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Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir Greenlit for Bellator 198 Main Event

The third bout of the Bellator MMA 2018 Heavyweight Grand Prix is official for Saturday night at Allstate Arena near Chicago.

Donald Cerrone Hoping to Break UFC Record for Most Wins in Singapore

Ultimate Fighting Championship fan favorite Donald Cerrone can set a new UFC record next month if he can defeat Leon Edwards UFC Fight Night 132 from Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Karate Combat a Promotion with Potential

The upstart full-contact martial arts organization offers exciting possibilities just two events into its existence, writes Edward Carbajal.

Chris Weidman Shelved with Second Thumb Surgery

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight king Chris Weidman is confident that once he gets his body right he’ll be back better than ever inside the Octagon.

Kevin Lee Plans on Utilizing a Nutritionist for his Next Fight After Missing Weight

Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight contender Kevin Lee missed weight for the first time in his six-year mixed martial arts career on the eve of his win over Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night 128

Countdown to Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir: Episode 3 | MMAWeekly.com

As we get closer to fight day, Frank Mir and Fedor Emelianenko navigate Bellator 198 fight week in Chicago.

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Bellator 198 - Fedor vs. Mir

Fedor Emelianenko on Frank Mir Matchup at Bellator 198: Size Doesn’t Matter

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UFC Hamburg adds Stefan Struve vs. Marcin Tybura, Jeremy Kimball vs. Darko Stosic

Struve fought most recently at March’s UFC 222 event, dropping a decision to Andrei Arlovski. Prior to that, Struve was handed a TKO loss by Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 115 in September 2017. Meanwhile, Tybura suffered a third-round knockout loss to Derrick Lewis at February’s UFC Fight Night 126 event. That setback followed a decision loss to Fabricio Werdum in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 121.

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Sherdog Boxing Giveaway: Daniel Jacobs Signed Glove!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Enter for the opportunity to win a glove signed by Daniel Jacobs, courtesy of our friends at HBO Boxing. Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki happens Saturday, April 28 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. Estimated value of the signed glove is $200 U.S. This contest is open to residents of U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) 18 years and over. View the contest’s official rules here .

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Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson at Bellator 200 will serve as alternate bout for Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/4/26/17286436/mirko-cro-cop-vs-roy-nelson-to-serve-as-alternate-bout-for-bellator-heavyweight-grand-prix?utm_campaign=shaunalshatti&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/DVMx8zGOPu

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Guilherme Cruz on Twitter

Usman is a takedowns guy. Usman's stand up isn't great but he's powerful. Don't think Maia will be able to take Usman down tho. But if Usman tries to wrestle Maia will pull guard and try to submit him. horrible matchup for Maia tho.

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Despite Khabib Nurmagomedov's 'mistake,' Eddie Alvarez picks champ over Conor McGregor

“If Khabib does not correct the mistake of sitting back with his chin back and going to the side, Conor’s going to put his lights out with that left hand pretty bad, pretty quickly,” he said. “He needs to correct that mistake, and he needs to learn to relax in the pocket and know that he’s safe. Until he does that, he’s always in danger of getting beat by a guy with knockout power like Conor McGregor.”

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CW 93 - Cage Warriors 93

Quick images from Saturday's UFC Fight Night 128 card in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Loud and Clear

As has become par for the course in today’s Ultimate Fighting Championship , botched weight cuts resulted in last-minute changes to the UFC Fight Night 128 card this past Saturday. One bout that was cancelled as a result was the scheduled matchup between top 10 women’s bantamweight contender Leslie Smith and undefeated prospect Aspen Ladd . What makes this situation unusual is how the promotion handled it. When Ladd was unable to shed the extra 1.8 pounds necessary to make the agreed-upon weight, Smith was offered her fight purse along with her win bonus, which was to be considered the fulfillment of her contractual obligation. The company then refused to offer a contract extension, and has now officially let her walk away as a free agent. The UFC opting to not renew a contract is not that unusual. Plenty of fighters are removed from rankings and roster lists in the days following events, as losing streaks weed out those who need further development in smaller organizations, making room for those who have earned a spot in the big show. Inconsistency when dealing with late-notice bout changes is nothing new, and a topic that has been revisited many times recently.

