Monday, September 1, 2014

UFC Fight Night 50 fight card: Souza vs. Mousasi


MMA Fighting has the UFC Fight Night 50 fight card for the upcoming fight card for the Souza vs. Mousasi event Sept. 5 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn.



In the main event, Jacare Souza faces Gegard Mousasi in a middlweight showdown. Alistair Overeem squares off against Ben Rothwell in the co-main event.



Check out the UFC Fight Night 50 fight card below.



Main card (FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET)

Jacare Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi

Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell

Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis

Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa

Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira

John Moraga vs. Justin Scoggins



Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET)

Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm

Rafael Natal vs. Chris Camozzi

Tateki Matsuda vs. Chris Beal

Sean Soriano vs. Chas Skelly

Mike Mucitelli vs. Mark Griffin

Phillippe Martins vs. Pete Rogers Jr.

Brandon Fleming vs. Blair Tugman

Scott Cleve vs. Matt Bessette




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Isao Kobayashi Dropping Down to Featherweight to Face Takeshi Inoue at VTJ 6th

Isao Kobayashi is one of only a handful of top Japanese fighters to remain out of the clutches of the top promotions and the current lightweight King of Pancrase will be making his featherweight debut when he takes on Takeshi Inoue at VTJ 6th.

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UFC Fight Night 50 'Prelims' preview, predictions for 'Jacare vs Mousasi' at Foxwoods


More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Fri., Sept. 5, 2014) when UFC Fight Night 50: "Jacare vs. Mousasi" kicks off from The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg kicks off UFC Fight Night 50 "Prelims" party with a full under card preview.


They met once as prospects ... now this weekend (Fri., Sept. 5, 2014) as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contenders.


It's been a long six years since Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza faced Gegard Mousasi under the DREAM banner. And this Friday, the familiar foes will do it again in the main event of UFC Fight Night 50, which takes place at The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.


In the co-main event, Alistair Overeem will try to earn his third UFC victory against former International Fight League (IFL) champion Ben Rothwell. In addition, Matt Mitrione will take on the heavy-handed Derrick Lewis in a match up of heavyweight finishers.


That's not all.


We've got four "Prelims" under card match ups this time around, all of which will join the six-fight main card on FOX Sports 1. Let's get to it:


155 lbs.: Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm


After opening his UFC career with a submission loss on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale, Al Iaquinta (8-3-1) quickly found his groove, picking up three straight victories. He seemed on track to make it four against Mitch Clarke before succumbing to an inventive d’arce choke while in top position.


He is seven years younger than the Brazilian.


Rodrigo Damm (12-7) joined UFC having lost four of his previous five fights. He seemed to right the ship in a hurry, winning three of his first four ZUFFA appearances, but recently lost a decision to Dagestani striker Rashid Magomedov.


He owns six wins via submission (five of them rear-naked chokes) and is officially the only man to stop Jorge Masvidal with strikes.


This fight, like all others involving Iaquinta, boils down to one question: can he avoid brain-farting his way to a submission loss. He’s bigger, stronger, and superior on the feet to Damm; plus, while he’s had a dearth of finishes lately, Iaquinta can crack and Damm’s not known for his punch resistance. As long as this fight stays on the feet, Iaquinta should spank him.


There’s the rub, though.


Damm does not have the offensive wrestling prowess to impose his will on Iaquinta. So long as Al doesn’t play around with him at all on the mat and sticks to beating the snot out of him with right hands, things will go swimmingly.


Let’s assume this is that case and say Iaquinta scores the early knockout.


Prediction: Iaquinta via first-round technical knockout


185 lbs.: Rafael Natal vs. Chris Camozzi


Rafael Natal's (17-6-1) main event appearance opposite Tim Kennedy last November came after five wins in six fights, putting Natal on the cusp of contendership. Unfortunately, a knockout loss to Kennedy and a decision loss to Ed Herman set his plans back a bit.


"Sapo" has ended eleven fights inside the distance ... eight via submission.


After his exit from the UFC and loss to Francis Carmont in his return, Chris Camozzi (19-8) quietly put together a four-fight winning streak, capped off with a win over former castmate Nick Ring at UFC 158. He has since struggled to maintain this form, losing his last three fights since that victory.


He stands three inches taller than Natal.


Really haven’t been looking forward to picking this one. Both guys have flashes of...well, not greatness, but something above adequacy interspersed among stretches of disappointment. I can’t fathom how Natal lost to a shopworn Herman and Camozzi couldn’t stop the one-dimensional attack of Bruno Santos.


Eh, let’s go with Sapo.


Camozzi is well-rounded in the sense that he is somewhat competent in most areas. He doesn’t possess the strong wrestling game nor the skill from the bottom to stifle "Sapo’s" grappling attack. While the Brazilian is frustratingly inconsistent, he’ll take this fight if he’s got his head in the right place.


Prediction: Natal via unanimous decision


135 lbs.: Tateki Matsuda vs. Chris Beal


Tateki Matsuda's (10-5) first crack at UFC stardom came on The Ultimate Fighter 14, where he was defeated in the elimination round by Dustin Pague. He has since gone 4-2, winning his two 2014 bouts and earning his first career submission in the process.


He takes this bout on a weeks’ notice and is Beal’s third scheduled opponent following injuries to Rob Font and Dustin Kimura.


Chris Beal (9-0), Ronda Rousey’s first male pick on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, fell in the quarterfinals to Chris Holdsworth in a clash of top picks. He eventually made his promotional debut at UFC 172, knocking out former Arizona State University wrestling standout Patrick Williams with a gorgeous flying knee.


Two of his three knockout wins have come in his last two fights.


Neither man has even been finished as a professional and both employ boxing-centric standup games, so we should be in for an entertaining fifteen minutes. Though Beal’s striking isn’t truly elite, he ought to have the edge. Matsuda just doesn’t seem that impressive overall and is coming in on extremely short notice.


Unlike Rousey, I don’t see anything special in Beal. Still, I see just a bit more in him than I do in Matsuda. He takes the decision in a fun striking affair.


