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2 new bouts official for UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai

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Next month’s UFC Fight Night 122 event in mainland China has two new additions.

Officials formally announced featherweights Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) vs. Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and welterweights Li Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC). Dutch site mmadna.nl first reported the fights.

UFC Fight Night 122 which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the full lineup hasn’t been finalized.

RelatedVideo: Ex-champ Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum face off for UFC Fight Night 122

Caceres vs. Guan was originally booked for a June event. The matchup has been rebooked as part of the UFC’s debut in Shanghai.

Despite some rough patches during his seven-year UFC career, Caceres has become a bit of a fan favorite due to his creative fighting style and upbeat personality. The 29-year-old longtime martial artist, who joined the UFC in 2010 as a quarterfinalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 12,” recently halted a two-fight skid (with losses to standouts Yair Rodriguez and Jason Knight) with a TKO victory over Rolando Dy, who suffered an eye injury.

He now meets Guan, a 31-year-old Chinese fighter. The longtime RUFF competitor is on a 4-0 run following a 2013 decision loss to Bekbulat Magomedov (18-1) – the first and only defeat in his career. Since his 2006 pro debut, Guan has posted 10 knockouts and two submissions in 16 career wins.

Jingliang, meanwhile, has been one of the UFC’s more successful Chinese fighters. The 29-year-old and Legend FC champion looks for his fourth straight victory following knockout victories over Anton Zafir and Bobby Nash, as well as a decision victory over Frank Camacho that earned “Fight of the Night” honors.

He meets Ottow, a 30-year-old Wisconsin native who’s on a 6-1 run going back to 2015. Since joining the UFC, he’s sandwiched split-decision victories over Josh Burkman and Ottow around a split-decision defeat to Sergio Moraes. Prior to joining the UFC, 12 of his 14 carer wins came via stoppage, which included 10 submissions.

The latest UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Aljamain Sterling vs. Rani Yahya added to UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno

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A bantamweight contest that could prove a pretty interesting grappling affair has been added to UFC Fight Night 123.

UFC officials announced that Aljamain Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Rany Yahya (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will square off at the event, which takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The night’s complete bout order has yet to be revealed, but the main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Sterling, who is currently ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, brings a two-fight winning streak to the cage after picking up decisions over former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao and top Brazilian prospect Augusto Mendes. Six of his 14 career wins have come by way of submission, including four by rear-naked choke, though all of those were prior to his UFC run.

Meanwhile, Yahya has spent a decade fighting under the UFC and WEC banner and has earned an astounding 18 of his 24 career wins via submission. Most recently, he picked up a kimura win over Enrique Briones at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City. Yahya stands at 5-1 in his past six appearances.

UFC Fight Night 123 now 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.

Jul 13, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Rani Yahya (reacts after defeating Matthew Lopez (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Jul 13, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Rani Yahya (left) fights against Matthew Lopez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Jul 13, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Rani Yahya (red gloves) fights against Matthew Lopez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Jul 13, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Rani Yahya (red gloves) fights against Matthew Lopez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Jul 13, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Rani Yahya (red gloves) fights against Matthew Lopez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Jul 15, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Masanori Kanehara (blue) fights Rani Yahya (red) during UFC Fight Night at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Jul 15, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Masanori Kanehara (blue) fights Rani Yahya (red) during UFC Fight Night at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Jul 15, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Masanori Kanehara (blue) fights Rani Yahya (red) during UFC Fight Night at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Aug 3, 2013; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Rani Yahya (black shorts) and Josh Clopton fight during UFC 163 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports Aug 3, 2013; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Rani Yahya (black shorts) and Josh Clopton fight during UFC 163 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports Aug 3, 2013; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Rani Yahya (black shorts) and Josh Clopton fight during UFC 163 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Rani Yahya celebrates after defeating Josh Grispi during the featherweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Rani Yahya puts Josh Grispi in a choke hold during the featherweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Rani Yahya kicks Josh Grispi during the featherweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Rani Yahya fights Josh Grispi during the featherweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/7JhFjKnyy47CnJ6yPSTpZF/278288", customAnalytics: true, title: "Rani Yahya", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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Como o Jiu-Jitsu pode ajudar você e sua família a vencer a ansiedade e a depressão

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Se recupere da tristeza, ansiedade e depressão com uma boa dose de Jiu-Jitsu. Foto: Nelson Chaves

Tão perigosos quanto as doenças do corpo, os males da mente são capazes de derrubar um desavisado num piscar de olhos. A ansiedade em excesso e a depressão podem fazer um touro confiante se transformar num ratinho acuado. Mas, como para tudo na vida há solução, o nosso Jiu-Jitsu também tem sua parcela de contribuição para resolver males de tal natureza.

