I knew that I was going to fight him,” Shlemenko on Wednesday told MMAjunkie through his translator. “A long time ago, back in 2007, when both of us were fighting at a Bodog Fight event in Canada, even back then I thought someday we might fight against each other. I followed his career for a quite a while.

“He’s very well-rounded, but even Gegard himself acknowledged he’s never faced anyone like me before, and I think he’s going to have some issues with me like with my spinning back moves. He’s the best opponent I’ve ever had, and I’m happy about this opportunity.”

Middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (14-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA), will put the title on the line in December in hostile territory against Italy’s Alessio Sakara (19-11 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the Bellator 190 main event in Florence.

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

And while nothing ever is too set in stone in MMA, the Shlemenko-Mousasi winner clearly would be at the top of the heap to fight the winner of that bout.

But Shlemenko thinks it may be easier than that. Even without needing to fight the Carvalho-Sakara winner, he thinks a win over Mousasi just makes him the champ, even if he won’t get a belt around his waist Friday night.

“I think if I beat an opponent the level of Gegard, I think I’ll be able to consider myself the champion already,” Shlemenko said. “I’ll knock him out in the first round.”

Check out the video above for more from Shlemenko ahead of his main event against Mousasi. And don’t miss the video below to hear from Mousasi before the fight.

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ian McCall, Logan Storley and Joey Ruquet

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ian McCall, Logan Storley and Joey Ruquet.

McCall meets Manel Kape in the quarterfinals of the Rizin FF 8: World Grand Prix 2nd Round, which begins Dec. 29. Storley meets Matt Secor at Bellator 186, which takes place Nov. 3. Ruquet, a young prospect fighting out of Las Vegas, will serve as an in-studio co-host.

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

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2546 with Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren, John Castaneda

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Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren, and [autotag]John Castaneda.

Jiu-jitsu specialist Dern talked about her recent MMA submission win over Mandy Polk last week at LFA 24. Shlemenko, who welcomes Gegard Mousasi to Bellator on Friday, explained why he enjoys taking on former UFC fighters. Combate America CEO McLaren discussed the upcoming one-night Copa Combate, which takes place Nov. 11 in Mexico and will feature Castaneda in action.

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


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Bellator 185's Heather Hardy, Ana Julaton start the dance toward eventual fight

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – It’s probably not by accident that Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton are fighting on the same Bellator 185 main card Friday – just not against each other.

Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) fights Kristina Williams (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a flyweight fight; Julaton (2-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes her promotional debut at flyweight against Lisa Blaine (1-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Bellator 185 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

The two professional boxers-turned-MMA fighters recently started a dance around and toward each other, and while Bellator matchmaker Rich Chou and other promotion officials were mum about whether or not they’re eyeballing a Hardy-Julaton matchup, and soon, it’s not hard to imagine that being the thinking. After all, the classic signs of fighter beef and budding rivalry are there.

It’s been a slow build on social media, Hardy said, but when she read a story about Julaton in The Telegraph that quoted Julaton saying Hardy is running from her, all bets were off.

“I believe Heather is avoiding me,” Julaton told The Telegraph. “She did in boxing. We both want the belt, but I want to fight her too. We will meet. She can run, but she can’t hide.”

RelatedBellator commentator Jimmy Smith: MMA loves Heather Hardy because she has 'it' factor

And naturally, that set Hardy off when MMAjunkie asked her about it in Connecticut on Wednesday.

“Oh, now it’s a fight that’s going to happen,” Hardy said. “It’s not down (the road) – it’s going to happen as soon as possible. I never had beef. I always respected her. When I started pro boxing, within that first year of me getting acclimated to the scene and learning the girls, she had made the transition over to MMA as a professional. To me, she was one of my idols – this was a world champion. She was so outspoken and eloquent for women.

“And now all of a sudden I’m reading this (expletive) about how I’m running away from her. I’m like, ‘Who the (expletive) is she? I haven’t even heard her name in eight years.’ Right now, the focus is on Bellator 185. We can talk more about this at the post-fight press conference (Friday).”

Julaton rolled through to talk to MMAjunkie not long after Hardy did, and she was plenty happy to hear that Hardy was interested in making that fight happen – whether it be in Bellator’s cage, or in the boxing ring.

For that matter, Julaton would be fine if it was both. Both fighters have the freedom in their Bellator deals to continue their pro boxing careers when the opportunities are there, or to fight for Bellator if that’s the best option at the time.

Hardy made her pro MMA debut in June with a third-round TKO of Alice Yauger at Bellator 180 in New York. Julaton is returning after a layoff of nearly two years and is making her Bellator debut after four pro MMA fights for ONE Championship in Asia.

RelatedPro boxer Ana Julaton talks great 'TUF 26' tryouts experience, hints at unique Bellator negotiations

“It’s nice to have someone like Heather actually following in the footsteps with me – where I have a dual contract and I can fight both MMA and in boxing,” Julaton said. “It’s nice to actually have a counterpart. In the combat sports game, (Muhammad) Ali wouldn’t be Ali if it wasn’t for George Frazier and Sonny Liston. You have to have names in a division. … This is what us women need – this is what I need. So if she wants to get down, let’s get down. That’s why I’m calling her out. We want to get the show on the road. We want to get people involved. We put in a lot of work, and we want to showcase it.