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5 reasons to watch #Bellator198 : The Bellator MMA heavyweight grand prix picks up steam with a long-awaited quarterfinal clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir on Saturday in Chicago. http://bit.ly/2vLB3Sg  pic.twitter.com/H4mYUqggXS

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Morning Report: Michael Bisping ‘probably retired’ but says if Nick Diaz met him at 195 pounds he’s ‘down’ for fight https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/4/26/17280600/morning-report-michael-bisping-probably-retired-but-if-nick-diaz-at-195-pounds-hes-down-for-fight?utm_campaign=mmafighting&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/RWZGW2jBoE

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Frank Mir: Age the thing leading to Bellator 198 nerves, not Fedor

“This is the thing all fighters my age are going to have to deal with: One bad performance,” Mir told USA TODAY Sports. “I can go smash Fedor. I can smash Chael and look like the best version I’ve ever presented. And let’s say I fight (Matt) Mitrione in the finals – (Ryan) Bader, (Muhammed Lawal), whoever – and I go out there and have a bad performance, the very first conversation when I walk out of that cage will be, ‘Are you going to retire?’

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The First Reviews and Reactions for 'Avengers: Infinity War' Are In - SocialUnderground

The embargo on reactions and reviews for the new ‘Avengers’ movie has officially been lifted and to say it sounds ‘amazing’ seems to be an understatement. AIW is the most highly anticipated Marvel movie of all time as it brings together a story over ten years in the making.

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Nick Newell one step closer to UFC dream with Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series berth

Veteran lightweight and congenital amputee Nick Newell met with UFC officials this week in hopes of securing an octagon debut. Instead, he’ll get an appearance at an upcoming Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series event, where fighters compete at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, hoping to impress the UFC boss and earn an official UFC deal.

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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/2018/4/26/17281652/watch-the-mma-beat-live-today?utm_campaign=arielhelwani&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/XMz8VooA0q

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Nick Newell Gets Chance to Earn UFC Deal with Spot on Dana White’s Contender Series

Congenital amputee Nick Newell will get his chance to earn a long-awaited UFC deal when he competes on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series this summer. ESPN.com first reported the news. The Contender Series debuted last summer with eight-five bout cards streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Those with the most impressive performances on the card received UFC contracts. An exact date for Newell’s Contender Series appearance was not revealed. Newell was born without the lower portion of his left arm, but that hasn’t prevented the 32-year-old from compiling a 14-1 professional mark over the course of a career that began in 2009. Newell’s tenure included a five-bout stint in World Series of Fighting in which he suffered his only defeat, a second-round TKO at the hands of Justin Gaethje . He has finished 11 of his triumphs inside the distance. “I want to thank Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard for believing in me and giving me a shot,” Newell told MMAFighting.com . “I still have to go out there and deliver. I’m grateful for the opportunity.

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Report: John Dodson is Still a Free Agent After Negotiations with UFC Stall

Two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight contender John Dodson is free to explore options with other mixed martial arts promotions. The charismatic 33 year-old is coming off a split decision victory over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 222 in what was his last contracted fight under the UFC banner. Dodson wanted to remain in the organization and was hoping for a better deal, but turned down what was offered to him. Ariel Helwani posted the news of the contract breakdown through Twitter. Free agent John Dodson met with UFC officials recently. They didn’t come to terms on a new deal at the time and he’s now free to shop around. Door isn’t closed on a UFC return at all, but he’s currently exploring options, sources say. — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 25, 2018 Dodson had been with the UFC for over six years and had a 9-4 record. He fought current flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson twice for the title. The first encounter was in January 2013, where he lost by unanimous decision in a fairly competitive bout. In September 2015 they met again, this time “Mighty Mouse” showed why many fans consider him the pound-for-pound champion when he completely dominated Dodson from start to finish, winning again by unanimous decision.

