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Episode No. 7 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'

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Episode No. 7 of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” opens with UFC President Dana White making a surprise visit to the TUF house, much to the excitement of the athletes.

White shows his special edition BMW to Lauren Murphy and a few other cast members. He also tours the house and interacts with all the fighters from both teams. He provides some words of encouragement to the fighters as the competition nears its midway point.

Focus shifts to fight preparation for the seventh opening-round tournament bout, which pits No. 7 Melinda Fabian of Team Alvarez and No. 10 Rachael Ostovich of Team Gaethje.

Fabian has been dealing with injury issues to her leg in the lead-up to her fight. She’s attempting to tweak and minimize her training in the final days before she steps in the octagon. Coach Eddie Alvarez attempts to keep Fabian confident and says he views her as the best striker in the competition.

Ostovich is aware her striking is likely a level below that of Fabian, but coach Justin Gaethje believes Ostovich’s background in judo and wrestling will be a huge difference-maker.

At the weigh-in, Fabian and Ostovich come in under the 126-pound flyweight limit. A friendly staredown follows, and the seventh opening-round tournament bout is official.

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

#7 Melinda Fabian (4-3-1) vs. #10 Rachael Ostovich (3-3)

Round 1 – Both fighters show a lot of faints to start the bout. Ostovich lands an inside leg kick followed by a jab. Fabian lands a hard right hand, and Ostovich lands with a counter-hook. Ostovich lands a clean overhand right that backs up Fabian. Ostovich stays patient and connects with a leg kick. Ostovich scores with a another combination. Fabian nearly lands a head kick and begins to apply better pressure. She eats another hard punch, though, and Ostovich evades. Ostovich’s jab is on point and she’s picking Fabian apart. Fabian’s moving forward but is throwing almost nothing. Ostovich shoots for a double-leg takedown and easily puts Fabian on her back. Fabian attempts to scramble free but Ostovich jumps on the back. She gets back mount and has Fabian flattened out. She postures up and lands several hard punches before locking in a rear-naked choke that forces Fabian to tap out.

Rachael Ostovich def. Melinda Fabian via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

Ostovich is thrilled with the extremely one-sided performance.

“I feel great,” A thrilled Ostovich says. “I’m very, very happy, but it’s nothing that I hadn’t already seen in my head. Everything went as I planned it. … Celebration for a little while, take some time to congratulate myself and the hard work I put in, then on to the next.”

Team Gaethje takes a 4-3 lead in the competition with Ostovich’s victory. Only one opening-round fight remains, and it will see No. 8 Emily Whitmire of Team Gaethje take on No. 9 Christina Marks of Team Alvarez.

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


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Marcin Tybura enjoying unexpected benefit of Mark Hunt-Dana White feud

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At this point, Marcin Tybura will tell you, with a laugh, calls from his manager are met with expectations of bad news. But that’s not what he got when his phone rang a little more than a week ago.

Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was set to headline next month’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena opposite Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC). The call was meant to inform him that was no longer happening. But then came the twist: Tybura had the option of meeting former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) instead.

Tybura first ran it by his coaches. But the “yes” to the new matchup took no longer than an hour to come. Sure, Tybura is now dealing with a “completely different” opponent, with a completely different style. But with six weeks to go, altering the game plan seemed like a minor sacrifice in light of the possible rewards.

RelatedUFC cites 'medical concerns,' pulls Mark Hunt from UFC Fight Night 121 in favor of Fabricio Werdum

“It’s really special for me to fight a Top-2 fighter in the world already in Fabricio,” Tybura told MMAjunkie. “I recognize (he’s) one of the best heavyweights in the world – even the best, because he beat Fedor (Emelianenko) in his prime time, and he beat Cain (Velasquez) at a time when he was unbeatable.

“This guy has something special. I know he’s good. This is the top. That’s what I wanted to do when I came into the UFC, and now it’s happening. So I’m just happy.”

Tybura believed he couldn’t get any more motivated than he already had while training for Hunt, who’s currenly No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings. But the name of No. 3-ranked Werdum, fresh off a 65-second submission win over late replacement Walt Harris at UFC 216, managed to bring that up a notch.

Of course, what ended up being fine news for Tybura led to a much less uplifting situation involving Hunt. After the UFC cited health concerns and pulled him from the headliner, the ever-candid Hunt made his (ill) feelings on the promotion’s decision public.

Amid threats of a lawsuit against the UFC – another one, that is – Hunt said he was “misquoted” in story (that he penned himself) in which he addressed the toll that his career as a fighter may have had in his brain, including slurred speech and memory loss.

