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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently released the extended video preview for its upcoming UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) card to get fans hyped for the Madison Square Garden mega-event in New York City on Nov. 12, 2016.

“Alvarez vs. McGregor” will be headlined by a lightweight title fight as division kingpin Eddie Alvarez defends his belt against current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

In the co-headlining act, Tyron Woodley attempts to defend his belt for the first time against top-shelf striker Stephen Thompson. If that weren’t enough to fill your championship desires, Joanna Jędrzejczyk will put her women’s strawweight title on the line against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

But wait, there’s more.

Chris Weidman will face Yoel Romero in an intriguing middleweight bout while Donald Cerrone continues his assault on the welterweight division when he faces Kelvin Gastelum. Also, Miesha Tate faces off against Raquel Pennington while Frankie Edgar meets Jeremy Stephens.

Oh, and Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to fight Michael Johnson while Rashad Evans makes his 185-pound debut against Tim Kennedy. Best MMA event of the year. Of all time?

Time will tell.

For the most up-to-date UFC 205 fight card click here.

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Mark Striegl was expected to be a serious contender in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division but the 28 year old suffered a surprise loss at the hands of Reece McLaren last year.

McLaren has since gone on to establish himself as the top contender in the division and earn a title shot. It’s a position Striegl aims to eventually be in and the Filipino will be looking to get back to winning ways when he faces Rafael Nunes at ONE: “Age of Domination.”

Nunes is dropping down two divisions for this December 2nd matchup which pits together two fighters with outstanding records. Striegl is 14-2 while the Brazilian boasts a 10-1 tally and looks set to be one of the biggest fighters in the bantamweight division.

Having spent his entire career competing at lightweight Nunes was probably not on Striegl’s radar and he is slightly surprised to see the Brazilian dropping down two divisions.

“I think he’s well-rounded. I was a little surprised (that Nunes is now a bantamweight) at first but he wasn’t a huge lightweight so it makes sense.”

Striegl has fought for promotions all over Asia but he doesn’t have much experience when it comes to losing. The loss to McLaren was only his second defeat in a career that has brought 14 wins and he sees it as a valuable learning experience.

“You usually learn a lot more when you lose than when you win and my fight with Reece was one of those cases.”

Striegl looked good in the early stages but faded badly down the stretch and says there were some extenuating circumstances for this.

“I had bronchitis, tonsilitis, and sinusitis, all the itis’s! And I was on antibiotics. That’s no excuse though. I remember Wanderlei Silva fought with a high fever and the flu in Pride FC. Pulling out of the fight didn’t enter my mind. It’s the December card, right before Christmas, the end of the year card, and it’s in Manila. I’ll always want to fight on that card.”

That was almost a year ago and Strielg says he has been using the time to rehabilitate and recover.

“I had a few injuries that I had to deal with and some sicknesses that took a little while to recover from. I’ve been improving my craft, MMA is a continuous journey and I’ve been working hard for my return fight.”

Striegl is a member of the fight team at Evolve MMA and normally prepares for his matches in Singapore  but this time around he has stayed closer to home, training with Bellator veteran AJ Matthews and current ONE Championship heavyweight king Brandon Vera in Manila.

Since Striegl last fought ONE Championship has introduced regulations that force fighters to compete at their normal walk around weight. Many were expecting the 28 year old to move up a division but he plans to stat at bantamweight for the forseeable future.

“I’ll fight at bantamweight. I applaud ONE Championship for creating these new regulations. The regulations are great for the sport and it’s a huge step in the right direction.”

McLaren is facing Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight title at the Mall of Asia Arena on December 2nd. It’s a position Striegl hopes to be in sooner rather than later and he knows what his target is for 2017.

“I want to win a world title next year, that’s my ambition.”

By the time Striegl returns to the cage at ONE: “Age of Champions” it will have been one year since his last fight. This represents a lengthy absence but the Filipino fan favourite is relaxed about the prospect of facing Nunes.

“There’s pressure in every fight and your next fight is always your biggest fight. It’s just another fight.”

A win over an opponent with such an impressive record would instantly propel Striegl back into the bantamweight title picture and he will be hoping to take the next step towards realizing his dream of a 2017 shot at the belt with a victory on December 2nd.

