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Our sport is always evolving, and nowhere is it more apparent than in strike totals. Nowadays, UFC fighters from 115 pounds to 265 pounds have the cardio, creativity and confidence to land 100+ significant strikes in a 25-minute and 15-minute bout alike. It’s a high watermark that more and more are crossing these past few years, but it is never less impressive when they do. However the total is proportioned – by head, body and leg targets or a mix of attacking on the feet and on the ground, landing 100+ significant strikes is an offensive output mark to be revered.Here are all the 100+ signifi … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

The clash between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) continues in full force after “Bones” tested positive for banned substances prior to UFC 200 this past July. Jones has proclaimed he will return to action soon while a generic form of Cialis has been pinpointed as a possible reason why the 29-year-old popped under USADA watch.

It now seems as if Jones is even closer to exonerating himself and returning to a sport he has dominated his entire career. According to Jones’ lawyer, Howard Jacobs, the independent tests that USADA administered on the substances Jones took earlier this year have all come back positive, marking the entire crop “contaminated.”

SB Nation’s Luke Thomas recently spoke with Jacobs and transcribed the conversation via Twitter:

Remember, Yoel Romero was suspended just six months earlier this year after it was revealed that a contaminated dietary supplement he took following a victory over Ronaldo Souza at UFC 194 this past December was the cause for failing an out-of-competition USADA test. If Jones can somehow seal his fate in the same matter, he could significantly lower his punishment and make a return to the cage as soon as January of 2017.

Stick with Mania as more news regarding Jones becomes available.

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The action was plentiful Friday night (Oct. 21, 2016) as Bellator MMA touched down at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, live on Spike TV for Bellator 162. With a main card featuring the likes of Alexander Shlemenko, Bobby Lashley, Hisaki Kato, Ryan Couture and top-flight finisher Goiti Yamauchi, Bellator 162 did not disappoint.

Full video highlights of the four-fight main card can be seen above, courtesy of Bellator MMA.

In the main event, Shlemenko looked to produce fireworks in his return to the Bellator cage for the first time since February of 2015. While opponent Kendall Grove gave the Russian a run for his money through the first five minutes, Shlemenko began to open up in Round 2. After landing a devastating left hook to Grove’s liver then a right hand to his chin, “Storm” captured the memorable TKO victory in a successful promotional return.

As for the co-main event, Lashley, who has now won eight fights in a row dating back to 2012, overpowered unarmed opponent Josh Appelt with continuous takedowns and ground-and-pound. Appelt seemed to catch Lashley on the feet in the beginning of Round 2, but the Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling superstar once again took the fight to the ground and sunk in the submission. Even before Lashley locked in his second arm, Appelt was starting to tap.

In addition, the lightening fast main card featured a 61-second submission finish by Yamauchi and a come-from-behind TKO stoppage for Kato.

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“I’m not trying to be world champion,” Cody McKenzie tells MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m just trying to make money in the game.”

The UFC vet’s mindset is a little different six years after he debuted to a national audience as an offbeat character with a unique guillotine choke on “The Ultimate Fighter 12.”

McKenzie (16-9) has fought in the UFC, made it into the octagon with store-bought shorts, got released after a 3-4 run, and later denounced the industry leader.

He once donated blood to make weight for a local show. He was disqualified for head-butting an opponent. He retired. In short, his career has been a colorful one, at least compared to many of his colleagues, who’ve cycled in and out of the UFC, never to be seen again.

The retirement didn’t last. McKenzie still fights, but not with the same goal. It’s about good opportunities. It’s about money. Mostly the latter.

“I’m a good fighter, but I’m not world champ,” he said. “Unless you’re the world champ in this sport, it’s pretty hard to make a payday.”

Two years ago, McKenzie suffered a bad knockout loss and shifted his priorities. He doesn’t just take fights to stay busy any more.