Prediction: Beal via unanimous decision


145 lbs.: Sean Soriano vs. Chas Skelly


Sean Soriano (8-1) faced a stiff test in his promotional debut, taking on Japanese vet "Crusher" Kawajiri on short notice. Though he managed to avoid Kawajiri’s vaunted top game for much of the first round, he eventually succumbed to a rear-naked choke for his first career loss.


He was scheduled to return to the UFC in April against Estevan Payan before being forced to withdraw because of injury.


Chas Skelly (12-1) likewise had a tall task ahead of him when he joined the UFC, debuting against American Top Team super-prospect Mirsad Bektic and dropping a majority decision. He found more success in his second appearance, choking out Finland’s Tom Niinimaki midway through the first round.


He enters this bout on two weeks’ notice, taking the fight just two days after his win over Niinimaki.


Though the quick turnaround and short notice add uncertainty, Skelly seems well-equipped to win this fight. The ease with which he dispatched Niinimaki and holding his own against Bektic both speak volumes about his wrestling ability, the area which did Soriano in against "Crusher."


Soriano appears skilled on his feet and could make a mess of things if he can keep it there. Barring cardio issues from the aforementioned uncertainties, I expect Skelly to impose his wrestling on Soriano, taking the back and locking up the finisher late in the first round.


Prediction: Skelly via first-round submission


Honestly, this is just a great card from top-to-bottom. Hope to see you there, Maniacs.


Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 50 fight card, starting with the FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" matches, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1 main card at 9 p.m. ET.


Current UFC "Prelims" Prediction Record 2014: 129-56 (1 NC)




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'Countdown to Curran vs Pitbull 2' debuts tonight (Sept. 1) at 11 pm on Spike TV


SPIKE TV and BELLATOR MMA presents new special programming to promote Bellator 123, featuring Pat Currand and Patricio "Pitbull."


Spike TV and Bellator will present two compelling one-hour specials in promotion of the highly-anticipated Bellator 11 season premiere, Bellator 123, on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET/PT headlined by a Featherweight Championship bout between Pat Curran and Patricio "Pitbull" and co-feature fights showcasing King Mo, Cheick Kongo and Bobby Lashley.


"Birth of A Rivalry: Curran Pitbull I" debuted on Spike this past Friday (Aug. 29, 2014) at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special takes fans back to the origin of the epic rivalry between Pat Curran and Patricio "Pitbull". Viewers will relive every frame of their five-round, back-and-forth epic battle that featured Curran narrowly defending his world featherweight championship belt against the tenacious and relentless Pitbull via a controversial split decision.


"Countdown to Curran-Pitbull II" premieres TONIGHT (Mon., Sept. 1, 2014) at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special takes an inside look at one of Bellator's biggest events this year showcasing the intense rivalry between Featherweight champ Pat Curran and his nemesis Patricio "Pitbull" and previews Cheick Kongo vs. Lavar Johnson, King Mo and the Bellator MMA debut of Bobby Lashley.


The special delves into the psyche of both Curran and Pitbull as they prepare for their upcoming rematch. Since their memorable first fight, the rivalry has heated up through a war of words -- setting up one of the sport's most anticipated fights. Will the mounting pressure and trash talk be too much for the reserved Curran or will Pitbull be able to back up his harsh words for his opponent?


"Birth of A Rivalry: Curran Pitbull I" and "Countdown to Curran-Pitbull II" are jointly produced by Spike TV and Bellator MMA with Scott Fishman, Michael Sarnoski, Scott Coker and Kevin Kay as Executive Producers.


Broadcast times:


Birth of a Rivalry: Curran/Pitbull 1



  • Friday, August 29 at 11pm

  • Friday, September 5 at 6pm


Countdown to Curran/Pitbull II



  • Monday, September 1 at 11pm

  • Thursday, September 4 at 11pm

  • Friday, September 5 at 7pm

  • Friday, September 5 at 7pm




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Dennis Bermudez feels there's more pressure on Ricardo Lamas heading into UFC 180

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- During a scrum at UFC 177, Dennis Bermudez talks about his upcoming fight with Ricardo Lamas at UFC 180, how life has changed after beating Clay Guida, over-training in previous fights, how he feels about Conor McGregor, and more.




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There is Absolutely a Ronda Rousey on TUF 20 (Dana White Scrum)

In his UFC 177 post-fight scrum, Dana White proclaimed there absolutely is a Ronda Rousey on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, which features strawweight women.

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UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine fight card


A look at the October 4th UFC Fight Night in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Rory MacDonald takes on Tarec Saffiedine in a welterweight main event.


Would you believe that Rory MacDonald has been in the UFC since 2010 and has never fought in a main event? Well that ends this October, when MacDonald fights fellow welterweight contender Tarec Saffiedine in the UFC Fight Night Halifax headliner. Another big bout slated for this event is a bantamweight showdown between Raphael Assuncao and Bryan Caraway. It's likely that Assuncao will receive a title shot if he beats Caraway.


One fight I think fans should look forward to is bantamweight prospect Aljamain Sterling versus Mitch Gagnon, who is no slouch himself and presents a stern test for the Long Island native. TUF Nations winners Chad Laprise and Elias Theodorou make their first appearances since winning on the Canada vs. Australia themed edition of the show.


There's no official lineup set beyond the main event, but there are 10 official fights on the card and Albert Tumenov is also scheduled to compete against an opponent TBD. Here's a look at the confirmed fights for the Fox Sports 1-televised event:


Rory MacDonald vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Raphael Assuncao vs. Bryan Caraway

Chad Laprise vs. Yosdenis Cedeno

Mitch Gagnon vs. Aljamain Sterling

Elias Theodorou vs. Bruno Santos

Louis Gaudinot vs. Patrick Holohan

Nordine Taleb vs. Li Jingliang

Jason Saggo vs. Paul Felder

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Jake Lindsey

Pedro Munhoz vs. Jerrod Sanders

Albert Tumenov vs. TBD




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Superkombat Grand Prix brings kickboxing back to the Netherlands on September 27


Get details here on the next Superkombat Grand Prix card, live from Almere in the Netherlands, Saturday, September 27.


