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By The Numbers: David ‘Tank’ Abbott

The two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament runner-up was a mixed martial arts original with heavy hands and a mean streak to match.

Report: UFC Fighter Desmond Green Involved in Five-Vehicle Crash That Leaves Two Dead

Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Desmond Green reportedly triggered a five-vehicle crash in Davie, Fla., early Saturday morning.

Dana White: UFC brand now 'worth $7 billion' after ESPN deal

UFC President Dana White claims the price tag for his fight promotion is nearly double what it sold for roughly two years ago.

Fight Facts: Bellator 204

Bellator MMA on Friday paid its first visit to South Dakota, where one of the most knockout-heavy cards in company history proceeded to unfold.

Matches to Make After Bellator 204

Darrion Caldwell appears to have positioned himself for a run at history.

New WWE signee, ex-UFC fighter Matt Riddle: Wrestling and MMA fans very different

Matt Riddle is around, and he’s as big as he’s ever been.

Watch James Vick Lay Out Polo Reyes with One Shot (UFC KO of the Week) | MMAWeekly.com

Sometimes, all it takes is one punch, and that's really what did the damage in James Vick's fight with Polo Reyes in the UFC KO of the Week.

Is 'UFC 25 Years in Short' the Ultimate Rags to Riches Story? | MMAWeekly.com

UFC 25 YEARS IN SHORT brings together an award-winning team of documentary filmmakers to tell twenty-five captivating stories.

Ronda Rousey's First Interview Since Historic WWE Title Win - MMA Imports

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made history over

Replay: Brock Lesnar Takes Out Two Men, Still Loses WWE Title Ahead Of UFC Return - MMA Imports

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Replay: Watch Ronda Rousey Win The WWE World Title In Dominant Fashion - MMA Imports

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made history tonight.

Dana White: I Would Have Beat Tito Ortiz in Bungled Boxing Match | MMAWeekly.com

Believe it or not, there was a time in UFC history when the company's president, Dana White, was going to box Tito Ortiz, one of the UFC's top stars.

Oscar De La Hoya Aims to Upend MMA and 'Pay Fighters What They Deserve' | MMAWeekly.com

Former boxerOscar De La Hoya is "sick to his stomach" about how MMA fighters are paid, so he plans to upend the current pay structure.

Bellator 204 Fight Highlights: James Gallagher Upset by Bellator Rookie | MMAWeekly.com

(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell made his way up to featherweight for a non-championship headliner at Bellator 204, where he made quick work of Noad Lahat. In a main card feature bout, newcomer Ricky Bandejas upset Irish sensation James Gallagher, derailing his run at a title shot. TRENDING > Oscar De La Hoya Aims to Upend MMA and 'Pay Fighters What They Deserve' Bellator 204: Caldwell vs. Lahat Full Results Main Card: Featherweight Main Event: Darrion Caldwell (13-1) def. Noad Lahat (12-4) via TKO (punches) at 2:46 of round two Welterweight Co-Main Event: Logan Storley (9-0) def. A.J. Matthews (9-8) via TKO (punches) at 3:56 of round two Bantamweight Main Card Bout: Ricky Bandejas (11-1) def. James Gallagher (7-1) via KO (strikes) at 2:49 of round one Featherweight Main Card Bout: Tywan Claxton (3-0) def. Cris Lencioni (3-2) via

Eryk Anders Credits Coach Nick Saban and Alabama Crimson Tide Football for His UFC Success | MMAWeekly.com

Eryk Anders credits much of his success in the Octagon to his time as a national champion under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama.

Justin Gaethje: 'I Will Try to Take Your Head Off' | MMAWeekly.com

Justin Gaethje talks about his crowd-pleasing fighting style ahead of his UFC Lincoln main event showdown with James Vick on Saturday.

