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Virna Jandiroba put her foot on the gas and left Mizuki Inoue behind.

LFA Fighter DQ'd for Doing a Front Flip Off KO'd Opponents Back (Video) |

Just when you think you've seen it all... Seriously, when was the last time you saw a fighter get DQ'd for doing a flip off of his KO'd opponent's back?

Cub Swanson Details New UFC Contract Negotiations, How Frankie Edgar Rematch Was Signed

Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight veteran Cub Swanson thought his days competing in the Octagon were over.

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It took Virna Jandiroba a little more than three months to reach the Invicta Fighting Championships summit. Mount Everest it was not.

Tyron Woodley Explains Floyd Mayweather's Route to UFC Success |

Tyron Woodley recently spoke at length about how he could prepare Floyd Mayweather for a successful trip to the UFC Octagon.

Ricky Simon Strikes Down Vinicius Zani to Retain Legacy Fighting Alliance Bantamweight Title

It was as if Ricky Simon took offense to Vinicius Zani’s challenge.

Rose Namajunas: Exclusive UFC 223 Extended Video Interview |

Ahead of her UFC 223 rematch with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas sat down for an extended, exclusive interview with

Joe Rogan & Jimmy Smith Preview UFC 223: Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov |

UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Jimmy Smith preview the highly anticipated UFC 223 lightweight championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Floyd Mayweather claims there's a 50-50 chance he'll compete in "very brutal" MMA this year |

“I started training already,” Mayweather told (h/t MMAFighting ). “Not the physical part, just the endurance part. I’m thinking about fighting in MMA. I’ve thought about it. I started training in Miami. I look forward to fighting probably at the end of the year. We don’t know. Right now it’s 50/50, it’s not 100 percent but I’ve already started training. . . I really don’t know yet but I’m very, very interested. We’ll just see. Everything takes time. Everything takes time.”

UFC Returns to Hamburg for Fight Night Event on July 22

GERMANY WE ARE BACK!! Register for #UFCHamburg tickets now: — UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) March 27, 2018 The Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its second trip to Hamburg, Germany, for a Fight Night event on July 22. The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the news on Tuesday. The event takes place at Barclaycard Arena and will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass. While no bouts were officially announced, a release confirmed that German fighters Jarjis Danho , Jessin Ayari and Peter Sobotta could be targeted for the event. The Octagon previously touched down in Hamburg for UFC Fight Night 93 in September 2016. In that event, Josh Barnett submitted Andrei Arlovski with a third-round rear-naked choke in the evening’s headliner, while Alexander Gustafsson and Ryan Bader scored victories on the main card. “Our German fans have proven, time and time again, that MMA is a sport they love,” said UFC vice president of international and content David Shaw . “After such a successful event in 2016 we look forward to revisiting a city that welcomed us, and our athletes, in 2016 and we intend to deliver an even bigger and better event for the fans on July 22.

Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

Here's a #throwback to the time @missjessyjess and I fought in Korea and got PAID A YEAR AFTER! Today is the day @battlefield_f_c made right on our contracts and paid both jessy and myself. While still professionally unacceptable, I am very happy they have worked hard to make right on the situation. #betterlatethannever

With 'championship language' in new UFC contract, Dustin Poirier ready for title run

“I don’t know how many contracts I’ve had with the UFC, but this is my first contract with championship language in it,” Poirier said. “We have a plan figured out for when I win the belt, and it’s in my contract. This is my first contract with that in it, and I’ve had a lot of contracts with the UFC. This is the closest I’ve ever come to being a world champion, and everything is happening like clockwork like it’s supposed to.”

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Bibiano Fernandes Extends Winning Streak With Split Decision Victory in Bangkok |

Nguyen looked hurt and who knows what might have happened if Fernandes had thrown some follow-up strikes instead of working for a takedown? Up until that point, the fight had been something of a chess match with the Brazilian landing some low kicks, but struggling to score with takedowns.

'Biggest name in MMA' Floyd Mayweather says 50-50 chance of cage fight by end of 2018

“Fighting is not nothing new for me,” he said. “Fighting barefoot is something new, but fighting is nothing new for me. The thing is this — (say I’m) fighting a guy that has some unbelievable jiu-jitsu skills, unbelievable wrestling skills, but the thing is this: His chances of getting to me, I mean, the percentage of his chances getting to me to lock up with me, he has to come in first. But he may lock up with me, and he may get wrapped up in certain ways. You don’t know how things could play out or how things could happen.

