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Commentator Jon Anik Signs Extension with UFC Ahead of Promotion’s ESPN Partnership

Jon Anik will remain part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s broadcast team as the promotion transitions into its partnership with ESPN next year.
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Conor McGregor Posts Highlight Video of Training Camp Ahead of UFC 229

Some in the MMA community have bemoaned the lack of promotion leading up to the blockbuster lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229.
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Conor McGregor Posts Highlight Video of Training Camp Ahead of UFC 229

Some in the MMA community have bemoaned the lack of promotion leading up to the blockbuster lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229.
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Conor McGregor Posts Highlight Video of Training Camp Ahead of UFC 229

Some in the MMA community have bemoaned the lack of promotion leading up to the blockbuster lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229.
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Zabit Doesn’t Feel Pressure Ahead Of UFC 228, Eyes Aldo Or Mendes next

Streaking featherweight prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov is quickly becoming one of the most promising young contenders in UFC today.

The super-skilled Russian fighter has produced a 3-0 record since entering the promotion last year, while displaying outright dominance inside of the Octagon. While Magomedsharipov was expecting to fight featherweight contender Yair Rodriguez later this evening (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) at UFC 228 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, an injury forced “El Pantera” out of action and veteran Brandon Davis stepped in on short notice.

With the late change, “ZaBeast” now enters his UFC 228 main card clash with Davis as a ridiculous -1175 favorite. It’s a dangerous spot with limited upside for Magomedsharipov, but the 27-year-old remains confident across the board as he tries to cash in on his growing potential.

“It doesn’t pressure me at all,” Magomedsharipov told MMAjunkie ahead of UFC 228. “Actually that’s my goal, to be here, to get the title, the championship. It’s cool. It’s nothing that pressures me. That’s how it’s supposed to be.

“I’m this kind of person since I was a kid. I’m quiet, not emotional. I never expose my emotions that much. But all this attention and people recognizing me, that people start talking to me, it’s OK. I’m pleased with that. I’m OK with that. I’m cool.”

As far as Rodriguez goes, Magomedsharipov holds no hard feelings. He understands that it was a fight combat fans were drooling over, but also feels for his injured featherweight counterpart.

“Of course I was frustrated,” Magomedsharipov said. “It was sad to hear that he got injured. Many people were waiting for this fight. I was getting ready for this fight, I was calling for this fight, but it’s a part of the game. You cannot judge him. No one is protected from injuries. I can be injured tomorrow. He’s injured, and I only wish him the best and that he’s back as soon as possible, and maybe we can finish the history.”

A victory over Davis this weekend at UFC 228 will push Magomedsharipov’s promotional record to 4-0. That sort of success usually leads to a big step up in competition. While Zabit would be open to re-booking a bout with Rodriguez he also has his sights set on two of the biggest names in the 145-pound division.

“If everything goes fortunate Saturday night and I’ll do my best, if Yair is not coming back, I know that Chad Mendes is back,” Magomedsharipov said. “He’s one of the guys I wish to fight with, or Jose Aldo. I want to fight someone in the top three of the division.”

If Magomedsharipov is able to walk through Davis in fashion there’s no arguing that he deserves a top-flight featherweight contender. At that point, we’ll find out how far Zabit can climb the divisional ladder.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 228 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Woodley Still Chasing Respect Ahead Of UFC 228

Tyron Woodley wants to talk about … well, Tyron Woodley.

Unfortunately for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, the mixed martial arts (MMA) media seems more focused on what opponent Darren Till is doing (or not doing) ahead of this weekend’s title fight.

Probably because the Liverpool slapper has struggled to hit the 170-pound limit in recent years, to the point where the promotion was forced to throw top welterweight contender Kamaru Usman into the mix, just in case Till fails to make it to the Octagon.

The champ, however, would rather you focus on the true professionals of the sport.

“I’m tired of answering questions for his weight,” Woodley told MMA Junkie. “He’s the one that missed weight. He should answer questions about his own weight. People should want to know what I’m doing, how I’m ready, what I’m going to do different, what you guys expect to see from me], why do I think I’m better than this young buck. That’s what I want to focus on. Because, at the end of the day, I’m the one that’s the professional. When have you seen the scale tip over 170 on my scale?”

Never, but there are no accolades for doing the job you are contracted to do.

