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Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Season of Tumult

A season of tumult in the women’s flyweight division has given rise to Valentina Shevchenko.

Paul Felder Considers Staying at 170 pounds Following Loss to Mike Perry at UFC 226

Paul Felder was a late call up at UFC 226 when he took on Mike Perry after Perry’s original opponent Yancy Medeiros withdrew from the fight a week out. Felder went on to lose to Perry via split decision, though he valiantly fought the majority of the bout with a broken arm and even outscored Perry on one of the judges’ scorecards. Now, the career lightweight is mulling an extended stay at 170 pounds.

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2727 with Shawn Jordan, Andre Harrison, Justin Ledet

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Shawn Jordan, Andre Harrison and Justin Ledet.

Chad Mendes Feels He Should Rocket Back to the Top of the Featherweight Rankings | MMAWeekly.com

After storming back from two years on the sidelines, Chad Mendes believes he should be reinstated at the top of the featherweight division.

High Fives: Knees, Elbows and a Spectacular Submission

One Championship, World Fighting Championship Akhmat and Shooto held sway over the regional MMA scene during the weekend of July 13-15.

Cast your vote for the 2018 Asia MMA Awards

Voting is now underway for the 2018 Asia MMA Awards. Have your say in all categories from Male and Female Fighter of the Year to Rookie of the Year.

VIDEO: Conor McGregor Makes the Most of Russian Trip, Wants to Wrestle a Tiger

Conor McGregor is making the most of his trip to Russia, where he offered to wrestle a live tiger.

VIDEO: Conor McGregor, Like U.S. President Donald Trump, Meets with Vladimir Putin | MMAWeekly.com

The day before U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Conor McGregor did the same in Moscow.

'Colby Covington is going to reinvent the sport' - MMA Imports

Interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington has drawn the ire

Brendan Schaub gives heartfelt explanation of 'Eskimo brothers' post aimed at Dana White

Brendan Schaub professes no ill will toward UFC President Dana White in spite of a scathing social media rebuttal this past week.

You better believe 20-year-old Maycee Barber is pumped to have a UFC contract

Maycee Barber let out all of her pent-up feelings following her win on Dana White’s Contender Series 13.

Watch Shogun Rua Blast Lyoto Machida to Take the UFC Belt (UFC KO of the Week) | MMAWeekly.com

Shogun Rua won the UFC light heavyweight championship with a knockout of Lyoto Machida back at UFC 113 in 2010. Has he returned to form?

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Highs and lows of a triple-header of fights: Bellator 202, Bellator 203, UFC Boise

Bellator 202 took place Friday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla, with a main card on Paramount. Bellator 203 took place Saturday at Foro Italico in Rome on Paramount via same-day tape delay. And UFC Fight Night 133 took place Saturday at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Been waiting for this fight. Even though Nicco is my favorite I have a lot of respect for Val. This will be good. Crazy thing is the women's fights have become a bigger fight and better fight than most of the mens. Other than Geathje or Cormier fights the rest lately duds.

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Anderson Silva Receives 1-Year USADA Suspension for Contaminated Supplement

USADA announced today that Anderson Silva, of Palo Verdes, Calif., has accepted a one-year sanction for his second anti-doping violation after testing positive for prohibited substances from a contaminated supplement. Silva, 43, is the fourth athlete to accept a sanction under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy as a result of a positive test caused by the use of contaminated supplements purchased from a Brazilian compounding pharmacy. Unlike retail pharmacies and drugstores, which receive their drug inventories from commercial manufacturers, compounding pharmacies prepare their medications onsite according to specifications contained in a written prescription. In this instance, the compounding pharmacy also produced and sold nutritional supplements. Although athletes competing in the UFC are repeatedly warned that supplements are risky and frequently contain substances not listed on the label including prohibited, as well as, harmful drugs, the pharmacy that prepared Silva’s supplement marketed its products as a safe alternative to mass produced medications and supplements and also claimed to utilize manufacturing processes designed to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.