EXCLUSIVE | Mike Perry opens up on sparring session with Darren Till: "He's good." | BJPenn.com

For a time, it looked as though Mike Perry and Darren Till would become arch rivals in the UFC welterweight division. After their initial trash talk and callouts, however, the pair developed a mutual respect for one another. In the buildup to UFC 227 in early August, both Mike Perry and Darren Till were in …

Cody Garbrandt reveals near-suicide attempt, being saved by brother in candid interview

The former UFC champion fights back tears talking about the time he nearly hung himself as a teenager.

Cody Garbrandt opens up on nearly attempting suicide as a teen | BJPenn.com

Speaking in a candid interview with I Am Second, former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt opened on one of the darkest moments of his past. In this interview, Garbrandt divulged that, shortly after his high school wrestling career ended, he started doing drugs, and nearly attempted suicide. He says his brother Zach caught him at …

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Infographic: Professional Fighters League Season 1 Welterweight Playoff Standings Update

The Professional Fighters League welterweight division is a microcosm of the league as a whole, offering sizzling knockouts, a breakout star and more than a little chaos and confusion. Now that Thursday’s PFL 6 is out of the way, let’s pick through the rubble. The breakout star, of course, is Ray Cooper III , who followed up his upset of Jake Shields last month by knocking out Pavel Kusch in 18 seconds on Thursday. By smoking the powerful Kusch, Cooper secured the top seed in the welterweight playoffs and cemented himself as the signature story of the entire season so far. Just behind Cooper sits Joao Zeferino , who slid only one spot in the standings after taking care of business with a third-round submission win over Yuri Villefort . Shields, recipient of the aforementioned upset loss to Cooper, did enough to lock down his own playoff berth with a typically workmanlike decision win over Herman Terrado , while Rick Story took full advantage of his matchup with newcomer Carlton Minus , choking the Alaskan unconscious in the second round and vaulting himself into the fourth seed.

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I'm feeling the itch to bet on Gaethje.... I see him slowing down Vick with vicious leg kicks & finishing him in 2nd or 3rd round. Especially if it's a smaller octagon. Vick has a very big size, reach advantage & good movement.... But I don't see his offense effective.

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Bellator Bantamweight Champ Darrion Caldwell Blisters Noad Lahat in Featherweight Feature Fight | MMAWeekly.com

Though Lahat has an impressive track record fighting for the UFC and Bellator, it wasn’t enough to fend off Caldwell. The bantamweight champ was impressive in his first fight at featherweight in nearly four years, easily taking Lahat to the canvas and pounding him out with a brutal assault of punches rocketing up from under Lahat’s arm.

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You think he does? With no guarantee he can even make 155? Dana said it right : “let GSP first fight the nr1 contender in that division and after that we will see what happens”

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Evan Dunham Plans to Retire Following UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo on Sept. 22

September 22 will be my last fight. I can retire from the sport that I love with my head held high. I know that I never held anything back while in the cage and September 22 will be no different. My goals and priorities have shifted throughout the years and I am ready to concentrate on building my gym, as well as any new opportunities that come my way. I have gone toe 2 toe with many of the worlds best competitors and I am truly grateful for this. My passion for Jiu Jitsu will continue to be a driving force in my gym and at select Jiu Jitsu competitions. I want to thank my family, friends and fans for all of your support throughout the years.

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It Ain’t a Gimmick If It Works

It’s fair to say that the promotional model employed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship is the predominant one in the sport today. From the UFC itself down to the humblest of regional organizations putting on events in gyms and bars, most promotions offer some variation on the same basic model. It’s built around a few bedrock principles: former matchmaker Joe Silva’s mantra that winners fight winners, a high value placed on championship belts, a distaste for formal bracket-based tournaments and, until recently, a reluctance to have fighters change divisions or fight outside their usual weight class. In theory, it makes the UFC a constant, ongoing tournament, with the goal of figuring out who are the best fighters in each division and having them challenge for the belt. When it works -- when the UFC isn’t undermining its own competitive process with cash-grab matchmaking -- it works well. It makes for a system that gives fans time to get to know fighters and can often respond well to the unexpected. If a title challenger is suddenly injured, for example, it’s helpful if the rest of the Top 10 is full of credible contenders who have been working their way up and at least half of them are coming off of wins in their last fight.

