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Since knocking out Dan Henderson in Nov. 2015, Vitor Belfort hasn’t had the best of times inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, suffering back-to-back beat downs at the hands of Ronaldo Souza and, more recently, to Gegard Mousasi. Many have attributed his decline to the crackdown on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), especially in the physique department (see for yourself here).

Mousasi, however, says TRT may have also affected Belfort’s mental health, too, telling Daily Star Sport that — because of the lack of the extra testosterone — “The Phenom” is no longer as confident as he once was.

“I think with Vitor, he has a lot of mental issues. If you take TRT, that’s testosterone,” he said. “You’re going to be aggressive and be confident. You feel more manly and whatever you feel. I think if he hits you, then he swarms on you with punches and kicks. But, I didn’t give him that chance. He landed one punch in the beginning but with him I think it’s a lot of mental stuff.”

And while he’s glad he got a win over the long-time veteran at UFC 204 earlier this month via second-round knockout (see it), Mousasi acknowledges that it wasn’t the Belfort of old inside the Octagon.

“He wasn’t the typical Vitor Belfort. But, like I said, TRT it’s not just physical — mentally you’re going to feel different,” he added. “If you look at the mirror (when you’re on TRT) you’re going to feel better. These are factors with him. He came in to fight and he was looking for the opportunity to land that big punch or that kick to finish the fight, but I think he wasn’t very sure of himself.”

The Brazilian’s fight future is a bit unclear, as reports surfaced following UFC 204 that he had retired from the sport; however, he was quick to squash those reports. As for what the future holds for Mousasi, he is set to rematch Uriah Hall in the UFC Fight Night 99 five-round main event, which is set for Sat., Nov. 19, 2016, inside SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Barring any last-minute hijinks, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is expected to defend his title against undefeated power puncher Cody Garbrandt at the upcoming UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event in December.

Probably because of this effective sales pitch.

Not surprisingly, that announcement left fellow contenders like Bryan Caraway “frustrated,” as “No Love” sits behind “Kid Lightning” in the official UFC rankings (see the top 15 here).

“I’m frustrated because we’re both down to fight and I need a fight,” Caraway told “He needs a fight, we’re both top ranked bantamweights, let’s do it for a title shot.”

Or perhaps a crack at this $100k jackpot?

Caraway (21-7) cut his teeth on season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and is now 6-2 under the UFC banner. The underrated submission specialist was last seen capturing a gritty, hard-fought decision win over division wunderkind Aljamain Sterling back in May.

Lineker, a perfect 2-0 since abandoning his post at flyweight, has yet to respond.

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In just under three weeks’ time, the most significant events on the 2016 MMA calendar will unfold successively across alternate time-zones, continents and cities.

In the hours before New York City finally gets its first taste of professional MMA via the outrageously stacked UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden, there are many who will whet their appetite by tuning into “Cage Warriors: Unplugged” live from London.

Indeed, the showcases will overlap conveniently for viewers thanks to a canny broadcasting symbiosis.

BT Sport, who exclusively air live UFC events in the U.K. and Ireland, will broadcast Cage Warriors Unplugged live from their studios in the English capital prior to beginning coverage of UFC 205.

For those without BT Sport or residing elsewhere, the card will also be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

Occasions such as these require bone fide star power, and Cage Warriors have prudently placed the most magnetic fighter on their roster at top billing.

Paddy Pimblett (12-1), who will defend his featherweight title against UFC and “The Ultimate Fighter” vet Julian Erosa (16-3) in a five-round main event, is unquestionably a man in the midst of a meteoric rise.

The 21-year-old Liverpudlian has taken the regional scene by storm with a string of spectacular showings in the cage, and some equally memorable performances whenever confronted by a microphone.

Paddy Pimblett, Chris Fishgold

In September, Pimblett clinched the vacant featherweight crown with a stunning first-round TKO of Johnny Frachey in the presence of a febrile hometown crowd in Liverpool’s Echo Arena at CWFC 78.

As a jubilant Pimblett launched himself into a then-unhinged audience after dispatching of the Frenchmen with a leaping right-hook, the overriding consensus was that the next time we saw him, it would be under the UFC banner.