“My boxing promoter, Allan Tremblay, is working alongside her boxing promoter, Lou DiBella. It’s something we’ve been trying to establish for a while. Obviously there are a lot of things that go on in the fight game, and hopefully we can materialize something as soon as the end of the year. It hasn’t been done, it’s untapped territory, and if there’s any time to take the opportunity, it’s right now. So let’s do it.”

But Hardy was a little more outspoken about the thought of running into Julaton this week, given they’re fighting back-to-back on the same card.

“These conversations have been pressing for weeks, and I’ve tactfully ignored them because I do have (Williams) to train for, and my life is like – I just got a new job, I have a kid going into high school, and then I have some pipsqueak telling me that I’m afraid to fight them,” Hardy said. “We will deal with that when it’s relevant, right? But you ask me now: I’m cranky, I haven’t eaten, I’m thirsty, I’m tired. I just read an article about how I’m running away from her, so now I’m like prime pissed off. I just said to (the Bellator PR staff), ‘I hope I don’t (expletive) see her, because I am a nasty bitch right now.'”

Bellator’s women’s flyweight division is just getting rolling, and the inaugural title is up for grabs in two weeks when Ilima-Lei Macfarlane fights Emily Ducote at Bellator 186. The winner of that fight seems like she’ll have some company at the top of the heap for attention-grabbing, though, provided the new Hardy-Julaton rivalry doesn’t die on the vine.

Check out the video above for more from both women.

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

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

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Recent Bellator signee Gegard Mousasi has a simple, but ambitious plan.

“I have to beat (Alexander) Shlemenko first, then the (middleweight) title fight, then maybe a matchup against Rory MacDonald, and then maybe light heavyweight,” Mousasi told MMAjunkie.

Mousasi looks to put his plan in motion on Friday when he faces Alexander Shlemenko in the main event of Bellator 185.

RelatedBellator 185 pre-event facts: Can Shlemenko strengthen resume at Mousasi's expense?

In the co-main event, Zak Bucia steps in as a late injury replacement in the hopes of handing grappling star Neiman Gracie his first MMA defeat.

Also on the card is former boxer-turned MMA fighter Heather Hardy, who became a quick fan favorite with a knockout win in her Bellator debut, as she faces the debuting Kristina Williams.

Bellator 185 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Here are five reasons to watch the event.

1. A familiar face finds a new home

As far as Bellator free-agent signings go, Mousasi is one of the biggest. A former light heavyweight champion with Strikeforce and DREAM, he can compete at both middleweight and light heavyweight. If he wants, he can also participate in the kickboxing side of Bellator. He has a 5-0 record in that sport.

At Bellator 185, Mousasi, who is on a five-fight winning streak, steps into the cage as a middleweight, the division he’s called home since 2014. According to the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, Mousasi is the No. 6 at 185 pounds.

Bellator’s middleweight division is not particularly deep right now. A win over Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) could put Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in the mix to face the winner of the December bout between champion Rafael Carvalho and former UFC fighter Alessio Sakara.

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Since losing the middleweight title in 2014, Shlemenko has fought five times in Russia and twice for Bellator. One of those Bellator fights, a knockout win over Melvin Manhoef, was changed to a no contest after Shlemenko tested positive for steroids as well as a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 50-1, which is probably the reason Mousasi requested his opponent be drug tested for this contest.

Shlemenko’s most recent win under the Bellator banner came in October 2016 when he stopped Kendall Grove via TKO.

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Highly decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Gracie doesn’t fight often, but when he does, he usually ends things with a submission. Since turning pro in 2013, the unbeaten welterweight with the famous surname has tapped out five of six opponents.

Gracie (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) gets a late injury replacement in this co-main event bout. Bucia (18-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is the Shamrock FC welterweight champion. He won the title in May with a decision-victory over former Strikeforce/UFC fighter Bobby Voelker. Bucia is a BJJ purple belt with nine submission wins to his name. He fights well on his feet, where he uses his kicks and hand speed to keep opponents at distance.

If Bucia can prevent takedowns and keep his opponent standing, this fight could be a good indicator as to Gracie’s readiness to take a step up in competition.

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After finding success in the boxing ring, Hardy decided to give MMA and debuted at Bellator 180 in June. Following her third-round TKO win over Alice Yauger, she said of MMA, “I think I just fell in love.”

Hardy started off slow in that fight, but once she found her groove she didn’t take her foot off the gas. The Brooklyn-born pugilist threw nearly 300 punches before the bout was waved off with three seconds left in the third stanza.

Now that she has a feel for the MMA game and what it takes to fight 5-minute rounds, it’s going to be interesting to see what Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) brings to her flyweight fight against Williams (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who makes her professional debut.

That presents a bit of an odd matchup for Hardy since she just defeated a fighter who was competing in her 10th pro bout.

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Former world champion boxer Ana Julaton returns to MMA for the first time in nearly two years at Bellator 185. Julaton, a black belt in Kenpo karate and Taekwondo, has four ONE CHAMPIONSHIP bouts on her record. Her return to MMA comes on the heels of a failed bid to land a spot on season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

It’s probably not a coincidence that Julaton, a teammate of former UFC heavyweight champion and recent Bellator signee Frank Mir, is fighting on the same card as Hardy.