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Episode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 27: Undefeated'

Round 2 – Katona opens the round with another punishing leg kick. Phillips’ movement is slowing from the damage, while Katona continues to bounce around and move in and out of range with his combinations. Phillips misses on a high kick, and Katona makes him pay with some more impactful blows. Katona’s left hook has been money the whole fight, and he lands it again, followed by a leg kick. Phillips shoots in for a desperate takedown attempt but is easily stuffed. Phillips is getting desperate with his attacks and fires a spinning kick that lands hard to the body. It forces Katona to shoot in for a takedown, and he gets it. Phillips quickly stands up, but Katona is glued to him against the fence. They reverse positions before Katona decides to break into free space. Phillips launches another spinning back kick to the body. Katona answers with a leg kick. They trade punches before Katona shoots in for another takedown. The trip doesn’t work this time, and Phillips manages to get himself out of position to get taken down. Phillips shoots for a takedown of his own in the final seconds, but he’s stuffed.

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The Ultimate Fighter 28 is searching for heavyweights and women's featherweights as casting begins for the show in May #UFC #TUF28 http://bit.ly/TUF28Casting 

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LFA 38 - Hughes vs. Greene

Quick images from Saturday's UFC Fight Night 128 card in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Colby Covington: Khabib Nurmagomedov will get 'balls put on his forehead' at welterweight

“I think it works for the little lightweight division, but that (expletive) doesn’t fly at welterweight,” Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio. “You’ve got a real All-American wrestler, not some sambo dude, so if he comes up to welterweight, he’s going to get his head dunked and balls put on his forehead just like the rest of them.

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Dillon Danis channels friend Conor McGregor ahead of pro MMA debut at Bellator 198

A lot of MMA observers will watch Danis just to see if his action lives up to his words, or maybe more accurately, whether he’ll eat the latter. Like it or not, his pro debut is a referendum on whether McGregor’s touch is truly golden. “The Notorious'” teammates haven’t exactly cleared out their respective divisions. But no one has talked as big as Dannis.

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The fighters competing at UFC 225 have been warned that Illinois has a zero tolerance policy for marijuana. Here's all the details — #UFC #UFC225 http://bit.ly/UFC225Marijuana 

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Former WSOF heavyweight champion Blagoi Ivanov has signed with the UFC, sources confirm. His Octagon debut is expected to take place in the summer. He recently parted ways amicably with PFL.

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Sherdog.com on Twitter

Frank Mir: A Deep MMA Reservoir -- The former UFC heavyweight champion’s past, present and future converge as he eyes his showdown with Fedor Emelianenko at #Bellator198 on Saturday in Chicago. http://bit.ly/2vQwIwO  via @benjaminduffy pic.twitter.com/VDWGaOtAzC

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John McCarthy: Once and for all, here's why Simon-Dvalishvili outcome wasn't controversial

“The other side is able to have blood flowing all the way through it, the whole time, to his brain,” McCarthy said. “ So he’s getting these moments where he’s starting to go out and then he kind of pulls himself back. And he’s doing the leg kick. But when you watch the end of the fight, when the horn goes off, and Ricky just lets go of it, he’s out. The pressure release actually – he’s unconscious on the ground. His eyes are staring, his arm goes flat and flops to the ground.

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Sherdog.com on Twitter

The Bottom Line: Failed Experiment -- A system of earlier weigh-ins was rushed into and has backfired terribly on mixed martial arts, writes @ToddMartinMMA . http://bit.ly/2vKaoFo  pic.twitter.com/EHFHBeyMys

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Conor McGregor’s Boxing Coach Owen Roddy Believes MMA Fans are Missing Out

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor has not fought inside the Octagon since defeating Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 and his boxing coach Owen Roddy believes his absence has left a gaping hole in the sport. McGregor famously coerced boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of retirement for a one-off boxing fight in August last year and since then has been on the periphery. The Irishman made headlines at UFC 223 media day after he and a large group of men were allegedly let into the Barclays Center by credentialed members of his Mac Life promotional team. McGregor attacked a bus holding the red corner fighters for the event and was filmed throwing a loading dolly into the window, resulting in Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg having to withdraw from their fights due to injuries sustained from the shattered glass. Roddy recently talked with Express Sport in an exclusive interview to discuss his star pupil and talked about how determined McGregor is to get his UFC career back on track after being stripped of the lightweight title earlier this month.

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Ray Borg withdraws from UFC Chile after newborn son undergoes brain surgeries

Ray Borg is dealing with a lot right now, and therefore he won’t compete in three weeks at UFC Fight Night 129 as planned.