However, he decided to extend his contract with Cage Warriors into 2017 and, after negotiations failed with another “TUF” veteran, Brendan Loughnane, Erosa was drafted in to face Pimblett.

Not that he’s particularly perturbed by the identity, record or prowess of any man he happens to be paired with.

“It’s just another fight to me, just another sparring session,” Pimblett told MMAjunkie. “The only time that it’s really special for me is when I’m fighting in front of my own crowd. (Erosa) is very unorthodox, but so am I, so it’ll be a fun a fight. I’m hoping it’s a bit of a scrap because my last one was the opposite.

“If he beat me it would be his way back into the UFC, but let’s be honest, he’s not going to beat me. He’s got nothing for me anywhere, and he’s chinny and doesn’t like getting hit. I like getting hit; it’s great.”

‘Nobody can beat me when we get inside them cage walls’

If Pimblett sounds like a stereotypical fighter, he certainly doesn’t look like one. His bowled, long blond locks frame cherubic features, and he could easily pass for far younger than his 21 years.

However, his resume speaks with an even greater authority than he can; Pimblett is currently on an eight-fight winning streak, and all but two of those victories have arrived inside the distance.

That’s not to say he doesn’t enjoy extolling his own virtues, but he manages to do so without venturing into the belligerent. Pimblett’s self-belief is unblinking, but if it wasn’t, he insists, then the world of prize-fighting would not be an appropriate career path.

“Ever since I’ve started, I’ve always been the same,” Pimblett said. “That’s what my coach always says to me – that mentally I’m the best he’s ever seen, just because of the way I am. If you want to be the best in the world at something, you can be. That’s just my outlook on life.

“No one is going to beat me, no matter what. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, how big you are, what your name is, who your dad is – it doesn’t matter. Nobody can beat me when we get inside them cage walls.”

Pimblett was hooked on the sport from the moment he walked through the doors of his gym at Next Generation MMA, but the desire to pursue MMA as his livelihood was initially met with stern opposition from his parents and teachers.

“I remember when I was still in school a teacher telling me to stop training,” Pimblett recalled. “‘You’re too small for that, Patrick. You’ll never get nowhere with that, you’re an academic. Stop wasting your time and money doing that.’

“I went to college for the first year, but only because it was close to the gym. Then one day I fell out with my mum and dad because the college rang them saying I was missing classes, and then they kicked me out.”

He subsequently had reservations of his own, which resulted in the first and only defeat of his career to date. It would take Cameron Else 35 seconds to submit Pimblett at CWFC 60 just over three years ago, and the loss proved to be a watershed in his development.

“I left college, went pro, but even when I went pro I was thinking about swerving MMA because I wasn’t earning enough,” Pimblett said. “It was getting me depressed, and then I lost, and it lit a fire under my arse.

“I wish I didn’t have that loss but, at the same time, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. At the time I was coasting and went into that fight thinking I’d already won it. That just showed me that you’ve never won a fight until you go in there and get your hand raised.”

‘It’s going to become a mainstream sport in Britain thanks to me’

Pimblett is part of a generation of emerging U.K. fighters whose path to the apex of the sport has been cleared by names such as Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy and Ross Pearson. However, his ambitions transcend titles and fame.

“There’s me, Tom Breese, Arnold Allen and Chris Fishgold (Cage Warriors lightweight champion), and we’re all about 21 to 25. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m going to do for Britain what Conor McGregor has done for MMA in Ireland.

“It’s a mainstream sport in Ireland now, it’s going to become a mainstream sport in Britain thanks to me. I’m going to make sure that the sport gets regulated and is not classed as entertainment no more.”

With such lofty aspirations, you’d think that Pimblett would be incredibly eager to expedite his progression to UFC, but he’s got time on his side and feels hugely valued in the employ of Cage Warriors.

“I’m only 21, so there’s no point rushing. I’ve got years of this to be doing. Look at Dan Henderson; he’s 47 and fighting for world titles, and that’s more than double my age. I feel at home with Cage Warriors.

“They’ve got my best interests at heart and they look after me. They’ve just made me the highest paid fighter in the U.K., outside of the UFC and Bellator, so it shows how much they have my interest at heart.”

He plans to repay Cage Warriors’ investment in him by making light work of Julian Erosa, before returning to his beloved native city with the promotion next April, for what he believes will be its biggest event ever.