“If I feel it’s worth my time, I’ll do it, like a trip to Italy,” he said, describing a gig in May with the upstart Venator promotion that, surprise surprise, ended with a guillotine choke victory. “But I work. Last year, I was probably on the fishing boats seven months out of the year.”

The rest of the time, McKenzie lives in the Seattle area plying another trade: marijuana production. He works at Hang Roots, a warehouse owned by his girlfriend’s cousin that produces the plant in Washington state’s legal marijuana market.

“We’ve got the best,” he said. “Our slogan is, ‘Top shelf.’”

But mostly he trims plants, watching highlight reels on TV and listening to music. He also samples the product from time to time – quality control is important, of course.

The days of fighting as a featherweight are long gone. His girlfriend and a stable job have added 45 pounds to his frame. When he meets UFC vet Joe Riggs (41-7) on the Oct. 28 “Fight Night 2” card in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he will fight at a 180-pound catchweight.

“I’ve got a girl that feeds me,” he said.

McKenzie tried taking the well-traveled path. But at 28, he seems perfectly content to take another one.

“I’ve always been a laborer,” he said. “I’m not too smart. But now that the marijuana industry is popping off, it’s a nice little way to make a chunk of change.”

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On this season of The Ultimate Fighter, the flyweights have really come out to prove themselves in this tournament of champions, where the winner will ultimately move on to face UFC flyweight king Demetrious Johnson. Johnson has been arguably the most dominant champion in the UFC since winning the title and he’s turned back every challenger – some of them twice – while climbing up the mythical pound-for-pound rankings in the sport as well. Finding a worthy contender to face Johnson hasn’t been easy, so the 16 fighters brought into the show this season were competing for that opportunity and th … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight king Tyron Woodley will have more eyes on him than ever before when he defends his 170-pound title opposite Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 from New York City. Chalk up the heightened attention to headliner Conor McGregor.

In preparation for the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, Woodley has brought in young phenom Sage Northcutt in an attempt to mirror the unorthodox techniques of “Wonderboy,” which can be seen in the above video. According to the UFC welterweight champion, “Super” is actually a better version of Thompson.

“These young guys, man. Old man got to whip out those new tricks, because they come at you,” said Woodley regarding Northcutt. “I…

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It’s not everyday that you see a mixed martial arts (MMA) megastar verbally tango with insane clowns. It’s like a clash between a real-life superhero and the worst nightmare imaginable. Well, current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar Conor McGregor may have opened up a can of worms when he had the following to say in an interview with The LAD Bible about the recent clown-stalking epidemic:

I would slap the head off of one (clown). You see some guy jumping out screaming in your face dressed in a clown mask? I’d slap the head off him pull the clown mask off and stick it up his ass. You know what I mean? What the f-k even is that? I don’t what the f-k even is that. Have people been killed or what? I haven’t heard that people have been killed. You’ve heard that maybe there’s stabbing and stuff like that but… I don’t know it’s f-ked up! I don’t know it’s f-ked up. Just don’t come near me in a clown suit. In fact, don’t come near me period. Come near me and I’ll slap the head off you anyway. But if you’re in a clown suit I’ll slap the head off you even more so.

To much surprise, one of these proud clown creeps stuck his neck out and challenged McGregor to come down to his haunted house (shown above). The frightening clown dared “Notorious” to come to Bruff Co. Limerick in Ireland (where the crows fell off the tress with the hunger) and get the “shite” scared out of him, adding the following:

If you come down for five minutes, we’ll scare the life of ya. And 15 minutes with me and you’ll be wanting a nappy because you’ll be shitin’ your pants You’ll be going back to your mommy crying!

If there’s enough money involved, McGregor would have no problem beating this dude’s ass. And if you’re thinking about trick-or-treating around McGregor’s Las Vegas neighborhood in a clown costume on Halloween night, you may want to roll 20 deep.

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After losing her second fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, this time with the UFC’s 115-pound belt on the line, Claudia Gadelha decided it was time to make a change.