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UFC middleweight Sam Alvey thought the biggest challenge of his next fight would be a long plane flight and a weight cut.

Now, he can add air pollution.

One of 22 fighters displaced by the cancellation of UFC Fight Night 97 in the Philippines, Alvey was rebooked to appear in Mexico City at UFC Fight Night 98.

”I’ve got a few training partners who have fought in Mexico City before and they said the altitude is not great, but it’s the pollution that’ll get you,” said Alvey (28-8 MMA, 5-3 UFC), whose bout with Alex Nicholson (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was moved to the FS1-televised event at Mexico City Arena.

Alvey has taken unusual steps to deal with dirty air.

“I’ve been going to L.A. a lot to run the streets and breathe in some smog,” the 30-year-old resident of Murrieta, Calif., told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m just trying to get the best training possible.”

It’s just one part of preparing for conditions that are less than ideal for a fighter forced to extend his training camp. Not only is Alvey training longer, but he’s training for a fight at 7,000-plus feet, which is bound to tax his conditioning.

“I’m doing as much uncomfortable training as I can right now,” he said. “Of course, my cardio isn’t going to be as good as it is at sea level, but 15 minutes shouldn’t be a problem.”

Alvey isn’t one to complain when it comes to his career, though. Fighting in the UFC isn’t something he ever saw himself doing in the first place, so he’s gracious for even being in his current position.

“When I started fighting, I had no intentions of the UFC – I didn’t know what the UFC was,” he said. “It was just somebody said I could fight, so I fought. Eventually, somebody said they’d pay me if I fought. I said, ‘Suckers, I’d have done it for free.’ Somewhere along the line, it turned into a career. I just love doing it.

“I always say, I’ll fight for free, but you’re going to have to pay me to cut weight. That’s the honest truth. I’ll fight anywhere, anytime. I don’t know how realistic it is, but I hope to get one more fight this year yet.”

If the UFC wants to keep Alvey smiling, the promotion should simply keep him busy.

“I think I was going to set a UFC record, it was going to be my fourth fight in less than four months,” he said. “But that card got scrapped and I got pushed back a month and now it’ll be four fights in five months, which isn’t nearly as impressive.”

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"I am [still under contract with the UFC] but I am trying to get out of it," Mir said. "They are not going to utilize me as a fighter, and I am not getting any younger. Even if they do not let me go after my suspension, when I'm up and able to fight
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It’s one thing when you put pressure on yourself to either win or retire, it’s quite another when your boss tells you that you have one more chance to get a victory in your next outing or get the pink slip.

That’s what happened to Jessica Eye, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) higher-ups told her following her loss to Bethe Correia at UFC 203 earlier this year (results) that she would be given one more chance inside the Octagon to right her ship.

Which is a good thing, really, as “Evil” has dropped four in a row. But rather than axing her altogether, UFC decided to give her one more opportunity. That said, knowing that she will receive at least one more fight inside the eight-walled cage to prove her worth, Eye will look to take a year off to reset, rest and enjoy life before getting back into the swing of things.

“We start talking about everything and how he feels that I’m just stuck in this funk and he’s seen other fighters go through it. I said,  ‘if you want to give me another chance, you can. I’m taking a year off. I’m going to train probably after the first of the year. I’m going to hang out, do some cross training, make some other decisions in my life, but I don’t plan to come back for a while,'” Eye explained to Fox Sports.

“[Sean Shelby] said, ‘Dana did message me and told me what you talked about and I’m going to keep you on the roster. I’m going to give you another chance.'”

After a tumultuous few years that saw Eye support her ailing father who was battling cancer and eventually laying him to rest earlier this year, Eye says her personal problems, as well as the pressure of fighting the top women in the world, weighed on her. In fact, Eye revealed that UFC President Dana White even offered to hook her up with a sports psychologist to help her out with the mental side of things.

“Time for me to not worry about a fight, not worry about a camp. Just go and help my teammates and just workout. If I want to eat clean for 10 days straight and eat bad for 10 days straight, I can do that. I just want to live for a little while to make sure I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing as a fighter,” Eye said. “I’m blessed that Sean Shelby and Dana White are giving me one more chance.”

