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UFC Fight Night 127 - Werdum vs. Volkov

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum has established himself as one of the greatest heavyweights of all-time, having successfully competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship , Strikeforce and Pride Fighting Championships . The former UFC champion remains in contention at the age of 40, with back-to-back victories over Walt Harris and onetime M-1 Global titleholder Marcin Tybura . Werdum will carry that two-fight winning streak into his clash with Alexander Volkov in the UFC Fight Night 127 main event this Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. Ahead of Werdum’s meeting with Volkov, here are five things you might not know about him: 1. He finishes at a high rate. Werdum’s 23-7 record includes 11 wins by submission and six by knockout or technical knockout. He won five of his first 10 fights by submission, including his MMA debut against Tengiz Tedoradze . Werdum tapped Aleksander Emelianenko and Fedor Emelianenko with chokes, knocked out Gabriel Gonzaga twice, guillotined Cain Velasquez and slapped an armbar on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira . 2. Statistical proficiency has been a hallmark.

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Bellator 196 Gets New Main Event with Benson Henderson vs. Roger Huerta

Roger Huerta will return to the Bellator cage for the first time since 2010 when he meets Benson Henderson in the new Bellator 196 headliner. The matchup came about after James Gallagher , who was scheduled to meet Adam Borics in the original Bellator 196 main event, was forced to withdraw from the card due to injury. Henderson vs. Huerta was first announced on "The MMA Hour" Monday. Henderson has dropped back-to-back split decisions to Patricky Friere and Michael Chandler in his last two Bellator appearances. The former UFC lightweight champion is 1-3 with the California-based organization overall, with his lone victory coming via injury TKO over Patricio Freire at Bellator 160. The 34-year-old Huerta enters the bout on a two-fight winning streak, including a disqualification triumph against Hayder Hassan on Dec. 22 as a result of his opponent landing illegal elbows to the back of the head. “El Matador” has competed primarily for One Championship in recent years but did go 1-2 during a brief stint with Bellator in 2010.

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Yoel Romero Says Middleweight Title Fight vs. Robert Whittaker Set for UFC 225

The middleweight championship clash between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero appears to have a date and venue. During an appearance on "The JRE MMA Show” with Joe Rogan, Romero revealed that the bout has been booked for UFC 225 at the United Center in Chicago on June 9. The Las Vegas-based promotion has yet to make a formal announcement regarding the matchup, but the fight had been previously reported by both ESPN.com and BJPenn.com . The title tilt is expected to serve as the UFC 225 main event. The card will also see Alistair Overeem meet Curtis Blaydes at heavyweight, while Joseph Benavidez will return to take on Sergio Pettis in a flyweight scrap. Phil Brooks has also been rumored to make his Octagon return at the event, though that has not been confirmed. Whittaker and Romero first fought at UFC 213, with Whittaker claiming the interim 185-pound title with a five-round decision. The Australian was then elevated to undisputed champion after Georges St. Pierre vacated the title. He was supposed to defend the belt against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 but had to pull out due to injury.

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Cynthia Calvillo Handed 9 Month Suspension for Marijuana By Nevada Commission | MMAWeekly.com

UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo will be sidelined until at least Sept. 30 after she was handed a nine-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday.

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Biceps injury knocks Paulo Costa out of fight with Uriah Hall at UFC-Atlantic City

He debuted with the promotion nearly a year ago in his native Brazil and picked up a $50,000 bonus for a first-round TKO of Garreth McLellan. That gave him nine first-round stoppages in his first nine pro fights, with eight coming by knockout or TKO. He had to go to the second round for a TKO of Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212 this past June in Rio de Janeiro before making his first trip for a fight in the U.S. against Hendricks.