So she left Brazil – and her now former Nova Uniao team – for Albuquerque, N.M., hoping the new air (and altitude) would help step up her already polished game. It was a decision that, now midway through her UFC Fight Night 100 preparation under Greg Jackson and Chris Luttrell, she does not regret for a second.

Speaking about what drove her to make the leap, Gadelha detailed a number of reasons that, more than simple matters of structure and methodology, boiled down to a larger cultural scenario.

Unfortunately, Brazil falls behind on many things, especially sports,” Gadelha said during a Tuesday media day. “Since I wanted to get better, I had to come here. Nova Uniao is a huge team, with great fighters, a team that made many champions – like Greg Jackson’s. The difference is not in gym structure, but in the country. Brazil is a very complicated place to live – especially when you live off of sports.

“It was time for me to have a more relaxed camp, to rest more, to focus more on the technical aspect. In Brazil, we train a lot, we look hard to evolve – but wrongly. In Brazil, we end up training too much due to the lack of – it’s not even information. I think the Brazilian people suffer so much, and want it so much, that we train a lot. That’s not always the right way. That’s the difference here (in Albuquerque).”

The lack of pacing and rest in training, Gadelha believes, led to the key issue in her most recent decision loss to champ Jedrzejczyk: the cardio. After a strong start to the TUF 23 Finale’s five-round headliner, Gadelha saw the conditioning she’d worked so hard at during a 17-week camp fail her as the fight progressed.

In hindsight, Gadelha believes she was “technically very superior” to her opponent before gassing out. And, while she hopes the Albuquerque altitude will help, she believes the exhaustion was ultimately a result of overtraining.

“I’d never felt during a fight, or in any of my training, what I felt in that fight,” Gadelha said. “My arms were heavy. I couldn’t fight. My legs were tired. My body was exhausted. Looking back on it, I think I went overboard wanting to win so much. I did a 17-week camp. It’s way too much. It’s absurd. I trained so much – I felt like Wonder Woman, like the most-trained athlete in the world for that fight, because God knows how much I suffered and how much I trained.

“But sometimes training too much is not the right way. And that’s what I’m learning getting to know other teams and other mindsets. Cardio was my problem, but it was because I trained too much. I went overboard, I peaked way before the fight, and I think then my body just couldn’t take being there anymore.”

No bad blood with Pederneiras

Gadelha’s so-far beneficial change, however, didn’t come without some drama. Shortly after her departure, there was a report in Brazilian media that, following a falling out with Nova Uniao co-founder and head coach Andre Pederneiras, Gadelha would be leaving the team to start her own.

Speaking publicly about it for the first time, she said that neither bad blood nor the desire to venture out on her own were reasons for leaving.

“There was no fight between us,” Gadelha said. “I just need to improve and evolve and look for new things in my life, and that’s why I came (to Albuquerque). At no point did I leave Nova Uniao to get my own gym. I’d never do that. I’m an athlete who likes being on a team. I was born and raised in a big team and I would never leave that to follow a career solo and start my own team.

“The fact that I opened my own gym is an entirely different thing. It was a plan that existed before I even thought about leaving Nova Uniao. It’s there, it’s open, it’s not why I left Nova Uniao. It’s because I was looking to evolve. Everything was discussed and talked about.”

“I didn’t want to take the fight”

Though excited for another home country scrap on Nov. 19, when Gadelha (13-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) takes on Cortney Casey (6-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, the No. 2 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s strawweight rankings admits that the unranked Casey wasn’t who she had in mind.

She’s ranked No. 14 (in the UFC rankings) and I didn’t want to take the fight because of that,” Gadelha said. “I really wanted to fight Carla Esparza. I think it would have been the right fight. But I don’t know what happened there. she didn’t take it. I even told the UFC that, after this fight, I would only take Carla, because I think this fight needs to happen.

