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Bellator 194 highlights: Matt Mitrione advances as Vadim Nemkov tenderizes Liam McGeary's leg http://bit.ly/2ogav4n  pic.twitter.com/B4ucp2oYf1

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Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Him

Big men often wield big power, and none wield more than Derrick Lewis . “The Black Beast” won for the seventh time in eight appearances, as he put away former M-1 Global champion Marcin Tybura with punches in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 126 co-main event on Feb. 18 in Austin, Texas. Lewis now owns a 10-3 mark under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner, though his latest victory came with considerable difficulty attached. After experiencing the Texan’s brutal punching power firsthand, Tybura switched gears and soundly outgrappled him, executing takedowns and guard passes while moving to full mount on multiple occasions. Lewis appeared to be headed for a decision loss until late in the third round, where he bucked fatigue, circled away from a takedown and unleashed his fists. A crushing right hook floored Tybura, who could only cling to a hapless single-leg. Lewis then delivered further punishment to the grounded Pole’s exposed head, prompting the stoppage. The effort moves Lewis to No. 10 in our latest heavyweight rankings and bumps Ben Rothwell to our bubble list as he awaits word of his fate from the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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5 Reasons to Watch the UFC Fight Night 126 Prelims

Donald Cerrone will headline UFC Fight Night 126 on Sunday in Austin, Texas, as he attempts to end a three-fight losing streak at the expense of a red-hot Yancy Medeiros . However, the undercard offers a number of enticing storylines that are worth your attention, including two involving graduates of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and another concerning the late addition of Joshua Burkman to the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Here are five reasons to tune into the UFC Fight Night 126 prelims: 1. Sanchez’s Return After a 1-2 start to his Ultimate Fighting Championship career, flyweight prospect Joby Sanchez was released and sent back to the regional scene in early 2016. Sanchez to his credit took the news in stride, used it as motivation to hone his craft and improved upon his already strong skills. Since his loss to Geane Herrera at “The Ultimate Fighter 22” Finale, he has posted a perfect 4-0 record, with two of those wins coming on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Sanchez makes his return to the Octagon against former Legacy Fighting Alliance champion Roberto Sanchez , who suffered his first pro defeat to Joseph Morales in his UFC debut.

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Why James Vick is picking Khabib Nurmagomedov to beat Tony Ferguson for UFC title

“Guys can get up, but Tony Ferguson will accept being on his back and throwing elbows and playing rubber guard,” he said. “And he’s not going to win like that. Unless he just likes land a big elbow and cuts Khabib from the bottom or something, I don’t see him being able to win a fight off his back. He gets too content with staying on his back instead of trying to get the hell up.”

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Highly Regarded MMA Fighter Marlon Sandro Charged With Attempted Murder - MMA Imports

Marlon Sandro is a mixed martial arts veteran. The fighter has competed for the likes of Bellator MMA and Road FC among many other promotions during his lengthy career. However, Sandro is now facing multiple serious charges within relation to a domestic violence case.

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Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros Gets Green Light at UFC Austin Weigh-ins | MMAWeekly.com

Donald Cerrone doesn’t typically have trouble with the scale, and he didn’t in Austin, where he weighed 169.5 pounds for his five-round non-title fight with Yancy Medeiros. Though Medeiros has missed the mark before, that was when he was fighting at lightweight. He has been spot-on since moving up to welterweight. 

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Matches to Make After Bellator 194

The most prolific fighter in Bellator MMA history may have nailed down another shot at the undisputed lightweight championship. Patricky Freire chewed up and spit out Derek Campos in the Bellator 194 co-headliner, as he discarded the well-regarded Mohler MMA representative with first-round punches on Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Campos succumbed to blows 2:23 into Round 1, his four-fight winning streak having run its course. “Pitbull” fought at a measured and purposeful pace, probed for weaknesses and unleased his hands. Freire floored his counterpart with a clean left hook, followed with an uppercut and then cut loose. Campos retreated but could find no refuge inside the cage, inevitability slowly closing in around him. Freire fired away with uppercuts and hooks, drove the Texan to all fours and drew the curtain without throwing another punch. Upon seeing Campos’ turtled condition, referee Kevin MacDonald called for the stoppage to prevent unnecessary damage. Freire now holds a 2-0 edge in the head-to-head series between the two lightweights.

