Paul Daley and Lorenz Larkin Nearly Come to Blows at Bellator 183 Weigh-in (video) | MMAWeekly.com
Paul Daley and Lorenz Larkin's fight almost didn't make it all the way to Bellator's famous flying cage.
Jessica Andrade Pummels Claudia Gadelha into a Bloody Mess (UFC Japan Fight Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com
Check out highlights from Jessica Andrade's pummeling of Claudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night 117 on Friday in Japan.
Watch Tony Ferguson Put Abel Trujillo's KO Power to Sleep (UFC 216 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com
A game Abel Trujillo came into this fight off two consecutive knockout wins in the UFC, but was stopped by a relentless Tony Ferguson.
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In this UFC 216 Free Fight, Kevin Lee stops Jake Matthews in the second win of his current five-fight win streak.
Ric Flair's Daughter Annoyed by Ronda Rousey Hounding (Video) | MMAWeekly.com
Maybe accosting Charlotte Flair in the airport and slamming her with Ronda Rousey isn't the way to go.
Replay | Benson Henderson’s Third Bellator Loss
In last night's highly-anticipated Bellator main event, what was supposed to be a refreshed and rejuvenated former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson too
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Mike "Platinum" Perry kept the knockout machine running at UFC Fight Night 116 with a brutal stoppage over Alex Reyes, adding another first round victory to hi
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Patricky Freire Slides Past Benson Henderson in Contentious Bellator 183 Split Decision
Henderson ’s commitment to the grind may have come back to bite
Ultimate Fighting Championship and
World Extreme Cagefighting titleholder wound up on the short
side of a split decision against two-time Bellator
MMA tournament finalist Patricky
Freire in the
Bellator 183 headliner on Saturday at the SAP Center in San
Jose, California. Scores were 29-28 and 29-28 for Freire, 29-28 for
Henderson. Neither man did much to warrant the judges’ favor.
Freire (18-8, 11-7 Bellator) advanced behind single strikes,
connecting with a few right hands upstairs and a handful of knees
to the body. Henderson (24-8, 1-3 Bellator) remained active with
his kicks, particularly to the body, and integrated overhand lefts
when the mood arose. However, his bid for takedowns resulted in the
lightweights stalling against the fence for much of the final 10
minutes. Once there, little happened, though “Pitbull” answered
with either elbows to the side of the head or close-quarters knee
strikes. When the smoke cleared and the boos died down, Freire’s
hand was raised for the fourth time in five appearances.
Fireball Kid Goes Down in Flames at UFC Japan (Fight Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com
Check out highlights from “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim’s drubbing of Japanese favorite Takanori Gomi at UFC Fight Night 117 on Friday in Japan. UFC Fight Night 117 took place on Friday, Sept. 22, at Saitama Super Arena.
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UFC Boss Dana White Says Talk of Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor 3 at UFC 219 ‘Not True At All’
If you already booked a flight to Las Vegas to the New Year's
Ultimate Fighting Championship boss Dana White comes bearing
On Sunday, Irish tabloid The Sunday World reported that UFC
lightweight champion Conor
McGregor was all-but-official to face archrival Nate Diaz at
219 , scheduled for Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The report was quickly picked up by several publications in Ireland
and the United Kingdom, but according to the UFC President White,
the Diaz-McGregor rubber match is anything but official.
“Not true AT ALL,” White responded on Sunday evening when asked by
fans on Twitter if Diaz-McGregor 3 was a done deal.
Not true AT ALL
— Dana White (@danawhite) September
According to the initial Sunday World report, McGregor had informed
those close to him of the bout's imminency and his inner circle had
already began booking flights and hotels for the late December
While McGregor's star power and visibility grew in 2017 courtesy of
his “Money Fight” boxing match with Floyd
Mayweather in August, which he lost via tenth-round TKO
stoppage, it was his two-fight rivalry with Diaz last year that led
the UFC to a massive pay-per-view windfall.