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Bellator Unveils Welterweight Tournament Field, Including Champion Rory MacDonald | MMAWeekly.com

While the tournament will eventually have 10 participants, the currently announced field sits at nine, including Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The rest of the announced participants include former champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov, Yaroslov Amosov, Jon Fitch, Neiman Gracie, Lorenz Larkin, Michael Page, and Ed Ruth.

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Shawn Jordan: Clearing Misconceptions and the Scale

The Professional Fighters League made its 2018 debut on June 7, and it was viewed as a success after several highlight-reel finishes. However, before fighters ever reached the cage to compete, weight issues involving heavyweights forced the promotion to shuffle the deck. Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Shawn Jordan was among those who violated the scale, as he checked in well above the 265-pound limit. “It was a real mess,” Jordan told Sherdog.com. He still cannot pinpoint a specific reason why he missed the weight limit by nine pounds, though several factors conspired against him. It started when Jordan learned his bout was official. He had been inactive for almost a year and a half, and the opportunity to fight came sooner than he anticipated. Jordan was given roughly a month to prepare. “It was a lot of work done real fast,” he said. With that said, Jordan made the trip to New York believing his weight was where it needed to be ahead of the fight. Unfortunately, the scales there did not match his scales at home, and he was well above the division limit a few days before the event.

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Dennis Bermudez: Contemplating the Next Chapters

Dennis Bermudez (left) exchanges punches with Rick Glenn at UFC Boise. (Photo: Josh Hedges/Getty Images) Dennis Bermudez finds himself in the middle of one of the most trying times in his 16-fight Ultimate Fighting Championship career. At UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho, this past Saturday night, “The Menace” was handed his fourth straight loss. At this moment, the longtime featherweight standout is questioning many things, including how much longer he wants to continue in the sport. “I’m not going to sit here and lie to you,” Bermudez told Sherdog.com. “I’m mentally and physically fatigued by everything I’ve put my body through.” This is not the first losing streak for the 31-year-old, but it is the longest and by far the most frustrating, partly because the last three have come by way of split decision. The most recent of those, in Boise against Rick Glenn , surprised many pundits and fans of the sport. The striking stats between the two were fairly even, but Bermudez landed six takedowns in the bout compared to zero for his opponent.

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Inside GLORY 55 New York Fight Week: Part 3

In part 3, Alex Pereira and his team get Brazilian cuisine, Cedric Doumbe and Alan Scheinson look to settle their differences, and Yousri Belgaroui gets in work at the gym.

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Paul Daley Signs New Bellator Deal, Enters Welterweight Grand Prix

Paul Daley and Bellator MMA have agreed to terms on a new contract, clearing the way for the British knockout artist to enter the promotion’s welterweight grand prix. Sherdog.com confirmed with a promotion official on Wednesday that “Semtex” will enter the 170-pound field following an initial report from ESPN.com . An opponent for Daley in the bracket has not been confirmed. Bellator’s welterweight grand prix will begin with a third meeting between former champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov on Sept. 29 in San Jose, Calif. The other competitors in the tournament are Rory MacDonald , Michael Page , Neiman Gracie , Ed Ruth , Yaroslav Amosov , Lorenz Larkin and Jon Fitch . No other matchups have been revealed, though it is likely that Bellator will strongly consider pairing Daley with Page, his rival countryman. Daley has been at odds with Bellator several on several occasions during his tenure, claiming that he was “done” with the promotion at the conclusion of his most recent deal. More recently, “Semtex” expressed his displeasure at being grounded in a matchup with Jon Fitch by booing as time ticked down during their Bellator 199 encounter.

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Robert Whittaker Says Injuries Rule Out Fighting Again in 2018 | MMAWeekly.com

“I’m not worried that it’ll have any effect on my performance,” he said. “I haven’t even reached the peak of my potential. This hard fight is going to mold me and shape me as to how I approach fights from here on. I think everyone has to have their mettle tested in a tough fight. That was one of them for me.”

