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Bellator: Fight Card This Friday On Spike

Mon, 2017-10-16 12:00

Gegard Mousasi is set to make his debut this Friday night on Spike vs. Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 185.

Along with Mousasi vs. Shlemenko from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, Brennan Ward will take on David Rickels and Heather Hardy meets Kristina Williams.

Below is the current fight card:

MAIN CARD (Spike/9 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko

Welterweight: Brennan Ward vs. David Rickels

Female Flyweight: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

Welterweight: Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres

Female Flyweight: Ana Julaton vs. Lisa Blaine

PRELIMINARY CARD (FightLine.com)

Welterweight: Vinicius DeJesus vs. Joaquin Buckley

Lightweight: Ryan Quinn vs. Marcus Surin

Middleweight: Steve Skrzat vs. Costello Van Steenis

Catchweight: Jordan Young vs. Alec Hooben

Catchweight: Kevin Carrier vs. Kastroit Xhema

Featherweight: Vovka Clay vs. Frank Sforza

Lightweight: John Beneduce vs. Dean Hancock

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Heather Hardy Promo For Bellator 185

Sun, 2017-10-15 17:00

Heather Hardy returns to action at Bellator 185 this Friday night.

Here, Jimmy Smith breaks down her recent performance inside the cage.

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UFC: Saturday’s Fight Card Set For Poland

Sun, 2017-10-15 12:00

After taking a week off, the UFC returns with UFC Fight Night 118 this Saturday.

Set from the Ergo Arena in Gdarisk, Poland, the event airs entirely on UFC Fight Pass and features Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till in the main event.

Also, former title contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz meets Jodie Esquibel and Jan Blachowicz faces Devin Clark.

Below is the current fight card:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/3 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till

Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel

Light Heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark

Middleweight: Jonathan Wilson vs. Oskar Piechota

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/11:45 a.m. ET)

Lightweight: Marcin Held vs. Nasrat Haqparast

Heavyweight: Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek

Bantamweight: Damian Stasiak vs. Brian Kelleher

Middleweight: Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev

Featherweight: Artem Lobov vs. Andre Fili

Welterweight: Warlley Alves vs. Jim Wallhead

Female Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg

Featherweight: Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

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Preview: UFN 118

Sat, 2017-10-14 17:00

The UFC is off this weekend, but returns next Saturday with UFC Fight Night 118 from Poland.

In the main event, Donald Cerrone takes on Darren Till.

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Featherweights Jury, Glenn Set For UFC 219

Sat, 2017-10-14 12:00

Myles Jury and Rick Glenn will ring in the New Year at UFC 219.

The two featherweights have been added to the December 30 card from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Jury (16-2) has found his groove since moving to featherweight, scoring a win over Mike De La Torre following back-to-back lightweight defeats.

Glenn (20-4-1) is 2-1 over three UFC fights and is a former World Series of Fighting champion.

The bout was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Below is the current fight card:

Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera

Strawweight: Carlos Esparza vs. Cynthia Calvillo

Flyweight: Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau

Light Heavyweight: Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree

Featherweight: Myles Jury vs. Rick Glenn

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Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 185 Promo

Sat, 2017-10-14 07:00

Alexander Shlemenko can make a statement next Friday when he faces Gegard Mousasi in the main event of Bellator 185.

In this special promo video, Jimmy Smith breaks down the former Bellator champion.

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Caraway-Sanders Added To UFN Fresno

Sat, 2017-10-14 07:00

Bantamweights Bryan Caraway and Luke Sanders have a date for UFC Fight Night 123.

Set for December 9 from the Save Mart Center, the event takes place in Fresno, California.

Caraway (21-7) is 4-1 over his last five fights, including back-to-back victories. Sanders (11-1) suffered a submission loss to Iuri Alcantara this past March.

Below is the current card:

Lightweight: Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher

Middleweight: John Phillips vs. Eryk Anders

Female Flyweight: Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis

Middleweight: Antonio Braga Neto vs. Trevin Giles

Flyweight: Alex Perez vs. Carls John de Tomas

Bantamweight: Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders

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Tim Means Headed To Australia Next Month

Fri, 2017-10-13 17:00

Tim Means has agreed to replace Jesse Taylor and face Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night 121.