“I think that would be a great fight. It would be a big money fight,” Julaton said of potential matchup against Hardy on MMAjunkie Radio. “Especially if it’s done correctly, in the right stage.”

Before Julaton (2-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) can focus on Hardy she has to get past Lisa Blaine in this flyweight matchup. Blaine (1-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) made her pro debut in June. She scored a second-round TKO in that bout under the Premier Fighting Championship banner.

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Jordan Young started his Bellator career on a high note. At Bellator 171 he defeated Chris Harris by unanimous decision. The loss was the first of Harris’ career. A few months later Young (7-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) spoiled another fighter’s unblemished record when he submitted Tim Caron in the first round. Now 7-0, the 22-year-old American Top Team product faces Alec Hooben (5-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

Young is a lanky fighter. His long limbs allow him to work from the outside and control distance on the feet. On the ground, his physique lends itself well to submissions. Five of his victories have come via first-round tapout.

There is some concern about where Young will fight in Bellator. He missed the middleweight limit in the Harris fight and this contest, like his bout against Caron, is a 195-pound catchweight affair.

The 24-year-old Hooben makes his Bellator debut on this card. He had a three-fight winning streak come to an end in his most recent bout when Mike Rodriguez knocked him out in the first round of a CES card in May.

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

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Vitor Belfort announces fight vs. Uriah Hall for January 2018

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An intriguing middleweight bout appears to be set for early 2018.

Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) announced today on Instagram that he’s signed a bout agreement to fight Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC).

I just signed my bout agreement for January 14th at UFC.
I always looked for big challenges and in my last UFC fight it couldn’t be different…
@uriahhall it’s a honor to share the cage with a such young and talented fighter. Thanks for accepting the fight!

According to Belfort’s post, the fight is slated for a yet-to-be announced UFC event on Jan. 14, which, it should be noted, falls on a Sunday.

In his last fight in June, Belfort scored a unanimous-decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212. It was Belfort’s first victory since Nov. 2015, when he knocked out Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 77.

Belfort was called out by Sam Alvey in August and responded in kind. But with Alvey booked to fight Ramazan Emeev on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118, Belfort apparently has moved on.

In Hall, Belfort faces an opponent also on the rebound. Hall last month rallied to win via TKO over Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Fight Night 116 to snap a three-fight losing streak.

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

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UFC-Gdansk's Andre Fili hopes rekindled passion for fighting turns around inconsistent UFC run

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GDANSK, Poland – Andre Fili genuinely believes he’s the best 145-pound fighter in the world, but he also knows there’s no point in saying it.

He has to prove it.

The obvious argument against his case, as Fili himself will point out, is inconsistency. When he joined the UFC back in 2013, the featherweight was on an eight-fight winning streak with five finishes. After a victorious octagon debut, though, momentum shifted. And a loss to current champ Max Holloway sent Fili into a seesaw of results, most recently a loss at UFC 214.

Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) gets a chance to pick it back up Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118 in a preliminary bout against Artem Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC). The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass from Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Fili’s confidence that he can get back on track – for good this time – rests on a few factors that have been building toward this particular bout. A big one was certainly re-claiming an excitement about fighting that the natural wear-and-tear of more than a decade same daily routines had taken from him.

RelatedUFC-Gdansk's Artem Lobov had an awesomely cringe-worthy breakdown of Andre Fili

A spark that he says had been re-ignited already at UFC 214, despite the the unanimous-decision loss (to replacement opponent Calvin Katter) that ultimately stemmed from it.

“Even though the end result wasn’t what I wanted, I started enjoying fighting again,” Fili told MMAjunkie. “I haven’t enjoyed fighting since my first fight in the UFC, honestly. Around the time I fought Holloway, it started feeling like a job. It was just like clocking in and putting in your hours. Like, ‘OK, I’m going to practice, because I have to practice.’

“Now it’s back to the feeling, like ‘I get to do this (expletive).’ I get to go to Poland with my best friends, and I get paid to beat someone up on TV. I get to do that.”

At 27, Fili knows he’s not an old man. But he’s been at this for a while, too. So the process has been about getting in touch with that same fighter who was out there “knocking people out” and putting together streaks in his early 20s.

“I want to get back to that feeling,” Fili said. “I want to get back to that excitement. I’m going to get back to that energy, that electricity, where you go into a fight knowing everything’s on the line, because I’ve had five wins already and this sixth win is going to put me that much higher.

“I’m going to get back to that. I’m just excited. I don’t know if you can tell, I’m (expletive) excited.

But a renewed hunger is not all that Fili is bringing into Saturday’s bout. What he once thought was something reserved for the mentally weak, for instance, has now turned into one of Fili’s weapons: He started talking to a sports psychologist.

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The addition helped him realize a bigger thing: that the weight cut, the opinions on the internet, even the fight camp – these things that would accumulate and ultimately weigh on his mind are not what determine the outcome of a fight.

“In reality, the only thing that matters is how you feel right after you walk out,” Fili said. “And I’m the only one who controls that. And I think that’s something I really worked on.”