Asked about his feelings upon hearing some of his peers discuss brain trauma, Tybura clarified he doesn’t have access to all the information around Hunt’s health status. But he’s not on board with the way he went about addressing them.

“We all try to show that this is a sport; it’s not only striking somebody in the head,” Tybura said. “I don’t think he should say some stuff like this. But I also don’t think I should be the one to say if somebody is healthy to fight or not.

“I don’t actually know all the details. I’ve just seen the news, the interview he did. I think he shouldn’t say that. He shouldn’t say that.”

RelatedDespite being labeled a 'bald headed prick,' Dana White insists he doesn't hate Mark Hunt

On his end, Tybura is certainly enjoying the journey. Now riding a three-fight winning streak, capped off by a UFC Fight Night 111 decision win over Andrei Arlovski, Tybura has recently taken a big step to up his game: He temporarily relocated from his native Poland to the U.S.

Seven weeks into his training at Jackson-Wink MMA, the 31-year-old seems to be happy with his choice.

“So far, it’s amazing, a completely different camp that I used to do,” Tybura said. “And I think it’s much better than what I did before.”

There are a few reasons for that. Apart from the experienced coaches, who offer their expertise not only in training but strategy-wise, Tybura gets to train and spar with high-level talent from all over. While he already felt he was making steady progress in his homeland, his evolution is clear to him.

Of course, there’s a downside to it all; it’s not really easy being away from home. But even that doesn’t faze the heavyweight.

“I’m actually chasing my dream,” Tybura said. “So that’s the price, and I’m cool with that completely.”

Whether his sacrifices will pay off remains to be seen, but beating Werdum would certainly bring some serious validation to the Polish heavyweight’s rise. While Tybura is only four fights into his UFC career, there’s something to be said for getting past an ex-champ in a somewhat shallow division.

Of course, there’s a lot to happen atop the heavyweight ladder. Alistair Overeem, for instance, is scheduled for a high-stakes UFC 218 bout with Francis Ngannou. Velasquez, who’s recently said he’s at “80 percent” in his recovery from injury, is eyeing a 2018 return.

But Tybura is already daring to think a little higher.

“I never talk about what the future is after the fight,” Tybura said. “I actually like to be focused on my task, which is to fight Fabricio Werdum. But, you know, he was a champion like a few months ago.

“So me beating him would be, I think – nothing less than ask for a title shot.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith: Standing up with Alexander Shlemenko is a gamble

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As experienced as Gegard Mousasi is as a striker, he should think twice about duking it out with Alexander Shlemenko.

That’s the way Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith sees Friday’s Bellator 185 headliner.

“Anyone who’s decided, ‘I’m going to stand on the feet and show this Russian that I can knock him out’ has ended up flat on their back,” Smith said for “Bellator Foundations,” which previews upcoming matchups on the Spike-televised event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut after a high-profile defection from the UFC, where a five-fight win streak helped him climb to No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings.

The Dutch-Armenian fighter will compete in his 51st professional MMA bout. But in the cage, he is in the rare position of facing an opponent that’s more experienced.

Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA), who will fight his 67th MMA bout, has won six of his past seven bouts. Long the face of Bellator’s middleweight division before upset losses to Tito Ortiz and Brandon Halsey, his career hit a snag with a positive drug test that held him up in court.

Now, Shlemenko is on a mission to reclaim the gold he lost. A win over Mousasi would be a huge feather in his cap.

Depending on Mousasi’s approach to the fight, Smith thinks the Russian has a good chance to get in line for a title shot.

“Mark my words, I don’t care who you are. If you stand and trade with Alexander Shlemenko, you are rolling the dice,” Smith said. “And the chances that it comes out in your favor are very slim.”

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

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Donald Cerrone agreed to fight Darren Till because 'rankings don't (expletive) matter anyway'

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GDANSK, Poland – Donald Cerrone knows he has a lot more to lose than gain in his UFC Fight Night 118 headliner with Darren Till, but he doesn’t seem to care.

An established fan-favorite like Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) agreeing to fight an unheralded opponent like Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) is an increasingly rare occurrence in the modern UFC. Top fighters are largely concerned about facing someone who has a ranking next to their name; they aren’t as willing to take the risk of fighting lesser-known opposition compared to when official rankings didn’t exist in the sport.

Cerrone, who meets Till in Saturday’s welterweight main event on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed card at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, isn’t one to fret over such things. His enjoyment of the sport trumps the politics of enhancing or weakening his position in the division, and he said that’s for the best, because fighters who dwell on their place in the rankings don’t appear much better off.