European kickboxing organization Superkombat returns later this month with a very intriguing card. The Superkombat Grand Prix returns on September 27, and what is perhaps most interesting about the card is the location. Set to take place in Almere in the Netherlands, this will be the somewhat rare major international kickboxing event in the Netherlands since It's Showtime closed their doors. Long one of the hotbeds of the vibrant European kickboxing scene, the Netherlands began cracking down on kickboxing a few years ago due to its perceived ties to organized crime. Now, Superkombat brings the sport back to one of its homes, which will be great to see.


The Superkombat World Grand Prix in Almere is on Saturday, September 27. The main card begins at 9:00 p.m. local time, 3:00 p.m. ET for US fans. The show will air on Europort and Sport.ro in Romania.


Headlining the card will be Superkombat veteran Catalin Morosanu. Morosanu just scored a KO victory in August and is 3-1 in his last 4. He faces Brian Douwes, a talented Dutch veteran who has experience against big names like Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven (who Douwes fought to a draw years ago). Douwes is a tough opponent here, and will provide a real test for the heavy hitting Morosanu. Other highlights of the card include a fight from the talented Ali Cenik, and a one night, 4 man Heavyweight tournament.


Check out the complete fight card below, and join us at Bloody Elbow for live fight night coverage of Superkombat World Grand Prix in Almere, Saturday, September 27.


SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX FIGHT CARD


1. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 1 - Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Tarik Khbabez (Morocco) vs. Gurhan Degermenci (Turkey)

2. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 2 - Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Patrick Veenstra (Netherlands) vs. Viktor Bugotzki (Germany)

3. Super Fight - Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)

Hamza Soesie (Morocco) vs. Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

4. Super Fight - Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs. Hovik Tikranjan (Armenia)

5. Super Fight - Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) vs. Marcello Adriaansz (Suriname)

6. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)

Redouan Cairo (Suriname) vs. Ali Cenik (Belgium)

7. Super Fight - Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Brian Douwes (Netherlands) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

8. Heavyweight Tournament Final - Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2




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Who picked Rory MacDonald's walkout music? For a time, not Rory MacDonald


Walkout music comes before the fighter. You often hear it before you see then either on the broadcast or in person at a live event. It sets the tone, sometimes sends a message and, on rare occasions, define who a fighter is in ways nothing else can (e.g. B.J. Penn).


Of course, that all presumes the fighter is the one picking their entrance music. In the case of UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald, that hasn't been his experience, at least not until relatively recently.


The story is a bit strange - and totally true - and, as MacDonald explains, entirely true.


"I moved from Pomona to Montreal and I changed my phone number. The person who got my old number - the person who was dealing with the walkout music, his name is Jason," MacDonald explained, "he doesn't just do walkout music, but he was the one contacting me. He didn't get my new number.


"He had my old one and he texted, 'Hey Rory, what's your next entrance music?' This guy apparently pretended to be me because he knew who I was and he was picking my entrance music. I was like, 'Every time I come out to fight, I'm like why the hell is this playing? I didn't pick this.' It was so weird."



MacDonald claims it didn't bother him to the point where it affected his performance, but he wasn't exactly thrilled with how some of the music choices were received by others.


"Not that I really cared. It's not the biggest deal for me. It's just music, you know. Whatever. I was kind of frustrated. It was weird. Joe Rogan was making fun of me for my music. I'm like, 'Aw man, this sucks a little bit.'"


Eventually, as MacDonald explains, the jig was up. An impromptu chat with 'Jason' the producer lead the two to figure out there was a third party there directing things in their own amusing way.


"And then one day - I can't remember what the fight was - but Jason comes up to me and he's like, 'Oh man, sorry we can't play such-and-such song.' He named the song and I was like, 'What are you talking about, man?' I think it was a Nickelback song. He's like, 'You said you wanted this song when I texted you.' I'm like, 'Dude, I never said that.'


"He's like, 'I'll show you.' He showed me and I said, 'Dude, that's my old number. Who are you talking to?' So he calls the guy and is like, 'Dude, this is not Rory MacDonald. You're faking.' He's like,' Oh yeah, I'm just a fan. I was just pretending.'"


MacDonald said this happened for a few years, although he notes it was he who picked choices ranging from Metallica to Rihanna. He also notes he didn't get to pick his own music until UFC 145 when he faced Che Mills. "I like plenty of different music," he claimed.


MacDonald is the first to reiterate, for him, walkout music isn't the be-all, end-all. It's good to have, but he acknowledged what happened to him was funny. Still, he's happy to have control over his choices now.


"It's not really the biggest thing on my mind that week, so I don't even think about it. It just kind of happens. Someone asks me what song I want, I say it. That's the kind of the end of the thought of it. I don't know, it's a funny thing that happened. It's nice to actually be able to choose my music now.


"It's just music, man," he said. "It's whatever."




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Eddie Alvarez Finally Escapes Bad End of the Deal, Targets UFC Title Run

Nobody is more excited than Eddie Alvarez to finally have been granted his unconditional release from the shackles of Bellator, but UFC president Dana White might run a close second.

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Bellator 123: Curran vs. Pitbull II fight card


A look at the September 5th return of Bellator, which features featherweight champion Pat Curran rematching Patricio Pitbull in the main event.


Bellator kicks off a new season, their final "weekly event" schedule before new President Scott Coker implements his system next year, with a highly anticipated rematch between featherweight champion Pat Curran against Patricio Pitbull in the main event. Curran won their first meeting by split decision, and recently recaptured the featherweight crown with a stunning late submission win over Daniel Straus. The co-main event in Uncasville, Connecticut pits Cheick Kongo against Lavar Johnson in a battle of ex-UFC heavyweights. "King Mo" makes his return with a bout against short-notice replacement Dustin Jacoby, who won in Titan FC on August 22nd. Bobby Lashley makes his Bellator debut versus Josh Burns to round out the main card.



For fans who are worried about having to choose between Curran vs. Pitbull 2 and UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi down the road in Ledyard, fear not! The Bellator 123 main card airs at 8 PM ET and should wrap up around 10 PM ET, while the UFC card won't be completed until approximately midnight. You get the best of both worlds on what should be a good night of MMA.