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Paul Daley says he intends to join Bellator WW tournament, wants to fight MVP first | BJPenn.com

The first tournament bout goes down on September 29, when Bellator debuts on its new streaming home DAZN, as Lima and Koreshkov collide in a tie-breaking trilogy fight. This card will also feature a showdown between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, and a middleweight title fight between Gegard Mousasi and the welterweight champ MacDonald. Whether MacDonald wins or loses this fight, he will then drop back down to welterweight to compete in the tournament.

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Bellator reveals most fighters in welterweight tournament field

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Khabib Nurmagomedov explains why he didn't pursue encounter with Conor McGregor at World Cup final | BJPenn.com

Both UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champ Conor McGregor were in attendance at Sunday’s FIFA World Cup Final in Russia. Given that the pair have repeatedly been linked to a blockbuster title fight , and that there is a long history of heated confrontations between them, many fans were hoping they’d cross paths. After all, what better way to expedite fight negotiations than a little skirmish?

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Russian MMA promotion M-1 announces deal with the UFC | BJPenn.com

The Russian-Chinese investment fund Mubadala Investment Company and the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced foundation of UFC Russia. The new company is going to promote MMA and organize new shows in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). M-1 Global is going to be a partner taking care of finding Russian athletes and preparing them for the fights. M-1 Challenge champions will get a unique opportunity to sign contracts with the UFC. M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein: «We are looking forward to further cooperation with the UFC and the Russian-Chinese investment fund working on developing young Russian talents and this will benefit our sports very much. MMA is a very popular kind of sports and cooperation of the UFC, investment fund and M-1 Global can take MMA in Russia to new level. Competition in M-1 Global is going to be even tougher and that means we are going to see even more excellent and spectacular fights!» _____ Чемпионы М-1 будут автоматом попадать в UFC «В смешанных единоборствах России будет больше ярких и зрелищных поединков» 18 июля Российско-китайский инвестиционный фонд, Mubadala Investment Company и американская компания UFC (Ultmate Fightng Championship) объявили о создании совместной компании UFC RUSSIA.

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Francis Ngannou responds to Dana White's 'ego' rant, targets Junior Dos Santos next

“We are all human. I don’t necessarily agree I have an ego. I’m never one to stay down when I fell down. You have to have that ego when you’re a fighter. You have to stand there and believe you’re No. 1. That’s ego. But not the one to hurt the people around me.”

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Jersey City firefighters honored for saving girl from drowning

Eleven-year-old Tatiana Vasquez suffered a seizure while in the water, and began to drown. The quarter of firefighters, who happened to be in the area for a community relations program, sprung into action, immediately providing first aid to Vasquez.

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Bellator is the b-side with a 10-12 nice fighters, I think it’s a dumb move to make people pay for their fights

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Geek for Technique: Best Moves at UFC Fight Night 133

UFC Fight Night 133 on Saturday in Boise, Idaho, was one of the more underrated and overlooked events of the year. It produced some fantastic finishes and set up some interesting matchups for the future. This installment of the Geek for Technique series sheds some light on the best techniques and strategies from UFC Fight Night “Dos Santos vs. Ivanov.” Not long ago, the Skrap Pack was one of MMA’s most recognizable and successful factions, with Nick Diaz , Nate Diaz , Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields . While the group does not make as much noise these days, it still produces top talent in mixed martial arts. Take Mark De La Rosa as an example. He spent most of the first round against Elias Garcia on the feet but wasted no time in the second, where he took the fight to the mat early and earned a rear-naked choke finish. De La Rosa, a nine-time North American Grappling Association champion, already has some of the best jiu-jitsu in the flyweight division. In a weight class begging for new contenders, he finds himself on a short list of prospects to watch.

