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It’s funny, if you’re reading this on Saturday morning over a coffee or some breakfast, you weren’t supposed to be. You were supposed to be up and at ’em, clad in pajama pants and an old T-shirt, Fight Pass blaring while BJ Penn made his triumphant return to the UFC live from the Philippines.

The questions were supposed to be about how good he might be under Greg Jackson’s tutelage, or whether he has anything left in the tank irrespective of who’s coaching him. Then he got hurt, the event got cancelled and the questions shifted focus to ponder why the promotion was offering such a weak card in the first place or how the collapse of such a card comes about at all.

There was a time when cancelling a card was an outrageous idea. The UFC was a far cry from boxing, where a single fight props up an event and an injury causes the whole thing to go in the toilet. The UFC learned from that mistake, focusing on strong undercards and fights that could replace a main event on short notice if required.

The show must go on, as they say. And it always would.

That was the case until UFC 151.

2012 was an unwieldy year for the promotion as it put off far too many events without nearly enough talent to sustain them. Some of it was buoyed by a new television deal and the needs associated with that, but some of it seemed to come from the stubborn belief that the boom period of the previous few years would have fans yearning to buy almost anything with UFC branding—fight cards included.

The 151 story is so infamous in MMA now that it’s essentially lore: Dan Henderson was to challenge Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title, but he was hurt late in camp. The UFC scrambled to find a replacement for him and settled on middleweight contender Chael Sonnen, whom Jones refused to fight.

The card fell apart because no one in the world was about to pay pay-per-view pricing for Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron, and a heated, public feud between Jones and the UFC came about soon after. Some might argue it’s still ongoing, really.

It was the first time Zuffa had cancelled an event since taking over the UFC in 2001, and as much as the promotion tried to make Jones wear it, it had no one to blame but itself. It was a thin card, and Jones had no obligation to fight Sonnen on short notice. He actually eventually agreed to the fight and collected a dominant win at UFC 159.

It was almost two years before misfortune struck the UFC again to the tune of a cancelled event. UFC 176 was scheduled for August 2014 and was much deeper on paper than UFC 151. Names like Ronaldo Souza, Gegard Mousasi, Gray Maynard, Tony Ferguson, Derek Brunson and Bobby Green were all on the undercard and the main event was a featherweight title rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.

Still, when Aldo went down with an injury the promotion felt there was no choice but to can the whole thing and move its fights to a number of surrounding cards—a strategy the organization had discovered and refined during the 151 fiasco. There was decidedly less public drama around the 176 cancellation, with the UFC using the word “postponed” instead of “cancelled” and stating that it simply couldn’t find an adequate replacement main event to justify moving forward.

Looking back, in a way the 176 cancellation is almost remembered fondly by fans and pundits. It bolstered roughly a half-dozen cards around it with rescheduled bouts, including a fight between Souza and Mousasi which headlined a card on free TV. Aldo and Mendes fought at UFC 179 a couple of months later and provided a Fight of the Year candidate that is still, to this day, one of the best fights in featherweight history.

All-in-all it was a loss in the literal sense, but perhaps not in the grand scheme of things.

That brings us all to this weekend and the lost Fight Night card. It’s not on the same scale and beyond the curiosity of Penn’s return, very few people will miss it even remotely. It surely won’t be remembered as any great loss and isn’t likely to provide unanswered questions like “would Dan Henderson have beaten Jon Jones?”

It’s more reasonable to believe this is nothing more than an event that didn’t need to happen being treated as such when its only attraction couldn’t make the walk. There may have been a time when that wasn’t acceptable practice for the UFC, but bigger events with bigger names have been scrapped, and that’s ushered in an era where there are no guarantees.

To that end, don’t expect this to be the last time we see it happen.


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Six weeks after filming the new season of The Ultimate Fighter, and six months since his devastating first-round TKO loss to pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson, Henry Cejudo finally feels like he’s over the heartbreak. “I’m just disappointed in myself at this point,” Cejudo said Thursday during a media lunch in Las Vegas. “But it’s not like the Olympics where I have to wait four years. It could happen where I say something stupid, do something stupid and get a title shot.”Tickets are on sale now for The Ultimate Fighter Finale on Dec. 3. Get … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Once more, with feeling oxygen.

A pair of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champions will run it back for the upcoming UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place Sat., Dec. 30, 2016 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez.