Paddy Pimblett

Paddy Pimblett

“I going to defend that title, and I’m going to be one of the first people to defend that in a few years. I’m going to show everyone how good I am, by beating this yank that they’re all going on about.

“When I fight again in the Echo Arena, that’s going to be the biggest fight in Cage Warriors history because we’ll get 11,000 in there.”

Fittingly, Pimblett finds himself in good company as a Cage Warriors 145-pound kingpin given that the last three – Conor McGregor, Jim Alers and Alex Enlund – all vacated the title to sign a UFC contract.

And, while his immediate future is on the European circuit, over the horizon Pimblett has set his sights on the UFC’s featherweight division and beyond.

“The UFC is the pinnacle of the sport so if you want to be a legend and known as the best in the world, then you need to be there, so that’s the plan. Featherweight is a great division to be in now, particularly with McGregor being the champ and Aldo being the interim champ.

“I don’t know what’s going on with those two, but when I get in there I’m going to set it alight. I’ll do that with whatever division I’m in, because I’m not going to be a featherweight forever.”

For more on “Cage Warriors: Unplugged,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Cody Garbrandt will get his wish.

After impressive wins and extensive trash talk on both sides, the upstart “No Love” Garbrandt will face bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in the co-main event of UFC 207, scheduled for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

The 25-year-old Garbrandt (10-0) might be the most promising fighter in the division and in Sacramento, California’s famed Team Alpha Male gym, fronted by Urijah Faber. Garbrandt gained a new level of notoriety this spring and summer when he knocked out Thomas Almeida and Takeya Mizugaki in successive bouts. Both times, he used the heightened platform to call for a title shot with Cruz, who has a long history of acrimony with the Alpha Male camp.

Detailing a run-in with Cruz, Garbrandt in August told Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting:

Him getting physical? He’s never gotten physical. When does he ever get physical? That guy is b*tch-made. I said ‘just get ready for it. You can’t run.’ I said, ‘I should slap you right now, you’re lucky I got a fight.’ And he just was trembling in fear. I could feel his body radiating fear from me. I felt bad for the guy. He was, he literally had fear. I could see it, I could feel it off him. I can judge someone by body language and eyes. He was scared, looking around like security will come stop this, will you come get this animal out of here, can you get this savage away from me. And that’s he’s going to be trying to do: run in there. Reebok should give him a pair of shoes just to run full-time in the fight.

Cruz has had plenty to say about Garbrandt as well. Before Garbrandt‘s fight with Mizugaki, Cruz referred to Garbrandt as “a smaller CM Punk.” Ouch.

“Let the youngster enjoy his hype train fresh off his win,” Cruz later told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting. “Let his people keep on building that false sense of confidence that they are all instilling into his psyche over this period, it’s good for him. I kill hype for a living.”

The numbers are on Cruz’s side, at least as far as his last comment is concerned. Ever since returning from a years-long layoff related to a litany of injuries, Cruz has looked nigh-well unstoppable, using preternatural movement and striking to dispatch Mizugaki, then take the title from a well-hyped T.J. Dillashaw before cruising to a rubber-match win over Faber. 

It’s an open question as to whether he can repeat that success against a super athletic and extremely hard-hitting opponent in Garbrandt.

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Bellator 165: “Chandler vs. Henderson” comes to SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2016. The headlining fight that night on Spike TV will see Lightweight champion “Iron” Michael Chandler go one-on-one with former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion “Smooth” Benson Henderson.

Also announced for the main card that night is experienced kickboxer Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez, who will be taking her first professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fight against Sheila Padilla (2-0). The “Queen of the Skrap Pack” — and wife of famed Lightweight fighter Gilbert Melendez — has long been expected to jump into the fray in the Flyweight division since she was signed last June,; however, her Bellator appearances so far have been kickboxing bouts with one-sided dominant performances.

Another fight joining the card that night on the “Prelims” undercard pits two undefeated Lightweights head-to-head as Carrington Banks (5-0) faces Jake Roberts (7-0). Though he may have a name that suggests he’d hail from a soap opera, the only drama for “Jetsetter” Banks is the look on the faces of his opponents, including a very successful debut against C.J. Keith at Bellator 156. Not to be confused with the WWE wrestler called “The Snake,” Roberts has been quietly earning his reputation as “The North County Nightmare” with win after win, including a recent win by TKO against Stephen Martinez.