Still, Eye does find comfort in the fact that her losses have come against the best-of-the-best, which includes Miesha Tate and Julianna Pena, both of whom were unable to finish her.

“I’m not going out there and getting destroyed by these girls. I’m losing split decisions. They are competitive fights. I realize now no one wants to see a competitive fight in this sport, they want to see a finish. So maybe that’s what I need to spend this year on — learning how to finish.”

Eye’s last victory came in 2014, a dominant technical knockout over Leslie Smith at UFC 180. And while she strongly feels she deserved to earn the nod against Correia in front of her hometown crowd in Cleveland, Eye is putting it all behind her and will now focus on “finding herself” before returning for what could be her final UFC fight.

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion, Frank Mir (18-11), has already stated that he is done inside the Octagon. And he reiterated those intentions this past weekend, discussing his future in combat sports with Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) website

Mir — who is still under contract with UFC — made his Absolute Championship Berkut Fights (ACB) commentary debut at ACB 48 this past weekend.

“I am [still under contract],” he said (via “But, I am trying to get out of it. They are not going to utilize me as a fighter and I am not getting any younger. And even if they do not let me go after my suspension, I’m up and I am able to fight again. I really would like to step outside.”

Mir was flagged by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which detected a small amount of oral turinabol metabolites in his system, prior to his first round knockout loss to Mark Hunt back in March. He made a “calculated decision” shortly thereafter to request his UFC release. Clearly, that hasn’t happened yet, but Mir is working diligently on it.

“UFC is not going to be able to get into Russia,” said Mir. “Here you already have phenomenal leagues. Obviously, UFC is a very big thing in the U.S., Canada, Brazil. But I like coming over here, I like the culture, the people. Fighting here and in Japan are two dreams of mine to be able to accomplish. And also fighting in different types of fights, as right now UFC only allows me to fight MMA.”

Mir’s color commentary for ACB 48 was his first taste of it since doing it for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) before it was absorbed by UFC. Mir has always loved doing color commentary for MMA, and being able to do it in Russia was basically a win-win for him. In addition to wanting to do more color commentary, Mir wants to pursue opportunities in K-1 and boxing.

“I have never got to do kickboxing matches,” said Mir. “I have only fought an amateur boxing match. I want to do a professional boxing match. You know, I always wanted to test myself and find out different things. And UFC wants to protect me like any other fighter under the contract.… They have already made a lot of money, they are very famous, very important and I am very grateful for what they helped me accomplish.”

The ex-champ was also very specific about what he wanted to do with K-1 and boxing if he is released from his contract.

“I am being limited in what I am going to be able to do before I enter into full coaching. I want more experience in different aspects of the sport. My goal is to do at least five K-1-rule kickboxing matches, five professional boxing matches before I retire.”

Along with K-1 kickboxing and boxing, Mir was asked about performing in combat sambo.

“Even the combat sambo, I like watching it and I would be interested in entering the tournament. However, the UFC limits it because they do not want me to go out and take adventures.”

Mir can be added to the long list of fighters on UFC’s roster who have recently spoken out against Dana White and Co. After USADA hit him with a two-year suspension — which Mir is still confused by since he doesn’t know how he tested positive — the 37-year-old is ready to take the next step in his career.

And it’s not going to be inside the Octagon.

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After speculation started by his own Twitter posts, Shane Carwin made it official with a post on Reddit. The former UFC interim heavyweight champion has signed a deal with Rizin FF.

In his post, Carwin (12-2) made it clear the decision was not entirely motivated by money because the best financial offer was made by Bellator. Also, attempts to put together a fight with MMA great Fedor Emelianenko (36-4) in other promotions were unsuccessful.

“I had better offers from a money stand point,” Carwin wrote. “Bellator made the best offer. It just was not entirely clear that they wanted me as much as I wanted them to want me.

“I made an agreement to fight Fedor but he did not agree. I have been told by several matchmakers that that fight is a unicorn and they do not see Fedor taking it. Maybe I can just go help him train for the next one. Still a fan! He is still GOAT HWT to me.”