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Daily Debate: Is Nate Diaz good for MMA and the UFC?

Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) has been out of the cage since a two-fight non-title welterweight series with lightweight champion Conor McGregor in 2016. However, despite bringing some energy to fight-week activities, Diaz is also can’t-miss TV once in the cage. After all, he’s racked up “Fight of the Night” bonuses in his three most recent fights, and overall, he’s tied for first with 15 fight-night bonuses.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager: Why UFC 223's confusing title stakes actually make sense

“But if Tony Ferguson was the champ, Khabib would have to fight a regular fight. I’m not giving myself credit here as a smart guy, but any manager in my position, he should have thought of that – ‘Let’s make Tony Ferguson champ and Khabib fight him’ But hold on, what happens if Tony got hurt? Khabib is going to be 30-0, with no belt? This is why, regardless, if Tony got hurt or Khabib got hurt, it’s a belt on the line. It doesn’t matter.”

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Tyron Woodley Squashing His Beef with Dana White and RDA | MMAWeekly.com

“I’ve never wanted to bounce around and not continue to defend my belt. I’ve been there for a while and I plan on knocking everybody out. People have a short term memory on what I’ve been able to do. 11 finishes, nine in the first round. Some of the most vicious KOs in UFC history. Those stats are never talked about, so therefore, I’m gonna take a woosah!”

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M-1 Challenge 88 - Ismagulov vs. Tutarauli

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Jessica Eye on Twitter

Sooo how did I do @WWE Video: UFC's Jessica Eye interferes in pro wrestling match to confront 400-pound giant | MMAjunkie via @mmajunkie http://mmajunkie.com/2018/02/video-jessica-eye-match-interference-cleveland-knights-championship-wrestling …

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Surging Welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio Calls Out Donald Cerrone for Showdown in Chile

In May, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to hold their first ever event in Chile and many South American fighters are putting their hands up to feature in this historic event, including surging welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio . The Argentine is on a six-fight winning streak with notable victories over top competition, including Mike Perry and Gunnar Nelson . Ponzinibbio spoke with MMAFighting.com about the event in Chile and who he’d like to fight: “The best options are Thompson and Cerrone because of their fighting styles. It would be a great show against either one of them, but Thompson is saying that he’s injured. After such a beautiful performance last night, Cerrone would be a great option.” “I was watching Cerrone’s fight last night and he was really impressive. It was a good knockout. He has a lot of knockouts, and I think it would be a fun fight for the fans. Cerrone and I could do a fight that will go down in history, in an event that will already make history in Chile.” While Ponzinibbio may want to fight Cerrone in Chile, the Argentine competes in the welterweight division and may not be aware that “Cowboy” spoke after his win against Yancy Medeiros about his desire to move back down to lightweight .

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Could Demetrius Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo 2 Be Set for Summer?

Demetrius johnson vs @HenryCejudo coming to you in the summer. Who's excited? — Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) February 21, 2018 It’s possible the superfight between flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight king T.J. Dillashaw may have to wait after Henry Cejudo ’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, posted to Twitter. The tweet says “Demetrius johnson vs @HenryCejudo coming to you in the summer. Who's excited?” The two previously met in April 2016 at UFC 197. Johnson completely outclassed the former Olympic gold medallist that night, earning a TKO victory. Since then, Cejudo has gone 2-1, but has looked to be a much improved fighter with notable improvements to his stand-up game. After “Mighty Mouse” set the record in his last fight against Ray Borg for most title defenses with 11, many believed the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world would pursue other challenges in the form of a super fight with Dillashaw. Johnson is currently recovering from shoulder surgery and has been spending his time away from fighting while doing some promotional work alongside WWE star Xavier Woods for the new Dragon Ball FighterZ video game.

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Daily debate: All things considered, is Jon Jones the world's No. 1 light heavyweight?

Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) is currently facing a four-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USDA) for his second alleged anti-doping offense, though the fighter’s reps maintain he’s innocent and should be punished only with time already served. In fact, his manager, Malki Kawa, recently told MMAjunkie Radio he’s “95 percent” sure Jones will fight in 2018 and predicted his return would be a pay-per-view blockbuster with 750,000 to 800,000 buys.

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Randy Couture on Instagram: “Congratulations to USA women’s hockey! That was an amazing game ! I haven’t seen a shoot out like that ever ! Screaming at the damn tv !…”

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Renan Barao eager to showcase evolution with new camp, new eating habits – and new title run

“That’s everyone’s goal in there and mine isn’t different,” Barao said. “I want to return and put on great fights. But it’s one thing at a time. I’m thinking about this fight, then the next – and then getting back to the belt, of course.”

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Vitor Belfort's Retirement Bout vs. Lyoto Machida Official for UFC 224 | MMAWeekly.com

“That is the reason why I chose to fight a friend of mine. An athlete that I have a lot respect. A good person a family man. I’m against the so famous ‘trash talk.’ MMA is a sport! A sport that myself and a lot of family men work really hard to support our families. Lyoto and I have known each other for many years, I know his family and we have trained together. I wanted this fight to take place in Brazil because that is where everything started and now it’s time for us to send another message to the world. And the message is: RESPECT!

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The UFC Takes First Steps In Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis Fight - MMA Imports

UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis called his shot after finishing Marcin Tybura in Austin, Texas. Now the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) appears to be gearing up to possibly grant “The Black Beast” his wish.

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Source: Negotiations Going Smooth For McGregor's UFC Return, Expect Two Fights In 2018 - MMA Imports

World renowned MMA and pro-wrestling inside source, Dave Meltzer has issued an update on the status of Conor McGregor, in his subscription only news letter. And, he reveals that negotiations for McGregor’s return are going smooth and the two parties are close to striking a deal.

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FOX Sports: UFC on Twitter

Michael @Bisping addresses @DerekBrunson 's call out for a fight, including that signed bout agreement! http://snpy.tv/2sHEEPD 

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Ariel Helwani on Twitter

Link to watch #TheMMABeat live today at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT / 5 p.m. GMT -- https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/2/22/17039032/watch-the-mma-beat-live-today?utm_campaign=arielhelwani&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/SVsjR0GOFB

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Anderson Silva Won’t Retire Even With 4-Year USADA Ban, Still Hoping for Roy Jones Jr. Bout

Facing a four-year USADA suspension as a second-time anti-doping offender, Anderson Silva is still denying taking any performance enhancing drugs. “The Spider” was removed from UFC Fight Night 122 in November after reportedly being flagged for methyltestosterone — a synthetic anabolic steroid — and an unnamed diuretic. The former middleweight champion is blaming the positive test on a tainted supplement. “Maybe the supplements I used are contaminated, I don’t know,” Silva told TMZ Sports. “I’m just waiting. Obviously, if I take these steroids I’m stupid because I’m too old. I’m not starting my career, I’m finishing.” Silva previously failed a drug test at UFC 183 in 2015, testing positive for the steroids drostanolone and androsterone. The Brazilian blamed the failed test on a sexual enhancement pill but was suspended one year by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Clearly, Silva is hoping that he won’t face the maximum penalty this time around because he has designs on facing retired boxing star Roy Jones Jr. Jones recently had his farewell bout on UFC Fight Pass but said he would consider a return for a chance to fight Silva.

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Bellator Clears Roster of 13 Fighters, Including Karakhanyan, Gonzalez, Carmont

Bellator MMA has done some serious housecleaning in recent weeks, clearing its roster of several recognizable names. All told, the California-based promotion has parted ways with 13 fighters: L.C. Davis , Steve Garcia , Steve Kozola , Kendall Grove , Georgi Karakhanyan , Fernando Gonzalez , Kevin Casey , Francisco France , Mike Rhodes , Francis Carmont , Philipe Lins, Ben Reiter and Alexis Dufresne . In many cases, the aforementioned fighters weren’t necessarily released but are simply no longer under contract with Bellator. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a promotion official on Tuesday following an initial report from Jason Floyd via Twitter . Among the notables on the list is Georgi Karakhanyan , the former World Series of Fighting champion who faced the likes of Daniel Weichel , Pat Curran , Bubba Jenkins and Emmanuel Sanchez during his second Bellator tenure. Most recently, “Insane” suffered a decision loss to Henry Corrales at Bellator 192. Gonzalez, meanwhile, went on an unlikely 7-2 run in the organization, posting notable victories over the likes of Karo Parisyan , Curtis Millender , Karl Amoussou , Brennan Ward , Gilbert Smith and Brandon Girtz , to name a few.

