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Daniel Cormier teases Stipe Miocic trilogy may be finalized sooner rather than later
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Daniel Cormier has been anxiously awaiting word on a trilogy with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic but it appears he may have a date and location sooner rather than later. As he celebrated his 41st birthday on Friday, Cormier hinted at ongoing contract negotiations with the UFC to finalize a third fight with Miocic after splitting their previous two meetings. Cormier revealed the news when speaking to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman during an Instagram live session as both fighters were quarantined inside while dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:44PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Mairbek Taisumov to explore free agency, but open to re-signing with the UFC
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Mairbek Taisumov’s UFC contract is up, and he will look to test free agency. Russian lightweight Taisumov (27-6 MMA, 7-2 UFC) tore through much of his competition to become one of the most exciting rising prospects on the UFC’s roster. He went on a six-fight unbeaten run with five finishes, but in the final fight of his contract at UFC 242 this past September, he dropped a unanimous decision to Carlos Diego Ferreira. Not ruling out a return to the octagon, Taisumov, who’s been plagued with visa issues during his tenure, also will look at the possibility of a potential new home.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:43PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Marvin Vettori thought Yoel Romero won at UFC 248, says Israel Adesanya 'showed me his true colors'
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UFC middleweight contender Marvin Vettori wants another crack at current champ Israel Adesanya, and until that day comes, he’s not about to hold back on his opinions. The outspoken Italian slugger came up short against “The Last Stylebender” in an April 2018 clash, and Vettori admits it still leaves a sour taste in his mouth.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:40PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Todd Duffee opens up about nerve damage, eyes late 2020 UFC return
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he last time fans saw Todd Duffee inside the cage was this past September at UFC on ESPN+ 16. He was clutching his eye when the official decision was read as a no contest. In his fight against Jeff Hughes in Vancouver, British Columbia, Duffee (9-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) was poked in the eye. When he was unable to continue, the bout was waved off. Six months later, Duffee is on the heels of multiple surgeries – both unrelated to his eye. Duffee is progressing toward being ready to fight again, he said at a Dominance MMA media day earlier this month in Las Vegas. According to Duffee, he’s lookin at a late 2020 return.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:36PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov suggests Dubai as possible alternative location for UFC 249
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On Monday, the UFC finally tapped out to the coronavirus, announcing that the organization will indefinitely postpone its next three planned events amidst the global pandemic. But despite the fact that UFC London, UFC Columbus, and UFC Portland have all now been effectively cancelled, and that UFC 249 is set to take place only a week after UFC Portland was scheduled, Dana White is still not giving up on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson; and neither is Khabib’s team. After announcing the event cancellations yesterday, Dana White went on to say that UFC would do “whatever it takes” to ensure that UFC 249 takes place and it’s easy to understand why. Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been scheduled to face each other four times before, with each side being forced out of the fight on two of those occasions. At this point, a fight between the two is the only bout that makes sense and giving up on it a fifth time is a hard prospect to swallow. So along those lines, Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, has some ideas for how to save the event. Speaking with RBC Sports in Russia, Abdulmanap suggested that the UFC may need to move UFC 249 to the United Arab Emirates to make it happen.
Submitted Mar 17, 2020 9:30AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Colby Covington: Tyron Woodley and I agreed to fight, now Kamaru Usman takes priority
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Former interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington said he was in the “red zone” for a long-anticipated fight with ex-champ Tyron Woodley on Saturday, only to see the matchup fall apart at the last second.
Submitted Mar 17, 2020 9:29AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk still dealing with ‘so many bruises’ from UFC 248 loss
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk is still dealing with plenty of reminders from her classic battle at UFC 248. The former UFC strawweight champion, who recently returned to her native Poland after losing a decision to current champ Zhang Weili, showed off the bruises in her face and her chest from IG live...
Submitted Mar 17, 2020 9:28AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Demian Maia eyeing one more fight against either Diego Sanchez or ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone before retirement
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The countdown on Demian Maia’s illustrious career has started. The 42-year-old Brazilian has been hinting at his retirement for some time but after falling to Gilbert Burns in the UFC Brasilia co-main event on Saturday night, Maia confirmed plans for one more fight before hanging up his gloves for good.
Submitted Mar 15, 2020 3:20PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Kevin Lee says it may be ‘a few years’ before he returns following disappointing loss to Charles Oliveira
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Kevin Lee is questioning his future in the wake of a disappointing loss to Charles Oliveira in the UFC Brasilia main event. The former interim lightweight title contender had already suffered through a brutal weight cut earlier in the week that ultimately saw him step on the scale 2 1/2 pounds over the limit. He followed that up with a back-and-forth fight against Oliveira that ended when Lee tapped out to a guillotine choke submission in the third round. He makes no excuses for his performance, which is one of the reasons why the 27-year-old Detroit native is so down on himself in the aftermath of the loss.
Submitted Mar 15, 2020 3:11PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Conor McGregor vents on coronavirus after aunt's death: 'This stupid (expletive) virus'
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Add Conor McGregor to the list of people feeling the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. In a lengthy statement issued in an Instagram post Friday, former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) expressed his frustration with COVID-19. In addition to a self-assessment of hygiene and hand-shaking, McGregor revealed his aunt, Anne Moore, has died.