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Michael Chandler would love to finish trilogy with fellow free agent Eddie Alvarez

“I have a ton of respect for him as a fighter, and I just want to see the best for him,” Chandler told MMAjunkie. “If that means staying with the UFC, I hope he stays in the UFC. If that means coming to Bellator, I would love to welcome him to Bellator and finish that trilogy. There’s not a day that’s gone by recently since he announced that this last fight was the last fight on his contract, that people haven’t stopped talking about the trilogy.

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Twitter reacts to Ricky Bandejas' brutal KO of James Gallagher at Bellator 204

Ricky Bandejas believes his first-round knockout of James Gallagher at Bellator 204 was a “game changer” for his career.

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Bellator 204 results: Ricky Bandejas halts James Gallagher hype train with first-round KO

As the round unfolded, Gallagher stalked from the center, talking to his opponent while he worked. A quick takedown worked for Gallagher, but he ultimately backed away when Bandejas was quick to scramble. Once there, Bandejas landed a straight right that sent Gallagher to the floor. The Irishman scrambled up, but Bandejas didn’t let off the gas. A high kick landed clean to the neck, as well, and Gallagher collapsed to the canvas again. Bandejas jumped on top and finished him off with a devastating barrage of punches on the floor, brining an end to the contest at the 2:49 mark of the first frame.

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Luke Rockhold Happy to Fight Weidman at UFC 230 But Needs 'The Right Contract'

It has been reported for a number of weeks now that a matchup between former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman was in the works for UFC 230 in November at Madison Square Garden, New York although nothing has been made official yet. The pair previously met back in December 2015 at UFC 194 where Rockhold knocked out then-champion Weidman. Weidman has been sidelined for over a year now with a nagging injury as a result of a torn ligament he suffered in his thumb. “The All-American” last featured inside the Octagon in July 2017 where he snapped a three-fight losing streak by defeating Kelvin Gastelum . Rockhold last fought back in February at UFC 221 for the interim UFC middleweight title against Yoel Romero . Romero missed weight for the fight ruling him out of contention for the title but managed to put the disappointment behind him to knock out Rockhold in the third round. Rockhold spoke to reporters at an event with his sponsor American Ethanol and said the only reason he’s not already signed a rematch bout against Weidman in November is because he wants a better contract (via MMAJunkie.

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UFC Bantamweight Champ Amanda Nunes, Strawweight Nina Ansaroff Announce Engagement

Amanda Nunes and Nina Ansaroff will be tying the knot in the near future. Nunes, the reigning UFC bantamweight queen, and Ansaroff, a strawweight in the Las Vegas-based promotion, announced their engagement via social media on Saturday. The couple used the hastags “#Isaidyes" and “#shesaidyes” to caption their photos on Instagram. #shesaidyes A post shared by Amanda Nunes (@amanda_leoa) on Aug 18, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT .... #Isaidyes A post shared by Nina Ansaroff (@ninaansaroff) on Aug 18, 2018 at 1:06pm PDT Nunes is coming off her third successful title defense, a fifth-round stoppage of Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 on May 12. “Lioness” is currently unbeaten in her last seven Octagon appearances and will reportedly be booked in a superfight against Cristiane Justino at UFC 232 on Dec. 29. That fight has not been finalized, however. Ansaroff is riding a three-fight winning streak at 115 pounds. Most recently, the American Top Team product garnered a decision triumph over Randa Markos at UFC on Fox 30 on July 28.