The event takes place November 19 from the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia. Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura is the main event.

Means (27-8-1) has posted a 9-5 mark over 14 Octagon appearances, with Muhammad (12-2) sitting at 3-2.

Taylor was knocked from the bout due to a failed drug test.

Below is the current fight card:

Heavyweight: Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura

Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa vs. Rashad Coulter

Flyweight: Ryan Benoit vs. Askhan Mokhtarian

Female Flyweight: Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings

Strawweight: Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem

Featherweight: Alex Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy

Middleweight: Dan Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou

Welterweight: Belal Muhammad vs. Tim Means

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Extended Preview For UFC 217 “Bisping Vs. GSP

Fri, 2017-10-13 12:00

Three world titles will be at stake and a legend returns when the Octagon lands in New York City for UFC 217 on Saturday, Nov. 4. Middleweight champion Michael Bisping looks to defend his crown for the second time against one of the greatest mixed martial artists in history, Georges St-Pierre who makes his comeback after four years away from the sport in the main event.

In the co-main event, former training partners turned bitter rivals will settle the score when bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt clashes with TJ Dillashaw and strawweight powerhouse Joanna Jedrzejczyk chases Ronda Rousey’s record for most successful title defenses in the women’s divisions when she meets Rose Namajunas.

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Look At ONE’s 2018 Schedule Of Events

Fri, 2017-10-13 12:00

It's going to be ONE incredible 2018! #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/NmzJ8slzps

— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 10, 2017

A total of 24 events are scheduled for 2018 from ONE Championship, beginning January 30 in Jakrarta and concluding December 22 in Bangkok.

Events from ONE typically air via online pay-per-view in North America.

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Free Fight Featuring Matt Frincu

Fri, 2017-10-13 07:00

Before he steps inside the cage this Friday night vs. Curtis Millender, check out this fight replay between Matt Frincu and Kris Hocum from LFA 5 earlier this year.

LFA 24 takes place Friday night on AXS TV.

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Owen Roddy On Conor McGregor’s Future

Thu, 2017-10-12 17:00

Owen Roddy, the striking coach for UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, joined Submission Radio recently to discuss what might be next for “Notorious.”

On Ferguson beating Lee at UFC 216

“It’s looking like Dana White wants Conor to defend the belt against Ferguson. I think it’ll be a good fight as well, it would be an interesting fight and yeah, but I don’t know what’s next. But either or, if Conor fights Ferguson or if he fights Diaz or whoever, you know yourself it’s just gonna be an unbelievable experience and I’m looking forward to it.”

How Ferguson’s striking would compare to McGregor’s in a fight

“He’s good, obviously. He wouldn’t be the interim champion if he wasn’t good. His style is, you know, it’s not traditional, it’s a bit unorthodox and stuff, but I just honestly think that Conor’s going to be way too clean for Ferguson. If Ferguson tries to stand with Conor for an extended period of time it will be lights out, in my opinion. You know, he’s tough as well, he’s tough and durable, so he may take a couple of smacks, but at the end of the day Conor’s going to be way too clean and too technical to… he won’t get touched. That’s my opinion. But yeah, it will be an interesting one and it will be an exciting fight as well because Ferguson does come to fight and he’s aggressive, he goes in, he looks to finish fights, so it will be exciting. But yeah, without a doubt if he wants to stand and bang with Conor it’ll be lights out fairly quick, I think.”

If Tony being a tall, lanky guy will be a problem like Nate Diaz was for McGregor

“Well, I think because we came through those two Diaz fights we’d be a bit more capable of dealing with the tall, rangy guy. I think the one unique thing that Diaz has is just that unbelievable chin, and like, I don’t think Ferguson would be able to take the shots that Diaz took. Do you know what I mean? I think he would be asleep or the ref would have stepped in and have stopped the fight if Conor lands. Where Diaz, like, Conor was landing all the shots on Diaz as well and all the other stuff that we came up with worked against Diaz, it’s just he kept coming and coming and coming and coming. I don’t think Ferguson is as durable as Diaz, so I think we’ll be well able to land the shots. You know, there’s plenty of holes in there in Ferguson’s game and I think we can capitalise and land any shots that we need to land.”