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Ronda Rousey Explains Her Difficulty Coping with UFC Demise, Shutting Down the Media | MMAWeekly.com

Having made it through the tough times has helped Rousey to find her current path with the WWE, but it wasn’t easy. She is one of the biggest stars the UFC has ever known, and when she found the spotlight difficult to manage in the midst of those two losses, the scrutiny only continued to get worse, so she shut most of it down.

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Ariel Helwani on Twitter

And here’s After the Beat where we answered all kinds of questions from you, including who we’d pick in the first round of the fictitious MMA draft — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X0ru2hD17Q …

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2669 with Brian Ortega, Ricky Simon, Brandon Katona, more

UFC featherweight contender Ortega, who is set to challenge Max Holloway for the title July 7 at UFC 226, was in studio to talk about everything from almost fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 to his path to a title shot. UFC bantamweight Simon, coming off of a win over Merab Dvalishvili at UFC Fight Night 128, called in to share his thoughts about the controversial finish and what’s next for him. Katona, a competitor on “The Ultimate Fighter 27,” called in to help recap Episode 2 in which he won his first fight. LFA heavyweight Greene also called into the show to talk about his fight on Friday at LFA 38, where he will challenge Jeff Hughes for the heavyweight championship.

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Emmanuel Sanchez hopes Bellator 198 win over Sam Sicilia could lead to title shot

Sicilia in 2017 made the move over from the UFC and rebounded from three straight losses with his own win over Galvao in his promotional debut. And even though he’s new to Bellator, he’s a solid veteran name in the business – and one that conceivably could build a strong case for Sanchez to be next in line for a featherweight title shot with a win.

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Markus Perez vs. James Bochnovic Added to UFC 224 Lineup in Rio de Janeiro

The UFC 224 lineup appears to be nearly complete, as the promotion recently confirmed the addition of a middleweight contest pitting Markus Perez against James Bochnovic to the card. UFC 224 takes place on May 12 at Juenesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro and is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title clash between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington . The evening’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. A native of Sao Paulo, Perez suffered his first defeat in 10 professional outing in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 123, where he dropped a unanimous verdict against Eryk Anders . The 27-year-old’s resume includes notable triumphs on the regional circuit against Ildemar Alcantara and Paulo Thiago . Bochnovic, meanwhile, saw an eight-bout winning streak come to an end at UFC 213, as he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Trevin Giles . The Rothwell MMA product has finished all but one of his eight career triumphs by way of submission.

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Ex-WSOF Two-Division Champ David Branch Not Testing 205-Pound Waters in UFC

David Branch turned the tables on Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 128 last weekend, winning via knockout 2:30 into the opening round. It was an eye-opening performance for the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product, who was facing an opponent with four consecutive KO/TKO victories in the Octagon under his belt. Branch rebounded nicely from a second-round stoppage loss to Luke Rockhold last September and has now won 12 of his last 13 fights overall. The 36-year-old went 2-2 during a brief stint in the Las Vegas-based promotion from 2010 to 2011, but he didn’t truly blossom until a 10-bout undefeated run in World Series of Fighting saw him capture titles at both middleweight and light heavyweight. Don’t expect Branch to try and duplicate that feat in the UFC, however. During an appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast , he made it emphatically clear that he’s staying put at 185 pounds. “Hell no, I’m not going up there with them big mother---ers,” Branch said. “I’m not going up there. You see how big this mother---er was against me just that Saturday night? You think I’m gonna go up to 205? They hit a lot harder.

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Update: UFC Fighter Ray Borg's Newborn Son Will Need A Second Brain Surgery - MMA Imports

Earlier this week top UFC flyweight fighter Ray Borg revealed that his newborn son would need brain surgery.

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Bill Steinmetz on Twitter

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Frankie Edgar on Instagram: “Happy Birthday to this beast Magic @mmarlonmoraes!! Let's gooooo!!”

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Frank Mir on Twitter

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Shake Break 4/20/18 (better water)

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Brett Okamoto on Twitter

Nick Newell will get a shot at a UFC contract. Per Dana White, he'll be offered a fight on the Tuesday Night Contender Series in June.

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