Provided the admittedly sleep-deprived featherweight is able to beat jet lag and finally get some proper shut-eye, Fili believes these things will come together to make for a rough night for Lobov – whether it’s the type of three-round bloodbath Fili’s been known to put on or the finish that he’s aiming for.

“Without sounding cocky, I can beat him everywhere,” Fili said. “I’m better than him everywhere. First of all, I’m a better athlete. So I’m stronger, I’m faster. Second of all, I’m a better martial artist. So I’m better on the ground, I’m better standing, and my fight IQ is higher. So I think he’s going to present a lot of opportunities to me.

“I’m just going to capitalize on them. Don’t be surprised if you see me around his neck. I think I can choke him. I think I can finish him with a choke. I also think I can finish him with a shot to the chin. I know he hasn’t been finished before, but I think I’m the (expletive) to do it right now, honestly.”

While Fili ended up choked out by champ Holloway in their UFC 172 encounter in 2014, he put together two tough rounds. Even Holloway thought he was behind in the scorecards. While things have clearly changed for both, Fili takes this meeting as a measuring stick of what he’s capable of.

In fact, he believes he can hang with the finest featherweights the UFC has to offer. Now, it’s about making sure everyone else knows it, too.

“There’s just been an inconsistency in my performances, but I’m excited to turn that around,” Fili said. “I genuinely believe that I’m the best 145-pound fighter in the world. And it’s like, it doesn’t matter how many times you say that.

“It doesn’t mean (expletive). You have to prove it.”

To hear from a sleepy “Touchy” Fili, check out the video above.

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

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Rorion Gracie sobre vida saudável: “alimentação é mais importante que atividade física”

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Rorion Gracie com o livro que detalha as combinações e benefícios da Dieta Gracie. Foto: Divulgação

Rorion Gracie, 65 anos, se tornou referência no mundo das artes marciais ao difundir o Jiu-Jitsu nos EUA e criar o UFC, que mais tarde seria vendido para os irmãos Fertitta e Dana White. Contudo, a doutrina da alimentação saudável é o que rege a vida o Gracie.

O mestre esteve em São Paulo na última terça-feira, dia 16, para lançar a nova edição do livro “A Dieta Gracie”, e falou sobre os detalhes das combinações de alimentos criadas pelo seu tio Carlos Gracie, compiladas no livro, que nesta nova edição traz um capítulo falando apenas de receitas para desintoxicar o corpo.

Além disso, Rorion lembrou da importância de uma alimentação saudável aliada ao exercícios físicos, mas frisou que comer bem é mais importante do que movimentar o corpo.

“Não é atividade física que mantém a gente com saúde”, disse o Gracie em entrevistas a revista Quem. “Alimentação é fundamental. Se a pessoa fizer ginástica todos os dias e não tiver uma alimentação adequada, ela vai se dar mal no final. Não adianta comprar todos os alimentos orgânicos, direitinho e misturar de maneira errada. Milhares de pessoas seguem a dieta Gracie no mundo todo e sentem melhorias no corpo. São melhoras impressionantes em questões de azia, gastrite, enxaqueca… Tudo isso a gente melhora ou mesmo elimina através da alimentação.”

O sucesso da Dieta Gracie faz adeptos não só entre atletas. Famosos de todas as esferas também aprenderam os benefícios da combinação correta dos alimentos, como as atrizes Cléo e Glória Pires.

“Falei sobre a dieta Gracie com a Gloria e ela resolveu fazer uma experiência e sentiu-se muito bem. Não poderia ter um apoio melhor que o de Gloria Pires.”

Para saber mais, adquira a nova edição do livro “A dieta Gracie”, ou busque Dieta Gracie no GRACIEMAG.com e confira algumas de nossa receitas favoritas!

ADCC e Jiu-Jitsu: entramos na era da especialização?

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O americano Gordon Ryan, sensação do ADCC 2017, ataca Keenan Cornelius em disputa sem kimono. Foto: Gallerr.com

Por Jiuliano Leon *

Durante o ADCC 2017, a copa do mundo da luta agarrada realizada em setembro último na Finlândia, reparei que amigos se surpreendiam com as tantas vitórias de faixas-pretas até então desconhecidos dos fãs do Jiu-Jitsu esportivo. Eu, porém, preferi sorrir, aplaudir e dar os parabéns. Parabéns, comunidade do Jiu-Jitsu; seja bem-vinda à era da especialização no esporte.

O Jiu-Jitsu é um esporte curioso, pois é milenar ao mesmo tempo em que é jovem – em suas raízes, era praticado por samurais no Japão, enquanto o primeiro Mundial de Jiu-Jitsu brasileiro ocorreu em 1996. Sendo assim, segue caminhando a passos largos em direção à maturidade e à evolução, que pode ter não fim.

Por isso, será que foi mesmo surpresa ver algumas estrelas consolidadas do Jiu-Jitsu esportivo não tendo o mesmo desempenho nas regras e peculiaridades do ADCC? Será que atletas de menor expressão no mundo do kimono garantirem o pódio é uma zebra galopante?

Peço perdão mas tento responder com algumas perguntas:

Você apostaria seu suado dinheirinho em Usain Bolt numa corrida de 5 mil metros? Ou no nadador Michael Phelps numa prova de travessia marítima?