O primeiro passo é se movimentar, literalmente. Afinal, todo exercício físico libera endorfinas no corpo, e estas, além de propriedades analgésicas, ajudam contra a ansiedade. Mas o Jiu-Jitsu vai além: ele ajuda na parte social também. Como é um esporte de contato que exige treinos com outras pessoas, os treinos rendem novas amizades, conhecimentos e companheirismo, fatores que os estudos confirmam serem cruciais para afastar a depressão e demais distúrbios mentais.

Além das questões físicas, químicas e sociais, a arte suave também ajuda a fortalecer a mente de seus atletas contra qualquer adversidade. Temos como ótimo exemplo a batalha maior de João Gabriel Rocha, faixa-preta da nossa GMI Soul Fighters, que venceu um câncer em 2014. Para ele, o Jiu-Jitsu foi ferramenta imprescindível na dura batalha contra os efeitos colaterais da quimioterapia e para afastar quaisquer pensamentos negativos.

“Eram três litros de químio injetados nas minhas veias diariamente”, disse João Gabriel, em entrevista recente à equipe GRACIEMAG. “Sentia meu corpo inteiro queimar por dentro. Mas encarava cada ciclo, cada sessão, como uma luta até a medalha de ouro, e o sofrimento como se fossem aqueles últimos dez segundos de luta, em que eu precisava suportar tudo, dar mais um gás sinistro para vencer. Eu tinha certeza de que venceria a doença. Jamais a ideia da morte me abalou, na minha cabeça só passavam os próximos planos no Jiu-Jitsu, como e quando retomaria os treinos, quando lutaria de novo etc. Mantive a cabeça muito boa, com o auxílio do Jiu-Jitsu.”

Já o professor Cleiber Maia, nosso GMI da LPM Jiu-Jitsu, no Rio, contou uma história prática de como o esporte salvou um amigo atormentado pela tristeza crônica:

“Conheci um atleta que tinha uma tendência depressiva, reclamava da vida em vários aspectos. Num dia de campeonato da SJJSAF, eu estava sem adversário para uma luta especial contra o Alan Oliveira, faixa-preta que tem paralisia cerebral. Chamei este meu amigo para lutar com o Alan. Eles lutaram e assim que o duelo terminou ele se ajoelhou no tatame e chorou. Me disse que não era justo reclamar da vida ao ver o Alan sempre com um sorriso no rosto.”

E você, conhece algum exemplo de como o Jiu-Jitsu foi uma ferramenta vital contra a depressão e a ansiedade? Comente conosco.

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

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Despite a bevy of changes to the card, Bellator action returns on Friday with Bellator 185, which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

One of the more noteworthy debuts in company history is set for the headliner when former Strikeforce champion and longtime UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) meets former Bellator 185-pound champion Alexander Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA).

With 116 professional bouts between them, Mousasi and Shlemenko will set a new record for the most combined experience in a Bellator main event. For more on the numbers behind Friday’s Bellator 185 fight card, check out 20 pre-event facts.

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Main event

Mousasi makes his Bellator debut after a 12-fight UFC career in which he went 9-3.

Mousasi enters the event on a five-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since September 2015.

Mousasi has earned 35 of his 42 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 31 of those wins in Round 1.

Mousasi has earned his past four victories by knockout.

Mousasi’s eight victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Sam Alvey for most in the division.

Mousasi absorbed just 1.42 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, the third best rate in divisional history behind Chael Sonnen (1.12) and Ivan Salaverry (1.15).

Shlemenko competes in his 16th Bellator middleweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Shlemenko enters the event on a seven-fight unbeaten streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since September 2014.

Shlemenko’s 12 victories in Bellator competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind Patricio Freire (14), Michael Chandler (13) and Joe Warren (13).

Shlemenko’s 12 victories in Bellator middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Shlemenko has earned 40 of his 56 career victories by stoppage. He earned 25 of those wins in Round 1.

Shlemenko’s eight stoppage victories in Bellator middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Shlemenko’s six knockout victories in Bellator middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Co-main event

Neiman Gracie (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), 28, is the youngest of the 10 scheduled main-card fighters.

Gracie is 3-0 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2015.

