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Heavyweight King Stipe Miocic Feels the UFC is Finally Paying What He’s Worth

It seems Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has finally won over Dana White regarding his long-standing issue regarding compensation.

5 Defining Moments: Stipe Miocic

The heavyweight champion will risk his title in a superfight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 226 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Everything You Need to Know About the Weekend in Boxing

This was an interesting weekend in boxing, as big names disappointed in both performance and opponent choice, while unknowns became must-see fighters by way of hellacious battles and top-notch displays of speed.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Israel Adesanya

One thing you’ll notice about Nigerian-born kickboxer Israel Adesanya is his confidence.

Sherdog Prospect Watch: Bevon Lewis

The undefeated Jackson-Wink MMA middleweight returns to Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on July 10 with a developmental deal already in tow.

Bellator 201 Results & Highlights: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Cements Flyweight Championship | MMAWeekly.com

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane cemented her position as flyweight champion when she finished Alejandra Lara at Bellator 201, defending her belt for the first time.

Conor McGregor’s Trainer John Kavanagh Blasts UFC for Not Covering Fight Week Expenses

John Kavanagh, the head coach for SBG Ireland, which has produced the likes of Irish superstar Conor McGregor and grappling ace Gunnar Nelson has blasted the Ultimate Fighting Championship for not covering his fight-week expenses for fight week in the lead up to “The Ultimate Fighter 27” Finale card on Friday.

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Max Holloway Wishes Conor McGregor ‘Nothing But the Best’ With his Legal Issues

Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Max Holloway, who is set to defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega in the co-main event this weekend at UFC 226 on July 7, told reporters that he wishes former lightweight champion Conor McGregor “nothing but the best” in regards to his legal issues.

UFC 3 Icon Edition Release Adds Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva, Kimbo Slice, and More | MMAWeekly.com

EA Sports on Tuesday released UFC 3 Icon Edition, which features Demetrious Johnson, but also adds a host of legendary names to the line-up.

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UFC 226 Embedded: 'There's No Bigger Fight the UFC Could Make' | MMAWeekly.com

On Episode 1 of UFC 226 Embedded, featherweight champ Max Holloway adjusts to the heat of Las Vegas, while 205-pound champ Daniel Cormier adjusts to his new size.

Brad Tavares Explains TUF 27 Finale Injury Fiasco: 'I Never Once Said I Wasn't Gonna Fight' | MMAWeekly.com

Brad Tavares was almost removed from the TUF 27 Finale main event even though he never once said he wasn't going to fight. He explains what happened.

Brian Ortega Says He Will Finish Max Holloway Next Week In Vegas - MMA Imports

Undefeated UFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega is set to challenge

Daniel Cormier: Fighters Who Cheat Should be Eliminated from Greatest of All Time Conversation | MMAWeekly.com

Daniel Cormier believes fighters who get busted using performance enhancing drugs should be eliminated from the greatest of all time conversation.

Stipe Miocic Will Worry About Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones, and Everything Else After UFC 226 | MMAWeekly.com

Stipe Miocic addresses a potential showdown with Jon Jones and his favorite part about being UFC heavyweight champion in this exclusive interview ahead of UFC 226

ONE Spirit of a Warrior Fight Highlights: Aung La Nsang Wins Epic Battle to Retain Gold | MMAWeekly.com

Check out the ONE: Spirit of a Warrior fight highlights, as middleweight champion Aung La Nsang put Ken Hasegawa face down on the canvas.

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ONE: Full Fight – Watch Aung La N Sang Lay Out Ken Hasegawa | MMAWeekly.com

Check out the full fight between two-division champion Aung La N Sang and Ken Hasegawa, one of most exhilarating matches in ONE Championship history.

Julian Marquez: 'Everybody Has a Plan, Until You Get Punched in the Face' | MMAWeekly.com

Julian Marquez loves fighting, but he takes a rather peaceful, cerebral approach to it.

'UFC 226 Embedded,' No. 1: Brian Ortega has a 'La Bamba' jam, then hits the surf

The UFC is on its home turf in “Sin City” this week and once again has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment to preview UFC 226.