“After her, it could have been Tecia (Torres), Rose (Namajunas), Jessica (Andrade), I gave them all the possibilities, but they couldn’t make the matchups happen. Cortney Casey had asked for this fight – I said no, but they couldn’t find any opponents for me, and when they called her again she said it was still on for her.”

Initial iffiness aside, Gadelha believes in some bonus potential against Casey, who comes off back-to-back octagon wins after an initial two-loss skid (both awarded with “Fight of the Night” bonuses).

“I think it’s going to be a great fight,” Gadelha said. “She has two or three fight-night bonuses, so she goes for the fight. She’s a big girl for the division – tall, strong, and knows a little bit of everything. She’s not an expert at any area, but knows a little bit of everything.

“I think it’s going to be a good fight for the crowd, it’s going to be a good show. Because, like her, I also go very hard for the win. Let’s see if another fight-night bonus comes out of it.”

Finally, a drama-free camp

The leadup to the scrap, Gadelha said, has also been a somewhat refreshing experience. After months of a heated, highly-publicized rivalry with Jedrzejczyk, stemming from their squabbles as coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter,” the strawweight is glad to finally be able enjoy a low-key camp.

That’s courtesy of Casey, of course, but also everyone else.

“I didn’t have to do a bunch of tours; I’m more focused on my training,” Gadelha said. “I don’t have to answer my phone all the time to respond to something Joanna said. Cortney Casey doesn’t say anything, and I’m also very relaxed.

“As I’d been saying, I grew up within the martial arts philosophy, the jiu-jitsu philosophy, I learned to respect my opponents. I don’t call people names to promote fights – Joanna did that for me. So there’s a big difference not only on the emotional side but also the workload.”

Gadelha is now in one of the most unique positions of a UFC contender – one controversial split-decision loss aside, she’s now been defeated by the division’s current champ twice. Moving forward, she knows what this means: Realistically, the belt switching hands would go a long way in terms of helping her secure a new title shot.

But with Jedrzejczyk already set to defend against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, Gadelha says that’s not where her sights are.

“I think it depends on how I fight and on how (Jedrzejczyk) fights, too,” Gadelha said. “It depends on our next fights. But I’m not thinking about it now, or asking for that. I don’t even want that now. I want to reconquer my space.”

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After three consecutive knockout losses, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and the UFC mutually agreed to part ways Friday.

But while his UFC career is probably permanently over, his time as an active MMA fighter may be far from done.

The news of the popular heavyweight’s release first came via Mike Bohn and John Morgan of MMAjunkie. However, the announcement was widely expected after the 37-year-old suffered yet another knockout in September at UFC Fight Night 95 in the second round to Roy Nelson.

Not only was it his third straight KO loss, but it was his fifth loss in six contests dating back to 2014. All five of those defeats came by knockout. 

Given these facts, it is fairly clear that Silva (19-10 [1]) has lost his chin after a host of wars with hard-hitting fighters such as Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez and others.

Nevertheless, Silva remains a relatively big name in his native Brazil and beyond. He has indicated that he is not quite ready to retire yet, no matter what his recent record might suggest to an impartial observer.

He recently announced a relocation to American Top Team, Florida’s well-regarded MMA camp:

Furthermore, Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, essentially confirmed his client’s career will continue in a separate MMAjunkie report from Steven Marrocco.

“I think ‘Bigfoot’ will probably be out of the UFC and probably go to Rizin or Russia,” Davis said.

Rizin refers to Rizin Fighting Federation, the new Japan-based promotion operated by former Pride impresario Nobuyuki Sakakibara. Despite holding just a few events to date, Rizin has demonstrated an appetite for “legends” fights, particularly in the heavyweight division and despite medical evidence that might indicate a heightened safety risk.

Among those who have competed under the Rizin banner since its inception in 2015 are 40-year-old heavyweight GOAT Fedor Emelianenko, then-45-year-old Kazuyuki Fujita and then-46-year-old Kazushi Sakuraba.