Main Card (Spike TV, 8 PM ET)



Pat Curran vs. Patricio Freire

Cheick Kongo vs. Lavar Johnson

Muhammed Lawal vs. Dustin Jacoby

Bobby Lashley vs. Josh Burns


Preliminary Card (Spike.com)


Marvin Maldonado vs. Rico Disciullo

Steve Garcia vs. Kin Moy

Mike Wessel vs. Josh Diekmann

Brennan Ward vs. Tamdan McCrory

Perry Filkins vs. Dan Cramer

Mike Mucitelli vs. Mark Griffin

Phillipe Martins vs. Pete Rogers

Brandon Fleming vs. Blair Tugman

Lucas Cruz vs. Andrew Calandrelli

Scott Cleve vs. Matt Bessette




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Video: Fowlkes concerned the UFC's 'crappy' cards aren't always going to be surprising hits














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Well what do you know? It turns out UFC 177 might have actually been worth the cost of the pay-per-view. But does that mean every so-called “crappy” card will ultimately deliver on entertainment?


It’s become a common mantra for the UFC when one of their event lineups is heavily criticized. “Those are the cards that always deliver,” the saying goes. And on Saturday night, at least, that claim held true. But can it always? And has it really always been the way in the past?


Ben Fowlkes admits he enjoyed watching UFC 177, but he believes the promotion would be well-served not to rely on fighters always outperforming the expectations if the UFC wants to continue its growth in the increasingly clouded sports market.


Check out the video above to get Fowlkes’ take.


And for complete coverage of UFC 177, check out the UFC Events section of the site.




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Gustafsson Ready to Rumble, So is Manny Pacquiao… in MMA (Dana White Scrum)

Post-UFC 177, Dana White discusses a potential bout pitting Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson, and Manny Pacquiao's recent decision to venture into MMA.

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Video: Go behind the scenes of the 'TUF 20' strawweight tryouts in Las Vegas



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The historic 20th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” begins next week and features 16 strawweight women.


But in a first, the winner of the season will become a UFC champion. The promotion’s inaugural 115-pound titleholder will be crowned at the show’s finale.


Go behind the scenes of the “TUF 20″ strawweight tryouts from earlier this year in Las Vegas, where UFC President Dana White and matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby whittled the field down to get eight final contestants for the show to join eight who had moved over from Invicta FC.


Then don’t miss the season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1.


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Consider UFC 177, the card that downgraded the paywall


The MMA media made Dana White mad this weekend by dogging a bedraggled pay-per-view. White made the media mad last week by overstepping his bounds and plucking a judge from the rotation in Macau after two fights (made that much worse because, he later admitted, it was a case of mistaken identity). If you were just coming into this sport, and paying attention to these sore feelings, you’d swear that the two generally don’t get along. It didn’t help that GQ listed Dana among the world’s most sleazy inhabitants right smack dab in the middle of all this.



You know what? Maybe that’s why Danny Castillo was apologizing to everybody and his mother after his fight on Saturday; it’s been a sorry couple of weekends. Apologizing into any hot mic feels like something to do.



Where to begin on this?



UFC 177 was a dud, no matter how it played out. T.J. Dillashaw could have levitated and disintegrated Joe Soto with ridiculous red eye beams and we’d have been all, "yeah, but it was Joe freaking Soto." Any time the main course of drama becomes whether or not a person that nobody has ever thought about has the capacity to make it a storybook weekend…well, you know you’re in trouble. If White was mad at the media for using the vomit bags in the seat-backs on this one, then his judgment on the judging has been off for two weekends running.



Obviously, Soto-Dillashaw shouldn’t have carried a price tag to watch; but it’s also understandable that the UFC was helpless to remove it, having just cancelled UFC 176. This is why one side was screaming, "how dare you criticize this event" and the other was screaming "how dare you call this an event and charge money for it?" It would be more upsetting if the latter just rode shotgun the whole way screaming "weee!" But then again, Dana has never given much weight to objectivity. Promoters rarely do.



And speaking of weight, that’s another subject -- Soto was of course meant to be Renan Barao, who was meant to be the pound-for-pound champion of the known universe not long ago. Barao had (another) bad weight cut just like Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo had (another) bad weight cut, which forced both out at the last minute and made an already excessively thin card look as emaciated as Dillashaw appeared on weigh-in day. As White said, these things happen in the fight game. Until they show up without any shoes on fight night, all bouts are merely hypothetical, just agreed upon suggestions. It’s what keeps Burt Watson, the UFC’s "Babysitter to the Stars," up at night, worrying about everybody making weight and staying out of trouble.



But let’s be real here.



This UFC pay-per-view didn’t look special since Lorenzo Fertitta told ESPN that Jon Jones would defend his title against Alexander Gustafsson as the main event without consent of one of the principals (Jon Jones). It has been on a steady spiral since then. Vegas became Sacramento. Sequels were exchanged; Gustafsson-Jones II became Barao-Dillashaw II. Chris Cariaso was plucked from a flyweight line-up and given a title shot against Demetrious Johnson, then reslotted for UFC 178 (as Daniel Cormier-Jones fell off). UFC 177 was the kind of card that raised philosophical wonderings, such as, "what designates a co-main event? Are they necessary? And do Danny Castillo-Tony Ferguson have anything in common with what we might call ‘an attraction?’"



(The answers are A] being "second to last," or "penultimate," B] no, and C] hey, it’s your disposable income).



The fact that UFC 177 played out as decent entertainment is moot; the UFC in the PPV model mode is based on prospect, not retrospect. Dillashaw came through and put Soto away spectacularly. Bethe Correia tenderized Shayna Baszler bodily and facially with her fists, and peeled back another finger to let everyone know another of the Four Horsewomen had been vanquished. Yancy Medeiros choked out Damon Jackson with a rarely seen reverse bulldog choke which sent jiu-jitsu aficionado Joe Rogan into the conniptions.



All fine, but not in the way that matters. The way that matters in the PPV game is, "do I have to see this?" Capital is a finicky bastard. And it’s a diminishing number of people who will purchase a PPV on the blind, because so much UFC is now available for free, and so many fights fill the calendar, and inundation, even when we skew our faces at it, is still an affiliate word of indifference. The paywall that used to feel like a privilege to peek behind (Chuck Liddell!) begins to feel like easy to figure out magic tricks on shows like UFC 177 (T.J. Dillashaw against Renan Ba…wait, Joe Soto!), just fun little fibs for ‘bout fitty bucks.