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Stipe Miocic Expects Daniel Cormier Superfight at UFC 226 to Cement Legacy

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is defending his title for the fourth time this Saturday at UFC 226, this time in a superfight against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The event is scheduled to take place on July 7, during International Fight Week. The Cleveland native has been dubbed "the baddest man in the planet" and many regard him as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time. Miocic has fought and defeated top UFC veterans like Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. During a recent media call to promote UFC 226, Miocic stated that this bout against the light heavyweight champion would help cement his legacy as one of the greatest athletes of all time. "Daniel has fought and beat the best in the world, that's why it's a superfight," Miocic said. When asked if he thought the ongoing Jon Jones-Cormier feud was taking attention away from their bout, the heavyweight star stated that he wasn't being affected by it at all. "I'm only worried about my fight, that's all I care about and nothing's going to change,” Miocic said.

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Volkan Oezdemir Pulled from UFC Hamburg Headliner, Meets Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227

At long last, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has found an opponent for Alexander Gustafsson . The two-time light heavyweight title challenger will face Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 227 in Los Angeles on Aug. 4. Oezdemir was pulled from a proposed 205-pound clash with Mauricio Rua scheduled for the UFC Fight Night Hamburg main event on July 22. A replacement opponent for “Shogun” is currently being sought by the promotion. ESPN was first to report the matchup. UFC 227 takes place at the Staples Center and is headlined by a bantamweight championship rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt . Gustafsson will return to action for the first time in more than a year at UFC 227. The 31-year-old Swede is coming off back-to-back triumphs over Glover Teixeira and Jan Blachowicz . He has twice challenged for 205-pound gold, dropping a thrilling five-round verdict against Jon Jones at UFC 165 before losing a split decision to current champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 192. Oezdemir began his promotional tenure with a bang, earning victories over Ovince St.

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Roxanne Modafferi: By The Numbers

Roxanne Modafferi has fought in multiple organizations in the United States, Japan and England. A true mixed martial arts veteran, “The Happy Warrior” submitted to a rear-naked choke from former Invicta Fighting Championships titleholder in October 2011. Modafferi, who has not been finished since, will get a second crack at Honchak when the two flyweights face off at “The Ultimate Fighter 27” Finale this Friday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. As Modafferi prepares for the rematch, here are some of the numbers that have come to define her: 4: Appearances in Japanese promotion Smackgirl. Modafferi majored in Japanese language and literature and minored in linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and she spent her junior year, from September 2003 to June 2004, in Japan. During her stay, she fought twice for Smackgirl. 3: Fights against former Bodog Fight women’s bantamweight champion Tara LaRosa . They split their first two meetings before squaring off again at Invicta 8 on Sept. 16, 2014. Modafferi was awarded a unanimous decision, as she snapped a six-fight losing streak and took a 2-1 lead in their head-to-head series.

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Along with obvious concerns about both of these guys safety, I also have a legit fear that one of them will win in relatively-impressive fashion, thus setting himself up for further fights with younger/faster guys who will inflict even more damage. This whole thing makes me sad.

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Anthony Smith Steps in to Face ‘Shogun’ Rua in New UFC Fight Night Hamburg Headliner

Anthony Smith Steps in to Face ‘Shogun’ Rua in New UFC Fight Night Hamburg Headliner

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Fight Facts: Bellator 201

Illustration: Ben Duffy/Sherdog.com 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. * * * Bellator MMA on Friday descended upon the city of Temecula, California, for the 10th time, bringing a whirlwind of fights to The Golden State. Bellator 201 included the first main event featuring women’s flyweights, a knockout artist who did what he does best and the continued rise of a few highly touted prospects. TOTAL NUMBER OF BELLATOR FIGHTS: 2,087 TOTAL NUMBER OF BELLATOR EVENTS: 201 OUR LEGACY TO CONSIDER: Every undefeated fighter with a least three pro bouts remained unbeaten after Bellator 201, with Tyrell Fortune , Joey Davis , Ed Ruth , Jordan Young and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane all emerging victorious. BAR HOPPING: Featuring two armbar submissions, Bellator 201 became the eighth event in company history to feature multiple armbar finishes.

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This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Conor McGregor Turns 30

He remains the brightest star in the mixed martial arts sky, even though he has not fought in nearly 20 months. Former two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder Conor McGregor will celebrate his 30th birthday on July 14. The SBG Ireland lynchpin has kept his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent months, his dolly attack on a charter bus carrying fighters overshadowing and singlehandedly reshaping UFC 223 in April. Glass from a shattered window took out both Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg , resulting in McGregor’s arrest and a public-relations nightmare for the promotion. The “Notorious” Irishman has not fought since he stopped Eddie Alvarez with second-round punches to capture the undisputed lightweight crown in November 2016 and become the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously. McGregor was also in possession of the featherweight belt at the time but was later stripped of both championships due to inactivity. He went on to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a blockbuster boxing match in August, banking millions while losing by 10th-round technical knockout.