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Anthony Pettis: CM Punk One of the Hardest Workers at Roufusport

When Phil Brooks -- better known as “CM Punk” – inked a deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in December 2014, fight fans were left scratching their head as to why he decided to leave a multi-million dollar contract with World Wrestling Entertainment to enter the Octagon as an untested mixed martial artist at the ripe old age of 36. Many believed it was a publicity stunt, although Punk assured fans he was serious in his attempt at making it as a fighter. After numerous delays due to injury, Punk finally made his debut on Sept. 10, 2016 against the talented young up and comer Micky Gall, who exposed Punk’s many weaknesses and inexperience in the complex and brutal world of MMA. Punk lost the bout at 2:14 of the opening frame via rear-naked choke. One of Punk’s teammates at Roufusport is former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis . Pettis recently appeared on The MMA Hour and discussed Punk’s progression since his first bout and why he thinks he’ll have better success in his next outing. “I see him every day, man.

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Prospect Paddy Pimblett Inks New Deal with Cage Warriors, Set to Return Sept. 1 in Liverpool

Paddy Pimblett won’t be UFC bound in time to make the Las Vegas-based promotion’s Liverpool card on May 27, but he will be competing in the English city later this year. Cage Warriors announced on Saturday that it has re-signed its former featherweight champion to a multi-fight deal, and “Paddy the Baddy” will return to action on Sept. 1 in Liverpool at the Echo Arena. Per a release from the European promotion: “Despite plenty calling for Pimblett to feature on the UFC’s newly-announced Liverpool date, ‘The Baddy’ remains determined to carry out his mission to reclaim a Cage Warriors world title by signing a new deal with [President Graham] Boylan’s promotion. Whether or not his [Cage Warriors 96] appearance will be a challenge for a title is yet to be confirmed, but one thing is for certain: Pimblett will return to the Echo Arena on September 1st at the top of the bill.” The 23-year-old Pimblett has won 11 of his last 12 bouts, including a flying triangle submission of Alexis Savvidis in his most recent outing at Cage Warriors 90 on Feb.

Kritsada Krongsrichai's ONE: Iron Will Win Rescinded Due to Illegal Suplex |

“Unfortunately, I have to be the bearer of bad news. While I am a big fan of Kritsada Kongsrichai and his incredible athleticism, the fight against Robin Catalan has now been ruled a DQ. After careful video review of the fight under multiple angles, it has been deemed that an illegal suplex was utilized. At ONE Championship, all variations of suplexes are illegal and any attempt or intent results in an automatic disqualification. Robin Catalan will now be awarded the victory, and his win bonus. It will also be ruled a loss via DQ for Kritsada Kongsrichai and his official fight record. As a fellow lifelong martial artist, I fully understand that no athlete wants to win or lose under the cloud of a DQ. However, as the leader of ONE Championship, I am here to ensure that safety is the #1 priority at all times for all of our athletes.”

Frankie Edgar responds to concerns about quick turnaround following KO loss |

“I was pretty with it,” he said. “I recall the knockout because I didn’t get turned off or anything. Even when I was going down, I knew I had a short time. In my head I was saying, ‘Alright, short time, short time. Let’s try to get through this.’ But obviously he was able to capitalize on it with that uppercut. And even when I fell, as soon as the ref came over me, I said I was good, and maybe I wasn’t — I’m not really complaining about the stoppage, I can see why he stopped it — but I was with it. As soon as he stopped it, I said, ‘I’m good! I’m good!’ I was trying to argue. Obviously I needed a little help [to stand up], but I wasn’t all the way out. I didn’t even have a headache afterwards that night at the hotel or anything.”

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Trading Shots: Did 'ring boy' Elias Theodorou steal Invicta FC spotlight or add shine?

I can’t get mad at him over it. I’m also not going to run out there and high five him for it. But I do wonder, if you were one of the fighters on this Invicta FC card, would you be into this gimmick? Or would you feel like someone was stealing your shine and making a joke of things outside the cage while you were pouring out your blood and sweat in pursuit of your dreams inside it?

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I never said it wasn't. But if you want boxing news, you go to a boxing website, not an MMA one. Plus, it's hardly like they're covering "boxing" they're covering "Floyd mayweather boxing". I'm sick of seeing it, I don't think I'm the only one.

Santiago Ponzinibbio, Kamaru Usman Slated for UFC Fight Night Chile Main Event

Two of the welterweight division’s rising contenders will square off in the main event when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to Chile for the first time on May 19. According to multiple reports, Santiago Ponzinibbio and Kamaru Usman will meet in the UFC Fight Night 129 headliner at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. first brought word of the bout, which is expected to be announced soon by the UFC. A native of La Plata, Argentina, Ponzinibbio will carry a six-fight winning streak into the matchup with Usman. The 31-year-old American Top Team representative last appeared at UFC on Fox 26, where he earned a unanimous decision over Mike Perry . “Gente Boa” owns KO/TKO wins over Gunnar Nelson , Court McGee and Andreas Stahl during his current streak. Usman, meanwhile, has won seven straight Octagon appearances and 11 fights in a row overall. “The Nigerian Nightmare” made his first appearance of 2018 at UFC Fight Night 124, where he outpointed Emil Meek on Jan. 14.

