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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Kelvin Gastelum vs. ’Jacare’ Souza Middleweight Clash Added to May UFC 224 Card in Rio

When Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight king Robert Whittaker is healthy, Yoel Romero will almost assuredly be his next challenger. Now, we have a good idea of who will be second in line.
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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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UFC ‘Orlando’ Clash: Andrade vs. Torres!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres will collide this Saturday (Feb. 24, 2018) at UFC on FOX 28 inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Against all but Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Andrade has proven to be a terrifyingly fierce force at 115 pounds. She’s utterly dominated a trio of tough opponents, recently solidifying herself as one of the division’s absolute best with a three-round shellacking of Claudia Gadelha. Meanwhile, Torres has been ranked near the top of the division since her first bout inside the Octagon, but she hasn’t yet been able to secure her title shot. Luckily, she’s undefeated outside of a tight loss to the current champion, and those two still have a rubber match to complete at some point.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for each woman:

Jessica Andrade
Record: 17-5
Key Wins: Claudia Gadelha (UFC Fight Night 117), Joanne Calderwood (UFC 205), Angela Hill (UFC Fight Night 104), Jessica Penne (UFC 199)
Key Losses: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC 211), Raquel Pennington (UFC 191), Marion Reneau (UFC Fight Night 61)
Keys to Victory: Andrade is an incredible and unique combination of being the strongest woman in her division and having impeccable conditioning as well. On the feet, she’s a clubbing brawler, but it’s Andrade’s power wrestler and jiu-jitsu that separate her from the pack.

In this match, it’s important that Andrade get her wrestling going. In a strict kickboxing match, she has a fair chance, but Torres is the more experienced striker on paper. Plus, Andrade’s sole recent loss came to a fighter able to circle around her strikes, which is impossible from the bottom. To do so, Andrade needs to time her bursts well. She cannot lunge in on a whim, as that will make it to easy for Torres to cut an angle and avoid the whole exchange. Instead, Andrade needs to strike when Torres’ cage position is weak, and targeting the body would be wise as well.

If Andrade is able to connect on punches, she’s in range to shoot. Torres is not a bad wrestler or weak fighter, but she’s at a size disadvantage, and that should be the edge Andrade needs to score a takedown and put herself in great position.

VS.

Tecia Torres
Record: 10-1
Key Wins: Rose Namajunas (Invicta FC 6), Michelle Waterson (UFC 218), Paige VanZant (Invicta FC 4), Felice Herrig (Invicta FC 7)
Key Losses: Rose Namajunas (UFC on FOX 19)
Keys to Victory: Torres lives up to her “Tiny Tornado” nickname, kicking at her opponents before suddenly bursting into a flurry of strikes. In addition, her wrestling has proven a valuable weapon as well, as Torres will hide a strong double leg behind those flurries.

In this match, nonstop footwork will be key. Jedrzejczyk wrote the book on dismantling Andrade, using lateral movement to avoid the fence and make Andrade swing at air. All the while, Jedrzejczyk stabbed at Andrade with kicks and body shots to slow her down. On paper, Torres has good footwork and range strikes. She’s not an easy fighter to hold down. It’s not her natural style, but Torres has the tools to fight the outside game and pick Andrade apart.

Torres needs to commit to the gameplan, but doing so gives her a real chance at scoring a major upset and earning a title shot.

Bottom Line: The winner will receive a title shot.

Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will rematch in the beginning of April, which perfectly sets up the winner of this bout for a summer title shot. Regardless of which woman is champion, it’s an intriguing match up. For Andrade, she’ll have fully earned her rematch with Jedrzejczyk, and she’s a nightmare match up for Namajunas. In Torres’ case, she has a rubber match to settle with “Thug Rose” and has never even faced Jedrzejczyk.

Isn’t it nice when things work out simply?

The loser remains in the title mix, but this is nearly a guaranteed title eliminator. Title shots are never easy to come by, and losing out on a clear one here is a definite setback.

At UFC on FOX 28, Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres will go to war in the co-main event. Which fighter will secure a title shot?

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Conor McGregor: I Put My Name Forward to Fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222

This week, it was reported that Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight king Conor McGregor was negotiating to fight twice in the Octagon before 2018 was over. Well, if the champion is to be believed, we might not need to wait that long.
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Michael Bisping’s Last Fight – Who Will It Be?

Michael “The Count” Bisping has done it all in the sport, including win a season of TUF and seize the middleweight belt.

But the Brit is at the tail-end of his career in a big way, and now folks are jockeying for a chance to be his “goodbye scrap“. You see, that “final fight” is the last thing Bisping has of value since Georges St-Pierre took the belt, and as final fights go, you can bet the UFC is going to give it all sorts of fanfare.

Worn leather shoe Vitor Belfort cast his name into the mix, but Bisping doesn’t have a lot of goodwill toward the Brazilian, especially since Belfort was a walking vial of synthetic testosterone when they fought.

Derek Brunson also wanted a taste, and went so far as to post some sort of fake contract on social media.

Bisping ain’t having it, though.

As per FOX Sports:

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Conor McGregor: I Put My Name Forward to Fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222

This week, it was reported that Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight king Conor McGregor was negotiating to fight twice in the Octagon before 2018 was over. Well, if the champion is to be believed, we might not need to wait that long.
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Pic: ‘Claudinha’ In Remission Following Battle With ‘Pigeon Ass’

Medical experts are stunned as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha is now in remission, following a career-long battle with pigeon ass.

Also known as “PA,” the increasingly-common weight-cutting syndrome has been known to suck the cellulite from the posteriors of even the most booty-ful mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, including “Claudinha.”

Fortunately for the Brazilian, who was stricken with PA at the UFC 212 pay-per-view (PPV) last June, her exercise regimen — coupled with a recycling bin full of deleted dick pics — sent her into remission.

The real test will be to see if she can get through the upcoming weigh ins for her Carla Esparza fight at the UFC 225 PPV event, official for Sat., June 9, 2018 inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

It’s an important bout in the 115-pound weight class, recently blown open by Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217. A win by either Gadelha or Esparza at UFC 225 could be the key to securing another title shot.

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Dana White Affirms Ferguson-Nurmagomedov for 155 Title; Won’t Say If McGregor Will Be Stripped

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White may suggest that the promotion is moving on from Conor McGregor as its lightweight champion, but you’ll never hear him say the word “stripped.”
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Dana White Affirms Ferguson-Nurmagomedov for 155 Title; Won’t Say If McGregor Will Be Stripped

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White may suggest that the promotion is moving on from Conor McGregor as its lightweight champion, but you’ll never hear him say the word “stripped.”
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