“The rankings don’t matter,” Cerrone told MMAjunkie. “I feel like in the last year the rankings don’t (expletive) matter anyway, right? ‘Cowboy’ takes a fight with somebody (unranked), and they’re like, ‘What the (expletive)?’ But someone who has the title can fight anybody they want, and it’s like, ‘Ah, that’s just a good fight.’ Come on, man. It seems like the last year the rankings aren’t mattering. I just needed an opponent.”

RelatedDarren Till's simple plan? Be the 'greatest fighter that ever fought in MMA'

Cerrone, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, said he would’ve embraced a matchup with a ranked foe, but bringing those fights to fruition is apparently a lot easier said than done. An unranked opponent like Till jumps at the opportunity to fight Cerrone because it could completely change the trajectory of his career, but athletes already established near the top of the sport aren’t as willing.

According to “Cowboy,” there were several offers extended to elite members of the 170-pound division. No one was biting at the chance to compete against him, though, and as someone who truly embodies the “anyone, any time, anywhere” mentality, that’s how he ended up in the showdown with Till.

“The MMA audience is so stupid,” Cerrone said. “They just think because a guy says, ‘I’ll fight anybody,’ that means they’ll do it. No, that’s not true. They said they’ll fight anybody in public, and then when they get the call and their manager sits down with them and they’re like, ‘They offered us ‘Cowboy’ and their manager says, ‘Stylistically I don’t know if that’s a good matchup for you right now, you’re coming off a loss’ and blah, blah blah.

“Then they say they didn’t turn it down, but their management turned it down and it’s not them doing it, ‘I didn’t turn it down.’ To me that drives me (expletive) through the wall.”

RelatedDonald Cerrone welcomes gatekeeper label, but can Darren Till 'get past the gate?'

Cerrone, 34, said his trouble getting an opponent makes him respect Till, 24, for stepping up to the plate. Although the Brit has infinitely more to gain than lose in the matchup, he’s also putting a lot of stock into his own ability to take a giant step up in competition and beat someone of Cerrone’s caliber.

Fighting is a game of taking chances, though, and as someone who has taken many during his own career, Cerrone said he appreciates Till following suit.

“For Darren to say, ‘You know what, I’ve only had a couple fights, I’ll fight a (expletive) legend, let’s go.’ Dude, right on, bro,” Cerrone said. “I was that son-of-a-(expletive) kid. I remember taking those fights. My hat’s off to the kid. The steam’s running on him. Good opportunity for him. But people say no all the time. It’s (expletive) asinine to me. Career-wise, is this a smart fight moving forward in my direction in the rankings? Probably not. This does me nothing. It does something for Darren if he wins. He could do some serious leap-frogging, but for me, nothing. Why be the guy that says I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime – oh, except for him? If I say that I have to live by it.”

Ultimately Cerrone is just happy to return to the octagon, regardless of who is standing on the other side. He enters UFC Fight Night 118 on a losing skid for the first time in his career, and his hope is to fix that on Saturday, especially because he had to travel a long way from Albuquerque, N.M.

RelatedMMA's week out of the cage: Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey resurface, Cerrone's rattlesnake, more

Cerrone has never fought outside North America in his 35 appearances to date under the UFC or WEC banners. That will change for the fight with Till, but Cerrone’s approach won’t. Gdansk is a long way from home, but Cerrone said his true home is inside the cage.

“It’s crazy sleeping in a hotel room,” Cerrone said. “The UFC, when I was trying to get a fight, they had a lineup of all the little places they offered me, there was no Europe on there. I was like, ‘What about the Poland card?’ And (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) was like, ‘Wait, you’ll go overseas?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, why not?’ He’s like, ‘It’s on Fight Pass.’ I said, ‘I don’t care, man. You guys really don’t understand. It doesn’t matter. I’ll fight the first fight of the night. It doesn’t have to be main event, Poland, pay-per-view. I don’t care.’

“It makes no difference to me. This is what I love to do. I enjoy this whole process, being over here, being in Poland, walking around, checking everything out. Then I get to fight and do what I love. Are you kidding me? Come on.”

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

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'UFC on the Fly': Behind the scenes with UFC-Gdansk co-headliner Karolina Kowalkiewicz

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz is looking to get back in the win column and what better place to make that happen than in her native Poland.

On Saturday, it could happen when Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) takes on Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 118 co-headliner, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Kowalkiewicz, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, is coming off back-to-back losses after starting her career 10-0. She dropped a decision to champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk last year at UFC 205 and followed that up with a submission loss to Cláudia Gadelha this past June at UFC 212.

The latest edition of “UFC on the Fly” catches up with Kowalkiewicz ahead of her fight with Esquibel.