What fight appeals more to Team McGregor

“I honestly think that people would rather, like, I think people would rather see Conor vs. Diaz. I just think it’s a more exciting fight for everybody, you know what I mean? It’s the trilogy, the first two fights, the back and forth between the guys and the way the fights went. You know, who wouldn’t want to see the third fight? But of course, it makes sense that he fights (Ferguson), he defends the belt. Whatever happens, I don’t know, but I said this already, I would like to see Diaz three. The Ferguson fight is an interesting one as well. Like, he’s an exciting fighter so it will be an exciting fight. So either or, either or.”

“I’d just be happy to get Conor back in the UFC, fighting in the cage and doing what we do best. I just can’t wait for that first to go again or, you know? So I just want to see him back in there sooner rather than later.”

If there’s a chance McGregor goes to boxing instead of returning to the UFC

“Well, there was a lot of talk about potentially boxing again and there was talk of Malignaggi and there was a lot of talk of boxing and stuff like that, but I think even Conor said himself that he’s got unfinished business in the octagon and he wants to go back and defend his belt. So yeah, I think that’s what’s going to happen. Is he done with boxing? Probably not, you know what I mean? If the right fight comes up and the right money’s on the table I’m sure he would jump in and go again. You know, without a doubt. So who knows what next year is going to be like anyways. It’s going to be bigger than 2017 anyways, that’s what I imagine.”

What Ferguson’s interim belt means

“I’m sure it means a lot to Ferguson. To Conor, Conor has his belts at home and he’s never lost them, so in his eyes it’s not real, like, you know what I mean? But, you know, at the end of the day the UFC have to – if Conor can’t defend the belt in the same amount of time, they have to put out a belt to obviously keep people excited and give the people that are coming through, the number one contenders and stuff like that, give them their opportunity. You know, Conor had to fight for an interim belt himself, so you know, that has to be done. But Conor’s always got his belts at home, and nobody’s came and beat him to get those belts, so in his eyes he’s still the featherweight champion and he’s still the lightweight champion. And I think the Ferguson fight will be exciting, whether it comes earlier next year or whenever, but I think it will be an exciting fight.”

When McGregor will return and if December is enough time for Owen to prepare Conor for a potential Diaz trilogy or Ferguson fight

“Yeah, I would like more time off, definitely. But at the end of the day, if Conor sits down and he goes, “alright, look, I have to fight, this is the fight, it is December,” we go straight into camp again. But ideally you want to be back training, enjoying your training, improving. You know, when you just go from camp to camp there’s very little learning in camp. Camp is just, you’re just fine-tuning what you already have. It’s when you’re fighting, when you’re training out of camp is when you improve, when you work on new techniques and you develop new areas of the game. So yeah, no, for us, I’d just like to see him back training in like the next week or two or whatever and then training through the Christmas or whatever, enjoy his training and then go into camp after the Christmas and fighting whatever, the first quarter of next year.”

“I’ve always said that Conor has this amazing ability to pick up techniques very, very quickly, and because we focused on boxing for, whatever, 10 weeks non-stop and we were working different shots and different angles, everything got so much sharper. His hand-speed is, his shot selection was on-point, he was landing shots that I’ve never seen him land before just because we’ve been working on them consistently, and I think when you see him back in the cage, I think you will see the difference in his hands. But his hands were always good, he’s always been able to land those strikes, I just think he’s going to look a lot sharper, and then we’re going to be adding in the rest of the tools, the kicks the knees and the elbows as well. So yeah, his striking, his hands have got way better in that camp. In that 10 weeks he gained years’ experience, and just working on the hands. So yeah, big knockouts when he gets back into the UFC again.”

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Gokhan Saki Slated For Action At UFC 219

Thu, 2017-10-12 12:00

Fresh off his performance vs. Henrique da Silva, Gokhan Saki has secured a second fight inside the Octagon.