Silva has been suggested as a potential opponent for Emelianenko, who previously lost to Bigfoot in 2011 and has a long history of novelty fights, particularly in front of the Japanese audience, which has a keen appetite for such things.

It’s unclear which Russian promotion might host Silva, but several might be candidates for his services, including M-1 Global and Absolute Championship Berkut. 

Fans probably also cannot rule out Bellator and World Series of Fighting closer to home, as well as ONE Championship in Asia, but based in part on Davis’ comments and speculation he could get a big fight with Emelianenko, Rizin may have the inside track to land the big man’s services.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight division is the least stacked weight class in mixed martial arts (MMA) today, which is why fight fans need to take notice when rising 205-pound prospects are on display. Luckily, light heavyweight youngster Ion Cutelaba and divisional newcomer Jared Cannonier will meet at TUF 24 Finale on Dec. 3 from Las Vegas, Nevada, per an announcement by UFC earlier this week.

Some of you may know Cutelaba from painting his entire body green for the UFC Fight Night 96 weigh ins earlier this month, while others remember the 22-year-old Moldovan from his torrid offensive pressure throughout his first two UFC appearances. Regardless, “Hulk” is beginning to gain some steam at 205 pounds and could easily make a push for the top 15 in 2017, especially after defeating Jonathan Wilson at UFC Fight Night 96 via decision to earn his first UFC win.

As for Cannonier, who has also compiled a 1-1 UFC record since his debut in 2015, this is a huge opportunity to make a statement in his drop down from heavyweight. The Alaskan native has only lost to UFC veteran Shawn Jordan in his professional career and has displayed the finishing ability as a heavyweight to eventually overwhelm opponents at the 205-pound level.

TUF 24 Finale will be headlined by a flyweight title fight between current champion Demetrious Johnson and the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 24.

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The clash between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) continues in full force after “Bones” tested positive for banned substances prior to UFC 200 this past July. Jones has proclaimed he will return to action soon while an over-the-counter form of Cialis has been pinpointed as a possible reason why the 29-year-old popped under USADA watch.

It now seems as if Jones is even closer to exonerating himself and returning to a sport he has dominated his entire career. According to Jones’ lawyer, Howard Jacobs, the independent tests that USADA administered on the substances Jones took earlier this year have all come back positive, marking the entire crop “contaminated.”

SB Nation’s Luke Thomas recently spoke with Jacobs and transcribed the conversation via Twitter:

Remember, Yoel Romero was suspended just six months earlier this year after it was revealed that a contaminated dietary supplement he took following a victory over Ronaldo Souza at UFC 194 this past December was the cause for failing an out-of-competition USADA test. If Jones can somehow seal his fate in the same matter, he could significantly lower his punishment and make a return to the cage as soon as January of 2017.

Stick with Mania as more news regarding Jones becomes available.

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After a handful of injury-related stretches of inactivity, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is aware of the retirement speculation he’s unwillingly been a part of.

But it’s talk the 40-year-old light heavyweight isn’t yet looking to have – at least not for a couple of years.

If nothing changes until Nov. 19, when he’s scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo opposite Ryan Bader (21-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) – this will be the first calendar year since 2011 in which Nogueira (22-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) will fight twice.

And, after fine-tuning his training and finally catching a break from his own body, he hopes next year will prove even better.

“I had a rough patch,” Nogueira, whose UFC Fight Night 100 main event airs on FS1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium. said during a media day on Tuesday. “In 2011, I had surgery on my knee for the first time, and then it was a sequel of fights that fell through. (UFC President) Dana White even said, ‘We can’t put Rogerio to do main or co-main events because his fights are being canceled.’ But it wasn’t up to me. It was a health matter.