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Antonio Carlos Junior upset at rankings, wants Paulo Costa for UFC Fight Night 137 headliner

“I watched the recent fight between Paulo Costa and Uriah Hall,” Carlos Junior told MMAjunkie. “It was a great fight! Both men stood toe-to-toe, and Paulo came off with another win by knockout. Awesome. Congrats to him. And now Paulo is being touted as the next big thing. Maybe he will confirm that. I have simply nothing against this young man. He is just doing his job. But how could it be that he is ranked, above me, for example?

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Reports: Russian Promotion ACB Cancels Upcoming Event in Cyprus; Three Other Cards Scrapped

***JUST IN*** Sources tell me that #ACB89 in Cyprus (Jul.21) and #ACB90 in Kazan (Jul.28) both have been canceled. No further details as of yet pic.twitter.com/TeVW9Fbh0I — MaRCeL DoRFF (@BigMarcel24) July 16, 2018 It appears that Absolute Championship Berkut has fallen on hard times. According to multiple reports, the Russian mixed martial arts promotion has canceled its card scheduled for Saturday. ACB 89 was to take place at Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center in Limassol, Cyprus and was headlined by a clash between Bellator MMA veteran Alexander Sarnavskiy and Herdeson Batista . The cancellation was initially reported by Marcel Dorff via Twitter and then confirmed by MMANytt.com . There will likely be more cancellations to follow. RTSport News Editor Denis Geyko reported on Twitter that the promotion has canceled other upcoming shows in Kazan, Russia, on July 28 and Malmo, Sweden, on Aug. 25, along with a previously reported cancellation in the U.K. ACB has yet to formally make an announcement regarding Saturday’s event, or the cards in Russia and Sweden.

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VanNostrand: “Much Respect to Petch, But I'm Coming to Regain my Title.” : Glory Kickboxing

That interim belt has been around VanNostrand’s waist once before. He won it in Madison Square Garden when Van Roosmalen was on a previous injury hiatus, only for Van Roosmalen to come back at GLORY 52 and reassert himself as the undisputed champion over five rounds.

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Glunder Removed From GLORY 55, Tafa/McDonald Moves to Main Card : Glory Kickboxing

Glunder was originally set to face VanNostrand, until a shoulder injury forced Van Roosmalen off the card two weeks ago. Former interim champion VanNostrand was taken out of the slot against Glunder and matched with Petchpanormung , with the interim title again on the line. 

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Five Lessons Learned from UFC Fight Night 133

Let’s just say, UFC Fight Night 133 was not the star event of the sports week. France won its second World Cup, managed and coached by the man who captained them to their first in 1998. Novak Djokovic defeated rival Rafael Nadal in extra sets in a two-day classic at Wimbledon. Angelique Kerber upset Serena Williams, preventing the greatest woman to ever pick up a tennis racket from winning her 24th major. With the win, Kerber moved one Roland Garros two-week slough away from winning a career slam and quietly being one of the most accomplished women ever in tennis. Also, many men dunked on one another during the NBA Summer League. Did you hear that Junior dos Santos beat the guy who once beat Fedor Emelianenko in a sambo match? Yes, I may be glib, but UFC Fight Night 133 was not without its merits. More importantly, if you’re a fight fan, it’s not necessarily about every card being Pride 10 or UFC 100. Somewhere in these seven-hour cards, there’s always something to keep your eye on, something to take away, something to learn from.

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Fight Facts: Contender Series Season 2 Midseason Review

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all the interesting information and Octagon oddities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers. * * * After the first 4 events of the second season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series , the promotion proved that is the real future of finding prospects for the Ultimate Fighting Championship . In these four events, the Contender Series featured a 16-fight stoppage streak, a knockout the likes of which we had never even seen by a heavyweight inside the UFC and the biggest upset in the show’s short but memorable history. FINISH HIM (or her): Through 20 fights in four Contender Series events this season, fighters have finished 17 of them for a finish rate of 85%. That finish rate is higher than any Zuffa-owned organization, Bellator, Invicta FC, or WSOF-PFL. Well, I’m a Professional - I’m Serious and I’m a Professional: Every single fighter has made weight for their bouts on the Contender Series.