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FOX Sports: UFC on Twitter

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Luke Thomas on Twitter

I hate to say this but the UFC needs John Jones, DC has done a great job but he is at the end of his career. Holly Holmes is a star because she beat a star the passing of the guard. Or maybe I’m just out of touch? Your thoughts?

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Rich Franklin on Twitter

RIP Billy Graham. Thank you for being such an incredible servant leader! Welcome Home.

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Floyd Mayweather dismissed talk of move to MMA, and Conor McGregor just called his bluff

I am happy for Floyd and his recent announcement that he is out of these current fight negotiations. It is the reason I never seeked the rematch in the first place. I was happy for him in retirement. My game is a very unforgiving one. It is not like other games. I understand completely him staying retired. I will now carry on in my negotiations and see where it goes. Have a great retirement Junior. Now come here and give your old man a hug for old times sake. I'm proud of you son. Yours truly, Senior.

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Why James Vick is so frustrated and what he plans to do about it at UFC-Austin

“I think I’m better everywhere,” Vick said. “I think a lot of these guys are shocked at how physically strong I am when we lock up. They think just because I’m tall and skinny they’re just going to be able to go in there and break me over, take me down. … I plan on finishing the guy within two rounds. Obviously I’m not going to take any unnecessary risk. It’s win first, but I think he’s going to have to take some chances to get in on me to not get outpointed. When he does, he’s going to get finished.”

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LFA 33 highlights: Kevin Wirth's 'Sweet Chin Music' and NFL vet Greg Hardy's 14-second win

The finishes were quick and decisive at Friday’s LFA 33, but the main-card opener might’ve been the most impressive.

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Matt Mitrione won't mess with weight ahead of next Bellator tourney fight

“He held me down – he does a great job,” Mitrione said. “He has really good top control, he’s really tight on his doubles and he’s strong and has got really good positioning. But I won the first two rounds easily – he didn’t do anything on the ground the end of the first two rounds. He did a really good job in the third.”

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Twitter wasn't happy about Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton's lackluster Bellator 194 fight

Is there any chance I can get those 15 minutes of my life back? I could've done something way more productive with them like Watch paint dry or Watch Grass grow.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brad Tavares in-studio, Derek Brunson, Curtis Millender

Tavares, who is scheduled to face Krzysztof Jotko on April 14 at UFC on FOX 29, joins the crew in-studio to discuss his career. Meanwhile, Brunson calls in to discuss his next move, including continued pursuit of a fight with Michael Bisping, while Millender recounts his impressive UFC Fight Night 126 win over Thiago Alves.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2627 with Joe Warren and Emily Ducote

Former Bellator bantamweight champion Warren called into the show to talk about his fight with Joe Taimanglo on March 2 in Bellator 195’s co-main event. Bellator women’s flyweight Ducote, who also competes on the Bellator 195 card, called in to talk about her matchup with Kristina Williams.

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Mike Straka on Twitter

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Michael Bisping finally answers "Derelict" Derek Brunson's callouts | BJPenn.com

“Dear [Michael Bisping],” Brunson said in his second address of Bisping, which included the alleged bout agreement. “You’re no easy fight. Obviously you’re ranked ahead of me… it only makes sense for a #6 being you and #7 being me to fight. Upside for both of us. The top half of the division is older than us both stop crying. You aren’t going anywhere, neither am I.”

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Chael Sonnen on Twitter

Chael: I'm sure you know, but FYI, Beyond the Fight podcasts are not showing up in the Apple podcast app since Sept 2017...

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