It’s a disturbing trend. And at some point you hope that the media and the UFC come to see eye-to-eye on that.




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Ronda Rousey demands Bethe Correia: I want that fight, I want it now


Ronda Rousey demanded to face Bethe Correia after beating her teammate at UFC 177, and Dana White told her to 'calm down'.


Bethe Correia put a beating on Shayna Baszler at UFC 177, and now holds wins over half of the Four Horsewomen. She wants to make a complete sweep of the high-profile team in the UFC -- Marina Shafir fights at 145 lbs on regional promotions -- and has called out the leader in Ronda Rousey.


The UFC women's bantamweight champion promptly expressed interest in the fight as well, but if it wasn't pronounced enough, behind the scenes she apparently contacted Dana White and was demanding for the fight.


"As soon as (Correia) started talking, she texted me and said, ‘I want that fight. I want it now. I want it before someone else beats her'", White said during the UFC 177 media scrum.


"I said, ‘Calm down, lady. You’ve got other people to fight. We’ll figure it out.’ There’s a long list for Rousey waiting right now, so we’ll see what happens."


Related: Rousey Interview: Carano is 'the one insisting' on 135 lbs, reacts to angry BJJ champs


Rousey has already beaten most of the top 10, so there's actually a very short list of contenders for her at the moment.


Cat Zingano could get the next shot if she wins at UFC 178 against Amanda Nunes, but they're also waiting on how the Gina Carano negotiations develop. As for other candidates, Holly Holm has yet to make her UFC debut, and Cyborg is still with Invicta planning to drop to bantamweight.


Rousey is currently doing rehab on a minor knee surgery and is targeting a January return. She tells us that she wants to compete at UFC 182 alongside Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier.




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His UFC Debut Swiped Away, Anthony Birchak Returns to Empty House Wiped Clean by Thieves

Not only did former Maximum Fighting Championship titleholder Anthony Birchak have his UFC debut snatched away from his this weekend, he also had his house cleared out while he was gone.

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Knuckle Up #402: UFC 177, fan/media shame, Mike Goldberg + Bud Light

Bloody Elbow's literary gunslinger Eugene S. Robinson lends his one-of-a-kind perspective on last Saturday's UFC 177 PPV in the latest edition of Knuckle Up.




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Video: Hermes Franca returns to MMA after deportation, gets knocked out in 34 seconds


Hermes Franca got destroyed after competing in MMA for the first time since being deported back to Brazil


After three years away, Hermes Franca stepped back in the cage this past week and it ended up badly for the 40-year-old fighter. Competing at Extreme Fighter: Nordeste in Brazil, Franca took on a fighter 15 years his junior in Marcio Breno Braga (10-2) and got knocked out in just 34 seconds.


This was Franca's first bout since being deported back to Brazil after serving time for sexual abuse of a minor. In 2012, the fighter plead guilty to a single count of both unlawful penetration and first-degree sexual abuse, which had him serve time for 2 years in the US before his deportation.


With the loss, Franca drops his overall MMA record to 22-13-1. His 13-year career has seen him win the WEC lightweight title and compete in the UFC 11 times. He has career wins over Nate Diaz and Jamie Varner, along with a UFC title loss against Sean Sherk, where he also tested positive for banned steroid Drostanolone.


Watch the video of the fight below:





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Knuckle Up #402: UFC 177, fan/media shame, Mike Goldberg + Bud Light

Bloody Elbow's literary gunslinger Eugene S. Robinson lends his one-of-a-kind perspective on last Saturday's UFC 177 PPV in the latest edition of Knuckle Up.




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Get to Know The Ultimate Fighter 20 Competitor ‘The Tiny Tornado’ Tecia Torres (Video)

Learn more about Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor Tecia Torres and how mixed martial arts has impacted her life. The new season of the reality series starts Sept. 10.

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UFC Fight Night 50 card: Joe Lauzon vs Michael Chiesa fight preview


Joe Lauzon and Michael Chiesa will step into the cage to determine who is the superior submission fighter on the main card of UFC Fight Night 50, which takes place this Friday (Sept. 5, 2014) in Ledyard, Connecticut. When two Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veterans with highly aggressive grappling attacks collide, how can either man take the advantage? Read our fight preview and find out!


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight grappling specialists Joe Lauzon and Michael Chiesa are set to scrap at UFC Fight Night 50 this Friday (Sept. 5, 2014) in Ledyard, Connecticut, which will air live on FOX Sports 1.


Lauzon has long since established himself as one of lightweight's best submission fighters. And with 12 post-fight bonuses in his career, Lauzon is also the division's premier action fighter. Between his excellent submissions and habit of going to war with his foes, Lauzon's become something of a fan favorite.


Still, all those battles wear on even the toughest fighters. Prior to his decision win over Mac Danzig last December -- the first decision win of his career -- Lauzon endured a bloody war with Jim Miller and a beat down at the hands of Michael Johnson.


Chiesa seems to be following a similar path to the Boston native. With a 4-1 record in the UFC and a pair of "Submission of the Night" bonuses, Chiesa has been one of the more successful Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winners in recent years.


Let's see what each fighter needs to do in order to come out on top.


Joe Lauzon


Record: 23-9


Key Wins: Mac Danzig (UFC on FOX 9), Jamie Varner (UFC on FOX 4), Melvin Guillard (UFC 136)


Key Losses: Michael Johnson (UFC Fight Night 26), Anthony Pettis (UFC 144)


Keys to Victory: Since his run on TUF, Lauzon has been fairly consistent as a high action-gatekeeper. He blows through anyone outside the top 15 -- usually with a beautiful submission -- and occasionally catches a fringe contender, but falls to any top-ranked opposition in an entertaining battle.


Though he has yet to compete in 2014, Lauzon is coming off a solid win over Mac Danzig. He failed to secure a finish for the first time in his career, but "J-Lau" still brutalized Danzig with elbows and hunted for the armbar multiple times.


Now, he's matched up with a younger, likely bigger fighter with a similar fighting style. In order to stave away "Maverick," Lauzon will have to fully utilize his extensive edge in experience. Plus, he likely has the advantage in conditioning.


Both of these factors give Lauzon an advantage in scrambles.