Gracie has earned three of his four Bellator victories by submission.

Remaining main card

Heather Hardy

Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), a pro boxing champion, returns to MMA after making a successful debut at Bellator 180 in June.

Ana Julaton (2-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 37, is the oldest of the 10 scheduled main card fighters.

Julaton returns to MMA competition for the first time since Dec. 11, 2015. The 679-day layoff is the longest of her more than three-year career.

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


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Edson Barboza accepts UFC 219 fight vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov: 'It's on him now'

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As UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor continues to plot his next move – be it a return to MMA or a boxing match with Paulie Malignaggi – things at the top of the division continue to fall into place.

Tony Ferguson won the interim title earlier this month after submitting Kevin Lee at UFC 216. Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje, ranked Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, in the official UFC rankings, are set to square off Dec. 2 at UFC 218.

And now it appears another booking of top contenders could be close.

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

On Tuesday, Edson Barboza said during an Instagram Live stream that he’s accepted an offer from the UFC to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov on Dec. 30 at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. The onus, Barboza says, is now on “The Eagle.”

“They offered me this fight, and I accepted it,” Barboza said, via MMAFighting.com. “I said I’ll be ready for December 30th, and it’s on him now. We’ll see what he does. I saw an interview with him yesterday, and he said he’ll fight me if Conor fights Ferguson, and (UFC President) Dana (White) already said that fight will happen, so I believe my next fight will be against Khabib.”

Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), now recovered from shoulder surgery, told MMAjunkie earlier this month that a fight with Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) makes sense, all things considered. Barboza has won three straight, most recently scoring a flying-knee knockout of Beneil Dariush in March at UFC Fight Night 106. He’s been adamant in his belief that McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) isn’t a real champion. McGregor, who lost an August boxing match to Floyd Mayweather via TKO, hasn’t defended his title since winning it from Alvarez last November at UFC 205.

RelatedRecovered from shoulder surgery, Edson Barboza wants a fight – but not just any fight

Nurmagomedov said in September he expected to fight the Ferguson-Lee winner. Ferguson, naturally, prefers a title-unification bout with McGregor.

While Barboza said he’d also be content with a shot at Ferguson’s interim title, it appears he’s got his sights set on the undefeated Nurmagomedov and will be satisfied if the fight is made official.

“He’s definitely one of the best in the division,” Barboza told MMAjunkie. “I think this fight really makes sense for me. I’m ready. If the UFC books this fight, I’m ready.”

For more on UFC 219, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 17: Will UFC-Gdansk cause a welterweight shake-up?

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The UFC heads to Poland this week, kicking off a run of nine straight weekends with fight cards, and much could change in divisional landscapes over that time.

It starts in the welterweight class this week, with an unexpected headliner between perennial contender Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) and undefeated English upstart Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC).

Cerrone has been a fixture for years in the rankings, first in the lightweight division and, more recently, at 170 pounds. Meanwhile, Till considers himself the future of the welterweight division but has yet to break into the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

The two meet on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Could the division have an entirely new look after this weekend? Check out that weight class and more in the latest update to our lists.

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Cris Cyborg clarifies stance on Holly Holm and USADA testing

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UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg would like to clarify her stance on Holly Holm and performance-enhancing drugs.

Cyborg on Tuesday issued a string of tweets expressing concern over Holly Holm and PEDs, calling for more testing by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency ahead of a potential title fight at UFC 219.

In response, Holm, who’s never failed a USADA test, posted a video on her social media accounts to point out Cyborg’s less-than-perfect drug-testing past and the fact that she’s been tested more times this year than Cyborg has.

That brings us to today, with Cyborg issuing her own video message, explaining that she isn’t worried about the past – just the future – when it comes to USADA testing both fighters.

“When they knock at my house at 5 a.m.,” Cyborg said, “I think it’s right to go to your house at 5 a.m., too.”

Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who recently won the belt with a TKO victory over Tonya Evinger in July, could next face former women’s bantamweight champion and longtime pro boxer Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) as part of the year-end UFC 219 pay-per-view on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

Cyborg’s longtime manager, George Prajin, recently told MMAjunkie he’s in daily discussions with UFC officials while looking for the right deal to lock up the champ and the fight (Holm’s camp is also looking for the right deal).

RelatedNot even Miesha Tate wants to see Ronda Rousey 'get slaughtered' by Cris Cyborg

In her video, Cyborg essentially is calling for an equal amount of testing between now and Dec. 30, should that be when she and Holm agree to fight. Cyborg’s reason?