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Daniel Cormier Sends Message to Brock Lesnar Following Defeat at WWE’s SummerSlam

Daniel Cormier doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a professional wrestling fan, and he had even more incentive than usual to watch WWE’s SummerSlam on Sunday night. That’s because his next potential foe in the Octagon, Brock Lesnar , was in action at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Lesnar would eventually lose his WWE Universal title to Roman Reigns on Sunday, ending a 504-day reign as champion. The result should not be surprising, as Lesnar is expected to return to the UFC and challenge Cormier for the heavyweight belt sometime in 2019. The two men had a confrontation in the Octagon following Cormier’s triumph over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in July. “DC” sent a message to Lesnar on Sunday night, predicting a similar result when they square off in the Las Vegas-based promotion. “No more title, now he can come and chase mine,” Cormier wrote on Twitter. “Sorry [Brock Lesnar], result will be the same.” No more title now he can come and chase mine!!!! Sorry @BrockLesnar result will be the same!!!! — Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 20, 2018 Cormier also commented on Lesnar’s physique, which is generally more massive in the sports entertainment realm.

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I feel really uncomfortable every time I see Maynard fight, he looks compromised from all the punishment he has taken over the years. The fights with Frankie were up there with the best I have ever seen and I don’t want to see the guy suffer long term damage.

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Sound Off: Episode 447

On this installment of Sound Off, Luke Thomas and Danny Segura answer your questions regarding Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor, the lack of anticipation for UFC events, Georges St-Pierre's chances of fighting for the UFC lightweight belt, Rory MacDonald's claim to be the best welterweight in the world if he were to win the Bellator WW Grand Prix and defeat Gegard Mousasi, and much more. Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/mmafightingons... Visit our playlists: http://www.youtube.com/mmafightingons... Like MMAF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mmafighting Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mmafighting Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com

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Wanderlei Says Silva vs. Rampage IV May Be His Last Fight - MMA Imports

Mixed martial arts veteran Wanderlei Silva finished Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in their first two match ups. However, Jackson retaliated with a finish victory of his own in their most recent fight.

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Luke Rockhold won't move to light heavyweight until UFC offers 'something sexy'

“I like the light heavyweight division – I think it’s for the taking,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie. “‘DC,’ the complication with him – he’s tossing and turning. I just want the thing to really solidify itself and iron it out. I want a matchup – I want a sexy matchup, and I want to get up there and I want to do some damage, and I want it to mean something. I don’t want to have to fight the best guy in the division in Alexander Gustafsson and have to backtrack if ‘DC’ doesn’t fight and I have to fight someone else lower – what’s the (expletive) point?

20 Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Nearly Sold Out; UFC 229 Second Largest Gate in History | MMAWeekly.com

According to MMAFighting’s Dave Meltzer , who is the industry’s foremost expert on UFC pay-per-view statistics and ticket sales, reported that tickets for Conor McGregor’s return to challenge undefeated, undisputed UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov were nearly sold out within minutes of going on-sale to the public on Friday, Aug. 17. That followed two days of special early access sales to UFC Fight Club members and newsletter subscribers. 

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Conor McGregor To Fight Khabib With Hands Down? - MMA Imports

UFC superstar Conor McGregor is now set to make his big octagon return. With that in mind, it would appear that the Ireland native is now hinting that he may be doing a little taunting during his upcoming match up.

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See if you can guess why UFC flyweight Joseph Benavidez is smiling these days

“To me, I don’t think anyone would argue if I fought (Cejudo) next,” he said. “I have a win over him, and that’s the biggest thing going for me right now. I’m his last loss. The six wins in a row I had, and the loss was a really close fight, and that was to a guy who lost to Cejudo by a huge margin. The fact that I have a win over him, I think that puts me in a good seat.”

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So Conor wins, GS freakin’ P wants to be part of what would be the highest selling UFC PPV of all time. But head Clown Dana will say no? Ya, ok. Got it.