Carwin previously tweeted photos of a Rizin FF glove, telling the promotion, “you are going to need bigger gloves.”

Carwin last fought in June 2011 and lost a unanimous decision to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131. It came on the heels of his submission defeat to Brock Lesnar at UFC 116.

Prior to the loss to Lesnar, Carwin won the first 12 fights of his career, all by first-round stoppage. At UFC 111, he captured the interim heavyweight title with a knockout of Frank Mir.

He retired from MMA after his two-fight losing skid and a series of injuries.

In the end, Carwin said the promotion shared his values and persisted despite his declining their offer multiple times. It was enough to win him over and secure a deal for his return to active competition.


In comments distributed by Rizin FF, Carwin made clear he has his sights on winning the promotion’s ongoing open-weight Grand Prix tournament.

“I am excited to return to the sport of MMA and I am also excited to be signing with Rizin,” the statement reads. “I’m ready to help take the company to the next level. I want people to remember me for my fights in Rizin, and for Rizin to be remembered as the promotion that overtook the UFC. After I win this Grand Prix fans can be excited about the great future that is to come.”

His Reddit post concluded with a similar sentiment and a target date for his debut.

“So on December 29th it begins,” Carwin wrote.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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When the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America started, coach Chuck Liddell immediately pegged Peruvian prospect Claudio Puelles as his top pick and the most likely candidate to make it to the finals on November 5 in Mexico City. Puelles was definitely one of the most talked about prospects to start the season as he entered the competition with an impressive 7-1 mark and a lot of hype around what he brought to the table as one of the most well rounded fighters in the tournament. So far, Liddell’s faith in Puelles has been proven correct as the lightweight prospect has gone 2-0 wi … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Bellator 163: “McGeary vs. Davis” comes to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Nov. 4, 2016., featuring a main event between Light Heavyweight champion Liam McGeary — who has not competed in more than one year — against No. 1-ranked contender “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis.

Obviously, such a long layoff raises many questions, although McGeary certainly looked impressive when he submitted Tito Ortiz in Sept. 2015. Davis has been the more active fighter, though, earning his title shot that same night and then following it up with a victory over “King Mo” this summer.

Can Davis pick up his fourth straight win — and a world title — or is McGeary past his injuries and ready to dominate again as the undefeated champion? The best way to answer those questions is to speak to both the champion and the challenger. Bellator MMA arranged a press conference with both fighters yesterday to get thoughts from both men, as well as Bellator President, Scott Coker.

McGeary was the first to talk about how frustrated he was to be sidelined and unable to compete.

“My injury was ANNOYING. It’s kept me away from this sport for a long time — almost a year now. Now, I’m looking forward to getting back into it. It was my knee — I just had to get a lot of it fixed up, repairs, there was a lot of damage done inside. (I) just had to get it fixed up — I couldn’t really stand on it too well.”

Davis talked about Bellator’s new “Vote for Phil Davis” campaign and entertaining himself before the fight.

“We’re promoting this fight and we’re also having a little fun with this crazy election that we have going on, and the fact that this fight’s going to be equally as crazy, but equally as one sided. It’s just comedy all the way around. You’ve got one character, and then you’ve got one cool guy. Kudos to Bellator for recognizing that there could be so much comedy in the world out there.”

Davis also talked about this opportunity coming full circle for him after losing a title shot four years ago while under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner.

“Yeah, you know what? This reminds me of that moment. I like the feeling of knowing that I’m in the semis or that I’m in the finals. The pressure’s on. That moment of ‘do or die’ — I love that moment, I thrive in that moment. I’m so glad to be back in that moment of do or die, all or nothing. That’s where I shine, that’s where I do my best work.”

McGeary said that even though he and Davis have had a few laughs in the past, nothing will be funny once the fighters are locked inside a cage together

“All the fun games are over now. I’ve had three to four months of getting ready for him, and the torture I’ve put myself through in this gym, I’m getting ready to take it out on him. He can make all the jokes and try to turn it into a laugh, but at the end of the day we’re able to fight him and this is going to be a tough fight. I’m going in there and I’m going in there to hurt him.”