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

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Mestres Fernando “Pinduka” e Otávio “Peixotinho” ensinam a defesa pessoal básica do Jiu-Jitsu

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Leais aos ensinamentos de Carlson Gracie, os mestres Fernando Pinduka, faixa vermelho-e-branca, e Otávio Peixotinho, faixa-coral, seguem disseminando o que aprenderam em Copacabana com o saudoso professor e ídolo do vale-tudo, mestre também em defesa pessoal.

Neste vídeo, os mestres mostram a equipe GRACIEMAG uma pequena seleção de técnicas básicas úteis para todas as faixas etárias, ótimas para espantar qualquer ofensor. Confira e busque aprimorar na academia. Oss!

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UFC President Dana White: More divisions isn't the solution to MMA's weight-cutting woes

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UFC President Dana White won’t budge on his stance that additional weight classes are unnecessary in the UFC to help prevent extreme weight cuts by athletes.

Despite documented evidence that the rate of failed weight cuts has gone up in the UFC, particularly since the introduction of early weigh-ins, White doesn’t believe giving fighters more options of which weight to compete at is the solution.

A total of 17 fighters have missed weight for UFC fights this year. Five of those weren’t fit enough to make it to the octagon for their bouts, and an issue with some sort of late-withdrawal is seemingly happening at every event.

RelatedThis video from Japan should make you want to ban extreme weight cutting in MMA

White said he’s not overly concerned, though. There are a section of fighters, fans and media who believe more weight classes would benefit those who have to cut too much weight for a certain division, but are too small to move up a category. The UFC recognized the Association of Boxing Commissions recent weight-class expansion project, but White said that’s not the fix.

“People are like, ‘Add weight classes, do this, do that,'” White told TSN. “It’s never going to change. You’re still going to have people trying to – let’s say I add a 165-pound weight class. That will only mean bigger guys will try to make 165. Everybody’s always looking for an advantage.”

White said when it comes to weight-cutting, the responsibility falls directly on the athlete. White has touted the UFC’s new Performance Institute in Las Vegas as a facility with free on-site experts who can help fighters cut weight in a safe and efficient manner. Unfortunately, the Performance Institute is of no use to those outside of Las Vegas.

RelatedKevin Lee: No excuses for UFC 216 title loss to Tony Ferguson after weight cut 'damn near killed me'

According to White, there’s an approach to weight-cutting that minimizes the risk. However, the problem is the majority of UFC fighters don’t have the financial resources to do what he expects of them.

“There’s ways to cut weight,” White said. “There’s safe ways. There’s scientific ways. Nutritionists can help you do this. Everybody just wants to take shortcuts and the easy way. But there is no easy way when you’re cutting weight.”

Regardless of White’s stance, he said the UFC is being proactive to make the situation better. He said the organization is taking some action behind the scenes to ensure fighters are cutting weight and competing at their fittest. He just isn’t willing to take what he views as an unnecessary step of providing more weight-class options.

“What we’ve been doing is Jeff Novitzky, the guy we hired who handles all the (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) stuff, he’s tracking all these guys’ weights,” White said. “He tracks them. When you come in the week of the fight we find out where you are compared to where you were the last couple times you fought.”

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

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Sam Alvey faces 'biggest weight cut of my life' ahead of UFC Fight Night 118

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GDANSK, Poland – Sam Alvey wants to book a dream fight with Brazilian legend Vitor Belfort next year, but he’ll have to complete a weight cut of more than 34 pounds to get there.

Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) takes on fellow middleweight Ramazan Emeev (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place ar Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and streams on UFC Fight Pass. Alvey looks to round off his year with a win and convince the UFC to grant his wish to face former UFC light heavyweight champion Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) in the new year.

But with the call coming just 10 days ahead of the contest, and with Alvey not in optimal fight shape, the California native has in effect accepted two fights this week, as he faces a battle with the scale, and then the bout itself against Emeev.

RelatedThis video from Japan should make you want to ban extreme weight cutting in MMA

Alvey was looking to squeeze in one more fight before the end of 2017, and he was hoping he might be the ideal man to step in should anything happen to either Anderson Silva or Kelvin Gastelum ahead of their UFC Fight Night 122 main event clash in Shanghai later this year.

“We’ve been bugging them for a fight,” he admitted. “We wanted to fight again this year, just like everyone on the UFC roster. We were told it’s probably not going to happen.

“I started running because I was anticipating Anderson Silva or Gastelum getting injured. ‘Sign me up. I’m there!’ So I was kinda training for that one, just in case.”