Ovince Saint Preux Turns Out Yushin Okami's Lights (UFC Japan Fight Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com
Check out highlights from Ovince Saint Preux putting Yushin Okami’s lights out with his record-setting third Von Flue choke at UFC Fight Night 117 on Friday in Japan. UFC Fight Night 117 took place on Friday, Sept. 22, at Saitama Super Arena.
Benson Henderson Addresses Going 1-3 Since Move To Bellator MMA
“When you get to a point where you’re losing and it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t sting and you’re like, ‘Oh, I lost another one; oh, well’ (then you should retire). This burns my soul. This does not feel good. It is burning inside. You have to learn who to deal with it. Learn how to accept it, take it like a man, and get better from it. In no way, shape or form, am I not highly upset. But I know if I tear a TV off the wall and smash it, it doesn’t do anything. It’s just all theatrics. I know on Monday I need to get back in the gym and work on getting better so I don’t have close decisions, period.”
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Twitter reacts to Roy Nelson's debut victory over Javy Ayala at Bellator 183
Veteran heavyweight Roy Nelson got a run for his money against Jay Ayala in his Bellator debut. So he fell back on his grappling to take home the win.
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Especially considering his only real challenger to the claim is now a three-time PED violator in Jon Jones.
Bellator 183 video highlights: Freire edges Henderson, Daley and Pico deliver big
Saturday’s Bellator 183 event was heavy on talent, and the card delivered on entertainment value.
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Dana White Rips the Gökhan Saki Doubters | MMAWeekly.com
Once the Brazilian hit the canvas, the referee immediately stepped between them to keep Saki from dropping any more punches on the downed fighter. While most realized the significance of the power Saki possesses, there was still a smattering of fans and pundits alike that cried foul, claiming an early stoppage.
Matches to Make After UFC Fight Night ‘St. Preux vs. Okami’
Andrade made her case for another crack at the
Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s strawweight title, and
she made it in the strongest possible terms.
The Parana Vale Tudo standout battered, bloodied and bested
Gadelha in the
UFC Fight Night 117 co-main event, picking up a surprisingly
one-sided unanimous decision on Friday at the Saitama Super Arena
in Saitama, Japan. Scores were 30-25, 30-26 and 30-27, Andrade
doing enough damage to warrant three 10-8 rounds from the cageside
Gadelha controlled the first half of the first round, but little
else went her way. Andrade overwhelmed the Andre
Pederneiras protégé with high-octane offense, pairing powerful
slam takedowns with ferocious ground-and-pound. FightMetric statistics were
staggering: Andrade executed four takedowns, five guard passes and
outlanded the three-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion by a
242-47 margin in total strikes.
In the aftermath of UFC Fight Night “St. Preux vs. Okami,” here are
five matches that ought to be made:
Floyd Mayweather says he didn't knock out Conor McGregor to protect him from brain damage
“Once again, we’re praising him. We’re not praising me. We’re praising him. Because I’m 40 years old, retired for two years. He’s 28, he’s active. I’m inactive. He’s taller, he’s bigger. Hey may not be stronger. He has a longer reach. He’s taller. He’s bigger. He’s younger. Youth is on his side. I’m just saying, everything on paper links on him. For me to come and be off, and really only train totally, probably three weeks .. and (I was) out every night partying.”
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The Bellator 183 Prelims stream live and free on MMAWeekly.com. The prelims stream begins at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m PT.
Even Miesha Tate Doesn't Want to See Cris Cyborg Slaughter Ronda Rousey | MMAWeekly.com
“It’s just kind of silly. I think Edmond just wants another payday so he can try to pay off his bankruptcy issues. Poor Ronda. I’m not her biggest fan, but I wouldn’t even want to see that fight. I wouldn’t want to see her get slaughtered by Cyborg at this point in her career.”
Opinion: Respect Where Respect Is Due
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,
* * *
The concept of respect is a nebulous one, often trotted out as a
vague substitute for love or kindness. When people talk about
respecting themselves, they really mean they should accept
themselves; when people talk about respecting others, they usually
mean they should be courteous. True respect, however, is a response
to something undeniable. True respect is earned through action.