Eu não faria. E isso não quer dizer que o Bolt não tenha uma técnica perfeita nem que o Phelps não tenha treinado o suficiente. São especializações diversas.

Basta olhar ao redor para entendermos um pouco sobre esses caminhos paralelos do Jiu-Jitsu e do ADCC. Pensemos no futebol, por exemplo.

Talvez o leitor se lembre de como começou o futebol de areia no Brasil e no mundo. As primeiras seleções de futebol de praia (o beach-soccer, em bom português) eram formados por ex-craques do campo na faixa de 40 anos, que conheciam um pouco de praia, caso de Júnior e outros. Veio a massificação do esporte via Fifa e televisão, e surgiram jovens especializados no jogo de bola na areia, sem passagem nenhuma pelos gramados.

Outro exemplo similar vem do voleibol, onde campeões aposentados vestiam a viseira e garantiam troféus e vagas olímpicas entre as duplas de praia. Creio que até no tênis podemos traçar paralelos – há craques muito melhores no saibro do que na grama. Por fim, vale lembrar a evolução do MMA profissional: hoje ninguém pode imaginar que um craque do pano tire o kimono e conquiste do dia para a noite o cinturão do UFC, como nos anos 1990.

A conquista do absoluto por Felipe Preguiça, o novo supercampeonato de André Galvão e o tri de Rubens Cobrinha, claro, tampouco são surpresa, até pelo estudo profundo que os três têm da modalidade sem kimono. Os faixas-pretas que vestirem o kimono terão uma visão sempre mais abrangente, completa e inteligente das técnicas de chão. Mas o ADCC 2017 dá indícios que a dedicação e a especialização em cada modalidade serão um caminho cada vez mais rotineiro para quem quiser vencer naquela modalidade específica. É ver para crer no ADCC 2019.

Minha aposta: em dez anos, os campeões sem kimono serão totalmente diversos dos astros do Jiu-Jitsu esportivo. Indo mais longe, esses dois grupos de lutadores perigam desenvolver costumes, culturas, filosofias de treino e formas físicas diferentes – provavelmente notaremos, de longe, se aquele cara chegando é um atleta do Jiu-Jitsu ou do no-gi.

Bem-vindos à evolução e a profissionalização do esporte.


* Jiuliano Leon é professor de judô e Jiu-Jitsu formado na Alliance Rio.

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Vitor Belfort anuncia última luta no UFC em janeiro; conheça o adversário

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Belfort anunciou antes mesmo do UFC sua última luta do contrato, contra Uriah Hall. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr.

O velho leão já tem nova data de despedida do UFC. Após anunciar sua última luta no UFC Rio, em junho deste ano, e se ver em maus lençóis ao identificar uma confusão contratual, Vitor Belfort terá sua derradeira batalha no Ultimate no início de 2018.

Em seu último combate no octógono, Belfort vai encarar Uriah Hall, americano conhecido como “Homem-Ambulância” após participação arrasadora no TUF. O duelo será no dia 14 de janeiro.

Acabo de assinar o contrato para lutar no UFC dia 14 de Janeiro. Eu sempre busquei grandes desafios e na minha última luta no UFC não poderia ser diferente… @uriahhall será uma honra dividir o octógono com um lutador tão novo e talentoso. Obrigado por aceitar a luta! I just signed my bout agreement for January 14th at UFC. I always looked for big challenges and in my last UFC fight it couldn’t be different… @uriahhall it’s a honor to share the cage with a such young and talented fighter. Thanks for accepting the fight!

Uma publicação compartilhada por Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (@vitorbelfort) em Out 19, 2017 às 5:35 PDT

Belfort (26v, 13d, 1nc) é ex-campeão meio-pesado do UFC, além de ter lutado mais três vezes pelo cinturão (uma vez nos meio-pesados e duas pelo cinturão dos médios). Belfort vinha de três derrotas seguidas no Ultimate, contra Ronaldo Jacaré, Gegard Mousasi e Kelvin Gastelum, esta última alterada para “no contest” após Gastelum testar positivamente para o uso de maconha, e em seguida bateu Nate Marquardt no UFC 212, no combate que seria sua despedida.

Hall (13v, 8d) vem de vitória sobre Krzysztof Jotko, em setembro deste ano, mas antes vinha de retrospecto complicado nos médios, ao ser superado por Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson e Gegard Mousasi.

E para você, amigo leitor, Belfort ainda tem garrafas para vender e sairá com a vitória em sua despedida do UFC? Comente conosco!

After pulling out of DWCS 6 due to brother's death, Ryan MacDonald now fights in his memory

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When Ryan MacDonald found out his friend, Grant Dawson, was going to be on Dana White’s Contender Series 6, he was excited. After all, it could mean two Nebraska guys earning UFC deals in one night.

Dawson earned his contract after finishing Adrian Diaz with a rear-naked choke in the second round of his featherweight scrap. MacDonald, however, didn’t get his.

He never even got to fight.

“I had to withdraw from my Contender Series bout because my brother’s funeral was actually the day I was supposed to fly out,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie.

At 29, MacDonald’s eldest brother, Kyle, took his own life. And just like that, instead of heading to Las Vegas to fight Jamie Alvarez for the chance of a lifetime, the 24-year-old MacDonald was back home, mourning and helping his family in the aftermath of a tragic loss.