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Paulo Costa will wait for Yoel Romero: 'There's no better fight for me'

“There’s no reason why I’d do another fight before,” Costa said. “He’s first in the (UFC’s) ranking, so there’s no better fighter for me to fight, considering that (Kelvin) Gastelum and Whittaker were already set to fight for the title. I think that’s the fight to make. So we’ll wait for him. Whenever he’s ready, I’ll be ready to beat him and go on in my journey toward the belt.”

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Why Boxing Needs to End the Dangerous, Cruel and Unnecessary ‘Mexican Style’ Gimmick

Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sherdog.com, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company, Evolve Media. * * * In the not-especially-funny but disturbingly prescient satire “The Great White Hype,” Peter Berg plays Terry Conklin, a white fighter who is getting a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world solely because he is Caucasian and promoters know a white-versus-black fight will sell extremely well in America. Although he is not of Irish descent, the people in charge of promoting the fight decide to market Conklin as “Irish” Terry Conklin. They have a team of leprechauns follow him and make him wear green trunks and Boston Celtics jackets, all because they know Irish fighters sell especially well. This idea of pretending a fighter is of a different descent seemed funny in 1996; however, the joke has manifested itself into reality through the weird, insensitive and completely unnecessary act of cultural appropriation known as “Mexican Style.

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Michael McDonald Needs Hand Surgery Following Bellator 202 Knockout Win

Michael McDonald was hopeful he could avoid hand surgery following his resounding knockout win over Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 202. It looks like that won’t be the case. “Mayday” offered an update on his broken hand via social media on Tuesday, and the prognosis could call for a lengthy recovery. McDonald broke his left hand in a 58-second triumph over Dantas on July 13 and was initially optimistic the injury could heal on its own. McDonald will undergo surgery on Aug. 30, but the former UFC talent warns that it could only be the first step. Hey everyone. Here’s an update on my hand. pic.twitter.com/QhA1ojMpW3 — Michael McDonald (@MaydayMcDonald) August 21, 2018 McDonald has gone 2-0 under the Bellator banner since leaving the UFC, posting wins over Dantas and Peter Ligier . The 27-year-old went 6-3 in the UFC and is 19-4 as a professional overall.

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I’ve heard they’re playing the stalker card to make the victim look crazy. Pretty sure they were very very close friends. He pushed her around and choked her out. On the other hand, I hope AndreaLee gets away from this toxic piece of work.

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It's a title fight so it'd be stupid if he didn't. He doesn't consistently miss weight so unless his body has grown recently there shouldn't be much of an issue

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Everything You Need to Know About the Weekend in Boxing

Who did it better, @Tyson_Fury or Muhammad Ali? #FuryPianeta pic.twitter.com/lis8phGDf6 — Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) August 18, 2018 Tyson Fury versus Deontay Wilder is officially happening. After cruising to an uneventful decision victory over Italy’s Francesco Pianeta , the sole highlight of which was when the self-proclaimed “heavyweight Sugar Ray Leonard” did his best impression of Muhammed Ali’s famous cornered head movement routine , Wilder stormed the ring and the two undefeated heavyweights came face to face. Both fighters acknowledged that the deal was already in place , before Fury promised with some colorful language that he was going to knock Wilder out. That is highly unlikely, as despite his size Fury has never been a knockout puncher (19 knockouts in 27 fights). Instead, this is a classic boxer-puncher matchup with Fury’s size, movement and boxing ability facing off against Wilder’s right hand from Hell. For boxing fans, this long-time coming battle will be fascinating but because of the outsized personalities of the pugilists involved, it will likely enthrall a casual audience as well.

