Report: Eddie Alvarez Signing With ONE Championship

The Underground King is leaving the UFC and heading to Asia, according to ESPN.

After weeks of rumors, it sounds like Eddie Alvarez is ready to sign on the dotted line.

Multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN that the former UFC and Bellator champion is leaving the UFC to sign with Asian promotion ONE Championship. Originally reported by MMABrasil’s Tarso Doria, the news is about as close to official as you can get without an official announcement. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong went as far as to tease the reveal earlier this morning:

Of course, the UFC could always field a last second offer that draws fan favorite Alvarez back into the fold. Even at 1-2-1 over his last four fights, Eddie’s value to any promotion lucky enough to have him is clear – to the point where Bellator actually sued to try and keep him from leaving back in 2013.

They only managed to hold onto him for one more fight before Alvarez arrived in the UFC, winning the lightweight title off Rafael dos Anjos in 2016 before losing it in a shocking route to Conor McGregor later that year.

Wars with Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje confirmed that Eddie wasn’t done at the top of the extremely tough lightweight division, but Alvarez decided not to re-sign with the UFC leading into his final fight, preferring to test the waters of free agency. Not even a meeting with Dana White in Philly could get the two parties to agree on financial terms.

Now ONE Championship is picking up one of the most exciting fighters in the world, one with tons of name recognition both with the oldschoolers and the Conor casuals.

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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?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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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?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Bellator 208 ‘Emelianenko vs. Sonnen’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Threatening To Leave UFC If They Punish His Team

By now everyone on the planet has seen the clips: After tapping out Conor McGregor at UFC 229, champ Khabib Nurmagomedov vaults the cage and jumps into the audience to scrap. And while Khabib is throwing down, his teammates leap into the cage to throw knuckles at McGregor.

It goes without saying that there are some parties that deserve punishment for their actions. No doubt the Nevada State Athletic Commission is going to drop the hammer – they’re still holding on to Khabib’s paycheck.

But the UFC is punishing Zubaira Tukhugov, who punched Conor and was supposed to face Artem Lobov at the next UFC Fight Night.

Khabib is having none of that. The Dagestani champ says that if the UFC punishes his teammates for the fracas, then he’s quitting the organization.

Yikes!

Here’s the Instagram post:

 

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I would like to address @ufc Why didn’t you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family? Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started. In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video. if you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself. And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers

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Bellator 208 results live: ‘Fedor vs Sonnen’ streaming play-by-play updates

Fedor vs Sonnen

Bellator 208: “Fedor vs. Sonnen” takes place TONIGHT (Oct. 13, 2018) at NYCB Live in Uniondale, New York. In the second semi-final of the Heavyweight Grand Prix PRIDE legend Fedor Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC) takes on “American Gangster” Chael Sonnen (31-15-1).

Bellator 208’s main card will start at 9 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 208) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

BELLATOR 208 QUICK RESULTS:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen —
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Anatoly Tokov —
Benson Henderson vs. Saad Awad —
Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson —
Henry Corrales vs. Andy Main —
Robson Gracie vs. Jamal Pottinger —
Jennifer Chieng vs. Jessica Ruiz —
Shaquan Moore vs. David Meshkhoradze —
Tommy Espinosa vs. Suhrob Aidarbekov —
Frank Buenafuente vs. James Gonzalez —
Jeremy Puglia vs. Eric Olsen —
Mike DiOrio vs. Drews Rodriguez —
Zarrukh Adashev vs. Christian Medina —
Jerome Mickle vs. Nick Fiore —
Ryan Castro vs. Dennis Buzukja —

BELLATOR 208 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen

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Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Alexander Shlemenko vs. Anatoly Tokov

Round 1:

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Round 3:

Final result:


Benson Henderson vs. Saad Awad

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Henry Corrales vs. Andy Main

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Robson Gracie vs. Jamal Pottinger

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Jennifer Chieng vs. Jessica Ruiz

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Shaquan Moore vs. David Meshkhoradze

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Tommy Espinosa vs. Suhrob Aidarbekov

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Frank Buenafuente vs. James Gonzalez

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Jeremy Puglia vs. Eric Olsen

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Mike DiOrio vs. Drews Rodriguez

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Zarrukh Adashev vs. Christian Medina

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Jerome Mickle vs. Nick Fiore

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Ryan Castro vs. Dennis Buzukja

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


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