Saki (1-1) will meet Khail Rountree in a light heavyweight contest at the year-ending UFC 219 card on December 30 from Las Vegas.

A kickboxing sensation, Saki finished da Silva at UFC Fight Night 117 in the first round, earning a bonus in his UFC debut. Rountree is 6-2 overall and has split his four Octagon appearances.

Below is the current fight card:

Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera

Strawweight: Carlos Esparza vs. Cynthia Calvillo

Flyweight: Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau

Light Heavyweight: Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree

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Lawler-RDA To Square Off In December

Thu, 2017-10-12 11:55

Former champions Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos will headline the upcoming UFC on FOX 26 event.

Set for December 16 from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the event will see the Octagon return to Winnipeg for the first time since 2013.

Lawler ended his year-long layoff with a decision win over Donald Cerrone this past summer, with dos Anjos improving to 2-0 since moving up from lightweight to welterweight.

Below is the current fight card along with ticket information for next week:

UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, October 18 at 10 a.m. CDT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, October 19 starting at 10 a.m. CDT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

General public ticket sales are set for Friday, October 20 beginning at 10 a.m. CDT.

Welterweight: Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Light Heavyweight: Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov

Light Heavyweight: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier

Middleweight: Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose

Middleweight: Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez

Flyweight: Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins

Lightweight: John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo

Welterweight: Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev

Lightweight: Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bofando

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What To Watch On Mousasi-Shlemenko

Thu, 2017-10-12 07:00

Former Strikeforce champion and UFC contender Gegard Mousasi makes his Bellator debut at Bellator 185 vs. Gegard Mousasi.

Jimmy Smith breaks down that fight in this edition of “What to Watch.”

Mousasi and Shlemenko are set to square off October 20 from the Mohegan Sun Arena on Spike.

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Preview: Dustin Poirier-Anthony Pettis Next Month

Wed, 2017-10-11 17:00

Check out his preview for UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis, which takes place November 11.

The card features Dustin Poirier vs. former UFC champion Anthony Pettis.

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Preview: LFA 24 This Friday Night

Wed, 2017-10-11 12:00

Along with the return of Mackenzie Dern, Curtis Millender and Matt Frincu take to the cage Friday at Legacy Fighting Alliance 24.

The main card airs live on AXS TV.

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“Wonderboy” Looks Ahead To UFC 217

Wed, 2017-10-11 07:00

Stephen Thompson was a guest on Submission Radio recently, coming back on to the program to discuss his UFC 217 bout with Jorge Masvidal.

Stephen’s thoughts on the current next contenders in the welterweight division, like Rafael dos Anjos and Carlos Condit

“RDA, of course he was the champion in the 155 division, he moved up to 170 but he’s a huge name and he’s a phenomenal fighter. He’s been doing well in the 170 division, you know, beating Saffiedine, which I was there actually cageside watching them fight, which is very impressive, and of course his last win. So I’m pretty sure he’s ranked pretty high right now, in the top five or six, so he’s really cool to see where he’s – and this is what makes the 170 division so exciting, because you don’t know what’s going to happen and it’s just kind of up in the air right now. You know, me and Robbie Lawler are going back and forth with the number one seed. I’m number one seed, then he’s number one seed, then we’re both number one seed and he’s back to number one seed. And you got all these ridiculous fighters coming up. You know, you got Mike Perry doing work, finishing dudes in the 170 division. You got Carlos Condit coming back, fighting Neil Magny. And of course, Robbie Lawler, who’s a monster coming off a win over Cowboy Cerrone. So it’s very exciting right now in the 170 division. So man, I got a bunch of guys and a lot of studying to do cause I could be facing any one of these guys in the near future. So I’m watching everyone very closely, which is exciting for me. And a lot of these guys are stand-up fighters. Obviously, Jorge Masvidal is known for his striking, his Muay Thai, he’s very well-rounded. People don’t understand, they haven’t gone back and watched some of his fights. His fight against Paul Daley in Bellator, he outwrestled him. You know, if you watch his fight with Demian Maia, his grappling is very good. So man, I’m ready for fireworks come November 4th.”

