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Cris Cyborg and Yana Kunitskaya Make Weight for UFC 222 (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg's next title defense is now official, as she and Yana Kunitskaya each made weight at Friday's official weigh-in.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Angela Hill

One of the Ultimate Fighting Championship ’s original strawweights, Angela Hill has had an interesting career path since appearing on “The Ultimate Fighter.” From initial success in the Octagon to setbacks against top fighters and a move to Invicta Fighting Championships to get back on track, Hill’s career has always been noteworthy. Scheduled to face ranked strawweight Maryna Moroz at UFC on Fox 28 , here are five things you might not know about Hill. 1. Only one professional bout before Octagon debut. Unlike the vast majority of fighters, Hill did not bounce around in the lower promotions of the mixed martial arts universe before achieving a breakthrough to the big show. Hill had just one fight outside of the UFC, appearing at USFFC 18 “Metal and Mayhem” in 2014. Hill earned herself a second round TKO over Stephanie Skinner and shortly after made the move to the major leagues. 2. First round loss on ‘TUF.’ Hill earned her opportunity in the newly created women’s strawweight division in 2014 as a member of “The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will be Crowned” tournament.

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Video: Watch today's UFC on FOX 28 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET

ORLANDO, Fla. – UFC on FOX 28 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).

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Josh Emmett and Jeremy Stephens weigh in at 146 and both vow to put on a "magical" show at #UFCOrlando ! http://snpy.tv/2CIAKpy 

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Video: Watch today's UFC on FOX 28 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET

ORLANDO, Fla. – UFC on FOX 28 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).

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Ben Saunders up next and he checks in at 171 pounds. #UFCOrlando pic.twitter.com/2NOCIq7q7f

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Video: Watch today's UFC on FOX 28 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET

ORLANDO, Fla. – UFC on FOX 28 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).

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Bellator 195 results: Champ Darrion Caldwell taps out Leandro Higo in first round

Just before the midway point of the first round, Caldwell broke the stalemate with a huge takedown. As Higo tried to get up against the cage, Caldwell wrapped the neck and clamped down. Higo appeared to tap twice, once as the severity of his situation became apparent and again as it became clear there was no escape.

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UFC on FOX 28 weigh-in video (ceremonial at 6 p.m. ET) https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/2/23/17043078/ufc-on-fox-28-weigh-in-video?utm_campaign=mmafighting&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/1HOYbGo1Lk

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Conor McGregor said he offered to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 but then rescinded due to the fact that the UFC wouldn’t agree to “No Takedowns” #ufc

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UFC on FOX 28 official weigh-in results: Emmett, Stephens hit marks; Perez heavy on first try

Perez came back after about 40 minutes of his allotted one hour and actually was 127 on his second try – a half-pound heavier than the initial attempt. But he neglected to use any more time to try to cut, and the commission said his official weight will be 126.5 pounds from his first attempt. Perez will be fined 20 percent of his fight purse, which will go to Shelton.

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Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino: By the Numbers

Recognized by many as the most dangerous woman on the planet, Cris Cyborg has been an unstoppable force in mixed martial arts for more than a decade. “Cyborg” will defend her Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s featherweight title against former Invicta Fighting Championships titleholder Yana Kunitskaya in the UFC 222 main event this Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Justino carries with her a 20-fight unbeaten streak during which she has gone 19-0 with one no-contest. Ahead of Justino’s latest title defense, here are some of the numbers that have come to define her: 0: Submission victories to her credit. All 16 of Justino’s finishes have come via knockout or technical knockout. 1: Defeat on her resume. Justino’s sole MMA loss came in her pro debut in 2005, when Erica Paes submitted her with a first-round kneebar in a fight held in Curitiba, Brazil. 1: Successful UFC title defense. “Cyborg” captured the vacant women’s featherweight championship at UFC 214 on July 29, as she stopped Tonya Evinger with knee strikes in the third round.

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Jon Fitch set for Bellator debut vs. Paul Daley in Bellator 199 co-main event

Fitch had a successful and often tumultuous career in the UFC, tearing through the ranks at welterweight to earn a title shot against former champ Georges St-Pierre in 2008. He battled with the promotion over a licensing rights agreement for a UFC video game. He was briefly released from his contract with his teammates before signing the agreement and returning to work.

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'UFC 222 Embedded,' No. 7: No love lost at weigh-ins for Cat Zingano and Ketlen Vieira

“On Episode 7 of UFC 222 Embedded, the mood gets serious on Thursday night: Featherweight Brian Ortega finds a place to sweat away from the rest of the card’s fighters, his opponent Frankie Edgar stays active and featherweight champion Cris Cyborg targets her goal with a soccer ball. On Friday morning, all of the fighters make weight. Foes face off one more time at the afternoon’s ceremonial weigh-ins, where women’s bantamweights Cat Zingano and Ketlen Vieira have to be separated on stage.”

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Luke Rockhold is new face of Ralph Lauren cologne, but what about Chas Skelly?