These two first went to war in the UFC 188 main event in June 2015. Velasquez (14-2), then heavyweight champion, succumbed to the submission game of his Brazilian foe after sucking wind early in the third round.

He would compete just once following the loss, a UFC 200 beatdown of Travis Browne.

Werdum (21-6-1) moved on to his first title defense against Stipe Miocic at UFC 198, but found himself looking up at the lights after eating the challenger’s fist. He too, would rebound with a win over the aforementioned “Hapa” at UFC 203, albeit in less impressive fashion.

Time to separate the champ from the scamp.

UFC 207 will be headlined by the women’s bantamweight championship contest pitting reigning division queenpin Amanda Nunes opposite returning “Rowdy” judoka Ronda Rousey. Elsewhere on the card, 135-pound kingpin Dominick Cruz puts his bantamweight belt on the line against undefeated power puncher Cody Garbrandt.

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Ben Henderson may have been on to something.

The former UFC lightweight champion and current Bellator top contender made headlines in August when he told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that his training partner, Mackenzie Dern, would eventually become “bigger than Ronda Rousey.” Friday night, she took a big step forward in realizing that potential.

Dern stepped into the cage for her second professional fight at Legacy Fighting Championship 61 and posted one of the year’s more impressive wins. Check it out here, courtesy of UFC social media personality Zombie Prophet:

Facing Montana Stewart, Dern threw her legs up from guard position for an omoplata. When Stewart attempted to defend by stacking, Dern used the submission to sweep to gain top position. Then, while still controlling the arm, she managed to regain control and sink in a rear-naked choke. 

In judo, this would be called a sankaku garami transitioned into a okuri eri jime. In pro wrestling it’s something of modified crossface. In MMA, however, there doesn’t seem to be any name for it other than the “Dern Choke.”

While Dern (2-0) likely isn’t going to invent a new submission in every fight, there’s still cause to keep a close eye on her going forward. The proud owner of two World Jiu-Jitsu Championship gold medals and another gold from the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, she is a highly accomplished grappler who owns an advantage over all comers on the ground.

Whether she settles into fighting at 115 pounds or decides to establish herself in the 125-pound division, the 23-year-old certainly has the tools to become a serious contender.

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A heavyweight doubleheader will headline the UFC’s first visit to Albany, New York on Friday, December 9, with No. 10-ranked Derrick Lewis facing off against Shamil Abdurakhimov in the main event, while No. 13-ranked Francis Ngannou takes on Anthony Hamilton in the co-featured bout of the card, which will air on UFC FIGHT PASS.Tickets for the UFC Fight Night event, which takes place at Times Union Center, go on sale on October 28. To register for special pre-sale access, visit sporting a four-fight winning streak that includes three knockouts, Houston&rsquo … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Even though Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight middleweight Rashad Evans (19-5-1) is on possibly the worst streak of his career, that’s not going to change his positive attitude ahead of his debut at 185 pounds for the UFC’s first trip to his home state of New York at UFC 205.

While Evans was on “UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra,” he discussed a few topics, including his upcoming bout against Tim Kennedy (18-5), his recent loss against No. 3 ranked light heavyweight Glover Teixeira (25-5), and his current mindset about fighting.

“Suga” revealed some details about the pressure he put on himself heading into fights, saying, “I used to get so, just so into my own head about ‘I have to win this fight and this has to be this and this has to be this’ and, you know, so much about the results of everything that I kind of would give myself too much anxiety about it.”

The current No. 8 ranked light heavyweight, who is in the midst of changing divisions, is on a two-fight losing skid and has lost four of his last six bouts. His last fight was a devastating loss to the hands of Glover Teixeira, who knocked out Evans within two minutes of the very first round. Rashad informed Norton and Serra of how he responded to that loss.

“After I got knocked out by Glover Teixiera, I got knocked out in like a minute and-a-half and I’m just like overwhelmingly embarrassed, and then more importantly, just disappointed because this was the fight!” said Evans. “That was the fight! That was the night I was gonna come back and I was gonna show the world that I still got it and, you know, they slept on me and everything, I was like that, and that was the fight. And I went and sh*t the bed and I’m like ‘f**k’, you know what I’m saying? I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t wrap my mind around it because, in my head, I just knew I was gonna win the fight.”

Since the crushing loss to the Brazilian, Evans has had some revelations about competing in mixed martial arts (MMA). He delivered some revealing and insightful things to say regarding how he has reverted his old mindset heading into a fight.

