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Tony Ferguson Ahead of UFC 223: 'I Hit the Speed Bag Better Than Canelo' (Video) |

Interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson spoke at length with the MMA media ahead of his UFC 223 headliner with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Max Holloway: 'Opportunities Like This Come Once in a Lifetime' |

“The news is crazy. My manager called me. He told me Tony’s hurt and they want you and Khabib, so I was like, how do you turn down an opportunity like this? Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime. Really, only one guy was able to do it. I’m glad to be the second guy and go out there and make history,” said Holloway.

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Dana White: Conor McGregor Wasn’t An Option to Replace Tony Ferguson at UFC 223

While it might have seemed like a logical move, Conor McGregor was not offered a short-notice fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 after Tony Ferguson withdrew from the contest due to a knee injury. Instead, that honor went to featherweight champion Max Holloway , who will attempt to join McGregor as the only UFC fighters to hold two belts simultaneously when he meets Nurmagomedov in the new UFC 223 headliner at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday. According to UFC President Dana White, the promotion did not consider McGregor an option, even though the Irishman had offered to step in for Holloway against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. "I don't think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days' notice. That's a tough weight cut for him," White told . "And Conor is not the guy I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter. He's a guy I want to make a fight with and have the right amount of time to promote the fight. "I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov to Tony Ferguson: 'Hope this lesson will teach you to watch your mouth'

Tony heal up man. Just want to advise you, don’t talk too much anymore. Lot of thoughts in my head right now, but I don’t want to become like you. Hope, this lesson will teach you watch your mouth. ❗️ На счёт этой ситуации я просто хочу сказать Тони: больше не болтай, в голове конечно много мыслей, на тебя похожим не буду, надеюсь этот урок научит тебя следить за языком. #ready #ufc223 #Alhamdulillah #победатолькоотВсевышнего

Tony Ferguson ‘Hurt, Frustrated, Angry’ After Freak Accident Forces UFC 223 Exit

Tony Ferguson is understandably devastated after a knee injury forced his withdrawal from the UFC 223 headliner against Khabib Nurmagomedov less than one week before their fight. “Words can’t explain how hurt, frustrated, angry and in disbelief I am right now,” Ferguson wrote on Instagram. “I was completing my UFC pre-fight media obligations on Friday. I had an accident on a studio set that tore a ligament in my knee. “My doctor and the UFC doctor both said I can’t fight and one is saying I need surgery, so I will see a specialist to make a final determination on how I can heal up and get back in there to defend my belt ASAP.” I'm told the injury to Tony Ferguson was literally caused by a trip. The freak accident of all freak accidents. He was walking, saw someone he wasn't expecting to see, veered sharply to say hello and tripped. — Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 1, 2018 As a result, Max Holloway will face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the 155-pound championship in the new UFC 223 headliner on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Alexander Gustafsson

Alexander Gustafsson was a well-respected contender when he challenged Jon Jones for the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title at UFC 165 on Sept. 21, 2013 in Toronto. Although he lost a unanimous decision to “Bones,” Gustafsson entered a new competitive tax bracket by giving Jones all he could handle across five rounds. “The Mauler” remains one of the sport’s premier fighters at 205 pounds despite being shelved by a shoulder injury that required surgery. When he returns, Gustafsson figures to position himself for a rematch with reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier , who defeated him by split decision two-plus years ago. Until then, here are five things you might not know about the Swede: 1. He took up boxing at an early age. Gustafsson was a boxer before he turned to mixed martial arts, starting at the age of 10. He won the Swedish national youth light heavyweight championship in 2003 and three amateur tournaments over a two-year period (2008-09). Gustafsson also partook in shoot-fighting -- a martial art that mixes muay Thai and catch wrestling -- and compiled a 5-1 record with four knockouts.

11 Who's the best UFC champion in history? The title matchup is set

(Disclaimer: Fighter seeding was done largely based on total number of title defenses. To make the field, fighters had to have had at least two successful title defenses and/or have held the rare distinction of being a two-division champion. Two fighters qualified, but in part through interim title fight wins. In that case, Renan Barao and Andrei Arlovski met in a play-in game, and Barao got into the field based on one more win in a title fight than Arlovski.)

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Sure, let's get excited about an unplanned fight when we were all expecting Ferguson vs Khabib. Let's all celebrate two fighters that weren't prepared to fight each other are going to step in because of a 3rd failed attempt. This sport is becoming a joke.

Dana White on Mayweather to UFC Rumors: ‘I’m Interested, and He’s Obviously Interested’

It seems that a week can’t go by without some kind of talk regarding Floyd Mayweather ’s potential move to the UFC. Most recently, UFC President Dana White weighed in on the matter during a brief interview with TMZ Sports . “I’m interested, and obviously he’s interested,” White said. “The last time we were both interested, you saw what happened.” White, of course, is referencing the Aug. 26 boxing match between Mayweather and Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather announced his retirement from boxing following a 10th-round technical knockout victory over the UFC lightweight champion. “Money” has since confirmed that he is applying for an MMA license . Considering that Mayweather and McGregor have continued to trade barbs on social media, it would seem that a rematch between the two rivals – this time in the Octagon – would be the most lucrative option. “Who knows? But, yeah, possibly Conor,” White said. “I know Conor wants it.” It isn’t the first time that White has mentioned interest in signing Mayweather.