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Andre Harrison Plans Epic Night Against Nazareno Malegarie at PFL 4 | MMAWeekly.com

This Thursday in Long Island, New York, Harrison (18-0) will look to remain undefeated when he takes on Nazareno Malegarie (35-4) in a 145-pound co-main event of PFL 4.

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Wanderlei Silva Embraces Being a Part of Bellator's 'Stars Division' | MMAWeekly.com

Now, two years down the road, the 42-year-old fighter has found new life under the Bellator banner. The promotion hasn’t billed it as such, but it seems that Silva sees Bellator’s penchant for signing fighters in their sunset years as a de facto “stars division” akin to Vitor Belfort’s idea of a Legend’s Division.

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Bryan Barberena announces UFC Lincoln bout with Jake Ellenberger

It was the 33-year-old Nebraska native’s third straight loss – all of which have come via knockout – and his fifth in his past six fights. The former contender, who has 25 stoppages in 31 career wins, is undoubtedly fighting for his UFC future in Lincoln.

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Several Pivotal Bouts Announced for UFC 228, Including Jessica Andrade vs. Kowalkiewicz | MMAWeekly.com

Chief among the announcements were two additional women’s bouts in the strawweight division. Jessica Andrade, fresh off of back-to-back victories over Claudia Gadelha and Tecia Torres, looks to continue her winning ways against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who has also won her last two bouts. As previously confirmed by MMAWeekly.com’s Damon Martin, Carla Esparza will attempt to bounce back from a loss to Gadelha in her most recent bout, as she faces undefeated Tatiana Suarez.

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PFL President Carlos Silva: Stakes Are Even Higher for Fighters In the Next Few Events | MMAWeekly.com

“I think PFL 1 exciting. I think PFL 2 really exciting. I think PFL 3 even more exciting,” PFL president Carlos Silva told MMAWeekly. “At the beginning of season, I think we were all curious to see how it goes and I think the fighters responded. They said ‘I get it, I want to make the playoffs, I want to make $1 million and I want to put myself in the best position’ and I’ve seen it as a fan but I’ve also seen it as an executive here. I see something different in the fighters even in the second round, when they think ‘if I can get a finish, I can get some bonus points’.

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Chandler Cole Brings More Weapons to Valor Fights 51 Heavyweight Title Bout | MMAWeekly.com

“The only setback that I’ve had was when I fought (Tebaris Gordon) for LFA last year,” Cole told MMAWeekly.com. “I took the fight for granted and didn’t really train like I should have, but it was a great learning experience. Other than that I think I’ve performed very well and am super excited to get into the cage.”

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Lance Palmer Looking to Finish Tuerxun Jumabieke in PFL 4 Main Event | MMAWeekly.com

“He has a lot of wins under his belt, and he’s definitely somebody you can’t look past,” Palmer said of Jumabieke. “He has a decent skillset, but I’m looking to go out there and get the finish. Whether it’s on the feet or the ground, I feel I can (get the finish). But I have to go in there and be smart and not leave any openings for him to capitalize on.”

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71 Marlon Vera replaces Bharat Kandare, faces Wuliji Buren at UFC 227
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73 UFC Hamburg pre-event facts: Can 'Shogun' Rua extend best streak in 11 years?
74 ANDERSON SILVA CLEARED BY USADA!!!
75 Wed, 7/18 - Ariel and the Bad Guy
76 UFC Hamburg broadcast plans set: Rashad Evans back for first time since retiring from MMA
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82 Surfer Kelly Slater accuses Paulo Costa of doping, Costa fires back | BJPenn.com
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84 DWCS 13 winner Edmen Shahbazyan on following path of manager Ronda Rousey: 'History repeats itself'
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