“I had to trust the fact that whatever has happened in the past and, you know, my depression after I lose, it all works out,” said Evans. “It all works out no matter what, you know what I’m saying? There’s not a loss that I had that I can’t come back from, you know? And then from going through that experience to help me to understand that I can still go out there and compete. I can win, I can lose. But at the end of the day, I’m not going to be less of a man if I lose, and training myself to that mindset has allowed me to enjoy this sport a lot more.”

Aside from his feud with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, where most were siding with Jackson, Evans has always been one of the more likable fighters in the UFC. Hearing humanizing material like this from him only makes him more appealing to everybody. We’ll have to see if his new mindset is going to aid him to victory against Kennedy inside of “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12.

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Newly vocal UFC middleweight Gegard Mousasi is talking up his next opportunity, hoping to get a fight before the end of the year.

After dispatching Vitor Belfort (25-13 MMA, 14-9 UFC) earlier this month at UFC 204, Mousasi (40-6-2 MMA, 7-3 UFC) wants to let it ride and will fight in his usual weight class or step up to light heavyweight, he told MMAjunkie.

So who’s on his list?

While many linked Mousasi to a potential bout with Anderson Silva (33-7 MMA, 16-3 UFC), who took his spot at UFC 200, he bluntly declared the former middleweight champ was “not going to take the fight.”

Then there’s Uriah Hall (12-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC), whom he blasted at the UFC 204 post-event press conference. He said the matchup “doesn’t make sense for the UFC, and seeing as how Uriah Hall beat him only 11 months ago, it’s hard to argue.

“So probably, they’re going to make me wait,” reported Mousasi, who’s the No. 7 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings.

There is one matchup that excites the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ, however. UFC President Dana White recently declared Nick Diaz (26-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC) “ready to go,” and Mousasi would be happy to welcome the onetime UFC welterweight title challenger back to the octagon.

He’s just a little skeptical about his chances of getting the fight.

“With Vitor Belfort, they didn’t give me the fight because I asked for it,” Mousasi said. “They gave that fight to me because Vitor Belfort asked for that fight. So, hopefully, Nick Diaz is going to ask for that fight, and then I can fight him.”

Mousasi pulls no punches about his career prospects – that’s for sure. Check out the above video for more with the former champ.

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It seemed as if Vitor Belfort‘s historic mixed martial arts career had ended after his technical-knockout loss against Gegard Mousasi at UFC 204 on Oct. 8.

Belfort appeared to announce his decision to retire on Instagram on Saturday:

Who does not recognize your own mistakes it is not worthy to lead yourself, even less the people around him.

I recognize that I am far from perfect, I am only human; a human being.

Once a poet in Brazil wrote:

” – may love be eternal while it lasts.”

It is a beautiful fragment of a poem, but a truly consider it naive.

If I may and with all do respect, I would re write it like this:

” – may love be eternal while we nurture it.”

I confess that I need to nurture my competitive will inside the Octagon. I must cherish that fire inside of me again.

Having recognized that to myself,


Thanks a lot for all the support and advices. But I decided that I will end this chapter of my life looking at the mirror and recognizing myself.

However, Belfort clarified he’s not retiring, per John Morgan of MMAjunkie.

The 39-year-old has started to show the wear and tear that comes from fighting professionally for 20 years. He lost three of his last four matchups, including his middleweight title bout against Chris Weidman in May 2015.

Belfort’s first fight with the promotion was at UFC 12 on Feb. 7, 1997, when he defeated Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo on the same night in a total of 120 seconds to win the heavyweight tournament.

After his third UFC victory over Tank Abbott in May 1997, Belfort had his first match with Randy Couture in a rivalry that continued for seven years.

Belfort defeated Couture in their second head-to-head matchup in January 2004 to capture the UFC light heavyweight title.

It was the only championship he won in his career, though the fight was controversial because doctors stopped it after Couture’s eye seemingly exploded after Belfort grazed it with a seam on his glove in the first minute of the first round.

Couture got his revenge in the rematch—which doctors stopped after the third round—recapturing the light heavyweight title.

Belfort’s legacy in MMA is complicated. He holds the UFC record with 12 knockout wins and has won 25 matches in his career.

Ben Fowlkes of MMAjunkie broke down what makes Belfort a complex figure:

Belfort’s history with performance-enhancing drugs is among the most well-documented in MMA history. He went from whispers and accusations to actual drug test failures to sanctioned use that blurred the lines of abuse.