However, Lauzon should make Chiesa work for any grappling exchanges. "J-Lau" has a bad habit of shelling up when his opponent strikes at him, but he's pretty volatile when he starts the exchanges. Chiesa doesn't have the power to really threaten Lauzon, so he should feel free to get aggressive on the feet.


Once Chiesa is eating punches, he'll undoubtedly shoot for a takedown. During that initial scramble, Lauzon needs to look to reverse Chiesa with the threat of submissions. If Lauzon forces Chiesa to his back, there's a good chance that he can force the Spokane, Washington-native to make a mistake.


And with Lauzon's grappling, it only takes one.


Michael Chiesa


Record: 11-1


Key Wins: Franciso Trinaldo (UFC 173), Al Iaquinta (TUF 15 Finale)


Key Losses: Jorge Masvidal (UFC on FOX 8)


Keys to Victory: Chiesa is a strong grappler with a developing stand-up game. Though he basically won TUF by absorbing damage until his opponent made a mistake, his performances are becoming more and more complete in each fight. This is best evidenced by his nullification of the very dangerous Francisco Trinaldo in his last bout.


He's clearly grown since his loss to "Gamebred" as well. Even in that match, Chiesa was doing well early but slowed down considerably. However, the fact that he went the full 15 minutes without issue against "Massaranduba" is an excellent sign.


This fight against Lauzon will very much be determined by who is moving forward. Lauzon is not a counter striker, and Chiesa doesn't fight well moving backwards either, so it's imperative he initiates the striking exchanges.


Neither man is particularly hard to hit, but both are tough, meaning there's a decent chance of a slugfest.


Additionally, Chiesa will likely want to bring this fight to the mat at some point. That's a wise plan; as a grappling specialist, he has to have confidence against anyone in the division on the mat. That said, it will be easier to land takedowns if Lauzon is covered up, anticipating strikes. Plus, Lauzon can't transition into a submission or sweep if his hands are by his chin.


From the top, Chiesa needs to be careful. That said, ground striking often prevents submissions. If Chiesa can lead the dance on the feet and pick his shots on the mat, he has a very good chance of walking away with the victory.


Bottom Line: This fight is quite relevant in determining where each man stands inside the lightweight division. In such a packed division, a single loss can send a fighter far back in the rankings or to the undercard.


Lauzon really needs to win this. At this point, he's not likely to ever contend for the title, but he's still a name. A nice finish victory over a solid up-and-comer like Chiesa would help confirm that Lauzon is still a top lightweight. Besides, fight fans love to watch "J-Lau," and his aggressive style pays out quite well.


But it only pays out if he wins. After his losses to Miller and Johnson, Lauzon talked about the physical tolls such battles take on him. If he goes out and gets battered by an unranked fighter like Chiesa, it would be very bad for him mentally, physically, and in regards to his position in the division.


For Chiesa, this is another chance to break into the top 15 of the division. He's still relatively young at just 26 years old, and his TUF victory makes him easy to promote, but most fighters don't get many chances in a division like lightweight. Anytime a rising fighter losses, there's three more hungry to take his place.


Chiesa can't really afford to waste another chance.


If Chiesa can pull off the victory, he's in an excellent position. No one outside the current top 10 has beaten Lauzon since 2010, meaning that Chiesa would very likely earn a position inside the top 15. For a marketable fighter, that's very valuable and could lead to other big-name fights in his future.


At UFC Fight Night 50, two lightweight submission specialists will duel for relevancy and a potential spot in the top 15. Who will emerge victorious?




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Dana White confident about Gina Carano signing, uncertain if she is next in line for Rousey

UFC President Dana White once again discussed Gina Carano in his post-fight media scrum and revealed that they are “close” but that she may not be guaranteed a title shot.


A Dana White media scrum in 2014 is never complete unless he is asked about Gina Carano.


The UFC President reiterated his confidence in the promotion getting an eventual deal done with the former Strikeforce featherweight champion, and even predicted that the deal would be done before the end of the year.


"There's just one more little thing (in the negotiations)," White said. "It's close, but it'll be done (before the end of the year)."


While many assumed that Carano signing would mean an immediate title shot against current women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, White surprised many when he suggested a potential change of plans.


"I did at one point (believe Carano would get a title shot)," White said at post-event media scrum following Saturday's UFC 177 in Sacramento. "I don't know now. (Cat Zingano) is next in line. (And Bethe Correia) looked great tonight."


It has been five years since Carano last fought professionally and her final fight was a TKO loss to Cristiane ‘Cyborg' Justino. Since then, Carano has transitioned to film acting and has starred in movies such as "Fast and Furious 6" and "Haywire." It was recently rumoured that movie conflicts played a part in the extended negotiations with the UFC.


Apart from that, the women's bantamweight division still has a pair of potential title challengers, as Bether Correira is coming off a devastating victory over Rousey's teammate Shayna Baszler, and Cat Zingano is scheduled to return from an extended spell on the sidelines at UFC 178.


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Jose Aldo isn't fazed by Dana White's past criticism


RIO DE JANEIRO – Jose Aldo doesn’t listen to the haters, even if the one criticizing him is UFC president Dana White.


Unbeaten since 2005, and going for his 9th UFC/WEC title defense against Chad Mendes at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 25, Aldo was once described by White as a fighter with "all the talent in the world" who "just lays back and doesn’t let anything go."


Aldo finished two of five opponents in the UFC, exactly the ones he fought in Rio de Janeiro, and stopped seven of his eight fights under the WEC banner. The Nova Uniao featherweight wants to get his job done as fast as possible, but he won’t risk anything to finish fights.


"I don’t care what he says. He’s a businessman, he wants to promote his shows," Aldo said of White during a UFC 179 media day in Rio de Janeiro this past Tuesday. "He wants us to go in there and do our best without thinking about the consequences. Whatever he says, I don’t care. I care about what Andre (Pederneiras) tells me, what we have to train and do. That’s what I focus on."


Aldo is currently ranked No. 2 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings, and being No. 2 doesn’t bother him.


"I’m still evolving. I still have much to do to get better. That’s what I focus on," he said. "If I’m the No. 1 or not, I leave that to the media and the fans. To me, I’ll always be the best. I feel I’m the best technically speaking, but I never think I’m the best and I’m unbeatable. I do everything I can to stay champion."


