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John McCarthy explains Bellator commentator move, plans to still officiate boxing

“My job is to take the softballs that a Mauro Ranallo or Mike Goldberg are going to give me and polish it up so fans understand exactly why a guy is being successful and what he’s doing, and not take over the broadcast,” McCarthy said. “It’s absolutely a challenge. That’s part of the reason I took the job. I know it sounds egotistical, but truthfully, in MMA refereeing, where was my place to go? I’d been there, and I’d done it. I’d done the biggest fights, been part of incredible shows. What’s the only direction for me to go? The only direction is down.”

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Sherdog.com’s Pound-for-Pound Top 10

Robbie Lawler enjoyed quite a late-career ride as a pound-for-pound stalwart, long after his competitive prime was thought to have run its course. Nevertheless, all good things must come to an end. Lawler on Dec. 16 had no answers for Rafael dos Anjos , as he lost a five-round decision to the resurgent Brazilian in the UFC on Fox 26 main event at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dos Anjos pitched a shutout, carrying 50-45 scorecards from all three judges. To make matters worse for Lawler, he suffered a torn ACL and meniscus -- knee injuries that figure to sideline him for most of 2018. Where “Ruthless Robbie” goes from here remains to be seen, but he turns 36 on March 20 and has the mileage of a grueling 41-fight career with which to contender. For now, Lawler exits our pound-for-pound list to make room for the man who defeated him. Dos Anjos was something of an afterthought a little more than a year ago, but a move to 170 pounds has breathed new life into the former lightweight champion’s career. Since throwing out his anchor in the welterweight division, RDA has gone 3-0 with wins over Lawler, Neil Magny and Tarec Saffiedine .

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Bellator 192 - Lima vs. MacDonald

Khonry Gracie, Son of Royce Gracie, to Make Pro Debut at Bellator 192 on Jan. 20

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Mike Perry Gets Hometown Duty Versus Max Griffin at UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando

Surely you didn’t think the Ultimate Fighting Championship was going to leave Mike Perry off of a network television card in his hometown, did you? Though not yet officially announced by the promotion, heavy-hitting Perry appears set to square off with like-minded striker Max Griffin at UFC on Fox 28 , scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. Both 170-pounders seemingly confirmed the contest Monday via social media. Pumped to fight here in #Orlando where I live ! @maxpainmma is trying to bring the pain in my city ! We about the #PlatinumParties here in the O!” Perry posted on Instagram on Monday evening . Pumped to fight here in #Orlando where I live ! @maxpainmma is trying to bring the pain in my city ! We about the #PlatinumParties here in the O ! Welcome this man into Our City and I will set #FireWorks off inside the @amwaycenter @ufc February 24th ! #PlatinumToTheMax #PlatinumPain #PlatinumCity #PlatwayArena #PlatTown #BeAllPlatICouldBe #UFC #MMA A post shared by Platinum Mike Perry (@platinummikeperry) on Jan 8, 2018 at 1:35pm PST The colorful welterweight had made an appearance on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani earlier in the day , hinting that he had a fight booked and the opponent would be imminently revealed.

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5 UFC Prospects Worth Watching in 2018

MMA’s talent pipelines continue to provide talent for the Ultimate Fighting Championship , and as the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion chugs into 2018, there are a number of fast-rising prospects worth keeping an eye on. Here are five of them: Tai Tuivasa Tuivasa came to the UFC at the age of 24 with an overall record of 5-0. In a heavyweight division absolutely devoid of young talent, he was a welcomed addition. Tuivasa took on Rashad Coulter in his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 121 on Nov. 19 and finished him in devastating fashion, scoring a flying knee knockout in the first round. He first made his name as a professional rugby player and kickboxer, then made the transition to MMA. “Bam Bam” has plenty of talented training partners at his disposal in Western Sydney, including UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker , 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix winner Mark Hunt and light heavyweight prospect Tyson Pedro . Tuivasa has the luxury of being one of the youngest heavyweights on the UFC roster, so it will be interesting to see how he develops.

