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Johny Hendricks heads to Jackson-Wink for UFC 217 training camp
“Big Rigg” is trucking on down to Albuquerque. On Sunday, sources confirmed to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting that Johny Hendricks will be working with the Jackson-Wink camp in New Mexico ahead of his upcoming middleweight bout against Paulo Borrachinha at UFC 217 on Nov. 11.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 11:53PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Rafael dos Anjos dismisses Kamaru Usman’s callout, wants Tyron Woodley next
Fresh off his first stoppage win at welterweight, Rafael dos Anjos wants no business with fighters ranked below him. The former UFC lightweight champion needed less than four minutes to submit Neil Magny at UFC 215. Now saying he’s “better adapted to the division,” dos Anjos is expecting a shot at the champion Tyron Woodley next, and that’s why he’s not interested in fighters like Kamaru Usman.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 2:21PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Mickey Gall challenges ‘f*cking idiot’ Kevin Lee to ‘no rules’ gym fight
Earlier this year, during a mid-spring episode of The MMA Hour, UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee let his opinion be known about Mickey Gall. To put it lightly, Lee wasn’t a fan of the media push Mickey Gall was receiving from his early Octagon wins over CM Punk and Sage Northcutt, and he felt that push would be better served on other fighters who had put in the time. As it turns out, Gall heard Lee’s criticisms loud and clear. On Monday, nearly six months after the initial shots were fired, Gall issued his response, effectively challenging Lee to put his money where his mouth was.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:37PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Rory MacDonald explains controversial comments about Robbie Lawler, performance-enhancing drug use
Rory MacDonald gave a four-word answer last month when he was asked on a Reddit AMA if he thinks Robbie Lawler was on performance-enhancing drugs when the two met at UFC 189 for the UFC welterweight title in 2015. “I’m convinced he was,” MacDonald said. MacDonald explained that conclusion in an interview with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. MacDonald, who now fights for Bellator MMA, said he believes the way in which Lawler pushed through in the all-time classic battle was unnatural. Lawler won the fight by fifth-round TKO in a bout in which MacDonald was ahead on the scorecards.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:35PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Lyoto Machida reflects on life during doping suspension
Lyoto Machida will return to the Octagon for the first time in over two years on Oct. 28. The former UFC light heavyweight champion was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after disclosing his usage of a product containing the banned substance 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) during a sample collection in April 2016. Machida always insisted that he didn’t know DHEA was a banned substance, but it didn’t matter. He still spent 18 months out of the game due to USADA. Now weeks away from returning to action in the main event of UFC Sao Paulo opposite middleweight talent Derek Brunson, “The Dragon” gave MMA Fighting a long answer when asked about what the positives and negatives of being away for so long during his suspension.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:29PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Andrea Lee releases statement following removal from UFC 216
After a whirlwind week that saw her highly anticipated UFC debut announced and then canceled within a span of 12 hours, Andrea Lee has issued a statement shedding some light on the situation.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:25PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Conor McGregor: ‘Legitimizing the title’ takes priority over ‘money fights’
Although he alluded to all types of scenarios in terms of his next challenge, Conor McGregor seems determined to defend his lightweight title rather than contest another “money fight” the next time we see him in action.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:22PM by Braden - 8 comments
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Conor McGregor lays out his options for next fight
Conor McGregor laid out all of his options for his next fight on Friday night in Glasgow, just four weeks after his groundbreaking boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather. While John Kavanagh and Owen Roddy claimed their preference for the Irishman’s next fight would be Nate Diaz, McGregor himself pointed out a number of prominent figures from the world of MMA and boxing as options for his next outing.
Submitted Sep 29, 2017 10:01PM by Braden - 8 comments
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Tony Ferguson, Fabricio Werdum have to be separated at UFC 216 media lunch
UFC 216 is nine days away, but two fighters looked ready to go during Thursday’s media lunch in Los Angeles. UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson and former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum sat down to talk to the media in Los Angeles, and “El Cucuy” didn’t like when “Vai Cavalo” started to talk to a reporter while he was answering a question.