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Bellator 196 and Bellator Kickboxing 9 Fight Cards Finalized |

Bellator has announced completed cards for both Bellator 196 and Bellator Kickboxing 9, which take place this Friday, April 6 at BOK Hall in Budapest, Hungary and airs on Paramount Network.

Combate Americas Announces Multi-Year, Live Programming Deal with Univision

Combate Americas has a home on Univision for the foreseeable future. The promotion recently announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement to produce and distribute live fight programming on Univision and Univision Deportes. That will include 16 live shows in 2018, which will all air on a 90-minute time slot. The deal begins with “Combate Estrellas I,” which takes place on April 13 at the Shrine in Los Angeles and is headlined by a bantamweight rematch between John Castaneda and Marc Gomez . The card will also feature the MMA debut of boxing world champion Amanda Serrano . The complete Combate Americas 2018 schedule is expected to be announced soon. “We’re incredibly excited that our growth last year has culminated with a new partnership with Univision Deportes, a sports media brand that is home to some of the best sports and entertainment programming,” Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren said in a release. “Univision Deportes is proud to partner with Combate Americas in an effort to bring fans the best programming of one of the most popular sports today,” added Juan Carlos Rodriguez , President, Univision Deportes.

Darren Till Expects Stephen Thompson to Be the ‘Most Interesting Fight of My Life’

Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson recently became official for UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool, and Till already has some very specific stakes in mind for the matchup. “I think it’s gonna be the most interesting fight of my life, just because of his fight IQ and my own,” Till said on the “Obviously Fight Talk” podcast. “So let’s see who wins. Let’s see who is the best striker in the division. Now it’s time to see.” Till improve to 16-0-1 as a professional with a first-round technical knockout of Donald Cerrone in his most recent appearance at UFC Fight Night 118 this past October. The Liverpool native is unbeaten in five Octagon appearances, with a draw against Nicolas Dalby in October 2015 the only blemish on his ledger thus far. The 25-year-old welterweight doesn’t agree with the notion that it might be too soon for him to take on an opponent as experienced as Thompson, who twice challenged Tyron Woodley for welterweight gold. “In terms of earliness, striking-wise I don’t think it’s too early because of been striking all my life and so has he,” Till said.


As has been said, nothing but respect for taking this on. But this cut on 6 days against a Khabib who has been training for 5 rounds all camp. I can honestly seeing it being Khabib v Barboza 2.0 #ufc223

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Why the UFC Shut Down Robert Whittaker’s Plans to Compete at Commonwealth Games

In late February, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight king Robert Whittaker announced that he would be representing Australia in wrestling as part of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, pending approval from the UFC. It seems the UFC didn’t like the idea of Whittaker competing, even though he would be able to get in a full fight camp -- just less than two months -- to prepare for the fight following the games. Whittaker’s decision to accept the fight against Yoel Romero and defend his middleweight title at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago ultimately sealed his fate and was the main reason the UFC put a stop to him participating. Whittaker talked with MMA Fighting about the decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games. ”Obviously, wrestling is a vital part of mixed martial arts,” Whittaker told MMA Fighting. “I managed to compete in wrestling to sharpen my skills, one thing led to another and it led to the Commonwealth Games.” Whittaker understandably said that the UFC told him that they would not allow him to compete at the games because of the amount of money invested in the UFC 225 promotion.

Matt Brown Injured, Out of Fight Against Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 29 |

An unfortunate injury has forced Matt Brown out of his upcoming fight at UFC on FOX 29 where he was expected to face Carlos Condit in the co-main event from Glendale, Arizona.

Cheick Kongo vs. Javy Ayala Booked for Bellator 199 in San Jose on May 12

A heavyweight showdown between Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala has been booked for Bellator 199. The promotion recently confirmed the pairing. Both Kongo and Ayala were previously revealed as alternates for Bellator’s ongoing heavyweight grand prix. Bellator 199 takes place on May 12 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and will feature a grand prix bout pitting Ryan Bader against Muhammed Lawal . Kongo enters the matchup on a five-bout winning streak. Most recently, the UFC veteran earned a split decision over Augusto Sakai at Bellator 179 this past May. The Frenchman is 9-2 during his tenure with the Scott-Coker led promotion. Ayala, meanwhile, dropped a unanimous decision to Roy Nelson in his most recent outing at Bellator 183. Prior to that, the 29-year-old Californian had scored back-to-back knockout wins over Sergei Kharitonov and Roy Boughton .