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Henry Cejudo Believes Demetrious Johnson Could Easily Defeat T.J. Dillashaw

Former flyweight title challenger Henry Cejudo has weighed in with his thoughts on the outcome of a potential superfight between the current Ultimate Fighting Championship 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight ace T.J. Dillashaw . Cejudo has experienced firsthand just how good Johnson is back at UFC 197 in 2016, when lost via TKO in the first round. Cejudo recently appeared on MMAFighting.com and commented on the bout, believing “Mighty Mouse” would easily win while pointing out the weight loss as being the deciding factor in the fight. “I have Demetrious by a landslide, to be honest with you. I think Demetrious’ speed; he’s intelligent, nothing to take away from T.J. I’ve said it before, I think it’s just a weight issue. I think it’s T.J. getting down those extra 10 pounds and how he recovers the next day. I think that’s the biggest factor in that fight.” Fight fans are eager for “Mighty Mouse” to test himself after he set a UFC record in his last fight against Ray Borg for most title defenses with 11. It appears that a superfight with reigning featherweight champion Cristiane Justino is no longer the main priority for Amanda Nunes . After “Cyborg” dispatched Yana Kunitskaya in the UFC 222 main event on March 3, Dana White hinted that he would push for Justino vs. Nunes next. Despite those claims from the UFC president, a rumored showdown between Nunes and Raquel Pennington was made official for UFC 224 shortly thereafter. While Nunes was calling for the fight against Cyborg a while back, now she’s more interested in cleaning out her own division. “When I texted Dana White that I wanted the fight, it was because I didn’t have nobody in my division. I didn’t even know if I was gonna fight soon,” Nunes said on the UFC “Unfiltered" podcast. “I was concerned with waiting years because I’ve been in that position before, waiting so long for a fight, and I don’t want to do it again. I don’t want to stay here waiting, waiting, waiting. “But now, we have Rocky [Pennington] and we have the Brazilian, Ketlen [Vieira] and I feel like my division is starting to grow.

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For legacy, Georges St. Pierre’s choice is clear: Only one man offers the kind of reward GSP seeks, and he is not named Nate Diaz or Conor McGregor, writes @ToddMartinMMA http://bit.ly/2p6QjTE  pic.twitter.com/4Q1JQKGESo

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Rory MacDonald Discusses Teammate Georges St. Pierre’s Legacy, Fighting Future

Georges St. Pierre ’s long-time friend and Tristar Gym training partner Rory MacDonald doesn’t believe the former welterweight and middleweight champion is done with the sport. The 36 year-old last fought inside the Octagon against Michael Bisping for the middleweight title back in November. “GSP” submitted the Brit in the third round via rear-naked choke to claim the belt. Then, on Dec. 7 (31 days after capturing the belt) St. Pierre relinquished the middleweight title due to a colitis diagnosis, a medical condition where the colon becomes inflamed, with the Canadian stating that he didn’t want to hold up the division in light of the diagnosis. Talking with MMAJunkie.com , MacDonald mentioned the desire of the former two-time champion and believes if St. Pierre still has the fire to compete at the top level to enhance his legacy, then he should. “Even if he lost five in a row, still I don’t think it would taint what he’s done,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie. “He’s done some of the most amazing stuff in the sport so far, so I’m really happy for him.

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Video: Clay Guida Calls Out Nate Diaz for a Rematch While Riding a Bicycle

In a somewhat unorthodox approach to calling fighters out, Clay Guida ’s recent effort to try and bait Nate Diaz into a fight really takes the cake. Guida posted a video on Instagram calling out Diaz while peddling on his bike. “The Carpenter” tells Diaz, who is a former “The Ultimate Fighter” winner, to “get real real high this time” before the bout so he won’t feel a thing. Hey Natalie. Want a Rematch? I'll see you in "The 312” ChiTown. Unless you're scared. Oh, and don't forget to bring your Painkilling Weed Pen. You're gonna need it... Homey!!! #dontbescared @natediaz209 @danawhite @seanshelby @ufc #mma #ufc225 #chicago #natediaz #ufc #rematch A post shared by Clay Guida (@clayguida) on Mar 9, 2018 at 12:17pm PST Guida (34-17) is 5-6 in his last 11 fights inside the Octagon, but has found some form of late with consecutive victories over Erik Koch and Joe Lauzon . It’s difficult to gauge whether Diaz would even be interested in this fight at all, as he’s been chasing a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor , which would guarantee the Stockton native a very handsome pay check.