Check out the complete Bellator 165 fight card is below.

Bellator 165 “Chandler vs. Henderson” Card (Spike TV):

Lightweight: Michael Chandler (15-3) vs. Benson Henderson (24-6)
Welterweight: Michael Page (11-0) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (25-13)
Light Heavyweight: Linton Vassell (16-5) vs. Francis Carmont (25-11)
Lightweight: Adam Piccolotti (8-0) vs. Brandon Girtz (14-4)
Flyweight: Keri-Anne Taylor-Melendez (Debut) vs. Sheila Padilla (2-0)

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Lightweight: Carrington Banks (5-0) vs. Jake Roberts (7-0)
Middleweight: Diego Herzog (3-2) vs. Nick Pica (5-0)
Bantamweight: Gabe Carrasco (7-0) vs. Rolando Velasco (10-4)
Welterweight: James Terry (17-9) vs. Justin Baesman (19-10-1)
Featherweight: Jose Perez (2-1) vs. J.T. Donaldson (2-1)
Lightweight: J.J. Okanovich (2-1) vs. Luis Vargas (Debut)
Lightweight: Hugo Lujan (0-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (Debut)
Welterweight “VOW”: Dominic Sumer (Debut) vs. Justin Roswell (1-0)
Welterweight: Danasabe Mohammed (5-0) vs. Dwight Grant (6-1)
Flyweight: Sarah D’Alelio (10-6) vs. Jaimelene Nievera (4-1)

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Streaking Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi wanted the chance to avenge his technical knockout loss to Uriah Hall, which came at the UFC Fight Night 75 mixed martial arts (MMA) event roughly one year ago.

Wish granted.

“The Dreamcatcher” — courtesy of Gunnar Nelson’s injury — will run it back with “Prime Time” in the UFC Fight Night 99 five-round main event, set for Sat., Nov. 19, 2016 inside SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The event streams exclusively on UFC Fight Pass (fight card here).

Even though Mousasi (40-6-2) was stopped by Hall in the second round of their overseas showdown, in which he opened as the -350 favorite, oddsmakers have awarded him a new betting line of -500 for their upcoming rematch, according to Best Fight Odds.

Hall was pegged as the +375 underdog.

Probably because Mousasi — who easily won the opening frame of their first go-round — has gone on to capture three in a row, including last month’s lopsided shellacking of ex-champion Vitor Belfort.

“Prime Time,” by comparison, has since dropped two straight.

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Michael Page is feeling like he might actually get to step into the cage and fight Fernando Gonzalez.

“I do believe it’s likely we’re going to get in there,” the Bellator welterweight told MMAjunkie.

That’s about as optimistic as Page (11-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) can be, given two of their previous bookings have been canceled. The first time, he had to withdraw. The second, it was Gonzalez (25-13 MMA, 5-0 BMMA).

But the third, a co-headliner at next month’s Bellator 165 event, looks like it’s on track. “Venom” has starred at a media day in support of the event. The buildup, as he puts it, is “going correctly.”

Bellator 165 is his eighth scheduled appearance for the Viacom-owned promotion, a career that’s frequently hindered by a lack of willing opponents But this one is different, or so he claimed.

“I’m hoping (I finish him in the) second round, just because I want to put my hands on this guy,” Page said. “He has annoyed me. It’s the first time I’ve been bothered by anybody.”

When Gonzalez prodded at him in the media for the first cancellation while using a pretty standard accusation of cowardice, it managed to strike a chord with Page.

When he steps onto the canvas for the Spike-televised fight on Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Page said he’s on a mission to make an example out of Gonzalez, as if he hadn’t already done that with his previous opponent.

“Retire after this fight,” Page said, looking directly into the camera for the above video interview. “I’m going to make you feel like you should retire, because guys like me are just constantly coming through, and you’re not ready for this.”

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Chael Sonnen signing with Bellator earlier this year was a big deal. Sure, he’s 39 years old. And, yeah, his last gasp of athletic relevance came more than three years ago when Jon Jones drubbed him in less than a round.