Submitted Mar 14, 2020 1:54PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk gives update on hematoma, will undergo surgery in Poland
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk has given a positive update after the epic battle she endured in her last fight. Jedrzejczyk was narrowly edged out by UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili at this past weekend’s UFC 248 in Las Vegas, suffering a split-decision loss in a five-round thriller. The damaged she suffered was visually evident, including a massive hematoma on her head, leaving her with some serious swelling on her face.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 3:29PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Apology accepted, but Chan Sung Jung tells Brian Ortega 'I'll see you in the octagon'
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There might be only one way for Chan Sung Jung and Brian Ortega to settle their beef once and for all. After going back-and-forth for months, with “The Korean Zombie” accusing Ortega of ducking him, their rivalry reached new heights when Ortega was escorted out of the arena for slapping Jung’s manager, rapper Jay Park, during this past weekend’s UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ortega subsequently issued a brief apology and then followed it up with a more lengthy statement, addressing both Park and Jung. Jung (16-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) then took to Instagram to respond to Ortega (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC), issuing an apology of his own, but making it very clear that he would like their previously scheduled UFC on ESPN+ 23 bout rebooked once he’s able to return from eye surgery.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 3:27PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Forrest Griffin reacts to UFC naming community service award after him
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The UFC’s newest award has been named for Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin. The Las Vegas-based promotion recently launched the Forrest Griffin Community Award in honor of the former UFC light heavyweight champion and season one winner of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The award recognizes UFC athletes who do volunteer and charity work in efforts to better their community. For his part, Griffin was humble about the idea of having an award named in his honor.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 3:23PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Henry Cejudo: ‘Overgrown midget’ Alexander Volkanovski getting it next
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“Triple C” Henry Cejudo is unrepentant about his title defense against Jose Aldo, and he plans to win a third UFC title next. After taking out “the greatest featherweight of all time,” Cejudo promises to add “that overgrown midget”—current 145-pound champ Alexander Volkanovski—to his list of victims.
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:33PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Brian Ortega, coach Rener Gracie issue apologies to Jay Park, 'Korean Zombie' over UFC 248 slap
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It appears Brian Ortega has changed his tune from his initial statement. Ortega was unhappy with some of the things Park had said when translating Jung’s words, accusing Ortega of ducking him when he pulled out of their UFC on ESPN+ 23 headliner due to a knee injury late last year. So when Ortega saw Park at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, he confronted him by slapping him in the face while Jung was at the bathroom. Ortega issued a statement after the altercation, giving a backhanded apology that he later deleted. Park hasn’t pressed charges and said he likely won’t, which would spare Ortega from any legal issues. On Tuesday night, Ortega took to Twitter to issued what he called an official apology to Park, telling Jung that he’ll be waiting for him until he’s recovered from his eye injury. Ortega’s jiu-jitsu coach and mentor, Rener Gracie, also issued an apology over social media to Jung, who attended one of his seminars a few years ago in Korea. Jung was unhappy with Gracie’s comment when he defended Ortega’s actions for “slapping an instigator.”
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Daniel Cormier likens Israel Adesanya’s UFC 248 performance to Anderson Silva, says it won’t affect his star power
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Speaking with Rich Eisen recently, former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who was calling the bout cageside, opined on the unusual fight that transpired on Saturday night, and likened it to a performance by one of the greatest fighters of all time, Anderson Silva.
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:21PM by Braden - 0 comments
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PFL champ Kayla Harrison targets Sarah Kaufman fight ahead of 2020 season
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Kayla Harrison might now be a millionaire, but don’t think for a moment it’s changed her approach – or her desire to win – ahead of the next PFL season. Reigning 2019 women’s lightweight tournament champion Harrison (7-0 MMA, 7-0 PFL) talked to MMA Junkie at this past Saturday’s Dominance MMA media day in Las Vegas and said nothing has changed since her $1 million-winning performance, and explained she’s chomping at the bit to get back into competitive action. Harrison was expected to face Sarah Kaufman in the finale this past New Year’s Eve, but after the Canadian lost to Larissa Pacheco in the semifinals, it meant arguably the biggest female matchup in the PFL fell by the wayside. But it remains a matchup the two-time Olympic judo gold medalist would love to take on.
Submitted Mar 10, 2020 3:48PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Valentina Shevchenko thinks Zhang Weili lost at UFC 248, expects title reign to end next fight
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Valentina Shevchenko became educated on Zhang Weili after watching UFC 248, and she came away with mixed reviews. Shevchenko (19-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), the UFC women’s flyweight champion, previously stated she hadn’t seen enough of Weili (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in four prior bouts to know what the UFC’s first Chinese titleholder was truly all about. She got five rounds of thrilling action in the “Fight of the Night” on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but it ended in a tight result. The champion retained by split decision over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who Shevchenko believes, along with at least one judge, should have won the fight.
Submitted Mar 10, 2020 3:47PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Stipe Miocic: Eye injury ‘getting better,’ summer return a possibility
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UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic doesn’t expect himself to be out of action for much longer. Miocic told TMZ Sports that recovery from the eye injury he suffered in his rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 241 is progressing well. The injury was severe enough that Miocic had to undergo surgery following the August 2019 bout.
Submitted Mar 10, 2020 3:44PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Felicia Spencer wants to spoil Amanda Nunes' featherweight title defense plans at UFC 250
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While Amanda Nunes sets out to make history, Felicia Spencer is looking to play spoiler. Dual-champ Nunes could become the first fighter in UFC history to register title defenses across two weight classes while holding multiple belts when she puts her featherweight title on the line against Spencer at UFC 250.
Submitted Mar 10, 2020 3:43PM by Braden - 1 comment
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