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Video chronicles Darren Till’s brutal weight cut before UFC Liverpool
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Darren Till missed weight last weight by 3-1/2 pounds. But certainly not from lack of trying. Till’s weight cut ahead of his fight with Stephen Thompson at UFC Liverpool was chronicled in a video released Thursday by his sponsor Paddy Power. Till can be seen unable to stand up in sauna. And at one point he told his coaches he could not see, prompting them to stop the weight-cutting process.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 3:12AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Kelvin Gastelum to make his studio analyst debut at UFC Utica
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Add Kelvin Gastelum to the list of fighters giving the commentary game a go. FOX Sports announced Thursday the middleweight contender and former TUF winner will make his debut on the studio desk commentary team for UFC Utica on Friday night. Gastelum will be joined in studio for the FS1 card by Kenny Florian, Brandon Fitzgerald, and in an interesting twist, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 2:49AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Khabib Nurmagomedov now targeting first UFC title defense sooner than expected
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After winning the UFC lightweight title with a five-round decision over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223, Khabib Nurmagomedov said he wasn’t planning to return to fighting until November or December of this year. But now it looks like the champ will be back sooner than anticipated. Speaking with his fans during a live chat Tuesday, Nurmagomedov announced that his team had begun talks with the UFC about returning to action this fall, either for the September or October pay-per-view event.
Submitted May 30, 2018 4:56PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Sara McMann announces pregnancy
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Baby number two is on the way for Sara McMann. On Wednesday, the one-time women’s bantamweight title challenger announced on Instagram that she is three-months pregnant.
Submitted May 30, 2018 4:52PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Invicta FC matchmaker Kaitlin Young tried out for TUF 28, planning MMA comeback
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Kaitlin Young enjoys signing new talent and putting matches together. Now, though, she wants to get back in the cage herself. Young, the Invicta FC matchmaker, tried out for The Ultimate Fighter 28 this past week in Las Vegas and she’s planning a full-scale MMA comeback, whether or not she makes it onto the show.
Submitted May 30, 2018 3:19AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Darren Till re-weighs in at 187.3 pounds, UFC Liverpool main event vs. Stephen Thompson is on
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The main event of UFC Liverpool is a go. A potential disaster for the UFC was averted as officials announced that Darren Till was able to make 187.3 pounds at a scheduled weigh-in around 1 p.m. local time in Liverpool, England, making him eligible to face Stephen Thompson in the main event of Sunday’s show at the Echo Arena. Till was required to hit the scales again after failing to make the welterweight limit (171 pounds for a non-title bout) at Saturday’s official weigh-ins, where he came in heavy at 174.5 pounds.
Submitted May 27, 2018 10:24AM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Darren Till misses weight for UFC Liverpool main event by 3.5 pounds
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One of the largest fighters in the welterweight division, Darren Till’s size got the better of him at Saturday’s weigh-ins for UFC Liverpool.
Submitted May 26, 2018 6:54AM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Georges St-Pierre opens up about Nate Diaz fight that didn’t happen, future UFC plans
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Earlier this month, UFC president Dana White announced that a blockbuster fight between Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz was in the works for Aug. 4 at UFC 227. Momentum for the matchup even reached a point where betting odds were released and Diaz responded to the rumblings with a very Diaz-like Facebook post accusing St-Pierre of steroid use and accusing White of selling “wolf tickets” to fight fans. Ultimately, that was the end of it though. The matchup never came to fruition. However, speaking Wednesday during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, St-Pierre revealed that discussions of a potential UFC 227 return against Diaz were very much a real thing, and that “GSP” and his team at Tristar actually contemplated the idea.
Submitted May 23, 2018 11:45PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ex-champ Chris Weidman targets fall UFC return after second hand surgery
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Things are beginning to look up for former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) hasn’t seen action since a submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25 in July. He’s had left hand issues that taken multiple surgeries to fix, but according to the former titleholder, the worst of it is behind him. According to Weidman, 33, who spoke about his injury during a Tuesday “EA UFC 3” Twitch stream, the most recent surgery on his thumb went well and he could be cleared for training as soon as this week.
Submitted May 23, 2018 6:48PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Mirko Cro Cop details extent of knee injury, targeted date for return
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Mirko Filipovic’s left leg is in rough shape following his withdrawal from Bellator 200’s main event. Filipovic, 43, pulled out of Friday’s scheduled Bellator 200 rematch against Roy Nelson after suffering an 11th hour knee injury in training. Unfortunately for “Cro Cop,” the damage appears to be extensive. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported Tuesday that Filipovic’s list of injuries to his left leg includes: an ACL tear, a partial MCL tear, a meniscofemoral ligament (MFL) tear, an LCL sprain, and a median arcuate ligament (MAL) tear. “Cro Cop” underwent surgery Monday to address the damage. Despite the extent of his injury, the Croatian legend told Helwani that he is targeting a return in October and wants to fight Nelson “ASAP.”