“When I beat your ass in the cage, your team won’t have an excuse for anything,” Cyborg said.

If they finally meet, Cyborg would be looking for her first UFC title defense and 19th consecutive victory going back to 2005. Holm, meanwhile, recently halted a three-fight skid with a dazzling head-kick knockout of bantamweight Bethe Correia in June.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson official for UFC 218 in Detroit

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Tecia Torres has wanted to fight Michelle Waterson for some time now, and that’s what she’s getting.

It was announced today that Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Waterson (14-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet in a strawweight bout at UFC 218, which takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit with a pay-per-view main card that follows prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Torres, No. 7 in the current USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, made it known back in August she wanted Waterson for her next fight. The “Karate Hottie” is pleased to finally oblige that request.

RelatedWill Michelle Waterson be UFC's next reality star on 'The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars'?

“Tecia has been calling me out since her last fight,” Waterson told ESPN.com. “I’m just trying to give her what she wants. It’ll be a great fight.”

For Waterson, she will be looking to rebound from a second-round submission loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC on FOX 24 in April. As a result of that win, Namajunas is set to face champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at next month’s UFC 217.

Torres also has lost to Namajunas in April 2016 for her lone defeat in a rematch of an Invicta bout won by Torres. Since that loss, Torres has compiled back-to-back wins, including her first finish in July, when she beat Juliana Lima with a rear-naked choke.

With the addition to the card, UFC 218 now 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
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

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

July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) reacts after defeating Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) fights Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) reacts after defeating Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) reacts after defeating Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) reacts after defeating Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Juliana Lima (blue gloves) reacts after losing to Tecia Torres (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (back to camera) and Juliana Lima (blue gloves) embrace after their bout during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports July 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tecia Torres (red gloves) reacts after defeating Juliana Lima (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/CzS42QruwMsZ95yoABdRmd/278230", customAnalytics: true, title: "Torres def. Lima", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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Corey Anderson wants Patrick Cummins to deal with staph infection, still fight at UFC 217

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Corey Anderson would like Patrick Cummins to reconsider his decision.

Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) today announced on Instagram that he will no longer fight Anderson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at next month’s UFC 217 because of a “mutant staph infection.”

That decision, according to Anderson, is being made too soon and can be reversed if Cummins takes the proper measures.

Via Instagram:

How do YOU call it quits so far out from fight night? There’s still 3 weeks til fight night… And I’ve had staph before.. cut that shit open, drain it, take your meds, take a couple rest days to elevate the leg, and you’ll be good by Saturday. You called me out in 2014 and I’ve been waiting for our time to come every since… There’s still plenty of time til the dance. I got my best outfit, my familys tickets, and my friends are all looking forward to it. I hope to see you on the floor… #thisisbusiness #andpersonal #UFC217

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Cummins vs. Anderson was slated for the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

No official announcement regarding Cummins’ removal has been made by the UFC.

Anderson is looking to rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa earlier this year at UFC Fight Night 107. Cummins, a 36-year-old who took up MMA in 2010 after he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, is riding a two-fight winning streak.

The latest UFC 217 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks

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

  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

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

  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. TBA
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Will Michelle Waterson be UFC's next reality star on 'The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars'?

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UFC fighters are no strangers to reality competitions, and Michelle Waterson will be the latest to step a little out of her fighting comfort zone.

Waterson (14-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will be part of the cast of MTV’s show “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars,” which is set to have its season debut on Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. ET. The news first was reported by People magazine.

The show will feature 10 alums of “The Challenge” show, all of whom were past cast members on different seasons of “The Real World.” Those reality stars will go up against 10 celebrities, including Waterson, Ariane Andrew (WWE), Kim Glass (Olympic volleyball), Shawn Johnson (Olympic gymnast), Romeo Miller (rapper), Josh Murray (“The Bachelorette”), Terrell Owens (NFL), Riff Raff (rapper), Matt Rife (comedian) and Justina Valentine (rapper).

Waterson will be playing for the MVP Vets and Players charity.

She’s not the first UFC fighter to appear on “The Challenge.” Earlier this year, Phil “CM Punk” Brooks appeared on the “Champs vs. Pros” version of the show. He was eliminated on the season’s fourth episode and won $1,000 for his charity, PAWS Chicago.

A year and a half ago, Paige VanZant set the bar for current UFC fighters appearing on reality competition shows when she was runner-up on Season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture also appeared on past seasons of that show. VanZant in 2016 also was on a celebrity edition of “Chopped” on The Food Network.