Aldo explains why you shouldn’t listen to Dana White’s pre-fight talk, citing his teammate and former UFC champion Renan Barao as an example.


Prior to his fourth UFC title defense against T.J. Dillashaw in May, White said multiple times that Barao could be best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and that got into Barao’s head.


"I think Barao is an outstanding fighter and has everything to be the champion, but he lost himself with everything that was said," Aldo said. "He got himself into what Dana was saying, that he was unbeatable and everything. We try to stay focused because the other guy is also training to win."


Dillashaw dominated and finished Barao at UFC 173, snapping Barao’s 33-fight unbeaten streak. The bantamweights were set to collide one more time at Saturday’s UFC 177 in Sacramento, Calif., but Barao was removed from the card after passing out during his weight cut on Friday.




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UFC Fight Night 50's Alistair Overeem responds to Dana White's criticism on training with Jon Jones

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Unlike UFC President Dana White, heavyweight Alistair Overeem sees no reason why he shouldn’t train with 205-pound champion Jon Jones.


Overeem and Jones are teammates at New Mexico fight camp Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA. However, this past month, a training accident injured “Bones” and forced him out (http://mmajunkie.com/2014/08/jon-jones-injured-forced-out-of-planned-ufc-178-meeting-with-daniel-cormier) of a planned UFC 178 title defense against Daniel Cormier.


The fight was pushed to UFC 182 in January and questions arose about how Jones got hurt ahead of arguably the most significant match up of his professional career.


Head coach Greg Jackson said in an interview with Sherdog that it was in a training session with Overeem, who joined the team a few months ago, when Jones went down with the leg injury, which ultimately required surgery.


“Somebody went for a takedown, (Jones) stepped the wrong way, twisted the wrong way and down he went,” Jackson said. “He was fighting it, and he just twisted it. And then it just popped.”


Overeem’s involvement in the situation sparked ire from the UFC boss. White believes it “doesn’t make sense” for someone the size of “The ‘Reem” to train with Jones, especially when Jones is preparing for a matchup like Cormier, whose physical dimensions greatly differ from Overeem.


“It drives me crazy,” White said on The Jim Rome Show. “First of all he’s fighting a 5-(foot)-10 unbelievable wrestler – that’s who he is facing in Daniel Cormier. (But) he’s training with 6-10, no-wrestling, all-standup kickboxer Alistair Overeem. And Alistair Overeem lands on his leg and busts his knee up and gives him a high ankle sprain.


“I mean I just don’t know why he would be training with Alistair Overeem for a fight when he’s going to fight a 5-10 wrestler. I don’t know, it’s frustrating.


“I wanted to pick the phone up about 20 times and call (Greg Jackson) and say ‘What are you doing? Why’s he training with Alistair Overeem to fight Daniel Cormier? Please tell me how that makes sense. But I didn’t. I bit my tongue, until right this second.”


Overeem described the “freak” accident as part of the sport. Fighters get injured and are forced to withdraw from upcoming contests on what seems like a daily basis, it just so happened this specific incident caused one of the most anticipated bouts of the year to be postponed.


“(The injury was) very unfortunate,” Overeem told MMAjunkie. “This was just one of those freak accidents on a takedown. Listen, I was looking forward to that fight. Everybody was looking forward to that fight. Jon Jones was looking forward to it. Accidents happen. There’s no fault to blame.


“What is he doing training with me? We’re in the same gym. We’re teammates. We have lunch (together) and we drive around together.”


Ever since the news surfaced, Overeem has received an endless onslaught of criticism from media and fellow fighters. The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion was the butt of harsh words from former Blackzilians teammate Anthony Johnson and current Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA training partner Andrei Arlovski.


Both fighters echoed similar sentiments about Overeem and how he might not be the most considerate training partner. Johnson in particular insinuated Overeem intentionally inflicts injury upon those around him.


The Dutchman sternly declines those claims. He believes there is no reason why he shouldn’t be able to train with Jones – or anyone else for that matter – and insists he would never overstep his bounds in such a fashion.


“There was no intent (to hurt him),” Overeem said. “There’s always something you can say. Sometimes it’s best to say nothing and it is what it is. That’s just my two cents.”


Regardless of any statements to the contrary, Overeem has settled in to life at Jackson-Winkeljohn’s MMA. After spending his past two camps in Miami and Thailand, Overeem joined the world-renowned team earlier this year and spent his entire training camp for Friday’s UFC Fight Night 50 showdown with Ben Rothwell in Albuquerque.


Overeem (37-13 MMA, 2-2 UFC) meets Rothwell (33-9 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in the co-main event of the FOX Sports 1-televised fight card from Foxwoods Casino Resort in Ledyard, Conn. The main card (9 p.m. ET) airs following prelims on the same channel (7 p.m. ET).


The 34-year-old has high praise for his new surroundings. Despite any negative news that has been attached to his name, Overeem remains focused on Rothwell and expects his newfound training methods to shine through in the octagon.


“I’m having a great time learning every day,” Overeem said. “The team is great. They’re stand-up people, there’s no egos. Everybody’s cool. Everyone is helping each other out. A lightweight can give me wresting advice. It’s very chill and peaceful and that’s that I like. I don’t like tension in the gym slash workplace.


“I want to go to work with pleasure and it helps when you’re around motivated people that have got your back. I’m very much looking forward to this fight.”


For more on UFC Fight Night 50, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.




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Waiting to Exhale, Michelle Waterson Wants to Put a Stamp on Her Invicta FC Championship

It’s been over a year since Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson won the Invicta FC atomweight championship against Jessica Penne, and she's ready to finally put a stamp on it.

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Bobby Lashley Talks About His Bellator MMA Debut This Friday

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Current TNA World Heavyweight Champion and part-time MMA fighter Bobby Lashley recently spoke with the folks at MMA Report to promote his MMA return and Bellator debut this Friday at Bellator 123 in Connecticut. During the discussion, Lashley spoke about his deal with the second biggest MMA promotion in North America. Below is an excerpt.
"I'm signed right now for a handful of fights [with Bellator], and that was before Coker even came on. And now that Coker came on, we’ll probably end up doing those fights fairly quickly and renewing it. I don’t have too much time left in the game, but while I’m here I want to make a big impact. I don’t think the amount of fights that I signed for is going to give me an opportunity to do everything that I want to do, so I’m going to blaze through those fights quickly — maybe every other month if I can stay healthy — then hopefully I can sign on for more and really make a big statement, as I have my last run."