But once upon a time, Sonnen mattered. And when you’re competing with a Goliath such as the UFC, a has-been is better than nothing at all.

That’s the principle guiding Bellator’s attempt to stay alive in the unforgiving MMA space, and it all but demands Sonnen make his promotional debut against one of the other aging wonders spending his fighting dotage in the hinterlands on Spike TV.  

Enter Tito Ortiz.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion, a Hall-of-Famer for his role in keeping the company alive when it struggled early in Dana White’s reign as the king of MMA, is honestly even further removed from his prime than Sonnen.

The last time the 41-year-old Oriz held UFC gold, current lightweight star Sage Northcutt was just seven. Ortiz lost six of seven in the UFC before skedaddling to Bellator, and his most notable appearance in the cage since leaving the world’s top promoter involved sharing time with a former friend in a gimp mask.

It’s not worth the effort to pretend this fight matters in the overall scheme of things. Ten years ago, these would have been two of the top fighters in the world. Today, it’s two old guys with names that Bellator hopes sound familiar to fringe fans looking for something to do on a Saturday night.  

Its only hope to attract an increasingly cynical MMA fandom is to push promotional boundaries—and that’s going to require both men to be at their most charismatic and most eloquent. MMA fans have shown they are willing to accept past-their-prime legends and freak-show fights as long as they are entertaining.

Based on Sonnen and Ortiz’s first back-and-forth interview Friday night on Spike, Bellator is either in trouble or really on to something. To call this exchange a train wreck is an insult to derailments and disasters.

What follows is the complete transcript of their tete-a-tete, annotated throughout with analysis and my best guess about what each man was actually thinking.

Bellator Color Commentator Jimmy Smith: I’m in a very unsafe place right now, between Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz. I’m going to start with you, Chael. January 21st, the Forum in Los Angeles, big venue, big fighter. It doesn’t get a lot bigger as opponents than Tito Ortiz. Tell us about the fight, man.

What He Was Actually Thinking: If I say ‘big’ a lot, perhaps someone—anyone—will actually believe it. Hey, do you think they’ll notice that I’m cageside and both fighters are in two different studios?

Chael Sonnen: Well Mr. TV announcer, I think you got that right. January 21st. The Bad Boy versus the Bad Guy. It’s been 20 years in the waiting for the rematch. Tito’s car just got repossessed a week ago. Tito has a Rolls Royce. Now in fairness, that’s a beautiful car. I wouldn’t own one because I’m not that big of a prick. But it just got repossessed. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get this match before. I heard he tried to sell some suits to make due on the car, but nobody had a size 52 stupid.

What He Was Actually Thinking: Do you think anyone knows that we once wrestled when we were in college, back before kids who are actually starting college were born? Better move on to making fun of this poor sap spending all his money like a chump.

‘Nobody had a size 52 stupid?’ Damn it! Nobody needed a size 52 stupid. Just smile and go with it! No one will notice.

 Smith: Tito, all I can ask is what your rebuttal is to that man?

What He Was Actually Thinking: Crap. Do you think Tito knows what ‘rebuttal’ means?

Tito Ortiz: Ah, go ahead and check my Instagram at TitoOrtiz1999, and that’ll answer that fool’s complete gas. 

(Chael flexing, pointing to muscles)

All I hear is gas coming out of his ass. And it’s not his butt.

What He Was Actually Thinking: And. It’s. Not. His. Butt.

Nailed it! 

Smith: Now, we’re coming up to the light heavyweight division, 205. That’s where you’ve spent your entire career, Tito. That’s where you’ve made your mark as a professional. Him coming up to face you at your weight class, what does that mean to you? How is that to your advantage? 

What He Was Actually Thinking: If we emphasize the weight difference, even though both are roughly the same size and Chael has used plenty of PEDs in the past, maybe fans will believe this is a competitive fight.

Ortiz: Well, of course. You know, he’s been dominated by Hall of Famers, former world champions. And it’s going to happen again on January 21st. He’s picked the wrong guy. I’ve been waiting for this fight to happen. I’m happy that he’s going to come up to 205. Finally he has enough balls to step up and do it. Now he has enough balls to call me out. And on January 21st, Chael Sonnen’s going to feel what Tito Ortiz feels like. And you know what? It’s going to be painful.