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Stipe Miocic Gives His Thoughts on LeBron James Leaving Cleveland for L.A. | MMAWeekly.com

“It is what it is. I’m not mad at all,” Miocic said about James on Monday. “It’s best for him, whatever he wants. It’s his legacy, not mine. I’m not his dad. Listen nothing but the best for him. He brought a title back [to Cleveland] like he said he would. Can’t be mad at the guy.

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The Film Room: Israel Adesanya

Illustration: Ben Duffy/Sherdog.com The undefeated Israel Adesanya will face off with longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship staple Brad Tavares in “The Ultimate Fighter 27” Finale headliner on Friday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Adesanya has compiled a 50-5-2 record as a professional kickboxer and owns a perfect 13-0 mark in MMA, with 12 of those wins coming by knockout. The 28-year-old looks to be one of the more exciting prospects to enter the UFC in recent years. The latest installment of The Film Room examines Adesanya’s stylings. ‘The Last Stylebender’ A lifelong martial artist, Adesanya has competed professionally in boxing, muay Thai, kickboxing and MMA. While his extensive striking background has drawn all of the attention, he also holds the rank of blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Andre Galvao -- one of the most respect coaches in the world. One question always dogs fighters transitioning from kickboxing or boxing to MMA: How will they perform on the ground? However, as seen with fighters like Stephen Thompson , some strikers only need effective takedown defense to succeed in MMA.

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Yep, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are really doing this again

“I’m proud to announce we’ve signed a deal for the fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” De La Hoya said in a statement. “This will be huge for sports fans around the world. Ortiz and Liddell are two of the most recognized fighters in MMA history. They are legends in the sport. Everyone remembers their rivalry helped put the sport on the map, and we’re excited to host the next and final chapter of this historic rivalry.”

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The first thing Johnathan Ivey wants people to know is that he didn’t fake a heart attack against Travis Fulton. So what did happen in that bizarre heavyweight title fight in Indiana on Satur…

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‎UFC Fight Week on the App Store

Fans and fighters unite at UFC International Fight Week July 3-8 in Las Vegas, and with the official app you won’t miss a moment. Fight Week features a two-day UFC Fan Experience, the UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, The Ultimate Fighter Finale and a championship Super Fight at UFC 226. This year’s lineup brings you closer than ever to the sport you love. Key Features: Register: Get the UFC Fan Access Pass for exclusive access. Autograph Reservation: Reserve your spot to meet your favorite athlete. Schedule: See what’s on tap for each action-packed day, and create your own schedule. Tickets: Purchase tickets to each live event. Plus: Receive live notifications, a list of full appearances, detailed maps, the latest UFC social buzz and more!

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One Championship Competition Committee Overturns Decision from ‘Spirit of a Warrior’ Event

ONE Championship has conducted an official review of the controversial bout between Ma Jia Wen and Sagetdao Petpayathai at ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR. The decision has been formally overturned by the ONE Competition Committee and Ma Jia Wen is now declared the rightful winner. pic.twitter.com/8po2uwFJ1z

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TUF 27 Finale's Roxanne Modafferi (unsurprisingly) kind in assessing Nicco Montano situation

Add Modafferi to the group that has been waiting to fight. She, too, hasn’t fought since the title meeting with Montano, and it wasn’t by choice. In fact, she’s been training “nonstop” since the bout and has been asking the UFC for a fight since January.

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MMA fighter fakes heart attack, then stops punching opponent to tap out (can't make this up)

And so, as you see in the video and as the announcers mention, after Ivey fakes a heart attack in response to a body kick, he goes on the offensive and drops Fulton. Ivey starts pounding away for the finish … until an attack of consciousness comes over him. He decides he can’t beat up his idol anymore.

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23 After scary hospitalization in January, UFC 226's Uriah Hall now ready to be fine-tuned car

“It’s scary overall, but I wouldn’t say that gave me a big change in my outlook on life. It was more like a wakeup call to pay attention because you’re getting older, and as you’re getting older you have to pay attention to certain things with your body – especially when you’re competing. It’s like a car: You’ve got to keep fine-tuning it, you’ve got to put that right fuel and you’ve got to change the oil and all that stuff.”

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen, Bellator tourney semifinals targeted for October

After completing the first round of the eight-man tournament, which earns he winner the vacant Bellator heavyweight title, at Bellator 199 in May, the semifinals are planned for mid-October.