“In the past year and a half, I’ve been having less sparring sessions. Before, I’d start sparring three months before a fight. Now I look to do MMA sparring just one month and a half before. I’ve been doing more boxing and muay Thai ones, for maintenance. I’ve been looking for quality over intensity.

“This year, I’ve been blessed. Doing my second fight in one year is already a blessing. Next year I’m sure I’m going into it well, hopefully with a win, and will get back with three fights. Increase that goal.”

Example in Dan Henderson

In spite of some outside pressure to call it quits, which got stronger after heavier twin brother Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira announced his own retirement last year, “Lil’ Nog” hopes his the recent TKO win over Patrick Cummins at UFC 198 (and a losing but close scrap against Mauricio Rua) were enough to prove a point.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

“I felt (the pressure) a lot when my brother retired/ ’What about you? Are you retiring?’” Nogueira said. “People wanted to retire me. But last year I did a good fight (against Rua). This year I did an even better one (against Cummins). It confirmed that I could still train. I could still compete at a high level.”

His brother, he explained, not only fought bigger opponents but also had to deal with hip surgeries that ultimately played a factor in his previously explosion-based fighting style. To a point that, in spite of his will, the performance was suffering.

The story, however, is different with the lighter Nogueira, who now looks up to another veteran to continue on his road.

“I’ve been doing physical therapy every day, which has been helping me out a lot,” Nogueira said. “I leave the gym and. Before my nap in between training sessions, I do two hours of it, and this has been changing my past year. It’s been giving me that afterlife.

“You need to keep training and competing among the best. That’s the hardest part. Dan Henderson is an example to be followed. I keep good references. I look for the oldest one and I follow.”

Third time wasn’t the charm

Nogueira’s lingering injuries were the reason behind two bout cancellations against Alexander Gustafsson. This time, however, it was Gustafsson – Nogueira’s original UFC Fight Night 100 opponent – who had to withdraw due to back issues.

Given their history, the circumstances in which Nogueira first heard the news were certainly emblematic.

“This time, I was doing physical therapy – but feeling good – and they called saying Gustafsson was hurt,” Nogueira said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘This has to be a joke,’ and it was already at that day, you know, that day when you’re already focused, training with the specific opponents. I was looking for big sparring partners. Everything was in place for that fight.

“So when we get those news – it’s a bad thing, but you need to turn it around. And my will to fight in Brazil is too big, there was no way I was going to turn down that opportunity. They changed opponents and that same day, that same time I accepted it. Let’s move forward to fight Ryan Bader now.”

The long-awaited rematch

The blow of having a thrice-scrapped bout, with two weeks already into his camp, was softened by a few factors. First, it’s not like he got a step down in competition. Ranked No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, compared to No. 7 Gustafsson, Bader comes in on the heels of a thunderous knockout win over Ilir Latifi.

But, most importantly, it’s a rematch. And it’s one that, after losing their first encounter at UFC 119, Nogueira was aching to get. Now much more accustomed to the peculiarities of the octagon, he even said that 2010 Bader ultimately helped 2016 Nogueira prepare.

“Coming from PRIDE, I wasn’t that used to fighting wrestlers,” Nogueira said. “I was used to guys who’d stop in front of you, size up the distance, stay there, kick and punch – a fight more like boxing, muay Thai.

“The wrestler takes away your distance. You can’t counter. You need to attack more. It’s a strategic fight. You need to learn how to defend yourself against the fence. You need to learn how to get back up when you fall down. So (the Bader fight) did make me change my training strategy a bit. With Phil Davis I was already fighting a little bit differently.”

The years, Nogueira said, have taught him how to better defend himself, rethink his gameplan, and, with the help of expert he brings in from different parts of the world for his fight-specific camps, hone his wrestling enough to put his well-known boxing chops to use.

But it’s not like Bader, who’d gone on a five-win streak before title challenger Anthony Johnson stopped him in their UFC on FOX 18 headliner in January, has been sitting around.