On Friday, Ralph Lauren announced former UFC middleweight champion Rockhold is the new face of its well-known “Polo Blue” fragrance. It’s a pretty major endorsement deal for 33-year-old Rockhold, who’s dabbled in professional modeling and television work during his 11-year pro MMA career.

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Video: Watch today's UFC on FOX 28 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET

ORLANDO, Fla. – UFC on FOX 28 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).

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UFC on FOX 28 official weigh-in results: Emmett, Stephens hit marks; Perez heavy on first try

Perez came back after about 40 minutes of his allotted one hour and actually was 127 on his second try – a half-pound heavier than the initial attempt. But he neglected to use any more time to try to cut, and the commission said his official weight will be 126.5 pounds from his first attempt. Perez will be fined 20 percent of his fight purse, which will go to Shelton.

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ONE Championship 68 results: Aung La N Sang two-division champ after KO in 56 seconds

“Life is short. We have to make it count,” Sang said after his win . “One thing is for sure Myanmar, when we’re united, nothing can stop us. That head kick is what we’ve been working on. I want to thank everyone that helped me out to get here. I’m in here by myself, but this is a team sport. If we’re united and we’re together, we can do anything. I want to be the best, and I want to defend these two belts. I’m not just going to hold them and leave.”

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The Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series First Event of 2018 Announced | MMAWeekly.com

The Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series returns for its first event of 2018 in Atlanta when Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, visits Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, March 3. The series kicks off its second season with fights set to take place just hours before Round 9 of the premier indoor off-road motorcycle racing championship.

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GLORY Kickboxing on Twitter

The #GLORY51 SuperFight Series main event fighters have made their way to the ring! @Doumced vs. Alim Nabiyev for the next shot at the GLORY welterweight title is up now! Tune in: http://bit.ly/G51onFightPass  pic.twitter.com/wdjHgEdTbF

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UFC 222 staff picks: Does anyone dare pick against massive favorite Cris Cyborg?

In the co-feature, Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) takes on Brian Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in what likely is a featherweight title eliminator. Edgar was supposed to fight champ Max Holloway for the belt before an injury took Holloway out. Edgar is the favorite, and he’s an 11-3 choice among our staff members.

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Marc Diakiese Wonders if Sage Northcutt is Asking Mr. Faber for Permission to Fight Him | BJPenn.com

“I think it would be a good fight. [Sage Northcutt]’s on a two-fight win streak, and I’m on a two-fight losing streak. To be honest, I watched his fight in Austin, and I thought he lost. I feel the fight makes sense. He’s 10-2 and I’m 12-2. If he beats me, it will really put him out there. I bring a lot of attention to fights and so does he. He likes to stand up and so do I, so I think the UFC will like the idea and I know the fans will really like it too. I think right now he’s probably asking Mr. Faber if he should take the fight. To be honest, I don’t know he feels about it, but I want to take what’s mine. I know I can gain a lot from fighting him, and I think he can gain a lot from fighting me too.”

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Brock Lesnar 'Always Ready' for UFC Return, According to Manager | MMAWeekly.com

As Brock Lesnar ‘s WWE contract nears its end, the talk of a UFC return has heated up. It could be contract negotiation tactics. It could be legitimate. Lesnar’s manager, Paul Hayman , says Lesnar will ultimately do what he wants to do.

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Reports: Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee will headline UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City

Lee will be looking to rebound from a submission loss to Tony Ferguson this past October in the UFC 216 main event. That fight was for the UFC’s interim lightweight title. The setback snapped a five-fight winning streak for the Las Vegas-based fighter, which included four straight finishes and three straight rear-naked choke wins – including two performance bonuses.

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28 BJ Penn on Twitter

They should switch it and do a 165 and 175. That would be amazing!!. I think there would be a ton of great fighters that could perform so much better at closer to natural weight. Stop adding usless women divisions when there is already zero talent there and focus on this!!

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UFC 222 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 7

On Episode 7 of UFC 222 Embedded, the mood gets serious on Thursday night: Featherweight Brian Ortega finds a place to sweat away from the rest of the card's fighters, his opponent Frankie Edgar stays active and featherweight champion Cris Cyborg targets her goal with a soccer ball. On Friday morning, all of the fighters make weight. Foes face off one more time at the afternoon’s ceremonial weigh-ins, where women’s bantamweights Cat Zingano and Ketlen Vieira have to be separated on stage. UFC 222 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women's featherweight championship bout at UFC 222 on Saturday, March 3 on Pay-Per-View. SUBSCRIBE to get all the latest UFC content: https://www.youtube.com/ufc Connect with UFC Online and on Social Website: http://www.ufc.com Follow UFC Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ufc Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ufc Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ufc Snapchat: UFC Periscope: http://Periscope.tv/ufc Follow Cris Cyborg Twitter https://twitter.com/criscyborg Facebook https://www.facebook.com/criscyborgmma/ Instagram https://www.