Submitted May 22, 2018 5:49PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Fabricio Werdum fails USADA drug test, facing UFC anti-doping violation
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Just one day after news broke that Fabricio Werdum would be headlining the UFC’s debut in Russia, the former UFC heavyweight champion is in hot water with USADA. Werdum failed a USADA out-of-competition drug test, stemming from a sample collected April 25, the UFC announced Tuesday. He is facing a UFC anti-doping violation. The substance that he tested positive for was not released, per policy.
Submitted May 22, 2018 4:44PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Tatiana Suarez, the female Khabib Nurmagomedov?
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We look at the standout performance from UFC strawweight Tatiana Suarez at UFC Chile against Alexa Grasso. Is Suarez the female Khabib Nurmagomedov?
Submitted May 22, 2018 12:53AM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Michael Chiesa to make FS1 analyst debut for UFC Liverpool
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After missing out on an opportunity to fight in April, Michael Chiesa has found another way to get some exposure. The lightweight contender will make his FOX Sports 1 broadcasting debut when he joins Michael Bisping, Jimmy Smith, and Karyn Bryant on the analyst desk this weekend for UFC Liverpool, FOX announced Monday.
Submitted May 22, 2018 12:51AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ian McCall announces retirement
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“Uncle Creepy” is calling it a day. Ian McCall announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he is retiring after a 15-year career that saw him become one of the best fighters in the 125-pound division.
Submitted May 22, 2018 12:50AM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Veteran journalist Ariel Helwani moves to ESPN, will host new show with Chael Sonnen
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Veteran MMA journalist Ariel Helwani is moving to ESPN, the cable network today announced. Helwani will make the move from MMAFighting.com, where he has spent the bulk of his career. The Montreal-born New York resident is a six-time winner of the “MMA Journalist of the Year” award from the fan-voted World MMA Awards. His resume also includes work for FOX Sports’ UFC coverage, as well as SiriusXM Radio. Helwani will move to the network next month and his roles, according to a news release, will include co-hosting a new weekly program on ESPN+: “Ariel & The Bad Guy” with current Bellator fighter Chael Sonnen. In addition, Helwani’s popular current MMM Fighting show “The MMA Hour” will continue at ESPN, but as “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” the network stated. In addition, he’ll be an MMA reporter for ESPN across on-air and digital media platforms.
Submitted May 17, 2018 3:25PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Chuck Liddell announces that he’s coming out of retirement, targeting Tito Ortiz fight in late 2018
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After years of teasing a potential comeback, UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he is officially coming out of retirement. The 48-year-old Liddell is targeting a third fight against rival Tito Ortiz and is hopeful a deal gets done with Oscar de la Hoya to promote the contest under Golden Boy’s much-discussed potential move into the MMA space.
Submitted May 14, 2018 4:27PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz in works for UFC 227
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UFC 227 is on the cusp of becoming a summer blockbuster, and Dana White is hoping for his “perfect world” scenario for the August event in Los Angeles. The UFC president today revealed a lightweight fight between former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) and Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) is in the works for UFC 227. The matchup was reported by MMA journalist Mike Russell over the weekend, but TSN reports no bout agreements have been signed. That’s the fight White wants next for St-Pierre and Diaz, though, he said on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. And the news didn’t stop there. White also revealed UFC 227 could land a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and former 185-pound champ Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), though no interim belt would be on the line as rumored.
Submitted May 8, 2018 12:53PM by Braden - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir join Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler in WWE
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The Four Horsewomen of MMA are all now in pro wrestling. Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir have joined their good friends Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler in WWE, the pro wrestling promotion announced Monday. The WWE announced that Duke and Shafir had begun training at its Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. The two had trained there before and Duke seemed likely to sign as of last month, but now both are officially on board.
Submitted May 7, 2018 6:20PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Julia Avila shows off gnarly broken finger she sustained at Invicta FC 29
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Julia Avila had her night cut short at Invicta FC 29 on Friday when she suffered a gruesome compound fracture of her left ring finger in the first round. Avila’s opponent, Marciea Allen threw a kick and it landed awkwardly against her left hand, breaking her finger in gnarly fashion. Allen was ruled the winner by TKO due to injury just 49 seconds into the bout. It was the first loss of Avila’s career. Afterward, Avila was in mostly good spirits, showing off the bone poking out from the skin to the cameras. She seemed to get a bit more emotional when she was brought to the hospital. In an video posted to Instagram, Avila showed the badly broken finger again and nearly broke down explaining what happened. The California native said she would have preferred them just cut the finger off so she could continue her fight with Allen.
Submitted May 5, 2018 2:51PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
‘Rejuvenated’ Sarah Kaufman believes Invicta title is step toward proving she’s top women’s bantamweight
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Sarah Kaufman was once considered the best women’s bantamweight fighter in the world, the Strikeforce champion. Eight years later, Kaufman believes she still carries that distinction — and she’s eager to prove it.
Submitted May 3, 2018 6:01PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities, UFC, Interviews
 
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