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PFL champ Kayla Harrison targets Sarah Kaufman fight ahead of 2020 season
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
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
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
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
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Frankie Edgar targeting UFC return in June, ready to fight any top-ranked bantamweight
Frankie Edgar still is intending on dropping down to 135 pounds. Edgar (23-8-1 MMA, 17-8-1 UFC) delayed his bantamweight debut when he stepped in on short notice to face Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight bout this past December. He was stopped in the first round for his third loss in his past four fights. Edgar was supposed to fight Cory Sandhagen in January, and due to the damage he sustained against Jung, he wasn’t able to make the quick turnaround. The Sandhagen rebooking could be a possibility, but Edgar isn’t holding on to that fight specifically. He just wants to face a ranked opponent.
Submitted Mar 10, 2020 3:42PM by Braden - 0 comments
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So here's why Brian Ortega has beef with Jay Park but not 'The Korean Zombie'
Brian Ortega’s beef is with rapper Jay Park. Brian Ortega does not, however, have a problem with “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Ortega made that very clear by issuing a statement Monday night in which he admitted to slapping Park in the face and explained why. Ortega also included one of those non-apology apologies for the incident, which was caught on video.
Submitted Mar 10, 2020 3:41PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Former UFC fighter Abel Trujillo accepts plea agreement following child sexual exploitation charges
Former UFC fighter Abel Trujillo has accepted a plea agreement while avoiding felony charges in a child sexual exploitation case in Castle Rock, Colo.
Submitted Mar 10, 2020 3:37PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Edson Barboza requests release from UFC: ‘I think it’s time to move on’
Edson Barboza’s UFC career could be coming to an end. A longtime member of the company’s lightweight division, Barboza went on social media on Saturday with a message to the UFC. In a straightforward tweet, Barboza thanked the promotion, but said “it’s time to move on.”
Submitted Mar 7, 2020 8:05PM by Braden - 0 comments
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After Tony Ferguson's 'f**k you' reaction, MMA reporter explains bringing up mental health
When Cageside Press reporter Rodney Edgar received a “f**k you” from Tony Ferguson at the UFC 249 press conference Friday, he was taken aback – especially considering a conversation the two had last summer.
Submitted Mar 7, 2020 5:41PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Alexander Volkanovski wants Max Holloway rematch at UFC 251, fires back at 'Korean Zombie'
Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is zeroing in on a rematch with Max Holloway on home soil at UFC 251. Although Volkanovski is still dealing with a lingering hand injury from when he beat Holloway by unanimous decision to take the title at UFC 245 in December, he said he will advance his recovery timeline to ensure he competes at the event. When looking at the lay of the land at 145 pounds, he thinks a second encounter with “Blessed” is most logical.
Submitted Mar 7, 2020 1:42AM by Braden - 5 comments
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Dana White says Paulo Costa tried to use fake doctor to get cleared to fight sooner
According to UFC President Dana White, who spoke to gathered media ahead of UFC 248 this week (video from Las Vegas Review-Journal, quotes from MMAMania), at one point Costa attempted to use a fake doctor to provide medical clearance so he could take the fight against Adesanya instead of Romero.
Submitted Mar 7, 2020 1:40AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Ex-UFC lightweight Olivier Aubin-Mercier signs with PFL
Olivier Aubin-Mercier has found a new home. The former UFC lightweight announced Wednesday night on ESPN that he will join the PFL’s 155-pound division.
Submitted Mar 6, 2020 12:40AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Former UFC champ Daniel Cormier honored as first to 50 clean USADA tests
Former two-weight UFC champion Daniel Cormier was the first MMA athlete under the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency program to reach 50 “flawless” drug tests, and Thursday he was honored for it...
Submitted Mar 6, 2020 12:39AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Henry Cejudo: 'I'm the only fighter in human history to defend my title on the couch'
Henry Cejudo is no longer the UFC flyweight champion, but he views this past Saturday as a title defense. . .
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:56PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White: Henry Cejudo deserves respect for wanting to fight Jose Aldo
UFC president Dana White thinks Henry Cejudo deserves credit for chasing after a legend like Jose Aldo. Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will attempt to make his first bantamweight title defense at UFC 250 when he takes on Aldo (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) in enemy territory. Aldo failed to make good in his bantamweight debut and was narrowly defeated by Marlon Moraes in a controversial split decision loss, which prompted heavy criticism when the UFC decided to grant Cejudo’s wish. But White, who scored the fight for Aldo, understands where the former dual-champ Cejudo is coming from with his callout of the former long-time featherweight champ.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:55PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Rose Namajunas says she declined Zhang Weili fight amid doubts about fighting future
Following the loss of her UFC title, Rose Namajunas was in no rush to jump right back into the championship picture. According to Namajunas, she was in line for a shot at Zhang, but let officials know that her head wasn’t in the right place for it.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:50PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Chuck Liddell says he’s ‘officially retired’ from MMA, interested in possible WWE match
So often the MMA space is filled with the unfortunate and continuous issue of older legends refusing to hang the gloves up when they should, so it’s great when eventually, reason wins out. And now it seems like with regard to UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, cooler heads are finally prevailing. Hopefully...
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:49PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Israel Adesanya says there are ‘no concerns’ about staph infection ahead of UFC 248
This weekend, UFC 248 takes place in Las Vegas, main evented by newly minted middleweight champion Israel Adesanya making his first title defense against Yoel Romero. But this past weekend, concerns about the fight cropped up when, in a video interview with Combat TV, Adesanya was shown with an open wound on his left arm. This led to rampant speculation among MMA fans about Adesanya having a staph infection and how this might affect or even jeopardize the fight.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:36PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Colby Covington challenges 50 Cent to a fight, blasts Rosie O’Donnell
As he seeks a rematch with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman later this year, Colby Covington is currently taking aim at some celebrity detractors, who couldn’t help but dance on his grave after he suffered a fifth-round TKO loss this past December. After a back and forth war for more than 20 minutes, Covington ultimately got knocked down and finished by Usman in their bout at UFC 245. Afterwards, hip-hop star 50 Cent blasted Covington while calling him a “racist piece of sh*t” while celebrating the fact that he got his jaw broken during the fight. Actress Rosie O’Donnell also chimed in while saying that she enjoyed watching Covington “limp out with a broken jaw.”
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:34PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Manager: Deiveson Figueiredo open to Joseph Benavidez rematch at UFC 252
Deiveson Figueiredo knocked out Joseph Benavidez at Saturday’s UFC Norfolk, but didn’t claim the flyweight championship after he missed weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday morning. The UFC has yet to announce what’s next for the weight class and the vacant title, but Figueiredo’s manager Wallid Ismail told MMA Fighting the company is interested in booking an immediate rematch for the 125-pound title.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:32PM by Braden - 0 comments
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