Submitted Sep 28, 2017 9:38PM by Braden - 8 comments
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Andrea Lee pulled from UFC 216 fight with Kalindra Faria
Andrea Lee will have to wait a little longer to debut in the UFC after all. Just hours after MMA Fighting reported “KGB” would meet fellow promotional newcomer Kalindra Faria on Oct. 7, Lee was informed she would not be able to make her Octagon debut without going through the USADA testing pool for six months since she has failed a drug test in the past, sources told MMA Fighting.
Submitted Sep 28, 2017 6:07PM by Braden - 2 comments
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UFC champ Daniel Cormier names Volkan Oezdemir as next title challenger
So much for due process. Newly re-crowned light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) is moving on from Jon Jones (21-1-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) and lining up his next fight. Apparently, he’s cutting out the UFC’s matchmaking middlemen too. Cormier announced today that he’s conducted a poll, and the surging Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is the opponent fans want to see
Submitted Sep 28, 2017 3:14PM by Braden - 9 comments
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Derrick Lewis shares some booty advice for ‘Pinkeye’ VanZant
Dr. Lewis has some solid suggestions for how PVZ can stay healthy in the future.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:23PM by Braden - 6 comments
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John Kavanagh calls for Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3 on St. Patrick’s Day
Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh rubbished claims that “The Notorious” will meet Nate Diaz for a third time on Dec. 30, as was reported by Irish newspaper, The Sunday World, last weekend. Kavanagh appeared alongside McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, in Dublin on Wednesday and claimed that his preferred date for the trilogy fight would be St Patrick’s Day, March 17, in New York.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:56PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Michael Bisping teases fight with Daniel Cormier after beating Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217
On the most recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been making overtures about a fight with him, and that after he beats St-Pierre, he would be happy to fight Cormier.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:23PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Rashad Evans decides against retirement, weighs light heavyweight return
Rashad Evans will live to fight another day. Despite losing his last four fights in a row, the former UFC light heavyweight champion has decided against retirement, Evans told MMAFighting.com recently.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:22PM by Braden - 6 comments
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McGregor-Mayweather does 4.4 million PPV buys, falls just short of record
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor didn’t quite break the domestic pay-per-view (PPV) record set by Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:21PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Video: WWE’s Charlotte Flair wants Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania 34 in 2018
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been spending more time ringside than cageside over the last year, taking to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) shows to support her friend and training partner, Shayna Baszler, all while taking the opportunity to cut a few promos. As a result, fans have speculated that Rousey’s next step in her career will be to make a transition into the professional wrestling world, leaving mixed martial arts (MMA) behind for good. And to no one’s surprise, “Rowdy” already has established wrestling veterans eager to welcome her into the squared circle, as former WWE women’s title holder Charlotte Flair recently called out Ronda for a showdown on the biggest stage of them all: Wrestlemania.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:19PM by Braden - 1 comment
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USADA: Cris Cyborg ‘fully complied’ in controversial Thailand sample collection
Cris Cyborg and USADA seem to be on the same page after a sample-collection controversy last week. The police were called on doping-control officers who came to drug test Cyborg in Thailand, the UFC featherweight champion tweeted Friday. Cyborg has been training at Phuket Top Team for the last few weeks. Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd reported on the situation over the weekend. Despite the apparent issues with Thai authorities, Cyborg’s sample was collected without issue and is now at a laboratory, according to a statement USADA sent to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ray Borg explains UFC 215 fight week illness, won’t hire full-time nutritionist for UFC 216
Ray Borg briefly upended the MMA world earlier this month when UFC doctors withdrew him from his scheduled main event challenge against flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson just two days out from UFC 215 due to a viral illness. Aside from a Twitter outburst that same week, Borg has largely laid low since the incident, electing to quietly return to the grind as he prepares for a rescheduled bout against Johnson on Oct. 7 at UFC 216. But on Monday’s episode of the The MMA Hour, Borg finally broke his silence regarding the sickness that forced him to postpone the opportunity of a lifetime. And for the 24-year-old, the trouble started before he ever even arrived in Edmonton to begin UFC 215 fight week.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Aspen Ladd set for UFC debut in Gdansk against Lina Lansberg
Unbeaten Aspen Ladd has been handed a UFC debut in Gdansk against Swedish Muay Thai standout Lina Lansberg. The UFC announced the fight through its social networks on Tuesday morning.
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 2:34PM by Braden - 1 comment
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