While the thought of going ahead with the fight crossed MacDonald’s mind, he had a variety of reasons not to go. Pragmatically, the lowest weight he’d fought at up until that point was 130 pounds. So he knew making the 125-pound limit would take some added dedication.

“We had to clean my brother’s house, which took three days in its own,”  MacDonald said. “That’s valuable time that would’ve gone toward my weight cut and probably would’ve made me go behind on it. And probably ended in a bad performance.”

And, of course, there is all that sits outside the practical realm of things in such an unspeakably sad situation. Ryan and Kyle had always been very close, enough that the very musical Kyle had not only gotten Ryan into playing the drums – he, then in high school, even allowed his middle-school brother to join his band.

Sitting it out was a tough decision for MacDonald (7-0), who’d already done medicals and pre-fight interviews for the DWCS bout. But he knew it was the right call, even if that meant watching from the sidelines as his would-be opponent won and two other men, including his close friend and occasional training partner, got their UFC deals.

“The one thing that was the toughest in the world to do was to watch the Contender Series,” MacDonald said. “When I was watching it, it was choking me up a little bit. There were a couple of nights when I had to go for long runs, because I was so angry and upset.

“From there on, you have those inner-battles. And I told myself what I did was the right thing. Because if I would have missed all that time with my family, I don’t think I would ever let myself forget about that. I don’t think I would forgive myself.”

Following the withdrawal from the fight, MacDonald briefly withdrew from the world altogether. MacDonald not only owns the gym where he trains back at home, but he coaches its MMA program and teaches its advanced muay Thai classes. And as the resident of North Platte, Neb., with a population of 30,000, the faces around him are quite often known ones.

When tragedy struck, it wasn’t easy to address them.

“A lot of it was I didn’t want the questions, more or less,” MacDonald said. “So I took a solid two weeks off. And this is going from coaching three times a week to not going to the gym, all because I didn’t want to answer the questions. Or I wasn’t ready for them yet.

“I had to take that time. A lot of times I would have the girl I was seeing go get something from Walmart for me or something.”

While the thought of a two-week break might not seem like much, it was certainly meaningful for someone who’d not only been involved in martial arts since his teenage years, but had made it into a business and a career choice for himself and others.

“One of the main reasons I’ve not left where I’m from is because it’s such a fight town,” MacDonald said. “They’ve embraced me and helped me with sponsorship. My buddies, the guys we’ve brought up, they’re all hard-working guys. And strong-willed.

“They’re always in the gym and trying to get better with me. We have about four pros right now, and we’re all consistent in the gym every day. We bounce ideas off each other, and we’ve got a really good thing going.”

When MacDonald was ready to make his way back to the outside world, it proved to be a therapeutic experience.

“After I got back to the gym, it was huge,” MacDonald said. “Because that’s my life – martial arts. Without it, I kind of go crazy. It’s my way of coping with the world, and I have fun when I’m in the gym.”

‘I remember how much of a dreamer he is, and I know he’d want me to accomplish my dreams’

Now, MacDonald prepares for his first fight since losing his brother in August. And it’s not just any fight.

Friday’s Midwest Championship Fighting 14 featherweight meeting with Chad Obermiller will not only mean MacDonald’s first stab at a belt since his pro debut, it will headline an event entirely in memory of Kyle.

With the fight, MacDonald hopes to not only provide his brother with a proper memorial piece, but get some form of closure. But before he gets to step in the cage, MacDonald has found his own ways to honor Kyle – and to make sure the emotions around his early departure find the proper channels to manifest themselves.

“He has kind of marketed himself as a musician, so he has KASM T-shirts – which are his initials,” MacDonald said. “I’ve worn those to practice and wore the little ashes in the little necklace or whatnot, so that it would, rather than make me emotionally invested, it kind of motivated me to work hard.

“My brother was a very big dreamer. And my mom hated that, because she is a very hard worker. My brother would work hard at his job but only to throw every single dollar he had into his music. And I’m kind of the same way with martial arts. I work really hard but only to give my last dollar to it.

“Seeing his shirt or looking down at my necklace before practice, it just makes me work harder. Because I remember how much of a dreamer he is, and I know he’d want me to accomplish my dreams.”

The fight with Obermiller, which streams live on FloCombat.com, will be a rematch. MacDonald had earned a second-round submission over Obermiller in August of 2016. Originally, MacDonald wanted the second one to be a five-round affair. But his opponent, MacDonald says, was the one who convinced the commission otherwise.

“I don’t think he stayed in the gym,” MacDonald said. “He’s an older guy, 38 years old, and martial arts can kind of get taxing when you don’t enjoy doing it. I feel like he’s only taking this fight – maybe he needs some money, maybe he wants to right his wrong in a sense. Or whatever it is.

“I’m going to be in much better shape. And I think he’s just going to be chasing fighting shape. So, for that, he’s not going to be where I’m at technically.”

MacDonald says he’s improved since their original encounter – and after going back to it, he believes he’s found ways to make the second affair more brutal. He’s counting on Obermiller to come strong early and gas out.

“From then on, I think I can finish him with whatever I want to,” MacDonald said.