If anyone from the UFC have confirmed that Thompson could get a third title shot if he beats Masvidal

“I haven’t really talked to anybody about that with the UFC. The only thing that I know is that I’m facing off against Jorge Masvidal. But what I believe I have to do come November 4th is, to be able to stay for that title contention, you know, to be able to fight for the title, is put on a good show and put out a good W, an exciting W come November 4th against Jorge Masvidal. We’ve been kind of going back and forth with me and Robbie Lawler, I was ranked number one, then he’s number one, then we’re both number one. So hopefully a good win over this – you know, I understand Tyron is out for a little while, so hopefully we’ll be able to fight against Robbie Lawler, maybe for an interim welterweight title against him for that belt. There’s also word RDA will want him to fight for the title too, so I really don’t know. I gotta go out there and face Jorge first and see what happens there before I can think about really what’s going on next. But it is in the back of mind.”

If Thompson sees any holes in Masvidal’s striking game

“Well, I don’t want to put anything out there, he’s probably got guys listening to this podcast (laughs) and stuff, but he’s a great Muay Thai stylist and his clinch work is one of the best. I mean, he’s one of the guys that goes out there and he just brings it, man and he defeats a lot of these guys because he’s a very tough opponent and he just outworks them. You know, his cardio. He’s got cardio for days. He’s been a 155’er, so he’s not really big at 170, but he’s got cardio for days and breaks a lot of these guys because of that. His clinch work is one of the top in the welterweight division, probably in the UFC, and I haven’t seen anybody better in his clinch than Anderson Silva, who’s known for that. So, he’s got great knees and great elbows and I think he’s gonna press forward like he normally does and try to get me into that clinch, maybe take me down here and there because usually everybody tries to do that against me. But he’s very well-rounded, so I gotta be on point every step of the way when I step out there against him November 4th. And I’ve been working religiously on my wrestling and my Jiu Jitsu just in case the fight goes there. I’m ready for wherever it goes.”

“A lot of fight fans are more excited about our fight than anything else, so we both have responsibility to go out there and really put on a show. And unlike Tyron, this guy comes forward, he comes to fight and it’s got fireworks written all over it.”

“You’re gonna see more of Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson than you saw in my last two fights against Tyron. I love it when guys come forward, which is something you didn’t see during the Tyron Woodley fight. But that’s just the way Masvidal is, he comes walking forward, he’s not afraid to press the action, which enables me to use my arsenal a little bit better, to use my kicks, to use my angles. So yeah, man, you’re gonna see a more exciting fight from me November 4th.”

If it’s a relief being on a MSG card but not having the pressures of being a co-main event like last time

“It is kind of a relief to me. You know, going into that fight at Madison Square Garden, it was the very first one there, so there was a lot of media obligations that we had to go through for that. This time I’m not the main event, we are the first fight on the pay-per-view card, but you don’t have all the media obligations anymore, so we can just literally focus on the fight. And it’s definitely an honor and privilege to be able to face Jorge Masvidal at Madison Square Garden in New York city because it’s a home away from home. I spend a lot of time there anyway, but just to be back there and put on another show in front of the fans. You know, my last fight there I fought a draw, we got ‘fight of the night’ for that fight, so going back there and getting a W in my home away from home would just be unbelievable. So I’m training literally as hard I can for this fight to be able to put on a great performance for everybody in New York city. And man, it is different from the last one because I can just go out there and focus on the fight and not have to worry about the media stuff that comes along with it.”

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Hunt Out, Werdum In At UFN 121

Tue, 2017-10-10 19:48

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will replace Mark Hunt and meet Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 121.

Officials made the decision Tuesday, citing concerns over Hunt’s recent comments regarding his medical status.

Werdum is coming off a quick submission win over Walt Harris this past weekend at UFC 216. Tybura is 3-1 over four UFC fights.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place November 19 from the Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia.

Below is the current fight card:

Heavyweight: Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura

Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa vs. Rashad Coulter

Flyweight: Ryan Benoit vs. Askhan Mokhtarian

Female Flyweight: Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings

Strawweight: Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem

Featherweight: Alex Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy

Middleweight: Dan Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou

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