Unsurprisingly, “Mr. Wonderful” didn’t agree with that assessment.

“The fun and games are NOT over — the fun and games have just begun. You’ve been training for four months (but) I’ve had over a full year I’ve put into wearing yo’ butt out and dragging your face across the mat.”

The tension continued to escalate over the course of the call, with each fighter getting a little more indignant and a little more combative with each verbal jab that was thrown. McGeary was clearly weary of Davis’ antics by the end.

“I’ve done all the talking I need to do. I’m watching all these silly little videos that he puts up thinking ‘How’s he got time to do these videos?’ He should be in the gym training. I’ve done all the talking I need to do. We had a laugh and a joke back when he was fighting, but now it’s time to get serious. Now it’s time to get on this. I’ve got a belt to defend and I will be defending it. I’m not gonna let that squeaky voiced weirdo take it off me.”

That potshot didn’t sit very well and quickly spilled over into trash talking on both sides — starting with Davis.

“Was that directed toward me? Squeaky voice? Unbelievable. I used to like Liam, but you know what, out of all the guys I’ve fought I’m gonna like punching him in the face the least. Business is business and I’m going to have to come at this man like a spider monkey. He’s right, he will defend that belt, but he will be unsuccessful.”

McGeary quickly proved he wasn’t done talking after all.

“Definitely, this is just business, and my business is to break your nose. You’ve been spending three years just working on your hands have ya? You’ve learned how to throw a nice one-two? I don’t make promises mate. Have you not seen my record? It’s 11-0 for a reason. If I say I’m gonna knock ’em out, I knock ’em out, if I say I’m gonna submit ’em, I submit ’em. You — I just wanna beat your fucking face in.”

And “Mr. Wonderful” couldn’t resist taunting McGeary one more time.

“Are you sure? That’s what you’re gonna do? You haven’t had a fight for a year and you think you can just jump off the bench, FRESH. Wrong, wrong! The world don’t work like that. Listen — I’ve been beating people up while I’ve been waiting to beat up you, okay? Your picture is on a bag in my gym and I just beat the picture off the bag for the second time.”

Punching bags don’t hit back, though, Phil. Tune in Nov. 4 on Spike TV to see who lives up to all of the trash talk. Complete audio of the conference call is below and complete Bellator MMA coverage can be found right here on fight night.


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You know that troll job from Fabricio Werdum in which he threw shade at Reebok while showing his support for Nike? Well, it seems there is a lot more to it, as “Vai Cavalo” tells MMA junkie that he is in the process of working a sponsorship agreement with the world renowned shoe and sports apparel giant, which just so happens to be one of Reebok’s biggest competitors.

“(Nike and I) are negotiating, it’s going to happen – we’ll see if it happens, it depends on figures, it depends on a lot of things,” Werdum said. “We might close (the deal), we might not. But, I went ahead because I’m not happy with Reebok. I’m not happy because making $5,000 per fight sucks. For a person who made $100,000, $150,000 per fight, going to $5,000, it’s not easy. It was more a protest, but I’m already negotiating with Nike.”

Like Werdum, many other athletes have expressed their displeasure at the Reebok payout in the past because it has cost them thousands upon thousands of side income from sponsors. Sure, fighters are still allowed to have partnerships with other sponsors as long as their logos are nowhere in sight come fight week or fight night. It’s that very fact that scared numerous companies into terminating some relationships with fighters on UFC’s roster.

Werdum hopes to change all of that.

“I also wanted to say that it’s important that other sponsors know that – sometimes other big sponsors don’t come to you because they think you have exclusivity with Reebok,” Werdum said. “I have no exclusivity with Reebok, it’s only during the fight and that’s it. Because that’s how it goes and we can’t do anything about it. But outside of the octagon, that’s where things show up the most, at social media, that’s where they show the brand, at training. It’s nice to clarify that, outside the UFC, I can have the sponsors I want.”

