UFC on Fox 28 ‘Emmett vs. Stephens’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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Jessica Andrade Versus Rose Namajunas Would Be Awesome

Dominant champs are fun to root for, but the sad reality of it is that those kinds of champs can stymie division growth.

As strawweight champ, Joanna Jedrzejczyk kicked a ton of butt and fed us tons of violence. But things were on the cusp of getting stale. How many times would we have to see her beat down Claudia Gadelha?

Thankfully, Rose Namajunas stepped in and TKO’d Jedrzejczyk something fierce. Now, “Thug Rose” is queen of the 115-pound females, and though they’re scheduled to rematch at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, already people have been pondering the permutations of match-ups available with Namajunas at the top.

One such ponderer is Jessica Andrade, who lost to Jedrzejczyk and must get past Tecia Torres at UFC on FOX 28 this weekend before she can ask for another title shot.

Still, Andrade wouldn’t mind if Namajunas beat the former champ again.

As per MMAJunkie:

“It’s going to be a great fight between the two of them,” Andrade told MMAjunkie. “Because they’re fighting again so quickly, it’s kind of hard to imagine what’s going to happen this time around.

“I’m sure that with a win here, I should be able to get another title shot, but I don’t know what’s going to happen over there. If it’s Rose, great – I’m actually cheering for her. She’s a great representative for the sport and is a great champion. As much as I would like to get a rematch with Joanna, for this fight, I am cheering for Rose.”

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Barao Expecting ‘Nice KO’ At UFC Orlando After Move To ATT

Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao will look to regain momentum tomorrow night (Sat., Feb. 24, 2018) at UFC on FOX 28 from inside Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., when he takes on rising contender Brian Kelleher in the preliminary headliner on FOX.

Barao, 30, just hasn’t been the same since losing his 135-pound crown to T.J. Dillashaw back in 2014. Since that title loss, which ended a 33-fight unbeaten streak, the Brazilian has turned in a pedestrian 2-3 record. That includes a rematch against Dillashaw and an unsuccessful shot in the UFC’s featherweight division.

Despite his struggle to find consistency over the past couple of years, Barao is still a relevant player at 135 pounds. And if his recent move from Nova Uniao in Brazil to American Top Team (ATT) in Florida is any indication of what “Baron” is capable of moving forward, the bantamweight elites better pay close attention.

“I got the best preparation possible,” Barao said about his move to ATT in a recent interview with Combate. “I already wanted to move to the United States. I want to bring my son over here, in the future. I chose ATT so I could change my way of training, look for improvements. Since I already had some friends of mine training over there, telling me how different everything was, that’s what me decide. Everything changed. I’m doing my cardio with one coach, boxing with another, wrestling with another. I think I improved quite a lot.”

While Barao hasn’t been finished since his defeats to Dillashaw, he has dropped disappointing decisions to featherweight staple Jeremy Stephens and bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling. Needless to say, the former UFC champion desperately needs a big win this weekend if he wishes to turn back the clock and make 2018 his comeback campaign.

Unfortunately for Kelleher, any success Barao has this weekend in Orlando will come at the expense of him. “Boom” is a finishing machine and has won two Fight Night bonuses in just three Octagon appearances to date, but it is Barao who is looking to walk away from UFC on FOX 28 with a knockout.

“He’s a tough guy, coming off a win, but I expect a nice KO,” Barao said. “I’m ready to give my best.”

UFC on FOX 28 will be headlined by a featherweight tilt pitting veteran Jeremy Stephens against rising contender Josh Emmett.

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Fallout: Chokes, Referees, and Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson Talking Major Trash

UFC Fight Night 112 saw some major controversy in the main event. The fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was anticipated to be a high stakes game between two fighters hoping to enter title contention with a win Sunday night. But instead of everyone speaking on how great the main event was, everyone is talking about Mario Yamasaki’s supposed “flub.”

Watch the fight the first time around, it appeared that Michael Chiesa was still conscious and willing to continue his grudge match again Kevin Lee. Yamasaki intervened and called the fight which seemed to many observers to be an early stoppage. Here’s the thing about being a ref: it’s an absolutely thankless job. No one appreciates what these refs have to go through with each and every fight they have to call. The thing about this fight was that it was apparent in multiple viewings that Michael Chiesa was on his way to blacking out completely.

The choke was locked in tight, there was thirty plus seconds left, Lee was cranking his choke and Chiesa’s arms went limp, eyes fading and rolling back into his head, a clear response from a blood choke rather than a wind choke. With Yamasaki on top of the action he had the best view out of anyone present. Rather than letting Chiesa go out like a “warrior” Yamasaki instead stopped the match. Sure, we want fighters to be given a chance at victory, at accomplishing the goals they’ve been obsessed with for weeks of training. Problem is that their ego can get in the way of their health at times and that’s what the refs are there for. As a result we have an angry fighter, angry fans, and people cursing the ref for his utter stupidity. Funny thing is, while the tough call may not be the most popular, Yamasaki had a job to do, did what he thought was right and shouldn’t be demonized for it.

On a side note, I never knew I wanted a Kevin Lee versus Tony Ferguson fight before last night. Ferguson congratulated Lee like a true class act, but the brash Detroit native took things a different way. In true McGregor form, Lee wasted no time in his additional time on television as he relegated the rest of the lightweight division as chumps and potentially set up a match between himself and Ferguson.