The weekend that was showcased two domains of mixed martial arts
that are due a little bit more respect than they have been
The first is Bellator
MMA . At
Bellator 183 , former
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Benson
Henderson continued his losing stint in the promotion, dropping
a second straight split decision to Patricky
Freire . His final fight in the UFC was a win against Jorge
Masvidal , currently a top-five welterweight in the promotion.
‘Wicky Akiyo’ Returns, Faces K-1 Max Star Andy Souwer on Oct. 15 Rizin Grand Prix Card
If the bracket action of two tournaments doesn't get you excited,
Rizin Fighting Federation is still trying to keep you
The Japanese promotion has announced an additional bout for
its Oct. 15 bill at Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan: in
a 154-pound contest, K-1 Max and Shoot Boxing star Andy Souwer
will have his fifth MMA rules bout, taking on returning cult
favorite “Wicky” Akiyo
Nishiura . The Oct. 15 card is otherwise built around Rizin's
continuing bantamweight grand prix, as well as the kickoff of its
108-pound women's atomweight tournament.
Souwer, 34, is not just a four-time Shoot Boxing S-Cup World
Champion, but also a two-time K-1 Max World Grand Prix champion, in
addition to his two runner-up finishes in the K-1 Max GP. One of
the most achieved and celebrated Dutch kickfighters in history,
Souwer has began an MMA career while continuing to compete in the
standup realm. Last December, he was armbarred by Kazuyuki
Miyata in his third MMA bout, but returned this past May -- his
first MMA bout not under the Rizin banner -- and tapped out
Glunder in the third round.
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“Shogun” Rua fell out of the headliner a week out from the
UFC Fight Night 117 from Saitama, Japan, was not likely to be
remembered fondly. However, it did break one crystallized notion
about MMA's hierarchy: The women's strawweight division is not
Jedrzejczyk , Claudia
Gadelha and everybody else.” If anything, it is now “Joanna
Andrade and everybody else.”
While Ovince St.
Preux made the most of his main event against late replacement
Okami -- he won with his record-setting third shoulder choke in
the Ultimate Fighting Championship and second this year alone --
beating a faded middleweight like Okami is not enough for “OSP” to
rejoin our top-10 mix at 205 pounds. Rather, it was UFC Fight Night
117 co-headliner Andrade making moves, as she overcame a hot start
from Gadelha to dominate the final two rounds, turning her fellow
Brazilian into a bloody mess. As it pertains to these rankings,
Andrade's gruesome treatment of Gadelha sees her vault “Claudinha”
in the 115-pound ranks, jumping from fifth to No.
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UFC Fight Night 117 Bonuses: Andrade, Gadelha, St. Preux, Saki Receive $50K
The bout that many viewed as
UFC Fight Night 117 ’s true main event was also the evening’s
most entertaining bout.
Strawweight contenders Jessica
Andrade and Claudia
Gadelha banked $50,000 apiece for “Fight of the Night” in their
co-headlining affair at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on
Friday night. Gadelha started well, getting the better of Andrade
during exchanges in round one. However, Andrade took over down the
stretch, as she slammed her opponent to the mat repeatedly and
unloaded with punishing ground-and-pound in rounds two and three.
While Gadelha hung tough, it was Andrade who emerged with a
clear-cut unanimous decision triumph.
Meanwhile, Ovince St.
Preux ’s third career Von Flue choke submission netted him a
$50,000 “Performance of the Night” paycheck in the official main
event. “OSP” sprawled on an early Okami takedown and settled in
half-guard with his foe hanging on to a guillotine. That allowed
St. Preux to secure the choke, move to side control and get the
tapout 1:50 into the opening frame.
Elsewhere, kickboxing star Gokhan Saki
didn’t disappoint in his promotional debut, capturing a $50,000
“Performance of the Night” bonus for his first-round knockout of
da Silva at light heavyweight.