What He Was Actually Thinking: He is going to feel what I feel like! I am owning this thing! But should I have mentioned the troops? People love the troops.

Smith: Chael, this is a fight—when you joined Bellator—the first fight everybody asked me about was ‘Is he going to fight Tito Ortiz?’ You say you don’t care what the fans think, but they’re getting a big, huge fight January 21st. A fight they all wanted. What are you going to show them?    

What He Was Actually Thinking: We’ve only said the date four times so far. Better throw that in a few hundred more times. Everyone watching has either been hit in the head a lot or is super high and wondering why Cops isn’t on.

Sonnen: Listen, Tito Ortiz was the world champion when my father passed away. And I made him one final promise on his death bed. Hand to God, this is a true story. I said ‘Dad, I’m going to beat Tito Ortiz and I’m going to be the world champion.’

(Tito furiously shaking his head no).

It’s the one promise I never kept of mine. On January 21st, I’m going to make that right. 

What He Was Actually Thinking: Did he really say I was going to feel what he feels like? Maybe he really did break his skull! Oh well—better hit that date again.

 Smith: Tito, I’m going to end with you. This is in your backyard, Southern California. How do you welcome Chael Sonnen to it?

What He Was Actually Thinking: This may be terrible, but at least most people watching think I’m actually Joe Rogan.

Ortiz: Well, you know what? Actually, let me go ahead and find Chael Sonnen for you.

(Reaches down and pulls up a “Juicy Juice” box).

I think I’ve got him right about here. And on January 21st, Chael Sonnen (smashes juice box) is going to get smashed.

 (Sonnen flexing his muscles and smirking)

 As the way I do inside the cage. Kicking ass and taking names. And Chael Sonnen—you’re next.

What He Was Actually Thinking: Nailed it. As the way I do. The old juice-box gimmick gets them every time. God, I’m good. And this guy couldn’t even beat Seraldo Babalu!

 Smith: Can’t wait to see it. January 21st at the Forum in Los Angeles, California.

What He Was Actually Thinking: Can’t wait to see it. January 21st at the Forum in Los Angeles, California.

 So say we all, Jimmy Smith. So say we all. Bring on the train wreck. We’re ready to smile.


Jonathan Snowden covers combat sports for Bleacher Report.

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World Series of Fighting recently announced a stacked eleven-bout fight card for the upcoming New Year’s Eve world championship extravaganza at The Theater inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, featuring four title fights in NBC and NBCSn starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Event: World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 34
Date: Sat., Dec. 31, 2016
Location: The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City
Broadcast: NBC

WSOF 34 Main Card On NBC (4 p.m. ET):

Lightweight Title Fight: Justin Gaethje (16-0) vs. Joao Zeferino (20-8)
Welterweight Title Fight: Jon Fitch (28-7) vs. Jake Shields (31-8)
Bantamweight Title Fight: Marlon Moraes (16-4) vs. Josenaldo Silva (25-4)

WSOF 34 Prelims On NBCSN (3 p.m. ET):

Middleweight Title Fight: David Branch (19-3) vs. Louis Taylor (13-1)
Light Heavyweight: Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-2) vs. Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (9-4)
Welterweight: Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) vs. Paul Bradley (23-6)
“Who’s The Toughest?” Catchweight Fight: Shane Kruchten (11-4) vs. Jeremy Mahon (5-4)
Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt (14-3) vs. Caio Alencar (9-1)

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight titleholder, Ronda Rousey, was dismantled by ex-boxing champion Holly Holm en route to a devastating knockout loss at UFC 193 last November.

Proving this accolade may have indeed been delivered prematurely.

But knowing that “Rowdy” has a long way to go in terms of technical striking, the mastermind(s) behind her current training camp have paired the judoka with 2016 Olympic pugilist Mikaela Mayer, who reached the quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro back in July.

Rousey will have a chance to reclaim the crown — now held by Amanda Nunes — when she collides with “Lioness” at the upcoming UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event, booked for Dec. 30, 2016 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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WSOF’s network-televised yearend event is taking shape and now boasts four title fights, as well as reigning champion in a new weight class.

WSOF officials today announced the details of WSOF 34, which takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on NBC, beginning at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), following prelims on NBCSN and MMAjunkie.