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Renan Barao-Brian Kelleher, Sam Alvey-Marcin Prachnio Announced for UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando

Renan Barao-Brian Kelleher, Sam Alvey-Marcin Prachnio Announced for UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando

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Mamed Khalidov puts 19-0-1 KSW record on line in March 3 champ-vs.-champ bout

“I am a true mixed martial artist, and I love sporting challenges, so when I was offered this bout, I took it instantly,” Narkun stated in an announcement. “Mamed is an MMA legend in this part of the world, and facing him is both an honor and a demanding challenge. But I think my skill set stack up really well against him, and I’ll do everything in my power to win this bout on March 3.”

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LFA 30 - Millender vs. Barnes

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Debets: Threading the Conor McGregor Needle

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. * * * It has been 14 months since Conor McGregor last stepped foot in the Octagon and decimated Eddie Alvarez to win the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title, and it feels like a lifetime ago. Back then, Barack Obama was still in the Oval Office, Harvey Weinstein was still a respected member of Hollywood’s elite and the idea that Georges St. Pierre ’s return fight would come against Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship was still safely languishing in when-pigs-fly territory. Times have changed. While McGregor’s notoriety has risen outside the UFC, courtesy of his boxing escapades and increasingly questionable conduct involving Bellator MMA officials and pop star Rita Ora , members of the UFC’s lightweight and featherweight divisions and a growing cadre of MMA fans have had no choice but to move on in his absence.

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UFC Fight Night 124 - Stephens vs. Choi

By: Brian Knapp The Ultimate Fighting Championship has begun to populate its events for the first quarter of 2018, beginning with UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan. 14...

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Walker: The Uphill and Unnecessary Battle for Zuffa Boxing

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. * * * When the Floyd Mayweather - Conor McGregor World Tour rolled into Toronto for its second stop, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White used the stage to show off the latest addition to his famed T-shirt collection. His red Zuffa Boxing shirt turned heads and began speculation. Much like the Saturday Night Live shirt White wore when rumors of an NBC deal were circulating, it meant something. Months later, the Boston native confirmed that Zuffa Boxing was indeed a real thing and his ambitions to sign heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua were made public. Fresh into 2018, we have very little official indication of what is going on with the new brand name. What will Zuffa Boxing look like? Is this even a worthy pursuit for the UFC brass? The decline of boxing has been well documented. What was once primetime viewing that consistently electrified the sports world had been reduced to delayed matchups and rare television appearances held up by high-priced pay-per-view events featuring the few stars that remained.

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Max Holloway Opens as Sizable Favorite in Title Defense Against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222

Max Holloway will be a large betting favorite to retain his featherweight crown when he faces Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 later this year. According to oddsmaker Bovada , Holloway has opened as a -280 favorite for his second 145-pound title defense. Edgar, meanwhile, in his third attempt at claiming UFC featherweight gold, is listed at +225. UFC 222 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 3. Holloway and Edgar were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 218 on Dec. 2, but “The Answer was forced to withdraw from that contest after suffering a fractured orbital in training. Instead, Holloway stopped longtime former featherweight king Jose Aldo in the third frame, increasing his current winning streak to 12. After falling to Aldo in an interim title bid at UFC 200, Edgar has rebounded to post back-to-back triumphs over Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez . The Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu representative also challenged for the belt at UFC 156 in February 2013, losing to Aldo via five-round decision.