Don't Be Surprised if Georges St-Pierre Calls Out Conor McGregor | MMAWeekly.com
It’s a good move for St-Pierre as well. He’s long been one of the most popular fighters in the world. His return to the Octagon after four years gone will likely be the biggest UFC event of 2017. Like McGregor, he is only returning for big fights and big challenges. Enter Conor McGregor into the picture.
UFC Fight Night 117 Prelims: Keita Nakamura Edges Alex Morono on Razor-Thin Scorecards
Keita Nakamura eeks out a split decision win
over a tough Alex Morono to close out our #UFCJapan
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September
Nakamura defended his territory.
The former Sengoku ,
Pacific Rim champion posted his seventh win in nine appearances, as
he eked out a split decision over Alex Morono
in the featured
UFC Fight Night 117 “St. Preux vs. Okami” prelim on Friday at
the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Scores were 29-28 and
29-28 for Nakamura, 29-28 for Morono.
Output was an issue for Nakamura (33-8-2, 3-5 UFC), who took a
quality-over-quantity approach. He had Morono (13-5, 2-1 UFC)
reeling with a first-round body kick and opened a significant gash
above his right eye. Nakamura withstood multi-punch volleys from
the onetime Legacy Fighting Championship titleholder in the middle
frame and an overhand right that opened a cut on the side of his
head in the third. He upped his aggression over the final five
minutes, executed a pair of takedowns against Morono and did just
enough to earn the judges’ favor.
Fighters React To Benson Henderson’s Third Bellator Defeat
He headlined Saturday’s latest Bellator card, and not only failed to entertain, but failed to win or even look halfway decent. He is now 1-3 under the promotion and it would appear as if the championship caliber Henderson is lost or gone for good.
Michael Bisping Declares He Didn't Dodge Anyone to Get Georges St-Pierre Fight | MMAWeekly.com
A few months later, Bisping had agreed to put his belt on the line against a returning St-Pierre, the UFC’s former welterweight kingpin. After several false starts, UFC president Dana White pulled that fight off the table. While Bisping was then treating an aggravating injury, the UFC put together an interim middleweight title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker.
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UFC Fight Night 117 post-event facts: How Saint Preux-Okami fight was a rarity in history
Saint Preux was one of multiple fighters who earned a big win at an event with some worthwhile footnotes. For more on the numbers behind the last of four UFC events in September, check below for 50 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 117.
UFC-Japan winner Teruto Ishihara definitely felt that final kick to his groin
Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan. The win came in part because Dy lost a point in the third round for a third low blow . Absent that point deduction, the fight would’ve been a majority draw.
Roy Nelson's only problem with Bellator debut? Listening to coach
Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) used a few of those, of course. The majority of them came as he pounded on Ayala (10-6 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) from top position during their three-rounder on the Spike-televised main card of Bellator 183, which took place Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Rory MacDonald and his glorious turtleneck threw shade at Douglas Lima during first face-off
A fight between Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) and MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has been speculated since the former UFC title challenger joined the Bellator roster this past year. It will finally happen on Jan. 20 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and promotional efforts for the contest are already underway.
Frustrated Benson Henderson after Bellator 183 loss: 'I need to stop having close fights'
“When you get to a point where you’re losing and it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t sting and you’re like, ‘Oh, I lost another one; oh, well’ (then you should retire),” Henderson said. “This burns my soul. This does not feel good. It is burning inside. You have to learn who to deal with it. Learn how to accept it, take it like a man, and get better from it. In no way, shape or form, am I not highly upset. But I know if I tear a TV off the wall and smash it, it doesn’t do anything. It’s just all theatrics. I know on Monday I need to get back in the gym and work on getting better so I don’t have close decisions, period.”
Bellator 183 results: Roy Nelson falls back on grappling to best Javy Ayala
Ayala needed to pull off something big in the final round. But instead, Nelson put him down and dominated, ending the frame with a piston right hand as he sat on top and cruised to the decision win, 30-26, 39-28 and 29-28.
Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick Added to UFC 217 in New York | MMAWeekly.com
After inking a new multi-fight contract to stay with the UFC, Joseph Duffy has been booked for his next fight as he faces off with James Vick on Nov. 4 in New York as part of the UFC 217 card at Madison Square Garden.
Claudia Gadelha Stepping Away After Disappointing Loss at UFC Japan | MMAWeekly.com
No excuses. All merit goes to Jessica. Congratulations on your performance. Now my heart asks me to say something to you guys because I am feeling how much loved I am, how blessed I am, and how much I live the life I asked God for. I’m happy to see real friends and fans in defeat too, and that’s priceless. Thank you all for everything! I want to come here also to communicate that I will take some time off. I just went through 3 fights in 10 months, 10 months of much learning but also very tiring. I need time with my parents who are in Brazil loving me in the same way, my entire family as well. I’m going to be Ana Claudia a little more, breathe light things and enjoy the pleasures of life a little bit. With the certainty that Claudinha will come back stronger. Thanks to those who got my back!! Love you all!! Sem desculpas. Todo mérito cabe a minha adversária, Parabéns pelo desempenho. Meu coração me pede que eu me manifeste por eu ter sentido agora o quanto sou amada, o quanto sou abençoada e o quanto vivo a vida que pedi a Deus. Fico feliz demais em ver os amigos e fãs de verdade também na derrota, e isso não tem preço.
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Check Out Paul Daley's 30th KO Win (Bellator 183 Full Fight Video) | MMAWeekly.com
For a full run-down of Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull, including Benson Henderson and Patricky Freire’s battle, Paul Daley’s blistering knockout, Roy Nelson’s promotional debut, and more, check out our Bellator 183 recap and full results .
Michael Bisping Shares The Brutal Reality Of Becoming A UFC Champion
Ask any hard working man about their success in life and they’ll all tell you the same. It was hard damn work.
Eryk Anders meets John Phillips – 'The White Mike Tyson' – at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno
Phillips, from Wales, has won four straight fights since a loss to Jesse Taylor at Cage Warriors 54 in May 2013. All four of those wins have come by knockout, including three in the first round. And one of those wins was over Conor McGregor teammate Charlie Ward, now in the UFC. But he’ll be fighting for the first time in more than a year.
Learn how to go from side control to the triangle in no-gi BJJ with Rodolfo Vieira by @gallerr
ADCC world champion Rodolfo Vieira recently managed a smooth transition from BJJ into mixed martial arts. To continue doing well in the cage, Rodolfo still practices BJJ daily. In this video, the GFTeam representative teaches a transition from side control to enable you to finish on the triangle or on the arm in a no-gi match. #jiujitsu #bjj #brazilianjiujitsu
The UFC Just Lost Another Top Free Agent With A 5-1 Fight Record In The Octagon
Now the Dagestan fighter will act in the third most popular in the US promotion organization PFL (Professional Fighters League), which used to be called WSOF. Information about this on their official page in the “Instagram” confirmed the club “Highlander”. The report says that Magomedov will take part in the grand prix played by his new company with a total prize fund of one million dollars.
VIDEO | Rory MacDonald and champ Douglas Lima have first staredown at Bellator 183 | BJPenn.com
Without a doubt, however, one of the most memorable moments of the night occurred when welterweight champion Douglas Lima had his first staredown with his next opponent, former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald.
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Ariel Helwani Refutes Dana’s Denial, Says McGregor vs. Diaz IS IN THE WORKS For UFC 219
One need look no further than the UFC 200 announcement for Brock Lesnar’s return. The UFC put together a massive promo package for the return of Brock, and hours before they could make the announcement and run the promo, Ariel took to twitter and leaked the major news.
Roy Nelson Wants a Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament | MMAWeekly.com
“The grand prix tournament takes the politics out of the game,” Nelson explained when speaking to MMAWeekly ahead of his Bellator debut on Saturday night. “Cause that’s what made the UFC. The very first UFC was a tournament. The tournament takes the politics out of it.