“I think Ryan Bader has improved physically,” Nogueira said. “You can see he’s stronger. He’s more confident in his boxing. He throws dangerous right hands, a dangerous cross. He’s been improving his striking. But I think he doesn’t have the same experience on the feet that I do, and I have to explore that. The movement, the footwork – I think those are holes in his game.

“It’s a dangerous fight. But now I’ve been very focused on takedown defense, and I think the best way of defending yourself against a guy like Bader is attacking him first. Not wait. If you wait to much, he’ll get in and take it. So you need to keep hitting him, walk around, impose and hit harder so he’ll respect you – not move forward too much and take you down.

“(In the first fight) I think I managed to impose the perfect fight against him in the third round. The first and second rounds, I let him fight too much. (The strategy would) be a fight similar to what I did in the third round.”

Nogueira’s big plan, of course, is to win in November. But after that?

“I was in the top five (of the UFC rankings), but then I got injured that time I was supposed to fight Gustafsson,” Nogueira said. “They removed me from the rankings. I was sad. They put me there in 15th, 20th, but then I came back slowly, did a good fight with ‘Shogun,’ went up to 15, and then after Cummins I went to 10th and ninth. Now I want to get back to the top five then to the top three and hopefully have the title shot I dream of.”

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It looked like MMA fighter Jose Aldo was retiring from the Octagon in September, when he made public his dissatisfaction with the UFC for not giving him a rematch with Conor McGregor.

But on Friday night, Aldo tweeted out that he is rethinking retirement:

Bloody Elbow’s Lucas Rezende provided the translation: “I’ve been rethinking my retirement from MMA. I talked to my family, and, after seeing all the requests from my fans, there will be some good stuff coming for you guys. Thanks Russia.”

Aldo, who is 26-2 over his career, most recently defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July to become the interim featherweight champion. It was his first fight since his loss to McGregor via first-round knockout at UFC 194 in December.

After his victory over Edgar, Aldo was expecting a rematch with McGregor at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, but Notorious will take on Eddie Alvarez at 155 pounds instead. The bout will take place less than three months after McGregor’s UFC 202 win over Nate Diaz at 170 pounds in August.

That didn’t sit well with Aldo, who spoke with Ana Hissa and Evelyn Rodrigues of Brazilian website Combate on Sept. 27 (via Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting):

We waited until [UFC President Dana White] publicly said that he wanted this fight with McGregor to happen. And then we expected it to happen: I’d get my rematch to unify the featherweight belts, or I’d have my belt back and fight Holloway or Pettis, since Dana [White] said all the time that Conor couldn’t keep both belts. But, to my surprise, I heard last night about the fight between McGregor and Eddie Alvarez, which was also denied by Dana last week. And to make it worse, he would keep the featherweight belt, and possibly having two belts at the same time.

He then went after White, saying that he “can’t trust any word” the president says and was looking to leave the UFC:

Since I’m not here to be an employee of McGregor, today I ask to cancel my contract with the UFC. When they offered me a fight with Frankie Edgar, Dana said that the winner would challenge McGregor or win the linear title, that he would lose his belt if he didn’t return to the featherweight division after his rematch with Nate Diaz. After being fooled so many times, I don’t feel motivated to fight in the UFC anymore.

On Wednesday, Aldo met with White and UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby at promotional headquarters in Las Vegas and told’s Brett Okamoto that things went well. However, he added that he is still wary of trusting White. 

If the two can bury the hatchet and Aldo gets a bout that he wants, such as a meeting with McGregor, then Junior could be back into the Octagon to resume his stellar career. 


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The complete cut list is as follows:

  • Shane Campbell
  • Kevin Casey
  • Cody East
  • Glaico Franca
  • Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
  • Cory Hendricks
  • Caio Magalhaes
  • Enrique Marin
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  • Kenny Robertson
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With new UFC management in place and the demand for sustained Octagon production at an all-time high, more promotional cuts are bound to surface early into 2017.

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