Waterson in April suffered her first loss in the UFC. The former Invicta FC atomweight champ started her UFC run 2-0 with rear-naked choke wins over Angela Magana and VanZant, the latter of which came as the headliner for UFC on FOX 22. But in the UFC on FOX 25 co-main event, she was submitted by Rose Namajunas, who earned an upcoming title shot with the win.

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

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

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Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 17, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Paige VanZant (red gloves) fights Michelle Waterson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Golden 1 Center. Waterson defeated VanZant via technical submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 3:21. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 17, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Paige VanZant (red gloves) fights Michelle Waterson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Golden 1 Center. Waterson defeated VanZant via technical submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 3:21. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports December 17, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Paige VanZant (red gloves) fights Michelle Waterson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Golden 1 Center. Waterson defeated VanZant via technical submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 3:21. 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Efeito Paolla Oliveira: Jiu-Jitsu na novela atraiu mais mulheres às academias

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Rafael BBzão com sua turma feminina no CT Rio Fight. Foto: Arquivo pessoal.

A popularização dos esportes de combate nas séries, filmes e telenovelas há décadas estimula a procura por academias, e este ano as escolas de Jiu-Jitsu puderam experimentar semelhante fenômeno.

Na novela “A força do querer”, de Glória Perez, a personagem principal foi uma faixa-preta de Jiu-Jitsu e atleta de MMA, vivida pela atriz Paolla Oliveira e inspirada na lutadora Érica Paes. Graças à personagem Jeiza, muitas mulheres perderam o medo de ingressar na arte suave – a começar pela própria Paolla, que começou a treinar em outubro de 2016 para o papel e se apaixonou pela arte suave.

O crescimento do Jiu-Jitsu feminino foi tamanho este ano que muitas academias decidiram criar novas turmas apenas para mulheres. Caso do nosso GMI Rafael BBzão, professor da GFTeam Pechincha:

“Abrimos recentemente uma turma só para mulheres”, diz Rafael. “Além das aulas mistas todos os dias, garantimos um horário apenas para o público feminino terças e quintas, às 19h30. Tivemos um aumento bom na procura por parte das mulheres, e penso que as turmas femininas ajudam muito no crescimento do nosso esporte.”

O professor e lutador da GFTeam destaca a vontade do mulheril nos treinos:

“Elas são muito aguerridas, não gostam de perder nem no treino. Existe uma vaidade e um espírito de disputa muito forte, mas só na hora do treino. A união da equipe é muito boa.”

E na sua academia, amigo leitor? Já há turmas apenas femininas? Poste nos comentários!

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

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Retired MMA fighter and Sirius XM host R.J. Clifford is looking at Conor McGregor’s next move to judge whether his MMA return is short-lived, or a new lease.

“If he chooses to face Nate Diaz next, that signals to me that he’s just about done,” Clifford told MMAjunkie Radio. “Maybe a Nate Diaz trilogy and maybe a Georges St-Pierre fight, and then he’s walking away a bajillionaire and doing whatever he’s going to do.

“If he does take a Tony Ferguson fight next, that’s signaling to me he has a couple more years in him and wants to keep fighting.”

RelatedWhat would it take to make Conor McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre a reality?

If recent events are any indication, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is thinking long term. UFC President Dana White said McGregor will next defend his belt against newly minted interim champ Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who got a special tweet-out from the undisputed lightweight champ. There’s even been speculation as to a meeting at UFC 219, which takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Then again, McGregor has said he’d open to a lot of different options, including a trilogy with Diaz. The good news, according to Clifford, is that he can still make that fight happen even if he faces Ferguson next.

“(McGregor) can afford to lose and not take any shine off the Nate Diaz trilogy,” Clifford said. “They could both lose three fights in a row, and that trilogy of theirs still sells two million PPVs.”

Whatever happens next, the sure bet is that it will be entertaining.

Check out the video above for more from Clifford.

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris, Mohammed Usman

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris and Mohammed Usman.

Font fights Pedro Munhoz on Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119, Julaton meets Lisa Blaine on Friday at Bellator 185, Norris takes on Alonzo Martinez on Friday at LFA 25, and Mohammed Usman – younger brother of UFC fighter Kamaru Usman – returns Nov. 2 at Tachi Palace Fights 33.

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

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England’s Darren Till has been considered one of the UFC’s best prospects since he came to the promotion in 2015.