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Dana White: UFC Not Interested in ‘One-Off’ Title Fights for Georges St. Pierre

Now that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor is official for the UFC 229 headliner, there figure to be plenty of suitors willing to face the winner of that blockbuster lightweight championship bout. That includes former middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre , who recently said he’d be interested in facing the winner of the Oct. 6 contest. “I would be interested in that fight,” St. Pierre said a recent press conference filmed by Submission Radio . “That’s a win-win situation. That’s a win-win situation. It’s a legacy upgrade and it’s good money. It’s going to be a big fight. “However, I fought at 170. I relinquished the title [in 2013]. Then I fought at 185. I relinquished the title [in 2017]. I don’t think the UFC will let me fight for the title at 155. They will be afraid that I’ll relinquish and leave the division in ruins again.” St. Pierre’s intuition has proven to be correct. In an interview on "The BBC MMA Show," UFC President Dana White confirmed that the Canadian star will not be in line to face the Nurmagomedov-McGregor winner.

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Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer Blows Away Troy Nawrocki in Bellator 204 Prelim Headliner

Annnnnd another 1st round finish! #Bellator204 pic.twitter.com/zqz71vLRrq — Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) August 18, 2018 Knockouts were plentiful on the Bellator 204 preliminary card inside Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Friday night. Venezuela’s Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer improved to 7-0 by blowing away Troy Nawrocki (3-1) in the featured preliminary bout. The lightweight prospect slammed a series of unanswered punches that destroyed Nawrocki’s equilibrium, eventually knocking him out in just 58 seconds. The undercard had five other knockouts: Jason Jackson (8-3) lived up to his “The Ass-Kicking Machine” moniker by pummeling fellow welterweight Jordon Larson (9-5) with punches and ending things 3:58 into the first; 170-pounder David Michaud rose to 12-4 by greasing Corey Davis (2-1) with punches at 1:42 of the opening frame; middleweight Romero Cotton rocketed to 3-0 by crushing Willie Whitehead (2-3) with knees and punches at 4:12 of the first; welterweight Tyler Ray moved to 3-1 by knocking Seth Bass (2-3) out at the 3:30 mark of the first with elbows and knees; and Jeff Nielson won his pro debut by stopping fellow 185-pounder Wyatt Meyer (0-1) with punches at 2:53 of the first.

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I don’t get why if someone losses they aren’t allowed to still have the same confidence in themselves? He lost, he got KO’d now he learns from it and now the other guy gets mad love from Bellator because he derailed the hype train.

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Bellator 204 results: Tywan Claxton taunts, steamrolls Cris Lencioni

Lencioni moved forward to open the third, but it was clear he was tiring from the previous rounds. Claxton calmly stayed away from his opponent’s striking, then moved inside and threw him to the floor with relative ease. Lencioni worked to guard, but Claxton was able to transition to his feet and back to the ground repeatedly, grinding away on his tiring foe. Short punches and elbows found their mark, and while it was ever enough to earn Claxton a stoppage, it was very obvious he had done enough to take home the win at the final bell, with judges scoring the fight 30-27 across the boards.

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Sherdog’s Weekend Boxing Preview

.@Tyson_Fury plans to seek and destroy. Stream #FuryPianeta TOMORROW 3:30PM ET: https://t.co/tJ6k57d8UU pic.twitter.com/uek56T0qGN — SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) August 17, 2018 Sherdog's resident boxing expert, James Kinneen , breaks down an upcoming weekend with plenty of can't-miss fights. What: Andrew Cancio vs. Dardan Zenunaj, Junior lightweights When: Aug. 17 How to Watch: ESPN 2, 11 p.m. ET Why You Should Care: Because Dardan Zenunaj wants to make a “ Mickey Ward-Arturo Gatti type of fight ” and Andrew Cancio is more than happy to oblige. Not every fight needs to have hall of fame or even pound-for-pound implications, some fights are just great, because they’re great fights. That may well be the case when it comes to Friday’s matchup between Andrew Cancio (18-4) and Dardan Zenunaj (14-4). Although neither fighter is likely going to be remembered as an all-time great, Cancio has faced the better opposition having lost to guys like Jojo Diaz but beaten guys like Rocky Juarez . But, that likely won’t mean much. See, Zenunaj has shown he can be outboxed, but has vowed he will come forward against Cancio, who is probably not slick enough to keep him away for long.