Ricky Rainey Replaces Abdul Razak Alhassan, Meets Muslim Salikhov at UFC on Fox 29

Ricky Rainey will step in for the injured Abdul Razak Alhassan and face Muslim Salikhov in a welterweight bout at UFC on Fox 29 . Promotion officials announced the change on Monday. UFC on Fox 29 takes place at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., on April 14 and is headlined by a lightweight duel between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje . The main card airs on the Fox Network following prelims on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. A seven-time Bellator MMA veteran, Rainey enters his Octagon debut on the heels of back-to-back decision wins over Marc Stevens and Gilbert Smith within the California-based promotion. “The Sniper” owns a 13-4 career mark that includes seven triumphs via knockout or technical knockout. Salikhov came up short in his promotional debut, as he tapped to an Alex Garcia rear-naked choke in the second round at UFC Fight Night 122. That halted an 11-fight winning streak that included victories over UFC veterans Melvin Gulliard and Ivan Jorge . “The King of Kung Fu” is 13-2 as a pro and has finished all but one of his wins inside the distance.

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I feel like Conor should’ve step up and take the khabib fight but Max’s injury was only bad enough to keep him out of ufc 222. The ufc planned on booking him soon as he was healed up so I’m guessing he is healed plus it ain’t to many guys willing to step up and fight khabib

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BOOM!!!!!! We got Khabib vs The Champ Max Holloway for the 155lb title this Saturday in Brooklyn New York!!!!!!!

Dana White Confirms Tony Ferguson To Be Stripped Of Interim World Title - MMA Imports

Ferguson was forced to pull out of the scheduled main event on just six days notice. He never defended his interim world title, and was never crowned the actual champion of the UFC’s lightweight division.

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Brian Ortega Was (Briefly) Offered UFC 223 Fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov |

The new UFC 223 headliner is set between featherweight champion Max Holloway and top lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed UFC lightweight championship on Saturday. Top featherweight contender Brian Ortega, however, was nearly the man to take the slot vacated by Tony Ferguson.

The 10 most forgettable UFC title reigns

Was that the most forgettable title reign in UFC history? We’ve put together a list of others that rank up there, though none have the kind of quickness of George St-Pierre’s brief ride as middleweight champ at the end of 2017.

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A silver lining to Tony Ferguson's UFC 223 withdrawal? It makes us appreciate how awesome Max Holloway is

37 MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #153: Ferguson Out, Holloway In Against Nurmagomedov at UFC 223!?!?

All podcasts (video+mp3) can be found here: . On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the incredible news that UFC Interim Lightweight Champ Tony Ferguson has had to withdraw from his scheduled #UFC223 fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, and that Featherweight Champ Max Holloway would be stepping in to replace him. Karyn and Alan talk about the accident that injured Tony, Max’s readiness for the fight, the odds that Khabib will win, a potential Champ-Champ matchup between Max and Conor McGregor and more. They also discuss the Strawweight title fight between Champ Rose Namajunas and former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk as well as Mike Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis, Paul Felder vs Al Iaquinta and Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Felice Herrig. SUBSCRIBE for more from MMA coverage: * Follow Karyn on Twitter: * Follow Alan on Twitter: * Follow Wade on Twitter: #UFC #UFC223 #TonyFerguson #KhabibNurmagomedov #MaxHolloway #ConorMcGregor #RoseNamajunas #JoannaJedrzejczyk #MikeChiesa #AnthonyPettis #PaulFelder #AlIaquinta #KarolinaKowalkiewicz #FeliceHerrig #ChampChamp #Lightweight #Featherweight #Strawweight #TitleFight #MMAHEAT #Podcast #KarynBryant #AlanJouban #WadeEck #LIVE And remember to check out our website: http://www.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has experienced a sudden change in the headliner for UFC 223’s upcoming card. Now fighters are coming forward over social media to let their thoughts on the situation be known.

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UFC 223 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 1

Episode 1 of UFC 223 Embedded, former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk pushes herself with the goal of reclaiming her belt, and defending champion Rose Namajunas readies for the rematch. Title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov arrives in New York City for his long-awaited championship fight against Tony Ferguson. Jedrzejczyk enjoys a going-away breakfast with her camp, and Nurmagomedov brings his team to Renzo Gracie's Brooklyn facility. Fight week kicks off with a shocking announcement from UFC President Dana White, and Nurmagomedov reacts to the news that his opponent will be featherweight champion Max Holloway. UFC 223 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two championship bouts at UFC 223 on Saturday, April 7 on Pay-Per-View. SUBSCRIBE to get all the latest UFC content: Connect with UFC Online and on Social Website: Follow UFC Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: Snapchat: UFC Periscope: http://Periscope.


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Tony Ferguson's "freak" injury occured the day after the UFC 223 conference call |

devastating news broke that current UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson had suffered a knee injury and was forced out of his scheduled UFC 223 headliner with undefeated contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Darren Till: 'I want to see who the best striker in the division is because I know it's me' |

“I really do believe Wonderboy is a great striker. But I know, it’s not like I want to go in there and brawl with him, I want to see if my game can beat his game. That’s why I asked for him,” Till explained in a recent interview with former UFC welterweight contender and current UFC commentator Dan Hardy.

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Valentina Shevchenko Shows Off Her 'Full of Bruises Elbow' |

Valentina Shevchenko is nearly two months removed from her UFC Fight Night 125 victory over Priscila Cachoeira in Brazil, but she is still feeling the after effects.

50 14 UFC and Bellator stars who were bullied growing up

You’re doing your job right if you bully opponents in MMA. But you’d be surprised at the number of MMA stars who were bullied before they ever stepped into the cage.

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