That fight didn’t materialize, and instead Alvey was offered an altogether different kind of test, against a dangerous Russian with an underrated record – on just 10 days’ notice.

Alvey’s face told the story when he explained how he was “right on the borderline” of whether he could get enough weight off in time to make the 186-pound middleweight limit for Saturday’s matchup.

But despite admitting he faces a serious weight-cut between now and official weigh-ins, he’s taking everything in stride with that familiar smile on his face.

RelatedVitor Belfort responds to Sam Alvey after UFC-Mexico: He'll be first to get knocked out smiling

“We’re going to make the biggest weight cut of my life, but we’re going to do it successfully,” he insisted, explaining that when he got the call to fight at middleweight he was “north of 220” pounds.

“As soon as camp (for his last fight) is over, I’m back, I’m lifting, I’m getting swole – and I’m eating,” he part-joked.

“It was a lot of fun making weight – so far!

“For me, it’s ‘say yes,’ and I’ll figure it out later. It’s always been the case, and my career’s been going real well so far.”

With Alvey accepting the fight – and the challenge of getting down to his contracted weight – he explained that he’d done some research on his opponent and discovered a man who, despite his lack of name recognition, held a fight record that demanded respect.

“I watched everything I could,” he said of Emeev, who holds a 15-3 record. “I know he’s a stud. He’s fought a lot of guys who are like 30-4 or 29-7 who have big winning records. So he’s no joke. I couldn’t take him lightly.

“I’ve got my idea of what I want to have happen, and I’m going to go out there and try to make it happen.”

And if Alvey is successful on Saturday night, he hopes 2018 will be the year he moves into contender status, though he concedes he’ll always be labeled a “fun fighter” by the fans.

“You know what? As long as the UFC likes me – the fans like me already – I’m going to be that fighter,” he said. “I’m going be that fighter that’s got the dynamite in (his) hands. I’m going to be that fighter that can even submit black belts if need be.

“It’s just a matter of time. The Vitor fight will be my real ticket to the top-10 starlight, and he wants the fight too, so we’ll make that fight happen.”

That potential clash with Belfort is something Alvey made clear he wants in his immediate future.

And the man known for his heavy hands and winning smile hopes to use victory on Saturday in Poland to state his case for a battle with Belfort.

“I said yes, and Vitor said yes. The UFC just had different plans for now,” he said. “But after I win this one at such short notice, I think the UFC owes me a little bit.

“And I’m going to demand it. I want Vitor. Give me Vitor!”

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

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Donald Cerrone welcomes gatekeeper label, but can Darren Till 'get past the gate?'

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GDANSK, Poland – Donald Cerrone relishes the narrative his UFC Fight Night 118 headliner with Darren Till could be a changing of the guard in the UFC welterweight division.

Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC), who meets Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed card at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, is aware of all the storylines. From the perception that an up-and-comer will make a name at his expense to the fact “Cowboy” could be falling off by fighting someone outside the rankings after back-to-back losses, Cerrone has heard all the chatter.

He simply doesn’t care.

Anyone who’s followed Cerrone’s career knows there’s almost nothing he won’t take it stride. So, the “old school vs. new school” outlook on the matchmaking certainly isn’t going to come as a bother for arguably the most laid back fighter in the sport. Cerrone said Till deserves all the credit if he successfully uses his name as a building block, but he just doesn’t see it happening.

RelatedDonald Cerrone: Unbeaten Darren Till 'might be more dangerous' than Robbie Lawler

“Can you pass that test? It’s a good training exercise for Darren,” Cerrone today told MMAjunkie. “Welcome to the big leagues. Some people say, ”Cowboy’ is the gatekeeper.’ (Expletive) it: Can he get past the gate? We’ll see.

“It’s not like those things hurt my feelings. I know who I am, and it’s fine. I’ve been in this game a long time. This is my 34th Zuffa walk. I’ve been in the top 10 almost my entire career. That’s a pretty cool thing I can say. I’m here, I’m (expletive) going out and having fun, and I can’t (expletive) wait.”

There’s no doubt Cerrone, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, has the most to lose in the fight. He may be on the first losing skid of his career, but his defeats came to former UFC champ and No. 3-ranked Robbie Lawler and No. 8 Jorge Masvidal.

Although Till holds a solid unbeaten record over 16 fights, Cerrone is a massive step up in competition. Till’s self-confidence in the lead-up to UFC Fight Night 118 is evident on the surface, but Cerrone said it’s going to be something entirely different when he steps in the octagon on fight night.