‘I’m just going to keep doing my thing. And if somebody recognizes it, then I’m excited and happy’

MacDonald doesn’t quite know what’s in store for the future. Considering the reason he had to pull out of his DWCS 6 encounter, he was told the promoters were sympathetic and understanding – and had indicated he would at least be on the radar for next season.

Of course, there’s always the chance that, with a local belt and an eighth straight win, he’d end up going straight to the octagon at some point. But while that’s a scenario MacDonald would be comfortable with, it’s not one he’s losing sleep over.

“I think if I go out and score a vicious knockout and something fans want to see – which I plan to – I think that will give them more of an opportunity or more of the want to pick me up earlier,” MacDonald said. “But, then again, I’ve seen Dana White turn down 9-0 guys just because of experience and stuff like that.

“So if it comes, it comes. But I’m not going to dwell on it. I’m just going to keep doing my thing. And if somebody recognizes it, then I’m excited and happy.”

There’s not much good that can be extracted from the type of ordeal that MacDonald and his family went through in the past couple of months. But, amid the heartbreak, there’s at least one thing he knows his eldest brother would be happy to see.

“My mom and my dad are divorced. So my mom and my dad’s side of the family, they didn’t get along,” MacDonald said. “Everybody kind of came together and made amends. And now everything is perfect, like he would want it to be. Me and my older brothers have always been the mediators of the family.

“Keeping everything calm, trying to make people talk and trying to make people happy. And it just never worked. But now everything seems to be going good, and everybody’s talking. In a sense, from a bad circumstance, it made good between the family.”

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Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith: MMA loves Heather Hardy because she has 'it' factor

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WBC international champion Heather Hardy loves MMA, and MMA loves her back, said Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith.

“She has that ‘it’ factor, where the whole crowd ends up rooting for her,” said Smith in a “Foundations” video promoting Hardy’s return opposite Kristina Williams at Bellator 185, which takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Hardy, 35, transitioned to MMA in search of better payouts after career opportunities dwindled in boxing. With help from MMA legend Renzo Gracie and fighters at Longo and Weidman MMA, she got a crash course in the sport and signed a one-fight contract with Bellator.

Instead of a small show in Thackerville, Okla., Hardy wound up making her debut on home soil at Madison Square Garden, a venue she’d never worked in boxing. And after a slow start, she battered Alice Yauger en route to a third-round finish.

Hardy gleefully announced she’d fallen in love with MMA afterward.

Now, she has a unique contract that allows her to compete both in the cage and squared circle, depending on which sport offers her the best opportunity. She’ll be under the Bellator banner at least two years, with a minimum of four fights.

On Friday, Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will make her second pro MMA appearance at Bellator 185, facing off with Williams (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) on the Spike-televised main card.

Things are moving fast for Hardy, but Smith can see why.

“She doesn’t just fight well; she’s a star of her own making,” he said.

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

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Video: With UFC in Poland, nation's biggest show heads to Ireland for Pudzianowski vs. McSweeney

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Poland’s preeminent MMA promotion is heading abroad for the week, landing in Ireland for Mariusz Pudzianowski (11-5) vs. James McSweeney (15-15) at KSW 40.

The five-time World’s Strongest Man and “The Ultimate Fighter 10” cast member headline the card, which takes place Sunday at 3Arena in Dublin and streams live via online pay-per-view (and with English commentary) at KSWTV.com for $12 USD.

The 40-year-old Pudzianowski has battled through mixed results in a fighting career that dates back to 2009. Still, he does boast notable wins over the likes of Eric “Butterbean” Esch, Rolles Gracie, Sean McCorkle, Pawel Nastula, Bob Sapp and Oli Thompson, among others, and currently boasts a two-fight winning streak that comprises of back-to-back TKO wins.

The Polish superstar said he doesn’t expect much resistance from McSweeney.

“I will be able to walk through him,” Pudzianowski said. “I will torment him until he quits.”

Meanwhile, McSweeney returns to action after a year away from the sport. “The Hammer” briefly announced a retirement from competition, citing medical concerns, but now steps back into the cage and believes a lifetime of both MMA and kickboxing experience has him more than prepared for Pudzianowski.

“If I did a bit of weights in a gym for three or four years, how do you think I would do in a strongman contest?” McSweeney asked. “Why does he think he’s going to come in here to my world after 20 years of being a professional fighter and think he’s going to come close to me? It won’t happen. He should have stayed a strongman. This is not the sport for him.”

While KSW remains Poland’s most well-known MMA brand, the UFC visits the country on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

The KSW 40 lineup includes:

  • Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. James McSweeney
  • Champ Mateusz Gamrot vs. Norman Parke – for lightweight title
  • Michal Materla vs. Paulo Thiago
  • Champ Ariane Lipski vs. Mariana Morais
  • Maciej Jewtuszko vs. David Zawada
  • Michal Fijalka vs. Chris Fields
  • Anzor Azhiev vs. Antun Racic
  • Lukasz Chlewicki vs. Paul Redmond
  • Konrad Ivanovsky vs. Paul Lawrence

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Léo Leite detalha estratégia para vencer Phil Davis no Bellator: “Derrubar e pegar”

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Bicampeão mundial de Jiu-Jitsu e atleta olímpico de judô, Leonardo Leite fez com sucesso sua transição para o MMA. Invicto com dez sucessos nas grades, o brasileiro foi convocado para fazer sua estreia no Bellator no dia 3 de novembro, na 183ª edição do evento, contra o ex-campeão Phil Davis.