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Max Holloway-Frankie Edgar Featherweight Title Clash Officially Rebooked for UFC 222 on March 3 http://bit.ly/2mi5Lex  pic.twitter.com/D2FJVp7KP1

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Aljamain Sterling Critical of UFC’s Response Following Knockout Loss to Marlon Moraes

Haha yea I feel ya pain. Gonna right the ship in April. No symptoms, no headaches, etc. First day of training tn! https://t.co/wPlhP1wryW — Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) January 8, 2018 Aljamain Sterling , in response to an inquiry on social media on Monday , updated fans on his status following the first knockout loss of his career. The 28-year-old bantamweight was on a two-fight winning streak that included a decision victory over former champion Renan Barao before he faced off with Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9. Had he defeated the Brazilian, Sterling likely would have been in the No. 1 contender conversation, along with Jimmie Rivera , Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz . Instead, he was on the receiving end of a brutal KO and the Internet memes that followed. Publicly, Sterling has refused to let the experience keep him down. He made light of the trending highlight reel on Twitter but addressed the seriousness of what occurred during an appearance on “The MMA Hour.” Sterling admits he made mistakes in the cage but expected more from the Ultimate Fighting Championship .

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ONE: Global Superheroes Features Geje Eustaquio vs. Kairat Akhmetov Interim Flyweight Title Fight

ONE: Global Heroes is set for the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Jan. 26. It will be headlined by an interim flyweight title fight. Former champion Kairat Akhmetov meets local favorite Geje Eustaquio in a rematch of a bout that happened last year.

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Amanda Ribas has been suspended for 2 years by USADA retroactive to June 7th, 2017. pic.twitter.com/QhhdI4j4tj

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UFC Fight Night 124 co-main-event breakdown: Speed could determine Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall

MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 124’s main-card bouts. Today, we look at the co-main event.

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UFC's Colby Covington causes 'no problem at all' with Brazilians at ATT, coach says

“In the house, no problem at all. He’s a cool guy with everybody. Brazilian coaches or American coaches, it doesn’t matter. His opinion has to do with him. We’re not his parents here. We’re trainers.

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How much influence will miocic's wrestling come into it, especially if he can get the clinch and smothering on the ground? He is a great striker but N'Gannou is different gravy in power so surely controlling distance is key?

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2596 with Jorge Masvidal, Michael Johnson

Masvidal called into the program to talk about his fighting future, sharing his thoughts on Michael Bisping and more. Johnson, who faces Darren Elkins on Jan. 14th at UFC Fight Night 124, called into the show to talk about his upcoming matchup in a new weight class.

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UFC exec: 'A bit of a misnomer to say we've gotten away' from competitive matchmaking

“Competitive matchmaking is one of the hallmarks of the UFC,” Epstein said. “Yeah, you might do a Mayweather-McGregor fight here or there, or something the fans are dying to see, but at the end of the day, competitive matchmaking is what we do. I think it’s a bit of a misnomer to say we’ve gotten away from that.

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Mike Straka on Twitter

People like to pigeonhole others. Fuck that. Congrats @JohnMcCarthyMMA and @BellatorMMA @ScottCoker It's about time John gets to fulfill a long sought after change and dream job and an even better life for his family. Good luck.

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"Big" John McCarthy going Bellator's broadcast team

Josh Thomson gives his take on Big John McCarthy joining Bellator's broadcast team. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play!

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BJ Penn on Twitter

Never fight unless it is on your terms. If you blink in this fight game you can get hurt. You are always playing with your life. You need to win in your mind before you fight anyone. This is why many fighters sign up to fight but then they drop out.

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Nominations: GLORY Knockout of the Year 2017 : Glory Kickboxing

‘Knockout of the Year’ is a flagship category for fighters and fans alike. This year there were so many potential candidates that the award was split into two: knockouts with a kick got their own category (Kick of the Year) and the remaining candidates were whittled down into the shortlist below. 

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Rampage Jackson makes bet with Chael Sonnen

Ahead of their Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix bout, Rampage made a bet with Chael Sonnen that for every takedown Chael gets, Rampage will pay Chael $10,000. Thoughts? Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play!

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MMAjunkie on Twitter

for sure??? wow..you are confident...hope you put ALL of your life savings on it then...all three of the dudes in this video clip are picking Stephens and so am I...he does have a chip on his shoulder and something to prove and is going to turn on the super violence in this one.