He’s a kind of walking fossil record of MMA’s doping past, which serves as both a stain on his reputation and a context for his actions.

Belfort has also struggled to compete against the best fighters in the sport. His bouts have been exciting because most of them end in knockouts, but his career record against Couture, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson and Jon Jones was 3-8.

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Championship double dip! The men’s and women’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight belts will both be on the line on the same night (Sat., Dec. 30, 2016) at UFC 207, which will take place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dominick Cruz will likely defend his 135-pound title in the pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event against No. 6-ranked division contender, Cody Garbrandt, according to The Cruz vs. Garbrandt clash will set the table for the main event of the evening between women’s 135-pound champion, Amanda Nunes, and former queenpin, Ronda Rousey.

Cruz is in the midst of an impressive three-fight win streak after spending almost three years on the sidelines recovering from various leg-related injuries and surgeries. He torched Takeya Mizugaki via first round knockout in his comeback fight and then took a split decision over then-champion T.J. Dillashaw after another year-long layoff to reclaim his world title. “Dominator” most recently defended his title against Urijah Faber over the summer at UFC 199 to get the edge in their trilogy match (2-1).

Garbrandt, meanwhile, talked himself into a championship fight after back-to-back-to-back violent first round finishes of Augusto Mendes, Thomas Almeida and Takeya Mizugaki this year. Cruz has been a willing participant in the verbal warfare, examples of which you can sample here, here, here and here.

Sorry, Bryan Caraway. Dillashaw won’t be too happy when he hears the news, either. But, this is the new UFC, where tenure, rankings and other logical things seemingly don’t mean much when compared to more marketable match ups.

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Bellator 168: “Carvalho vs. Manhoef 2” and Bellator Kickboxing: “Florence” both take place Dec. 10, 2016, at Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. It’s the follow-up to a successful hybrid show in Torino, Italy, this past April. Additional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts to support the Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef rematch for the Middleweight title will be announced at a later date, but for now three new fights have been added to shore up the kickboxing card.

Familiar face Joe “Stitch ‘Em Up” Schilling (19-9) will go against Victorio Lermano (30-7) at Middleweight. Schilling looks to get back on track after a spinning backfist loss to Hisaki Kato, but like the aforementioned Ross he’s facing a foe with more experience as a professional. In addition, “Soul Assassin” Kevin Ross (31-9) and Alessio Arduini (26-14-2) will be an important Lightweight bout. Ross won both of his Bellator bouts this year by decision, but Arduini actually has more experience overall and won’t just lay down to be assassinated.

Last — and certainly not least — when you talk about career longevity in kickboxing, it’s hard to beat Welterweight fighter Karim Ghajji (96-13-1). His opponent Luca Novello (22-4-2) seems like a babe in the woods by comparison.

Check out the latest updates to the Bellator 168: “Florence” fight cards below:

Bellator Kickboxing: “Florence” Card:

Lightweight: Giorgio Petrosyan (82-2-2, 1 NC) vs. Jordan Watson (48-11-2)
Flyweight: Denise Kielholtz (45-3) vs. Gloria Peritore (11-1-1)
Lightweight: Kevin Ross (31-9) vs. Alessio Arduini (26-14-2)
Middleweight: Joe Schilling (19-9) vs. Victorio Lermano (30-7)
Welterweight: Karim Ghajji (96-13-1) vs. Luca Novello (22-4-2)

Bellator 168: “Carvalho vs. Manhoef 2” Card (Spike TV):

Middleweight: Rafael Carvalho (13-1) vs. Melvin Manhoef (30-13-1, 2 NC)
Light Heavyweight: Alessio Sakara (18-11, 2 NC) vs. Joey Beltran (17-13, 1 NC)

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Former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko is back, and he faces Kendall Grove at Bellator 162 on Friday.

Shlemenko hasn’t fought for Bellator since February 2015, when he knocked out Melvin Manhoef. That fight was later ruled a no-contest after Shlemenko’s post-fight drug test came back positive for the steroid oxandrolone as well as oxandrolone metabolites. Additionally, Shlemenko’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio was 50-1, far above the California State Athletic Commission limit of 4-1. Due to the failed drug test, the CSAC handed Shlemenko a three-year ban and $10,000 fine.