As previously announced, Justin Gaethje (16-0), who’s No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, takes on Joao Zeferino (21-8). Additionally, welterweight titleholder Jon Fitch (28-7-1) meets No. 9-ranked Jake Shields (31-8-1).

Officials today confirmed two additional title fights: bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes (17-4), a 28-year-old Brazilian who’s ranked No. 5, takes on Josenaldo Silva (25-4), a 30-year-old Brazilian who carries a 17-fight winning streak into his promotional debut. That bout kicks off the main card.

Closing out the NBCSN-televised prelims is a fight with two-division champ David Branch (19-3), a 34-year-old who’s ranked No. 9 at middleweight. He puts his 185-pound title on the line against challenger Louis Taylor (13-3), a 37-year-old big-show vet who’s won six straight.

Additionally, reigning heavyweight titleholder Smealinho Rama (9-2), a smallish 24-year-old heavyweight, heads to light heavyweight for a non-title bout with 29-year-old Jake Heun (10-5).

Additional WSOF 34 prelims will be announced in the coming weeks.

The current WSOF 34 card includes:

MAIN CARD (NBC, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Joao Zeferino – for lightweight title
  • Champ Jon Fitch vs. Jake Shields – for welterweight title
  • Champ Marlon Moraes vs. Josenaldo Silva – for bantamweight title


  • Champ David Branch vs. Louis Taylor – for middleweight title
  • Smealinho Rama vs. Jake Heun


For more on WSOF 34, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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As Ronda Rousey prepares for her return to the UFC, her two fiercest rivals may be hatching plans of their own—and they’ve got nothing to do with the world-famous former champ.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino—widely regarded as the best female MMA fighter on the planet today—recently took to Twitter to bank the small fames of what could be a budding rivalry between herself and Miesha Tate.

Last week on The MMA Hour broadcast (h/t Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting), Tate expressed an openness to face Cyborg at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Tate competes at the UFC’s 135-pound bantamweight division, while Cyborg competes at 145 pounds, where the UFC does not currently have a division.

“When I was the champ, they told me that they would not. … do a catchweight, so either she has to meet you at 135 or you have to not be the champion,” Tate said. “So now that I’m not the champion, I technically could fight her at 140. I wouldn’t be against it. The thing is, I just feel like I have nothing to lose in that.”

Early Monday morning, Cyborg tweeted a preference for a 145-pound fighter, but not before throwing some shade in Tate’s direction.

A Cyborg-Tate bout would surely attract its share of attention. The 31-year-old Cyborg (17-1 [1]) hasn’t lost a pro MMA fight since her debut in 2005 and has won her last seven contests—the last two of those under the UFC banner—by knockout. The brutal muay thai striker also is the reigning 145-pound champion in the all-female Invicta promotion.

Tate (18-6) has her own share of bona fides. She defeated Holly Holm in March to capture the UFC women’s bantamweight title (Holm, of course, shocked Rousey in 2015 to win the belt from the long-time champ, who subsequently went into self-imposed semi-exile). However, in July, Tate lost the belt to Amanda Nunes in her next fight.

In a bout with Cyborg, Tate would likely find herself a substantial underdog. She would give up a great deal of size to Justino and does not appear to have the strength or striking chops to seriously threaten Cyborg. 

UFC president Dana White recently said Ronda is willing to face Cyborg at catchweight—a big about-face from her previous insistence that Cyborg reach 135 pounds to face her. Cyborg and her camp have repeatedly stated that a cut to 135 would seriously jeopardize Cyborg’s long-term health and ability to perform.

As Cyborg herself pointed out, Rousey has yet to assert this challenge directly.

Nunes is expected to defend her title against Rousey this December at UFC 207.

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight power puncher, Shane Carwin, is making his mixed martial arts (MMA) comeback later this year for RIZIN Fighting Federation in Japan.

That’s where he intends to fight combat sports deity Fedor Emelianenko, thanks to the benefits of free agency.

In fact, Carwin accepted a fight against “The Last Emperor” two weeks ago, but is still waiting for Emelianenko to sign on the dotted line.

“I did accept a fight with Fedor,” the full-time engineer wrote on Twitter. “He likely won’t fight again. I met with Rizin and they have a great offer but NOTHING is signed.”