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MMAjunkie's best UFC photos from November-December 2017: Plenty of blood, plenty of title fights

The organization put on a whopping total of nine events between November and December for its busiest two-month stretch of the year. Those fight cards included UFC 217 in New York City; UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk, Va.; UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney; UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai; the TUF 26 Finale in Las Vegas; UFC 218 in Detroit; UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, Calif.; UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and, to close the year, UFC 219 in Las Vegas.

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Karyn Bryant on Twitter

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New episode available for free download now from iTunes, Libsyn and elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/zwvEpCdwcQ

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Jessica Eye Promises the Best is Yet to Come Now That She's Back at Home at Flyweight | MMAWeekly.com

“I feel like I am getting a new fresh start,” Eye said. “I’m very excited about this. It’s crazy because I thought I’d never be able to make 125 again and now I’m feeling the best I ever have and it’s because I really want this. I want to prove to myself, to others, to my team, I want to be like Stipe [Miocic], I want to be a champion and I want to win the title in the weight class that best suits me.”

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UFC Champion Tyron Woodley is on stage right now telling jokes. He’s killing it. #ufc pic.twitter.com/fecDOGGvPO

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ATT head coach: Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg '1,000 percent' going to happen

“I believe that when you fight and you get to be a contender, it’s really hard. When you win and you become a champion, it’s even harder than that. But when you have a chance to leave your name in history, I think you have to do it. It’s something that’s good for everybody. If Cyborg was an American Top Team fighter, yeah, it really doesn’t make any sense. But still, I think the chance of what’s going to come from the fight is something only a few people have to do in life.”

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Anderson Silva Ahead of USADA: ‘I Will Stop When God Thinks I Can Not Do It Anymore’

Quando olho esta foto, percebo o quanto Deus me fortalece sempre me dando luz na minha caminhada. Em uma longa viagem, lembranças fantásticas do tempo em que brincava nas ruas do bairro onde cresci em Curitiba. Tudo que passei, tudo que consegui construir com força de vontade, com determinação e muita honra. Tive o previlégio de colocar o brasão do meu time do coração, de uma certa forma, dar um título mundial pra ele e principalmente, pro meu povo. Só tenho a agradecer a todos vocês por tudo, digo de coração, amo vocês todos que sempre estão me dando forças. Beijo! Amo vocês de verdade, força e honra a todos, independente de time, cor, raça, religião e opção sexual, somos todos irmãos. Obrigado meu povo! Podem ter certeza que ainda não acabou. Meu amor e minha paixão pela luta estão aqui, firmes e fortes. A luta continua, vou parar quando DEUS achar que não dá mais. Então quem é meu fã, pode ter certeza, que logo estou de volta, pra alegria dos que torcem por mim e pra tristeza dos que não kkkkkk beijo . When I look at this photo, I realize how much God strengthens me by always giving me light in my walk.

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Jeremy Stephens: By The Numbers

Jeremy Stephens if nothing else offers stability in a sport often defined by its volatility. A staple of the Ultimate Fighting Championship since he joined the roster as a 21-year-old prospect in May 2007, Stephens will take on Doo Ho Choi in the UFC Fight Night 124 main event this Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The Alliance MMA representative last competed at UFC 215 on Sept. 9, when he chewed up Gilbert Melendez ’s leg with kicks and snapped a two-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision over the former Strikeforce champion. Even so, Stephens has produced mixed results since he downshifted to 145 pounds, going 6-5 in 11 appearances as a featherweight. Whether or not he can graduate beyond his place as a respected gatekeeper remains to be seen. As Stephens approaches his five-round battle with Choi, here are some of the numbers that have come to define him: 1: Loss by knockout. Yves Edwards did the deed with punches and elbows at UFC on Fox 5 in December 2012, dispatching Stephens 1:55 into the first round.

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