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Chamatkar Sandhu on Twitter

Ronda Rousey on returning to the UFC: “I don’t know. I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo. No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting." https://youtu.be/gzWMSOvQr6c 

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UFC vet Rick Story signs with PFL for $1 million welterweight tournament

As MMAjunkie previously reported, the PFL tournaments will be contested over seven weight classes, from bantamweight to heavyweight. There will be 12 fighters in each weight class, each of whom will receive three fights during the promotion’s regular season. Fighters receive points based on wins and losses. Leading fighters then fight in a seeded tournament for a $1 million payout.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2641 with Mike Jackson, Aspen Ladd, Max Griffin

Jackson, a combat sports photojournalist and professional MMA fighter, called in to share his thoughts on a potential booking with CM Punk at UFC 225 in Chicago. Ladd will meet Leslie Smith at UFC Fight Night 128 on April 21. She called in to talk about the bantamweight fight in Atlantic City, N.J. UFC welterweight Griffin also called in to discuss his latest contract negations with the promotion following upset win over Mike Perry in February at UFC on FOX 28 in Florida.

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What does Michael Bisping want from a final opponent, and who best fits the bill?

Current USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie ranking: 7 Why it works: How is it even possible that these two haven’t fought at least once already? Probably it’s because Chris Weidman was ascendant at a time when no one seriously considered Bisping as a potential title challenger, and then fell on hard times just as Bisping surged into the top spot. Now Weidman’s coming off a win over the same guy who just knocked Bisping out in his last fight, so maybe the timing is just right. Plus, ex-champ vs. ex-champ is always a fun time. Why it doesn’t: Once again, there’s the animosity angle. Even though they’ve never met in the cage, they’ve still feuded bitterly online and in the media. (Are you seeing a trend yet?) It would get personal in a hurry, and there would almost certainly be some cussing, but if that’s going to be a catch-all dealbreaker then we might as well forget the whole retirement fight thing altogether. Honestly, the toughest part might be getting them both to agree. Weidman has his eye on a title shot. Bisping seems to just want a win on his way out the door, and Weidman makes for a tough stylistic match-up.

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Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza Engage In Odd Ring The Bell Standoff - MMA Imports

UFC lightweights Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee are set to throw down in one of the UFC’s upcoming fight cards. In anticipation for the match up, the two mixed martial arts warrior recently met face to face for an unorthodox first staredown.

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Sam Alvey's request granted vs. Gian Villante at UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica

Alvey bounced back in February with a knockout win over Marcin Prachnio at UFC on FOX 28 in Florida. That fight was his move to 205 pounds after years at middleweight. In his prior fight, he lost a decision to Ramazan Emeev in Poland in a bout he took on short notice, but failed to make weight. Before that, he had won five of six fights.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov says Conor McGregor is now the 'Burger King' and he should stay away from the UFC: "This is for real fighters" #UFC @TeamKhabib http://bit.ly/2ImwRL0 

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In competitive combat sports—the investment is in prospects who are not ranked. We notice you completely ignored that point and jumped straight to league sports Snowden. Hmmm

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On Cro Cop, Bellator's Scott Coker has questions, so it's only fair to give him some answers

Cro Cop seems to be getting away with it in part because enough time has passed that the heat has all died down. It’s been more than two years since he was hit with a two-year suspension, after all. It’s just that he kept fighting and getting paid during the suspension, so there is a legitimate question about whether or not he suffered any real consequences for using human growth hormone while preparing for a fight.

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Roy Nelson Fires Back At Matt Mitrione's Claims of Cheating, "he didn’t really feel like he won" | BJPenn.com

“Matt’s a guy that’s always the pot calling the kettle black. I think he’s still upset because he’s cheating on his wife and stuff. That’s all I heard that whole week was him cheating on his wife. So I think he has a lot of guilt, and he’s got to take his rage out somewhere. But there’s no cheating on my end. I think he’s just upset because in his heart he didn’t really feel like he won. He wasn’t the best fighter that night.