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Thiago 'Marreta' Santos replaces Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa at UFC Sao Paulo

UFC Fight Night 137 takes place Sept. 22 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The event is expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

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Justin Gaethje explains what it will take for him to retire from MMA | BJPenn.com

“If you watch the fights, you have to understand how close either one of us were to getting the ‘W’ and finishing that fight,” Gaethje said of his losses to Alvarez and Poirier. “For James Vick to sit here and say I’m a ‘B’ league fighter and I don’t deserve the accolades that I’m getting — the bonuses, the main events — they guy just doesn’t get it.

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Yoel Romero Withdraws from UFC 230 Bout with Paulo Costa | MMAWeekly.com

Despite a bout between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa having been announced for Nov. 3 at UFC 230 in New York, it will not happen as expected. Romero has had to withdraw from the fight.

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Jim Crute vs. Paul Craig set for UFC Fight Night 127 in Australia

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Eryk Anders Planning 'Highlight Reel Finish' at UFC Lincoln | MMAWeekly.com

Anders (10-1) will look to rebound when he faces Tim Williams (15-4) in a main card 185-pound bout at UFC Fight Night 135 on August 25 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Why Dana White says Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm was his best promoted fight

“I would say my best one is Holly Holm versus Ronda Rousey,” White said. “I did a really good job with that one. When that fight came out the odds were incredibly huge that Ronda was going to win that fight. Nobody gave Holly a chance. I said, ‘Ronda’s never fought anybody like this. Holly striking, her head kicks, her this, her that.’ Even Joe Rogan said, ‘There’s no way Holly Holm wins this fight.’ Not only did we sell the fight, but Holly Holm won the fight.”

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Twitter Reacts To Today's Viral UFC Fighter's Drilled Through Testicle - MMA Imports

UFC newcomer Bryce Mitchell may have had a successful octagon debut, but things have not quite been going the fighter’s way as of late. Now fight fans are taking to social media to react to Mitchell’s recent injury.

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52 Dana White unapologetic for bashing his fighters: "most of them deserved it" | BJPenn.com
53 VIDEO: Ref Fails to Stop Choke, Fighter Says Opponent Saved His Life | MMAWeekly.com
54 Flyweight Champ Nicco Montano Comfortable Taking Fights at Bantamweight | MMAWeekly.com
55 TJ Dillashaw Still Willing to Fight Boxer Gervonta Davis and His Padded Record | MMAWeekly.com
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62 Darrion Caldwell hopes James Gallagher got a 'humbling experience' at Bellator 204
63 UFC dual-champ Daniel Cormier boasts of flawless 17-year drug testing history
64 Ex-champ Phil Davis vs. Vadim Nemkov added to Bellator's Israel return
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67 Jimi Manuwa says Thiago Santos Needs to Be Taught Some Respect
68 T.J. Dillashaw Speaks on Importance of Fighters Aligning With Brands Outside of Competition
69 Paulo Costa plans to wait for Yoel Romero to be ready | BJPenn.com
70 UFC 232 opening odds: Amanda Nunes closest Cris Cyborg challenger since Gina Carano
71 Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes Set for UFC 232 in December | MMAWeekly.com
72 Bethe Correia Shows Off Her Most Infamous Asset In New Beachside Pic - MMA Imports
73 Derrick Lewis 'brand new' after working with back specialist who treated Tiger Woods
74 Mickey Gall aims for 'violent masterpiece' to prove he deserved UFC Lincoln main-card spot
75 MMA is the 'easiest money' James Krause has ever made, but he won't let it take his life
76 James Vick waiting for odds to change before betting money on himself to beat Justin Gaethje
77 Check out the official 'UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor' poster: 'The World Is Watching'
78 A New Chapter for Kendall Grove