Nevertheless, Nike, according to Werdum, is okay with overlooking that aspect and is open to moving forward with an agreement with the former Heavyweight champion. Just don’t expect this to be a reality when Werdum faces Cain Velasquez for a second time at UFC 207 on Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Yesterday, James Kruase posted an Instagram photo with a message an injury had knocked him from his UFC Fight Night 99 co-main event with Ross Pearson. Today, Pearson has a new opponent.

Stepping in for the injured Krause (23-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) to face Pearson (19-12 MMA, 11-9 UFC) in the lightweight bout is Stevie Ray (19-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

The bout was announced by UFC officials.


UFC Fight Night 99 takes place Nov. 19 at SSE Arena in Belfast, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized. It’s the first of two cards on Nov. 19; UFC Fight Night 100 takes place later in the day in Brazil.

Pearson has lost two straight and three of his past four. The lone victory in that stretch came via hotly contested split decision to Chad Laprise. Most recently, Pearson took just 22 days between fights, temporarily moved up to welterweight and suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201.

After a three-fight winning streak to start his UFC career, Ray dropped a unanimous decision to Alan Patrick at UFC Fight Night 95. The loss snapped an overall winning streak of five fights.

The full UFC Fight Night 99 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Uriah Hall vs. Gegard Mousasi
  • Ross Pearson vs. Stevie Ray
  • Timothy Johnson vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Teruto Ishihara vs. Artem Lobov

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 12:30 p.m. ET)

  • Ian McCall vs. Neil Seery
  • Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jack Marshman
  • Ali Bagautinov vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
  • Kevin Lee vs. Magomed Mustafaev
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Anna Elmose
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Justin Ledet
  • Zak Cummings vs. Alexander Yakovlev
  • Milana Dudieva vs. Marion Reneau

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Six years ago, light heavyweight Ryan Bader beat former PRIDE standout Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 119, a card largely forgotten for its punishingly slow pace.

So why is the UFC running back an old matchup at UFC Fight Night 100? For Bader, it’s what happens when injuries surface, you’ve already fought most of the division, and there’s precious few guys ahead of you.

“I’m ranked No. 4 (in the UFC’s rankings), but rankings don’t really mean all that much,” Bader, who holds the No. 5 spot on the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, told MMAjunkie. “I believe I’m one fight away at all times from getting a title shot and being up there. I have to beat one of those top three guys.”

After current contender Anthony Johnson brought a violent end to Bader’s five-fight winning streak, he rebooted this past month with a vicious knockout of Ilir Latifi and decided to let it ride against Nogueira, doing the UFC a favor that potentially could be repaid with a future title shot.

With Johnson now set to vie for the light heavyweight title against champ Daniel Cormier, and the winner of that bout expected to meet interim champ Jon Jones, Bader(21-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) needs to keep himself at the forefront of his promoter’s mind when big opportunities are doled out. A rematch with Nogueira (22-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC), on a FS1-televised card in the Brazilian’s backyard no less, might not be the most high-profile one. But given the way the last fight turned out, and what he sees are natural advantages leading into the rematch, he’ll take on the challenge on Nov. 19 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

No longer does Bader consider himself a wrestler first in the octagon. Six years ago, that’s pretty much all he was, with the notable addition of a heavy right hand.

“The thing is, I’ve evolved since then,” he said. “I’m not even close to the fighter I was six years ago. I’m proficient on my feet and on the ground; I’m experienced having fought everybody. I’ve fought the who’s who of MMA. (The first fight) was a fight where I had to take him down, because I didn’t know what to do on my feet.

“I think there was more change in me than him. I think I’ve evolved more than he has in our first fight.”

After reshaping his focus to embrace risk and enjoying himself in the moment while fighting, Bader certainly appears to have reversed a downward trend. The only question now is if he can keep it up.

“I feel like I’m finally showing people what I can do,” he said. “Getting that KO, it was momentum. I want to carry it on in this fight.”

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If anyone out there thought UFC fighters were totally on board with Reebok at this point, they were proved sorely mistaken on Tuesday.

Speaking out on his Instagram account, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum tore into the apparel company with a harsh, and borderline not safe for work, post:

The apparently altered image shows Werdum ahead of his UFC 203 fight opposite Travis Browne with the Reebok logos removed from his uniform and replaced with the Nike swoosh. While that can be seen as a subtle swipe at Reebok on its own, the Brazilian minced no words in the accompanying text. According to’s Guilherme Cruz, the hashtags translate to “#suck #myballs #reebok.”