In July, Shlemenko’s suspension and fine were reduced when the California Superior Court ruled that Shlemenko’s suspension should have ended when his California fight license expired at the end of February 2016. The court also reduced Shlemenko’s fine to $5,000, and that’s how Shlemenko landed atop the main card for Bellator 162.

Bellator 162 takes place at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

1. Get back

Kendall Grove

Kendall Grove

Between March 2011 and March 2014, Shlemenko rang up 13 straight victories. Then he hit a rough patch, losing two straight via first-round technical submission. The first of those losses came to Tito Ortiz in a light heavyweight bout. Shlemenko’s second defeat came when he lost his Bellator middleweight title to Brandon Halsey in just 35 seconds. Shlemenko rebounded from those losses with the knockout of Manhoef, but as noted above that win was later ruled a no-contest after his failed drug test, which Shlemenko maintains would have been invalidated had his “B” sample been tested.

While Shlemenko was away, Halsey lost the title to Rafael Carvalho, who has already defended that belt once, earning a split decision over Manhoef. That fight will be run back at Bellator 168.

Looking to prevent Shlemenko (53-9 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) from getting another shot at that title is Grove (23-15 MMA, 4-2 BMMA), who is on a two-fight winning streak since a May 2015 title fight loss to Halsey. Those two victories, both via knockout, came against Joey Beltran and Francisco France.

A win here and the victor could find himself under consideration for the winner of the Carvalho vs. Manhoef matchup.

2. A big fight

Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley has not fought since he earned a TKO win over James Thompson in November 2015. Lashley (14-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) makes his return to the cage at Bellator 162, where he faces Josh Appelt (12-5 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) and the timing of his return couldn’t be better.

With the Bellator heavyweight title vacant, Lashley, who is riding a streak of seven straight victories, four of which have come with Bellator, could put himself in the mix for a shot at that belt with a win over Appelt.

At the very least, a victory should earn Lashley a shot at one of the other top names in the heavyweight division.

Appelt might not be a household name to MMA fans, but he stands between Lashley and a big fight, and as a veteran fighter, you can be sure that he wants nothing more than to steal the spotlight from Lashley.

3. The wait

Hisaki Kato

Hisaki Kato

Bellator has been waiting for A.J. Matthews to make the jump from prospect to contender for a while. Matthews looked ready to do just that heading into Bellator 156, entering that contest with two TKO wins in his previous Bellator outings, but he came up short, dropping a unanimous decision to Ben Reiter.

At Bellator 162, Matthews (8-5 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) looks to get back in the win column when he meets Hisaki Kato (6-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), a fighter who opened his Bellator career with a highlight-reel Superman punch KO of Joe Schilling that won him MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Month” in July 2015. Kato is coming off a knockout win over Yuta Watanabe at Rizin FF in April.

Both of these middleweights have good kickboxing skills, with Kato being a bit more freewheeling in his striking. If these two fight to their strengths, this could be a fun under-the-radar fight.

4. Another test

Ryan Couture

Ryan Couture

After his release from the UFC, Ryan Couture put together a four-fight winning streak, with each of those contests ending via rear-naked choke submission victories. On the strength of that run, Bellator decided to match him up against Patricky Freire at Bellator 148. Couture was knocked out in the first round of that fight.

At Bellator 162 Couture (10-4 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) faces Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Goiti Yamauchi (19-3 MMA, 5-2 BMMA), who was on a three-fight winning streak before losing to Bubba Jenkins in March.

While Freire tested Couture’s ability to deal with a heavy-handed striker, Yamauchi will put Couture’s ground game to the test. Yamauchi’s overall submission game is solid and he excels at stringing submission attempts together.

It’ll be interesting to see how Couture, who is more of a grinder on the ground, deals with Yamauchi, who is moving up to lightweight from featherweight for the bout.

5. Hoping for a shot at gold

Julia Budd

Julia Budd

Julia Budd has two losses on her record – one to the current UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, and one to the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey. Both of those defeats came under the Strikeforce banner in 2011. Since the loss to Rousey, Budd has run off six straight wins and is looking to set herself up for a shot at a Bellator title.

Budd was supposed to fight Marloes Coenen in May for the inaugural Bellator women’s featherweight crown, but an injury knocked her out of that bout. Alexis Dufresne stepped in to face Coenen in what became a non-title fight. Dufresne, who missed weight for the fight, defeated Coenen by first round submission.

With a win over Arlene Blencowe (7-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), who is 5-1 in her last six fights, Budd (8-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) should be back on track for that title fight.

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