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Carbajal: Ladies Showing the Way From Boxing to MMA and Back

AMANDA SERRANO! We can’t wait for her #MMA debut! #CombateEstrellas @Serranosisters pic.twitter.com/5jDjkmARci — Combate Americas (@combateamericas) February 25, 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. * * * It was announced this week in a press release that five-division world boxing champion Amanda Serrano will make her mixed martial arts debut under the Combate Americas banner on April 13 in Los Angeles. Serrano is the third high-profile female boxer to move to MMA, joining Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton . All three have kept their options open to gain some professional exposure in combat sports. “I still don’t get the recognition I deserve, and I believe MMA is a little different than boxing,” Serrano said in a promotional video Combate Americas released on social media . “Just like in my boxing career, I’ll continue to work hard and be the best that I can be and just become half of what I was in boxing.

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UFC 222 breakdown: Betting advice, possible prop bets and fantasy studs

MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of UFC 222’s top bouts. Today, we look at betting and fantasy options for the card.

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Who ya got?! Fighters predict Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222

Women’s featherweight champion Cyborg (19-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) takes on UFC newcomer Kunitskaya (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the main event, and the champ is a massive favorite of as much as 20-1 at some online sports books.

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Bellator MMA on Twitter

Bantamweight champion Darrion " @TheWolfMMA " Caldwell made quick work of his first title defense! #AndStill #Bellator195 pic.twitter.com/UzTwPJ0CS0

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Josh Emmett and Jeremy Stephens Ready to Go, but One Fighter Misses Weight at UFC on FOX 28 Weigh-ins

On the opposite end of the spectrum is his opponent, Josh Emmett. Emmett is actually a year older than Stephens, he’s 32 to Stephens’ 31, but he has been fighting for just under 7 years, but amassed an impressive 13-1 record. His only stumble was a split-decision loss to Desmond Green at lightweight before he returned to featherweight, where he has since taken impressive victories over Felipe Arantes and Ricardo Lamas. He hopes to add Stephens’ name to his hit list and forge a quick route to a UFC title shot.

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UFC on FOX 28 salaries: Jeremy Stephens banks event-high $126k for KO win

MMAjunkie requested and today received the full list of salaries from UFC on FOX 28, which took place this past Saturday at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The event’s main card aired live on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Daniel Cormier: Superfight with Stipe Miocic Bigger Than Jon Jones Bouts

Daniel Cormier believes that the superfight against Stipe Miocic is the biggest fight of his career and is excited to be featured in arguably one of the most anticipated fights ever inside the Octagon. Cormier takes on Miocic for the undisputed heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship title on July 7, 2018 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Standing in Cormier’s way to the title is the current champion and record holder for most title defences in the heavyweight division (3) in Miocic. The Ohio native set the record last month at UFC 220 with a unanimous decision victory over the dangerous striker Francis Ngannou . DC spoke to Flo Combat regarding his involvement in some of the UFC’s biggest ever fights, including this one with Miocic: “This is the biggest fight of my life. This is the biggest fight I’ve ever been in. I have played a major part in some of the biggest fights in the UFC. I mean I was at UFC 182, I was a big part of UFC 200, supposed to headline it, was a massive part of UFC 214, and now this one.

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Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington title fight targeted for UFC 224

After lobbying for a superfight with women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg , Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) will shift focus to the division she reigns. The fight with Pennington (9-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) will be the third attempted defense of her bantamweight title in a win streak that stretches six fights. Most recently, Nunes outpointed Valentina Shevchenko by split decision in September at UFC 215, rebounding after a bout of sinusitis that scratched a headliner at UFC 213.

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Dana White on Twitter

@danawhite how the fook can you hold a UFC event in ireland and @TheNotoriousMMA not be headlining it. Get your heads together and work it out.The last Dublin event has been called the best ever for fook sake Dana think big and make this bigger. Sell the shit out of it.

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Dana White Finally Spoke to Jon Jones For the First Time Since UFC 214 | MMAWeekly.com

Jones will go before the California commission on Feb. 27 where he’ll get the first indication on when his career can continue but he’ll still have to wait on a verdict from USADA before booking any fights. Because Jones tested positive for a banned substance previously in 2016, which resulted in a one year suspension, he could face up to a four year sanction for this latest violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy.

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Power off the charts! @LiLHeathenMMA is already looking for his second KO of 2018. #UFCOrlando pic.twitter.com/2Wcj8ufW14

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ANDRADE vs TORRES!!! Tomorrow night on FOX! pic.twitter.com/eIVKo2kWtO

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Caraway will join the show to discuss his upcoming fight with Cody Stamann slated for March 2 at UFC 222 in Las Vegas. LaGreca, host of “Busted Open” on SiriusXM 93, will be on the show to talk about the anticipated impact of Ronda Rousey at this weekend’s WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. And MMAjunkie assistant editor Erickson will join the show from Orlando, Fla., where he’s covering Saturday’s UFC on FOX 28 card.

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