GRACIEMAG esteve com Léo Leite nos estúdios da Fox Sports no início deste mês de outubro, e conversou com a fera sobre a oportunidade no Bellator e o debute contra um duro adversário logo na sua chegada. Léo não titubeou e garantiu que esta seria a melhor estreia para ele na organização.

Veja abaixo o papo com a fera do Jiu-Jitsu e do MMA e não perca sua estreia no Bellator 183, dia 3 de novembro, ao vivo e exclusivo nos canais Fox Sports!

GRACIEMAG.com: Invicto no MMA e com estreia marcada no Bellator. Como foi o convite e como você recebeu a proposta de um oponente duro como o ex-campeão Phil Davis?

Léo Leite:
Eu recebi o convite para lutar no Bellator e fiquei muito feliz. A luta com o Phil Davis é uma luta ótima para mim, mesmo sendo pela minha estreia na organização. O Phil é ex-campeão da categoria dos meio-pesados e ele pode ser o atalho que eu preciso para chegar no cinturão. Estou com 39 anos, não sou mais um garoto, então eu não posso trilhar meu caminho até o título. Tenho que chegar, fazer bem o meu trabalho e me jogar com tudo rumo ao topo.

Como você analisa o duelo contra o Davis? Já conseguiu traçar uma estratégia para bater o americano?

Acho que o meu jogo encaixa bem contra o Davis. Ele é um atleta duro, ex-campeão da categoria, mas eu vejo algumas falhas no jogo dele. A parte de defesa de quedas é uma dessas brechas que eu pretendo explorar. Minha base no jodo, principalmente, pode ser um diferencial, é um estilo pouco conhecido ao ser adaptado para o MMA e pode me trazer a vantagem necessária para levar o Phil Davis para baixo e, assim, trabalhar o meu Jiu-Jitsu. Quero lutar bem em pé, mostrar o meu valor, e assim derrubar para finalizar.

E o ritmo de treinos? Como você se preparou para estar bem na estreia pelo Bellator?

Os treinos estão ótimos. Estou 100% para entrar e vencer na luta. Fiz meus treinos na BTT, com o Murilo Bustamante, e também nas academias KS Wrestling, do professor Antoine Jaoude, e parte física no Instituto Reação, com o Márcio Pimentel. Estou cercado de ótimo material humano e tenho certeza que estarei na ponta dos cascos no dia da luta.

E para você, amigo leitor, o craque Léo Leite tem as armas necessárias para bater Phil Davis e se colocar como postulante ao título meio-pesado do Bellator? Comente conosco!

Bellator 185 ceremonial weigh-ins live stream (5 p.m. ET) and official results

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Bellator returns to one of its favorite venues Friday, and today the fighters will step on the scale for the fans at the ceremonial weigh-ins.

Bellator 185 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko takes on former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and recent UFC standout Gegard Mousasi, who is making his Bellator debut.

The fighters weighed in earlier today for the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations, which oversees Friday’s event. At 5 p.m. ET at Mohegan Sun Arena, they’ll step on the scale and face off for the fans.

In addition to the official results below, you can watch a live stream of the ceremonial weigh-ins above.

Bellator 185 weigh-in results included:

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

  • Gegard Mousasi (185.75) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
  • Zak Bucia (170.25) vs. Neiman Gracie (170.5)
  • Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
  • Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
  • Lisa Blaine (122.75) vs. Ana Julaton (125.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (7 p.m. ET)

  • Billy Giovanella (125) vs. John Lopez (126)
  • Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Perez (153)
  • Vovka Clay (150) vs. Frank Sforza (149.25) – 150-pound catchweight
  • Matthew Denning (149.75) vs. Don Shainis (150) – 150-pound catchweight
  • Alec Hooben (194) vs. Jordan Young (200) – 195-pound catchweight
  • Steve Skrzat* () vs. Costello Van Steenis (185.25)
  • Joaquin Buckley (171) vs. Vinicius de Jesus (170)
  • Pete Rogers (144) vs. Timothy Wheeler (144)
  • John Beneduce (155.25) vs. Dean Hancock (156)

* Skrzat was given additional time to make weight for his middleweight fight.

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Video: UFC-Gdansk media day staredowns, where 'Cowboy' was all smiles

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GDANSK, Poland – UFC Fight Night 118 headliners Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) and Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) came face-to-face for the first time today, and it was “Cowboy” who reminded the young Englishman not to get too worked before it’s needed.

The welterweight contest headlines Saturday’s card, which streams on UFC Fight Pass from Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Till was first on the stage, walking well past the halfway point of the stage to claim his space. Cerrone stepped up moments later, smiled, and told Till he thought the fight “should be fun.” Never much for a staredown, Cerrone closed the exchange by telling Till to “loosen up,” since “we don’t fight until Saturday.”

Check out the video above, which also includes the night’s remaining main-card matchups with Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) vs. Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC), as well as an anticipated preliminary matchup of Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) vs. Artem Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

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

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