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Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Space, and Now He Has Different DNA Than His Identical Twin Brother

A new NASA statement suggests the physical and mental stresses of Scott Kelly's year in orbit may have activated hundreds of "space genes" that altered the astronaut's immune system, bone formation, eyesight and other bodily processes. While most of these genetic changes reverted to normal following Scott Kelly's return to Earth, about 7 percent of the astronaut's genetic code remained altered — and it may stay that way permanently. [ Seeing Double: 8 Fascinating Facts About Twins ]

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Two More Bouts Added to UFC Fight Night 129 Lineup in Chile on May 19

Two new contests have been added to the UFC Fight Night 129 lineup, as Dominick Reyes will square off against Jared Cannonier at light heavyweight, while Enrique Briones will lock horns with Frankie Saenz at bantamweight. The promotion recently confirmed the matchups. UFC Fight Night 129 takes place at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, on May 19, marking the Las Vegas-based organization’s first trip to a South American country outside of Brazil. A headliner for the card has not yet been announced. Reyes is unbeaten in eight pro outings, including first-round finishes of Jeremy Kimball and Joachim Christensen in his first two UFC appearances. Cannonier went 1-2 in the Octagon in 2017 and is coming off a decision loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC on Fox 26. After beginning his UFC tenure with a win against Guido Cannetti , the 37-year-old Briones has dropped three consecutive bouts. Saenz, also 37, halted a three-fight skid with a split decision over Merab Dvalishvili on Dec. 9.

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Walker: The Foolishness of Crossover Talk

I think I want to fight in the UFC — Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) March 10, 2018 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. * * * Former IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis whipped the fight world into a frenzy a few days ago when he took to Twitter to announce his desire to compete in mixed martial arts. Some of the best and brightest members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship ’s lighter weight classes took the bait and volunteered themselves as tribute. It was not an unusual occurrence. Floyd Mayweather Jr. weeks ago had social media and the sports-talk-show circuit going crazy after a brief video featuring the retired undefeated boxing great stepping in a cage shirtless and barefoot made its way on his Instagram. Notable fighters were asked what they thought about “Money” Mayweather attempting to continue his winning ways with a less-restrictive rule set. The usual talking head pundits managed to bring it up in one way or another.

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Former UFC Title Challenger Beth Correia Recovering from Yet Another Eye Surgery

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight title challenger Beth Correia was scheduled to face Irene Aldana back in January as part of the UFC St. Louis card, but was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering an injury to her eye which required surgery. Correia was then targeting a return to competitive action in March however, the Brazilian revealed to MMA Fighting on Tuesday that her return was postponed once again due a second surgery. “I had a healing problem and had to do a second surgery to fix it,” Correia said. “I was using eye drops but they weren’t working, so I had to do another surgery by the end of February. Nothing serious, but I had to do it.” Correia has a history of eye issues after suffering a detached retina in her right eye back in October 2014 during a training session; an injury which also required surgery. Correia is targeting a return to the Octagon by June or July. Correia (10-3, 1 NC) has fought a number of former champions in the past, including Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey .

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Tony Ferguson Goes Old School Training for UFC 223, Kicks Steel Pipe (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

Tony Ferguson Goes Old School Training for UFC 223, Kicks Steel Pipe (Video)

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Fabricio Werdum: Trash talk unnecessary for UFC-London main event

LONDON – Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is set to take on a dangerous contender in the UFC Fight Night 127 main event Saturday night, but the Brazilian has no intention of manufacturing any bad blood ahead of the contest.

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Fabricio Werdum: Colby Covington is a ‘Nobody’

Like a number of other fighters in the modern mixed martial arts game, Colby Covington is a self-promoter. His antics in the past have caused a lot of friction between himself and other fighters. In November, he famously clashed with Fabricio Werdum while touring in Sydney, Australia, for UFC Fight Night 121. The pair had several run-ins during the tour, with Covington accusing Werdum of punching him in the face outside their hotel room. Covington pressed charges against the Brazilian as a result of the alleged assault. Werdum recently talked with MMAJunkie.com and stated that he’s ready to put his altercations with Covington aside: “I had some problems with Colby (Covington), who’s an insignificant fighter. I didn’t provoke him. He’s the one who called me a ‘Brazilian animal.’ For me, that’s in the past. He’s a nobody. He’s never won anything. He only talks crap. He badmouths an entire country -- so he has zero credit. I compare him to someone who first arrives in America with no credit. He’s a guy with no credit. He’s never been a champion.

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