The 41-year-old Carwin (12-2) hasn’t see action in over five years, (temporarily) retiring in the wake of his three-round shellacking at the hands of fellow division face smasher Junior dos Santos. That said, he’s still one of the most powerful punchers at 265 pounds.


Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC), meanwhile, managed to rattle off back-to-back wins since making his return to the hurt business last December, though his most recent performance left a lot to be desired.

If and when this fight does come to fruition … who takes it?

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It probably says something about the 2016 U.S presidential election that Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz’s recent “debate” didn’t seem that odd, comparatively speaking.

During Friday’s Bellator 162 event (watch the highlights below), the former UFC fighters did a joint interview with commentator Jimmy Smith.

Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Ortiz (18-12-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) meet on Jan. 21 in Bellator 170’s headliner, which airs on Spike from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Ahead of the fight, the rivals did a split-screen interview, which went about as swimmingly as you’d imagine.

There was name-calling. There were obviously scripted one-liners. There was awkward trash-talk about gas, mouths and butts. And there were casualties, including one unlucky Juicy Juice box.

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If you were around a UFC event in the mid-1990s, there’s a good chance you have a story involving an alcohol-fueled Tank Abbott. UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich is no different.

Abbott (10-15 MMA, 8-10 UFC) was known as a brawler with dozens of unsanctioned fights. He joined the UFC in 1995 in an attempt to translate that experience into octagon success. Sometimes it went well for him; others times it didn’t. He certainly didn’t have the same career success as Miletich (29-7-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who at UFC 17.5 in October 1998 captured the welterweight title before defending it four times.

Miletich wasn’t the type to turn away from conflict during his prime fighting years, he said, be it inside or outside the octagon. However, he said the same can’t be said for Abbott, who apparently portrayed the opposite of his tough-guy demeanor during a confrontation with Miletich in December 1996 at Ultimate Ultimate 1996 in Birmingham, Ala.

“I walked up to Tank, and he was talking to (Bob) Meyrowitz, who owned the UFC at the time (under) Semaphore Entertainment Group,” Miletich told MMAjunkie Radio. “Tank had been in the bar dancing with his shirt off, dancing on the dance floor, grabbing everybody’s women. So I walk up to talk to Meyrowitz. Tank’s standing right there. I go, ‘Hey Tank, good fight.’ Then he palms my face and shoved me away.”

Although there’s a dramatic size different between Abbott, a heavyweight, and Miletich, a welterweight, it apparently didn’t stop Miletich from attempting to retaliate. But the way he tells it, Abbott wanted no part of that.

“There’s a drink railing between (us); I’m on the dance floor side, he’s on the bar side, and I looked at him and I go, ‘You fat mother(expletive). I’m knocking you out right now,’” Miletich said. “So I started marching toward the end of the drink rail to come around. I was just going to attack him.

“Well, he starts walking with me, and I’m assuming he’s going to meet me at the end of it. So we’re walking, (but) he takes a right and goes out the door of the place. Then somebody grabs me and goes, ‘Don’t go out there.’ Then I go, ‘No, I’m knocking his fat ass out right now.’ So I’m going outside – and he and his three buddies are running down the street.”

Despite Abbott apparent sudden exit, Miletich said wasn’t about to let the man who had disrespected him out of his crosshairs. He pursued Abbott back to the fighter hotel but was never able to exact his revenge.

“I start chasing him, but they got like a two block lead on me,” Miletich said. “So I’m chasing them like, ‘You fat son of a (expletive). I’m going to beat your ass.’ I get to the hotel, and he’s already got in the hotel, and I go in, and Tra Telligman’s in the lobby, and I go, ‘Tra, did you see Tank come in here?’ He goes, ‘Yeah, dude. He just sprinted up those stairs.’ So I sprinted up the stairs, and another fighter is there. I go, ‘Did you see Tank?’ He goes, ‘Yeah, he just got on the elevator.’”

Miletich said his opportunity to settle the score never came to fruition. However, he said he thought Abbott was always aware of what he had done, because every time they were around each other following that incident, Miletich said Abbott did everything he could to avoid him.

“From then on every time I see Tank, he literally would just go hide,” Miletich said. “I wanted to beat his ass so bad.”

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