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Not Fooled by the Hype: Italian prospect Marvin Vettori refuses to buy into the publicity surrounding forthcoming UFC on Fox 29 opponent Israel Adesanya.  via @Tudor_leo

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Demotivating Factors: The roaring success of the UFC as a business starts to look less impressive and more nefarious once you realize it has been built on the back of exploitative pay structure, writes @TombstoneStint .

Mike Santiago vs. Dan Ige Added to UFC 225 Lineup in Chicago on June 9

A featherweight showdown between Mike Santiago and Dan Ige has been added to the UFC 225 bill. The Las Vegas-based promotion recently announced the matchup. UFC 225 takes place at the United Center in Chicago on June 9 and is headlined by a middleweight championship bout between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero . Santiago got his start in the Octagon thanks to a first-round knockout of Mark Cherico on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 7 on Aug. 22. The 28-year-old Illinois native is still looking for his first promotional triumph after falling to Zabit Magomedsharipov and Mads Burneel in his first two appearances. Ige, meanwhile, got his opportunity on the basis of a submission of Luis Gomez on the third edition of the Contender Series. He made his Octagon debut at UFC 220, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Julio Arce .

UFC’s Jon Anik Discusses How he Treats Every Event Like it’s His Last

Ultimate Fighting Championship lead commentator Jon Anik has talked about his mindset going into each event and how he treats every production like it’s his last. The 39 year-old joined the UFC in 2011 as lead commentator on non-pay-per-view events and spent the next six years playing understudy to the much more experienced Mike Goldberg. In July 2016, the UFC was sold to a group led by WME–IMG for a rumoured $4.2 billion. As is the norm with new owners, they started making their own changes and in 2017 announced they were parting ways with Goldberg, who had over a decade of experience with the company. This decision left Anik as the lead play-by-play commentator. What happened to Goldberg highlighted the harsh reality of show business and how quickly things can change in something as volatile as the UFC. Anik recently talked with on his mindset as a commentator and acknowledged he, too, could be let go next without reason: “I think that it aids performance. I treat every show like it could be my last.” As the lead play-by-play commentator, Anik has his hands full not only making sure his commentary is on point, but to ensure he creates chemistry with the many talented co-commentators he is paired with.

UFC 223's Artem Lobov says sub-.500 record represents 'a true fighter, a real fighter'

“My record, for example, it represents a tough road,” Lobov told MMAjunkie Radio. “It represents a guy that was willing to fight when no one else would. When you ask to go to some other country and fight their local best guy, and you know the judges are going to be his friend and the referee is going to be his coach, the head of commission guys is probably going to be his relative or something like that, and you’re asked to do that for 100 Euros.

Well, Ronda Rousey and Mike Golic, that was painfully awkward

Despite her previous comments, Rousey is and almost certainly will continue to be asked about her MMA past and what the future could hold. Those questions better be clear and concise, though, or Rousey isn’t likely to take it very well.

Gilbert Burns vs. Dan Moret added to UFC on FOX 29 in Glendale

New opponent but to be honest, The opponent doesn’t really matter, what matters is on April 14 I step in to that cage and overcome my self and perform my best! And I will. . . Oponente novo, mas na verdade o oponente não importa, o que importa sou eu entrar no octógono dia 14 de abril me auto superar e ter minha melhor performance. E é isso que vou fazer!! #TeamDurinho @tatamifightwear @everlast @athorganics @sondermarketing @combatclub @henrihooft @coachgjones @ssorianomma @cerradomma @lucianacbribeiro @drtomfreitas @ihpfit @jorgerubioacademy @hardknocks365 #Repost @ufcnewsalerts with @get_repost ・・・ Gilbert Burns to face newcomer Dan Moret at UFC Glendale (April 14th) via MMA Fighting 📸: Esther Lin/Sandy Hackenmueller #UFC #MMA #UFConFox29 #UFCGlendale #GilbertBurns #DanMoret #Fight

Sean Grande returns to broadcast booth for 'one night only' at Bellator 196

Sean Grande, who parted ways with Bellator this past year after the company decided to move in a new direction with the hirings of veteran broadcasters Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo, will return to the company for “one night only” at April’s Bellator 196 event.

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UFC light heavyweight contender @Volkan_Oezdemir has been wanting to fight Shogun Rua for a long time and he finally got it. Do you like this booking? #TheMMAHour …

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Before UFC 223, watch Khabib Nurmagomedov's first UFC knockout win

Khabib Nurmagomedov is undefeated in his six-year UFC tenure, and this was the fight that earned him his first knockout win in the promotion.