It was entertaining as hell and is just the kind of thing you want to see if you’re the UFC. Two personalities clashing making for a potentially exciting grudge match in the cage. It’ll sell and at the end of the day this sport is a business. Dollars and cents rule the day and Kevin Lee is setting himself up nicely to start making a nice profit.

What are your biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 112?


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‘Motown Phenom’ Vs. Barboza Set To Headline UFC Atlantic City

A lightweight tilt between former interim title challenger Kevin Lee and Brazilian veteran Edson Barboza will headline UFC Fight Night 128 on April 21 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, per a recent report by MMA Fighting.

Ariel Helwani originally reported that the bout was in the works earlier this week.

Lee, 25, is coming off a crushing interim title loss to Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216 via third-round submission. Before that, “Motown Phenom” captured five-straight victories at the lightweight level, including finishes of Michael Chiesa, Francisco Trinaldo, and Jake Matthews. The brash youngster remains one of the biggest players at 155 pounds and could instantly jump back into contention with a win over “Junior.”

Barboza, 32, is coming off a one-sided beatdown at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 219 this past December. The veteran lightweight has lost only to Khabib, Donald Cerrone, Tony Ferguson, and Michael Johnson since the beginning of 2013, while capturing key victories over former UFC lightweight champions Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez, as well as divisional standouts Beneil Dariush, Bobby Green, and Paul Felder. The talented Brazilian striker has never lost back-to-back fights in his entire career, so Lee is going to have his work cut out for him.

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Report: Gilbert Burns Rebooked After Weight-Related Cancelation, Faces Lando Vannata in April

Gilbert Burns might have blown his chance to fight this weekend, but it seems he didn’t have to wait long for a new engagement.
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Midnight Mania! Olympic Gold Medalist Offers to Train McGregor for Nurmagomedov

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If Conor McGregor ever does get as serious as he says he is about returning to the Octagon- or, more accurately, if the UFC ever gives him what he’s asking for in negotiations- then he has a wrestling coach qualified to teach him how to stop Khabib Nurmagomedov’s takedowns. (Assuming, of course, that Khabib ends up with the belt after UFC 223 in Brooklyn, instead of Tony Ferguson).

Kyle Snyder is not only the youngest Olympic gold medalist in American wrestling history, but also won the World Championship, the NCAA, and the Olympics in a single year, an incredible feat. Snyder may have an ulterior motive in offering to train McGregor- he has expressed a desire to compete in MMA at some point, and exposure to the game from the world’s most Notorious mixed martial artist could only be a boon to those plans. Snyder competes at 97 kilograms, or 213 pounds, which would make him a heavyweight or light heavyweight. Maybe by the time Jon Jones returns from suspension, he will face an Olympic gold medalist. Or, perhaps Brock Lesnar will return to face a wrestler qualified to stop him. Just… please… don’t be the next Dillon Danis on social media.


Insomnia

Speaking of Khabib, here he shares what Daniel Cormier’s pre-fight hype routine looks like

Let’s go @dc_mma DC what is it? This happen before his last fight in Boston #ufc220

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Why does Conor think this looks cool?

This made me laugh. A+ MMA meme work

Jacare vs. Gastelum? I’ll take it. Gastelum is the real threat to Robert Whittaker at middleweight.

No, Tito Ortiz. Stay retired. We already saw the Chuck Liddell fight twice.

Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee does sound fun, just like pretty much any top lightweight fight.

John Dodson sparring Michelle Waterson

I thought the fighters did have medical insurance?

Why boxing pay is so different from MMA pay, and the single biggest reason McGregor hasn’t returned to the Octagon yet:

Stipe Miocic is just a natural

Andre Fili’s new ink is bleeding

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This spinning wheel kick is gorgeous

Speaking of spinning shit, Raymond Daniels scored what remains one of the most spectacular knockouts I’ve ever seen.

I did not expect this outcome

Melvin Manhoef was a monster back in the day

Great body punches

Bulldog chokes are awesome

So are inverted triangles

Slick boxing

That’s some tenacious grappling


Podcasts and Video

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Random Land

Funny joke…

Now I want to try this someday

Iron meditation or Extended time isometrics. Seated overhead press. 230lbs pressed hard against the top bars for 30 seconds. Very big pump and muscle fatigue. Most people do isometrics with nearly no or no weight for a long time or very heavy weight for very short holds but I honestly have found it to be most productive with a moderately heavyweight held for a much longer time until failure and building up the time over a few sessions to a full minute hold. You should do all three as well as isometrics in completely non-traditional nonlinear movements. It’s not as exciting as lighting something on fire but it’s killer training. Pressing hard into that second bar is what really makes it. Call that a functional or isontonic isometric. I’ve actually done two full courses on isometrics because they’re that powerful and that little is known about them in the training world. Also one of the primary effects and physical training is to learn about your own mind and if you want to learn about how you react to things try holding an isometric for extended period of time. It has a unique way of unifying mind and body and if you hold it long enough even spirit because you can concentrate on a whole different level. If you’ve ever done Chi Gong they can be like a strength meditation. Join #NoahsArmy today! Become a #blooddonor and #organdonor !! #isometric #presses #bigshoulders #strongman #oldtimestrongman #pump #beyondphysical #chigong

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