RelatedDarren Till's simple plan? Be the 'greatest fighter that ever fought in MMA'

“He’s a new up-and-comer,” Cerrone said. “Everyone’s like, ‘You’re overlooking him.’ At what point do I look past somebody? You mean the six weeks I’m training my ass for this fight? People are so strange. I train hard. I train the same always. I stay ready. Fighting is what I love to do. It doesn’t always go my way. Right now I’m two in the wrong. The Robbie fight, to me, that could have gone either way. People weren’t like, ‘Oh, you went out there and let us down.’ I fought the best in the world and (expletive) loved it.

“I’m glad Darren took the fight. He’s coming hard, I’m sure. This is the biggest moment of his life. Lights, camera, action, man. This is a big deal. Five rounds, a big fight. You went from the undercard to the big card. I’ve been there. This is just another day for me. But for him, this is a big test. Are you going to be able to show up? Is five rounds too much for you? Is it too much up (in the head)? Physically I’m sure you’re fine, but (mentally) it’s a big deal.”

RelatedDonald Cerrone, in 'new-age Tombstone outfit,' talks new film, Ray Borg, not studying opponents

Cerrone, 34, and Till, 24, appear to be somewhat cut from the same cloth in that they’re true fighters to the core. They’re passionate about fighting as frequently as possible regardless of who’s on the other side, and Cerrone said he respects that approach.

When the fight was first booked, Cerrone said admitted knew absolutely nothing about Till. That hasn’t necessarily changed over the course of a six-week training camp; Cerrone famously dislikes watching film of his opponents. He said he’s learned everything he needs from his coaching staff at Jackson Wink MMA, though, and that allows him to be comfortable in his preparation going into UFC Fight Night 118.

“It wasn’t any disrespect from me,” Cerrone said. “I wasn’t trying to like prod at the kid. I just didn’t know who he was. Honestly, I watch zero fights. It has nothing to do with me not training. My coaches, it’s their job. You guys study and let me train. I just don’t enjoy it. I don’t sit there. There’s some people that love that. They sit at home. I would rather go looking at castles and walking around. Last night I was watching YouTube videos on how people build and design castles. I guess I could have been watching Darren Till, but I wasn’t.”

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren, John Castaneda

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren and John Castaneda.

Dern submitted submitted Mandy Polk this past week at LFA 24. Shlemenko headlines Friday’s Bellator 185 event against Gegard Mousasi. McLaren is CEO of Combate Americas, and Castaneda is part of the organization’s $100,000 single-night tournament on Nov. 11.

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.
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  • 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 #2545 with Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris, Mohammed Usman

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Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris, and Mohammed Usman.

All four guests previewed their upcoming fights. Font takes on Pedro Munhoz on Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119. Julaton fights Lisa Blaine this Friday at Bellator 185. Usman competes Nov. 2 at Tachi Palace Fights 33 vs. Van Palacio. Norris fights this Friday vs. Alonzo Martinez at LFA 25.

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


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Darren Till's simple plan? Be the 'greatest fighter that ever fought in MMA'

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GDANSK, Poland – When you ask fighters how they feel on the cusp of potentially career-defining moments, there’s one particular descriptor that seems downright inescapable: excited.

But as Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) prepares to headline his first UFC card, against WEC and octagon vet Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC), that’s not the word that he would use.

“I’m not excited,” Till told MMAjunkie ahead of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 event. “I’m not getting into my emotions right now. I’ve been saying this for the past few weeks: I just live in the moment. I’m seeing my face on the poster, but it hasn’t hit me yet. That that is me and that I’m fighting Cerrone.

“I’m just living every moment. I’m not taking anything for granted because opportunities like these only come around every so often, especially after I only got four fights in the UFC. It takes guys 10 fight-plus to get main events. So I’m honored. I really am.”

Related'UFC on the Fly': Behind the scenes with UFC-Gdansk headliner Darren Till

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

Till’s unique choice of words falls right in line with his UFC trajectory. As the welterweight himself pointed out, it’s not common for a fighter to earn such a big opportunity after an exciting, but timid four-fight UFC run – especially with a draw among those results.

Not only that: Despite being unbeaten, Till came out of relative obscurity to debut in the UFC – which he did as an underdog, back in 2015. But the charismatic Liverpool native, who’d had all of his previous pro MMA bouts in his temporary home of Brazil, seems to have a knack for making the opportunities count.

After taking a decision over Bojan Velickovic in a UFC Fight Night 115 barnburner in September, Till’s poise on the mic also stood out. And then the striking specialist famously turned a bar chat with matchmaker Sean Shelby into his biggest career opportunity yet.