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James Irvin Injured, Brian Rogers Now Faces Brett Cooper at Bellator 125

Brian Rogers will now face Brett Cooper at Bellator 125 on Sept. 19 after James Irvin suffered a leg injury forcing him out of the event.

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Video: Get to know UFC strawweight and 'TUF 20' contestant Rose Namajunas



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The historic 20th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” begins next week and features 16 strawweight women.


In the second in a series of previews of some of the standouts on “TUF 20,” take a look at FOX Sports 1’s video introduction of Rose Namajunas.


Namajunas (2-1) turned pro in 2013 and quickly captured peoples’ attention with a pair of submission victories for Invicta FC. Her second pro fight was a 12-second flying armbar win at Invicta FC 5. She stumbled in July with a decision loss to Tecia Torres – who would go on to join her in the “TUF” house. But now Namajunas has the biggest opportunity of her career on “The Ultimate Fighter.”


Get to know “Thug” Rose in the video above. Then stay tuned for future intro videos of some of the women of “TUF 20″ ahead of the Sept. 10 season premiere on FOX Sports 1.


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

UFC Fight Night 50 video: FOX Sports 1 analysts preview 'Jacare vs. Mousasi' on Sept. 5 in Connecticut

Not long after UFC tied a ribbon around its Sacramento pay-per-view card (details), it heads to "The Constitution State" for the bill of fights.




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Video: Hermes Franca returns to MMA, gets destroyed in 34 seconds

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender, Hermes Franca, made his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) last week (Aug. 28, 2014) after doing time (and getting deported) for sexually abusing an underage girl. His comeback (via MMA Fighting) lasted all of 34 seconds, as he was popped and dropped by Breno Braga at Extreme Fighter Nordeste’s in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. Franca, now 40, falls to 22-13 (1 NC) with the defeat.




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Ben Askren grateful that 'master' Dana White would consider signing the 'Funky' ONE FC champ


Can't we all just get along?


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is finally warming up to the idea of signing former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren, after passing on the opportunity to grab the "Funky" free agent earlier this year (because of this).


"I think if he keeps winning, he could get a shot over here," White said during the UFC 177 media scrum (watch it here). Ben Askren said a lot of stupid shit when he left, but I don’t care about stuff like that. We’ll see how the kid fights, what he keeps doing, and we’ll go from there."


Askren caught wind of the comments and offered this heartfelt reply:




While an eventual union seems unlikely, White referenced his relationship with former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, and insists he'll always do what's best for business, despite his personal feelings (lol).


Askren (14-0) has since hooked up with ONE FC in Asia and quickly racked up two first-round finishes, one by submission and the other by technical knockout (watch it). In fact, the Olympian now has four straight finishes, which goes a long way in silencing the critics who labeled him a one-dimensional wrestler.


But can he do it against UFC-caliber competition? That remains to be seen.




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UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi II fight card


A look at next Friday's Fox Sports 1 card from Ledyard, CT, where Ronaldo Souza and Gegard Mousasi compete in the night's main event.


Now that UFC 177 is behind us, we can feast our eyes at what should be a stacked month of great fights that await us in September. We start off the fall season with Gegard Mousasi and "Jacare" Souza engaging in a rematch of their DREAM bout in 2008, which ended in a Mousasi upkick KO. The co-main event pits Alistair Overeem against Ben Rothwell, while the other heavyweight main card bout sees Derrick Lewis face Matt Mitrione.


This deep Fox Sports 1 card also includes Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira in a featherweight rematch of their no contest tilt at lightweight back in 2011. Joe Lauzon and Michael Chiesa battle it out at 155 lbs, while John Moraga and Justin Scoggins open up the main card from Foxwood casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.


Here's the full fight lineup, and I'm sure most of you are salivating at this high-quality cable TV show:


Main Card (FS1, 9 PM ET/6 PM PT)


Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza

Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell

Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis

Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa

Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira

John Moraga vs. Justin Scoggins


Preliminary Card (FS1, 7 PM ET/4 PM PT)


Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm

Chris Camozzi vs. Rafael Natal

Chris Beal vs. Tateki Matsuda

Sean Soriano vs. Chas Skelly




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Olympic gold medalist Kenny Monday joins Johny Hendricks at Team Takedown


OSU in the house!


After Kenny Monday was relieved of his duties as head wrestling coach for the Blackzilians mixed martial arts (MMA) camp three months ago, the former Olympic gold medalist has landed back on his feet, as he's been hired to spearhead the wrestling program for Team Takedown.


Serving as home base to current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks, Team Takedown is located in Arlington, Texas.


According to the statement released by the team on its official website, Monday and his family have already made the move from Boca Raton, Florida. Ted Ehrhardt, managing partner of the MMA camp, talked about the hiring.



"After meeting with our head trainer, Marc Laimon, we felt like Kenny Monday would complete our coaching staff. At first, there is always hesitation because we had just won the championship belt with Johny Hendricks, and the old saying ‘if it isn't broken, don't fix it' came to mind, but after bringing Kenny in for a couple weeks and seeing what he could add to our team, it was a no-brainer. I feel like we already had the best trainers in all of MMA, but now we are even that much further ahead of any other gym."



Monday, a former three-time Olympian, joined the Blackzilians in 2013, leaving his position as head coach of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) wrestling program after inking a three-year contract with the MMA camp.


According to team member Rashad Evans, a rift began to form between Monday and the higher-ups at the Backzilians camp toward the end, which ultimately led to his departure from the gym.


Now, Monday will unite with fellow OSU alum and UFC champion, Hendricks, who won back-to-back titles at the university in 2005 and 2006.


Every little bit counts.




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Carla Esparza says Claudia Gadelha is 'next in line for the belt'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- During a scrum at UFC 177, Carla Esparza talks about the quality of fights on TUF 20, where Claudia Gadelha stands in the division, living and training in the TUF house, and more.




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