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For the first time in his career, Stipe Miocic is '100% happy' with his UFC pay | BJPenn.com

From a competitive standpoint, this is far and away one of the biggest fights of Miocic’s illustrious career. According to the man himself, it’s also the biggest fights from a financial standpoint. This is good news, considering Miocic has been frustrated with his paydays in the past.

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32 UFC 226 headliner Stipe Miocic still unsure why he's got doubters

Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) on Saturday puts his heavyweight title on the line against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC). (Cormier’s 205-pound title won’t be up for grabs.) UFC 226 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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On #HelwaniShow , @ALIAQUINTA tells @arielhelwani that he pulled out of his fight with Justin Gaethje because he is hurt and felt rushed. Feels the fight didn't make sense. He says that things are okay with him and the UFC.

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Bradley Scott Flagged for Potential Doping Violation by USADA | MMAWeekly.com

British fighter Bradley Scott has been notified of a potential doping violation from USADA following an in competition drug test administered at his most recent fight on May 27.

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For UFC 226’s Brian Ortega, Ideal Schedule Would Include Two ‘Crazy Fights’ Per Year

UFC 226 is now available on Amazon Prime . Many mixed martial artists are quite vocal about their desire to stay as active as possible and would prefer to fight as often as four times per year, if not more. Brian Ortega , on the other hand, has a slightly different philosophy. “Two good large fights a year is good enough for me,” Ortega said during a recent media call. “Training full on year around is great and I love to stay in shape and always being ready but, you know, I feel sometimes I don’t have a life. All I do is just live in the gym. There’s a lot of time. There’s sacrifice from my family and everyone and pretty much I haven’t had a life in a year man. I’ve just been training, working and just trying to climb to the top. If I got it my way I’d work hard, get two crazy fights in a year and then just relax a little bit.” Ortega will get one of those “crazy fights” in the UFC 226 co-main event, when he squares off against reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.

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Robert Whittaker Names His Next Opponent And Venue - MMA Imports

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is riding a split decision victory over tough division contender Yoel Romero at the moment. Now the reigning title holder has come forward with his plans for the future.

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Yeah Goldie is awesome I wish they didn't break up the team in UFC Rogan n Goldie we're so amazing together but I had to start watching belketor to hear his commantary. Goldie your still the best play by play guy in mma.

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EA SPORTS UFC 3 revolutionizes fighting movement with Real Player Motion Tech, delivering the most fluid and responsive fighter motion ever. In the new G.O.A.T. Career Mode, your choices outside the Octagon now matter as much as your performance inside the Octagon as you hype fights, create heated rivalries and more on the road to becoming the Greatest of All Time.

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Dude, I was just trying to field a good team so England wasn’t rocking mark godbeer. Also, kato was in the Japan team. But since there was no Dutch team, England stole Overeem.

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Kelvin Gastelum feels Robert Whittaker is avoiding a fight with him | BJPenn.com

Riding high on impressive defeats of former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Kelvin Gastelum feels he’s earned the next shot at reigning UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker. Unfortunately, he feels that Whittaker is attempting to steer clear of the matchup.

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Title-shot hopes, broken hand gave Saad Awad urgency to finish Ryan Couture at Bellator 201

Awad elaborated. He said he wouldn’t be mad if a title shot wasn’t next, as that would only mean more time for him to work on his skills and improve. But he does believe he’s earned it – even if he’s running out of ways to prove it.

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On USADA's third anniversary with UFC, complicated questions abound

The UFC didn’t spend “multiple millions of dollars,” in the words of former CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, simply because it felt like it had too much cash sitting around. When the UFC signed the deal with USADA and then quickly implemented it, it was intended to address a problem.

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49 UFC 226 main-event breakdown: How Daniel Cormier becomes the 'baddest man on the planet'

Anyone who has grappled can attest that it doesn’t necessarily take a bigger man to get you badly tired. In fact, if you’re forced to go with a smaller and faster man for extended periods of time, you may find yourself falling behind in later rounds, even if you’re the more technically skilled person. Now, obviously, this is an MMA fight between two of the highest-level fighters to ever grace the octagon, but those principles still loom large. If Miocic fails to find the finish within the first few rounds, then I see Cormier being able to outwork the heavyweight champ in an ultra-competitive five-round affair.

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agreed bro. doubt dc will land tds against stipe, his wrestling is great, ppl forget because he likes to stand and bang. although i agree dc is a different animal at hw, but i legit dont see him running through stipe. i see a stand up fight that heavily favours stipe #andstill

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