How Josh Barnett's USADA arbitration could be a game-changer for UFC fighters

(Interesting side note: The arbitrator’s report suggests that Barnett might have been ready to step away from fighting anyway, at least for a time. According to the timeline of events, he was tested by USADA on Dec. 9, 2016. A few days later, on Dec. 14, Barnett sent USADA and the UFC a written notice that he intended to take “a leave of absence” from fighting in order to focus on other aspects of his career. Barnett seems to have been requesting to be at least temporarily removed from the testing pool until he decided he wanted to return to active competition. It wasn’t until Dec. 27 that he was notified of a potential anti-doping violation.)

Well, Ronda Rousey and Mike Golic, that was painfully awkward

Despite her previous comments, Rousey is and almost certainly will continue to be asked about her MMA past and what the future could hold. Those questions better be clear and concise, though, or Rousey isn’t likely to take it very well.

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Video: Ronda Rousey Annoyed by Question About MMA Return, Gives Snarky Response

A word of advice to journalists: If you’re going to ask Ronda Rousey about a potential mixed martial arts return, it’s best to do it as clearly as possible. Mike Golic learned that the hard way during an interview with the former UFC champion on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” show on Tuesday. Things got a bit awkward when Golic posed a follow-up question after Rousey denied saying she would never fight again. A full transcription of the exchange is as follows: Golic: Let’s go back and start with when you knew from the MMA, when you were done there. When you knew in your mind, “I’m not going to fight anymore?” Rousey: I never said that. Golic: Ah, so there is a possibility that you could go back, in time? Rousey: There’s a possibility that I could go back in time? That’s your question to me? Golic: Go back in time and fight. Go back in the Octagon. Rousey: I do not have the ability to go back in time, no. Golic: Would you fight again? Rousey: I don’t know. While Golic probably could have phrased his question better, it’s still relatively clear that when he says “in time” he means eventually.

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The Bottom Line: Winners Dictate Narratives -- The examples of Georges St. Pierre and Ronda Rousey underscore why the Rose Namajunas-Joanna Jedrzejczyk rematch at #UFC223 is such an important fight for both women, writes @ToddMartinMMA .

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Lyoto Machida Honored To Be Vitor Belfort's Last Opponent |

Belfort began his fighting career in 1996. He won the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament at 19-years old. Now 40, Belfort’s closing the book on his legendary career. He’s fought the who’s who of the 205-pound and 185-pound divisions and will face another former champion in the UFC 224 co-main event.

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Top UFC welterweight contender @USMAN84kg has long been looking for an opponent and he's finally got one in @SPonzinibbioMMA . #UFCChile Read more: …

Nick Newell Would Gladly Accept 'Easy Money' Fight Against Floyd Mayweather |

“Floyd Mayweather, he’s the greatest boxer of all time. Randy Couture fought James Toney, I don’t see why I wouldn’t take that one considering the money I would make off of that and it would be an easy night,” Newell told MMAWeekly.

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Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington Put Friendship Aside for UFC 224 Headliner |

“I think it’s an interesting fight because of our friendship that we have, so it’s going to be good to see the reaction from the fans because I’m not going to talk any trash about her. She’s not going to talk about me. We’re going to in there and show our work, show what we’re here to do, which is to get in there in that cage and do our best and to get out with the victory. Of course, only one is going to be able to come out with that,” said Nunes.

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Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson in the Works for UFC Fight Night 130 Headliner

Darren Till appears to have an opponent for UFC Fight Night 130 , as he will square off against former welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson . Multiple outlets have confirmed that bout agreements are in place for the main event matchup following an initial report from . The Las Vegas-based promotion has not formally announced the contest. UFC Fight Night 130 takes place at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on May 27 and will air on Fox Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Till is coming off the biggest victory of his career to date at UFC Fight Night 118 this past October, when he stopped Donald Cerrone via technical knockout 4:20 into the opening round of their bout. The 25-year-old owns a 16-0-1 career mark that includes 10 triumphs via KO/TKO and two by way of submission. After twice coming up short in a pair of title bouts against Tyron Woodley — once by majority draw and once in a majority decision defeat — “Wonderboy” returned to the win column with a three-round verdict over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 in November.

How Jon Anik has stayed sharp as UFC commentator despite less-than-ideal circumstances

“They all do have their different styles, and certainly for a lot of broadcasters, it would be nice to just be with the same one or two guys every time you call fights so you can build on the chemistry,” Anik said. “I’m not going to lie to you and say that when you work with Paul Felder and then I don’t work with him again for six months, it’s not that there isn’t a challenge there. But I don’t know that I would have it any other way.”

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