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Knee injury, surgery forces Teemu Packalen from UFC Fight night 118 vs. Marcin Held
The UFC’s return to Poland later this month for UFC Fight Night 118 has taken a hit to one of its featured bouts. Teemu Packalen (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is out of his lightweight fight against Marcin Held (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC) after suffering a knee injury that required surgery.
Submitted Oct 5, 2017 2:48PM by Braden - 0 comments
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UFC legend Matt Hughes returns to hospital to honor nurses who treated him after crash
Just four months after incurring a serious injury in a crash that could have been deadly, Matt Hughes was standing up, walking around and laughing with friends and family. Hughes, the UFC Hall of Famer, returned to HSHS St. John’s Hospital on Tuesday to honor the two nurses who treated him immediately after his truck-train crash in June, per a release sent out by the hospital. Hughes attended the event with his wife Audra and daughters Hanna and Katelyn.
Submitted Oct 4, 2017 6:24PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Jon Fitch pays tribute to Tom Petty with (a pretty darn good) rendition of 'Learning to Fly'
MMA fighters have quite frequently used Tom Petty’s catalog as walkout music, so when the music icon passed away late Monday, the news struck close to home for many competitors. Petty, 66, died after suffering cardiac arrest, ending a life and music career that had a global impact. When it comes to MMA, Petty’s music is perhaps best associated with former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who famously walks out to “I Won’t Back Down.” Petty’s music clearly had an influence on others, though, including Jon Fitch (30-7-1). The current PFL welterweight champion and former UFC welterweight title challenger apparently has some music talent in his back pocket, and after Petty’s passing, he honored him with a rendition of “Learning to Fly.”
Submitted Oct 4, 2017 1:33PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Conor McGregor praises Max Holloway’s capture of 145 title, open to fight at 155
For MMA fighters, getting praise from Conor McGregor is a pretty rare phenomenon, but in Glasgow on Friday night the Irishman heaped praise on UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. Although he first announced that he “sonned” the Hawaiian when they fought back in 2014, the SBG fighter went on to praise how he reacted to the decision loss at the TD Garden, in what was only McGregor’s second outing with the UFC.
Submitted Oct 3, 2017 8:42PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Cris Cyborg claims the UFC is trying to nickle and dime her on Holly Holm fight
The UFC continues to struggle with their women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. The relationship between the two has never been great, with the promotion signing Cris back in 2015 on a unique contract that kept her fighting for female promotion Invicta FC while they tried to pressure her into cutting down to 135 pounds for a showdown with Ronda Rousey. Over the next two years, Cyborg regularly complained about poor treatment from the promotion (real and imagined) so I suppose it should be no surprise they're butting heads again.
Submitted Oct 3, 2017 8:33PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Manager: Anthony Johnson to meet with UFC about return, likely at heavyweight
Anthony Johnson’s time in retirement might be short. Johnson’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that “Rumble,” known for his devastating knockout power, is planning a potential comeback and they will be meeting with UFC president Dana White this week to discuss it.
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 9:10PM by Braden - 9 comments
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UFC middleweight Rafael Natal retires from MMA
UFC middleweight Rafael Natal hung up his gloves. The Brazilian fighter, who competed inside the Octagon 17 times over the last seven years, announced on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he has decided to retire from his mixed martial arts career.
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Alistair Overeem says he’s been told he’ll get UFC title shot with win over Francis Ngannou
Alistair Overeem’s career renaissance could lead him to another UFC title shot. “The Reem” told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he has been told he’ll receive a heavyweight title opportunity if he beats Francis Ngannou at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit.
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UFC's Alexa Grasso undergoes knee surgery, still all smiles
UFC strawweight and perpetually upbeat Alexa Grasso is on the mend following a recent knee surgery. According to Grasso, an MRI revealed a “damaged” meniscus. Here’s a full translation provided by MMAjunkie:
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 4:18PM by Braden - 1 comment
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UFC champ Max Holloway hints at possible move to 155 for Conor McGregor rematch
Max Holloway really wants a rematch with fellow UFC champ Conor McGregor – and he can’t understand why his former opponent seems uninterested. In fact, Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who’s won 11 straight fights and claimed the featherweight belt since a 2013 loss to current lightweight titleholder McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), pointed to LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors to make his point. Holloway, who awaits his next assignment after scoring a TKO win over Jose Aldo and unifying the belts in his most recent performance, seems a bit perturbed about McGregor still claiming himself as the true king of 145 pounds. He’s not ruling out a move up in weight of his own to get that long-awaited rematch with “The Notorious.”
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 2:59AM by Braden - 1 comment
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UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping to appear on Wednesday's episode of 'Conan'
Some of the UFC’s biggest stars, including Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz and Ronda Rousey, have been on the air with Conan O’Brien. Now it’s Michael Bisping’s turn Bisping will appear on “Conan” on Wednesday night. O’Brien this past year was revealed to be one of many new celebrities who purchased an investment stake in the UFC after it was sold to WME-IMG.
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 12:16AM by Braden - 1 comment
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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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