On Saturday, he could take a major step toward fulfilling his promise as the next best thing at welterweight. Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) takes on veteran Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 118 headliner – his first UFC main event.

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

The latest edition of “UFC on the Fly” catches up Till ahead of his main event against Cerrone, who is a slight favorite in the fight. Check out the full video above.

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

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Patrick Cummins says he's off UFC 217 fight card due to 'mutant staph infection'

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Patrick Cummins says he will no longer compete at next month’s mega-UFC 217 card.

Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC), who was slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Corey Anderson (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at the event, today blamed his removal on a staph infection – a “mutant” one, no less.

As Cummins, who also posted a pic of a badly swollen right foot, wrote on Instagram:

“IV antibiotics haven’t touched my mutant staph infection #UFC217 isn’t gunna happen for me. Sorry everyone #FuckMRSA #SucksButItCanAlwaysBeWorse”

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Cummins vs. Anderson was slated for the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement of Cummins’ removal, though with nearly three weeks to go, they should have an opportunity to find a replacement opponent.

Cummins, a 36-year-old who took up MMA in 2010 after he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, was recently stuck in a 1-3 skid, which knocked him out of the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings. However, he’s rebounded in his past two bouts with narrow decision wins over Jan Błachowicz and Gian Villante.

RelatedPic: Patrick Cummins' face was a ridiculous mess after UFC on FOX 25

The latest UFC 217 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks

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

  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

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

  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. TBA
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Fans invited to Friday's UFC Fight Night 118 weigh-ins, Q&A, autograph signing in Poland

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If you’re in Poland for UFC Fight Night 118, you’ll have an opportunity to get up close to a pair of standout fighters before and after the weigh-ins.

Featuring a headlining contest between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, veteran Donald Cerrone takes on confident up-and-comer Darren Till in a welterweight bout. The main card also features a trio of Poland’s finest in Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Jan Blachowicz and Oskar Piechota, who meet Jodie Esquibel, Devin Clark and Jonathan Wilson, respectively.

Prior to the event, fans can attend Friday’s ceremonial fighter weigh-ins at Ergo Arena. The fighters will take the stage at 6 p.m. local time in Gdansk. But ahead of that, bantamweight Aljamain Sterling and welterweight slugger Mike Perry will answer fan questions at a Q&A moderated by Dan Hardy starting at 5:15. And following the weigh-ins, at 6:30 p.m., Sterling and Perry will sign autographs for fans in attendance.

The UFC Fight Night 118 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:45 a.m. ET )

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marcin Held
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Salim Touahri
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

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

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

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Damien Brown meets Frank Camacho at UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney

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The UFC’s return to Australia next month continues to build with the addition of a lightweight fight.

Australia’s Damien Brown (17-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Frank Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 121. Camacho announced the fight on a recent video blog after an initial report from mma-today.com. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs Nov. 18 in the U.S. due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedJake Matthews announces return to welterweight for fight vs. Bojan Velickovic at UFC-Sydney

Brown will fight in front of his home fans once again. This will mark the third time in five fights that Brown will fight in his native Australia, and a fourth has been in nearby New Zealand. He’ll be trying to get back on track after a knockout loss to Vinc Pichel at UFC Fight Night 110, which snapped a two-fight winning streak.

Camacho made his promotional debut in June at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore, but had his two-fight winning streak snapped with a unanimous decision loss to Jingliang Li. Prior to that setback, he had won five of six fights.

With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 121 card now includes:

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Damien Brown vs. Frank Camacho

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

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Damien Brown meets Frank Camacho at UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney

MMA Junkie News -

The UFC’s return to Australia next month continues to build with the addition of a lightweight fight.

Australia’s Damien Brown (17-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Frank Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 121. Camacho announced the fight on a recent video blog after an initial report from mma-today.com. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs Nov. 18 in the U.S. due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedJake Matthews announces return to welterweight for fight vs. Bojan Velickovic at UFC-Sydney

Brown will fight in front of his home fans once again. This will mark the third time in five fights that Brown will fight in his native Australia, and a fourth has been in nearby New Zealand. He’ll be trying to get back on track after a knockout loss to Vinc Pichel at UFC Fight Night 110, which snapped a two-fight winning streak.

Camacho made his promotional debut in June at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore, but had his two-fight winning streak snapped with a unanimous decision loss to Jingliang Li. Prior to that setback, he had won five of six fights.

With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 121 card now includes:

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Damien Brown vs. Frank Camacho

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

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