As if his point weren’t clear enough, he took to Facebook later in the day to explain his stance. Speaking directly to his fans through video, he flatly stated he was “protesting.” He continued, saying the following, as translated by Cruz:

It was just a protest, something that before we could show any sponsor we wanted. We used to get real good money, it was a lot different from Reebok. Today, with Reebok there is a pay scale, if you have a certain number of fights you get $5,000, $8,000. Of course it’s good money, but nothing like it was before, so of course it was a protest.

While his verbiage and hostility is a bit surprising, his gripe is not.

In 2015, the UFC implemented its “athlete outfitting policy,” which required fighters to wear Reebok apparel for all fight week events, including media day, open workouts and the actual bout. For fans and pundits, it has been a comedy of errors defined by misspelled names and a general lack of cultural sensitivity. For fighters, however, the policy has sliced their paychecks considerably, with elite-level stars making as little as $2,500 in sponsorships per fight.

While a handful of UFC competitors came out in favor of the deal, the overwhelming majority spoke out against it, with reactions ranging from begrudging acceptance to outright hostility. Though talk has quieted in the 18 months since its initial reveal, the lingering resentment toward both the UFC and Reebok doesn’t appear to have gone away.

Werdum isn’t necessarily planning to take any action over his dissatisfaction. There isn’t a longstanding public conflict between any of the involved parties, and he hasn’t historically been at odds with the promotion.

Still, this is an interesting comment from a big-name fighter at a strange time for the sport.

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As two of the most dynamic competitors in the UFC, Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis have established themselves as must see TV for any fight fan. On Saturday, December 10, these featherweight contenders will meet in the Octagon for the first time as they collide on the UFC 206 card at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.In the UFC 206 main event, the UFC light heavyweight championship is on the line when Daniel Cormier defends his crown in a rematch against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. Tickets are on sale now.Check out how the UFC 206 fight card is shaping up | Get tix now!Currently ranked th … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News


Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who stepped away from the hurt business roughly three years ago, is trying his damnedest to make his mixed martial arts (MMA) return in 2016.

He even made peace with promotion president Dana White, who made trashing the French-Canadian a part-time hobby.

But even with the attention of Ari Emanuel, the new head cheese now that UFC has been sold to WME | IMG, a deal was not able to be done in time for the UFC 206 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Dec. 10, 2016 at Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada.

“Nothing would make me more happy in the world than to fight you in Toronto, Michael,” St-Pierre told UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who spent the last few days trying to finagle a fight with the PPV king.

Not that White wanted any part of it.

“Last week, I met with Ari and I made peace with Dana. I tried to resolve things, but unfortunately right now it’s not happening. Hopefully, things will change soon. Thank you.”

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With no definitive timeline for the return of Jon Jones (because of this), the light heavyweight show must go on! That means current 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier will defend his strap against division power puncher Anthony Johnson in a rematch from their UFC 187 showdown in May 2015. What can “Rumble” do differently the second time around? Find out on Dec. 10 in Canada!

Event: UFC 206 “Cormier vs. Johnson 2”
Date: Sat., Dec. 10, 2016
Location: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Broadcast: Pay-Per-View (PPV)

UFC 206 PPV Main Event:

205 lbs.: Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson

Other Scheduled UFC 206 Bouts (PPV, FS1, Fight Pass):

115 lbs.: Poliana Botelho vs. Valerie Letourneau
145 lbs.: Anthony Pettis vs. Max Holloway
135 lbs.: Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez
125 lbs.: John Moraga vs. Zach Makovsky
155 lbs.: Lando Vannata vs. John Makdessi
155 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
155 lbs.: Rustam Khabilov vs. Jason Saggo
205 lbs.: Misha Cirkunov vs. Nikita Krylov
145 lbs.: Cub Swanson vs. Dooho Choi
170 lbs: Jordan Mein vs. Emil Meek
155 lbs.: Li Jingliang vs. Chad Laprise

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