RelatedDarren Till's road to UFC headliner? High school dropout, stabbed twice, cutting teeth in strange land

Till hasn’t exactly been shy about his high aspirations. He’s not in this simply to build a career and, hopefully, make some money in the process. In fact, he’s not even in this to simply be a UFC champion.

“I want to be remembered as the greatest fighter that ever fought in MMA,” Till said.

But even with all of his ambition and remarkable self-confidence, Till carries some self-awareness with him. Which is why he took no ounce of offense when “Cowboy” Cerrone talked about not knowing who he was before agreeing to the welterweight scrap.

“Why should he know who I am? He’s got no reason to,” Till said. “Everyone thinks that I took disrespect to that. No, I didn’t. The guy has got no right in knowing who I am. Obviously, he knows who I am now.”

In fact, when it comes to Cerrone, the 24-year-old Till holds no grudges or no ill ill. The two, the Brit said, have run into each other in the hotel lobby a few times already and have exchanged nothing but friendly nods in a week that’s all about “good vibes.”

That is, until it isn’t.

“I came up watching him when he was fighting in the WEC (and) all of his UFC fights,” Till said. “I’m a fan. But I am still going to knock him out on Saturday. I respect him. After the fight he can have a Budweiser with me. But I will go in there to knock him straight out. That’s what I will do.”

Till, who’s clearly not one for modest plans, sees himself going on to be one of MMA’s biggest game-changers – joining the likes of former 205-pound champ Chuck Liddell, ex-middleweight-kingpin Anderson Silva and current lightweight titleholder Conor McGregor.

Saturday’s headliner, Till said, will be his “historic” moment, the one that reveals all of his greatness to the world. But even his grandiose plans are grounded in reality. While he fully expects a title shot to come some time in the future, he disagrees with those who think that a win over Cerrone could get him there already.

“I don’t want a title after this fight,” Till said. “I don’t believe I’ve earned that fight. I will never disrespect the champion that way. I want to (expletive) that champion up anyway. But I’m not going to disrespect that guy. That guy has racked years and years to get where he is now.

“And I just beat Cerrone, and it’s like, the guy thinks he deserves a title shot? No. I’ve got a good head on me. And I know after Cerrone I need to beat maybe one or two more people until I get that title.”

RelatedDarren Till unloads on Brendan Schaub for criticizing UFC headliner vs. Donald Cerrone

Upon getting those top-10 foes that should get him in line for the belt, though, Till has very little doubt as to what would happen.

“There’s no one in there that can beat me,” Till said. “They’re all bums.”

In fact, why stop at the top 10 of his own division?

“I am just the best fighter out there,” Till said. “There’s not a guy who’s better than me, on my level. In my mind, there’s not a guy who can beat me. I really truly believe that when I say it. Guys, they come out to say they’re the best and this and that. You can see, when they say it, they don’t believe it.

“When I say something, I believe it totally. I don’t look at someone – I don’t look at (170-pound champion Tyron) Woodley. I don’t even look at light heavyweights that are better than me. I believe I’m better than every single one of them.”

To hear more from Till, 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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What do you think of UFC 218's official poster (and Frankie Edgar's 'crazy eyes')?

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Check out the official poster for UFC 218, which got a mixed review from headliner Frankie Edgar.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

On paper, it’s a pretty solid lineup: a title fight, notable names, intriguing matchups and vets with lots of finishes – all in a variety of weight classes.

Here’s the official poster:

With a featherweight title fight between streaking Hawaiian champion Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-2 UFC) and fan favorite Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) in the headliner, “UFC 218: Holloway vs. Edgar” also features heavyweights Francis Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) vs. former title challenger Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC).

All four are featured on the poster, though as Edgar wonders, “Why they got me all crazy eyed?” (via Instagram):

(But hey – at least he only subtly pointed out the misspelling of “championship” on the poster, with his #IdLikeToBuyAVowel hashtag.)

The latest UFC 218 card includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Inter Gracie de Jiu-Jitsu volta ao São Paulo FC para sua 12ª edição

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Ryan’s Gracie Way marca o torneio com disputas até a finalização. Foto: Tiago Molinos

Evento realizado anualmente com o objetivo de melhorar vidas e difundir os princípios do Jiu-Jitsu, o Inter Gracie chega à sua 12ª edição com novidades.

De volta ao ginásio do São Paulo Futebol Clube, o torneio mais uma vez conta com as emocionantes disputas do Ryan’s Way Challenge, e neste ano o vencedor será classificado para competir no Gracie Pro 2018, evento que em 2017 coroou Roger Gracie em sua despedida dos tatames.

“Nosso evento cresce a cada ano”, diz Flávia Gracie, organizadora do Inter Gracie. “O sucesso e desenvolvimento é fruto de muito trabalho, dedicação e suporte das empresas parceiras que acreditam, apoiam e confiam no nosso projeto. Esperamos mais um evento de sucesso para esta edição.”

O torneio está marcado para o dia 18 de novembro, com disputas em diversas categorias além do Ryan’s Way Challenge, que prevê disputa sem pontos, até pegar, de 20 minutos.

Fique ligado no www.ryangracie.com.br para mais informações sobre o campeonato!

Tickets for UFC's debut in Fresno go on sale today

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The UFC will debut in Fresno, Calif., in December, and tickets for the event go on sale today.

Featuring a pivotal clash of top-10 featherweights between Cub Swanson (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and unbeaten Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in the main event, UFC Fight Night 123 takes Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center and airs on FS1 with prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets are priced at $125, $90, $75 and $50. They go on sale to the general public Friday at noon PT on Ticketmaster.com.

UFC newsletter subscribers have access to a special pre-sale beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. PT, while UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT.

In addition to the main event, UFC Fight Night 123 features the return of Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) , who takes on Luke Sanders, after more than a year away from the octagon.

The UFC Fight Night 123 card currently includes:

  • Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Rani Yahya
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Eryk Anders vs. John Phillips
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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

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GDANSK, Poland – Love him or hate him, Artem Lobov is never going to give a dull interview.

On Saturday Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) meets fellow featherweight Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118, which streams entirely on UFC Fight Pass from Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Lobov, whose fight is part of the preliminary card, is a 31-year-old Russian who fights out of Ireland, where he’s training partners with UFC lightweight champion and MMA superstar Conor McGregor. That affiliation – at least in the eyes of many fight fans – hasn’t always been a point in Lobov’s favor.

Take for instance “The Ultimate Fighter 22,” where Lobov arguably got some preferential treatment from head coach McGregor. Lobov suffered an elimination-round loss on the reality show, but he was McGregor’s choice – perhaps unsurprisingly – to get a second shot to reenter the tournament. In fairness, though, Lobov made the most of it and made it all the way to the tourney final, where he ultimately suffered a decision loss to Ryan Hall.

It was there, on “TUF 22,” where Lobov first encountered Fili, who was serving as an assistant coach for McGregor’s rival head coach, Urijah Faber. During an often-heated season, Lobov and Fili had a few encounters.

“He was the first sort of UFC guy I got a chance to interact with,” Lobov today told MMAjunkie. “He was in my weight class, so by all means, he had a target on his back from me.

“(The fight) didn’t happen as soon as I wanted it to happen. I wanted that fight immediately after ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ but it’s here now.”

RelatedArtem Lobov turned down Andre Fili fight to help Conor McGregor prepare for Floyd Mayweather

Fili joined the UFC in 2013 as a young top prospect, but the 27-year-old has had an uneven octagon run. “Touchy” has rotated wins and losses over his past eight bouts and now needs a win over Lobov to prevent the first two-fight skid of his career.

“I want to show him what’s up,” said Lobov, who’s coming off a “Fight of the Night” loss to Cub Swanson in April’s UFC Fight Night 108 headliner. “He was there obviously as a coach, and I was just there as a fighter. But I’ll be doing the coaching on Saturday night.”

Lobov, as he’s known to do, then got a little cringey with his trash-talk – this time using Fili’s “Touchy” nickname to make his point.

“He certainly has an exciting style,” Lobov said. “He seems to be more of a standup guy even though he comes from Team Alpha Male. And like a lot of the tall guys, he seems to come forward a little more, which will make for a great fight.

“But make no mistake about it: On Saturday night, I will ‘Touchy’ and he will ‘Fili.'”

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

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Tickets on sale today for The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in Las Vegas

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“The Ultimate Fighter 26” tournament will conclude with crowning of an inaugural women’s flyweight champion, and tickets for the event go on sale today.

Featuring the historic title fight between yet-to-be-revealed competitors, The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale takes place Dec. 1 at Park Theater in Las Vegas and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets are priced at $150, $100, $75 and $50. They go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m. PT on Ticketmaster.com.

UFC newsletter subscribers have access to a special pre-sale beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. PT, while UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT.

In addition to the championship bout,“TUF 23” light heavyweight winner Andrew Sanchez (9-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will take on Ryan Janes (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) .

The latest TUF 26 Finale card includes:

  • TBA vs. TBA – for inaugural women’s flyweight title
  • Ryan Janes vs. Andrew Sanchez
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Eric Spicely
  • Sean O’Malley vs. Terrion Ware
  • Brett Johns vs. Joe Soto

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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