Despite his success in MMA, Woodley finds it difficult to get the respect he believes he’s entitled to (because of this). Perhaps the promotion is also to blame, as “The Chosen One” insists he’s treated unfairly and only marketed in a way that meets the bare minimum for championship title fights.

That probably won’t change with a victory at UFC 228 this Saturday night (Sept. 8, 2018) inside American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas (full fight card here), but it at least clears the way for a fight against a combatant who is perhaps more loathed than anyone in the sport.

Assuming his “sore vagina” is healed by then.

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Retire? It’s Belt Or Bust For Justin Gaethje Ahead Of UFC Lincoln

Coming off a two fight losing skid, Gaethje wants to show the world – and himself – he’s still championship material.

Justin Gaethje is in a strange place with his career. On one hand, he’s at the height of his fame, with many UFC fans considering him one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport. On the other, his UFC record currently sits at 1-2 with two bad knockout losses in his last two fights. He’s now facing James Vick at UFC Lincoln on August 25th in what many consider a softball match up — relative to facing Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier back to back, anyway.

Gaethje previously said that he’d retire if he got outclassed by Vick. Now in a new interview with MMANYTT he’s clarifying that statement somewhat, saying he’ll retire if he feels he’s no longer UFC champion material.

“100-percent. When that’s not my goal, I will retire,” Gaethje said. “I want to be the best. I want to be the best in the world.”

As far as Gaethje is concerned, those two losses were valuable experience that will make him a better fighter down the road.

”Fighting on a UFC card, there is nothing like it,” he said. “Experience is a hell of a trait to have and now, with some experience under my belt, it will do a lot of things for me.”

And if James Vick wants to dismiss him because of his recent losses, he does so at his own peril.

“If you watch the fights, you have to understand how close either one of us were to getting the ‘W’ and finishing that fight,” Gaethje said. “For James Vick to sit here and say I’m a B-league fighter and I don’t deserve the accolades that I’m getting — the bonuses, the main events — they guy just doesn’t get it. I’m painting a pretty clear picture of what pure effort can achieve in this sport and if you don’t want to pay attention, that’s not my problem.”

Gaethje has talked a lot about the changes he’s making leading into this fight, and it certainly seems like Saturday in Nebraska could be a make or break moment for his career. Will we see a new and improved Gaethje 2.0? Or will he throw caution to the wind as usual once the leather starts flying? I’m not even sure which way I want it to go.

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Hector Lombard Relocates to Sweden’s Allstars Training Center Ahead of UFC Sao Paulo

Hector Lombard is looking to change things up in order to halt a six-fight winless streak.
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Hector Lombard Relocates to Sweden’s Allstars Training Center Ahead of UFC Sao Paulo

Hector Lombard is looking to change things up in order to halt a six-fight winless streak.
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Re-live 2017’s ‘Fight of the Year’ Ahead Of UFC ‘Lincoln!’

Before Justin Gaethje attempts to get back into the win column when he takes on James Vick in UFC Fight Night 135’s FOX Sports 1-televised main event this Saturday night (Aug. 25, 2018) in Lincoln, Neb., let’s take a look back at his explosive Octagon debut.

Back in July 2017, Gaethje stepped into the eight-walled cage for the very first time after spending the majority of his combat career fighting for World Series of Fighting (WSOF). And he wasn’t given a warm-up fight, either, when he was matched up opposite long-time veteran, Michael Johnson, in the headlining bout of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What ensued was an all out barn-burner, as Gaethje and Johnson wasted no time exchanging haymakers, with “The Menace” connecting early on. In true “Highlight” form, Gaethje took it on the chin and kept pushing forward. In doing so, he clipped Johnson with a few solid strikes to let him know he wasn’t going to back down an inch.

And he let him hear about it throughout the fight, too.

Still, Johnson didn’t back down, either, calling for Gaethje to come in after each strike, which only encouraged “Highlight” to do what he does best: Stand and bang. In the closing seconds of round one, Johnson rocked Gaethje with a huge right hand and proceeded to follow up with haymakers in an attempt to end the fight. Instead, the round came to an end and Gaethje survived.

In round two, though, Gaethje proved to be too much for Johnson, as his relentless pace was simply more than “The Menace” could handle, as he was visibly exhausted. After Gaethje connected with a flying knee, he proceed to pound out his foe on the feet to ultimately force a referee stoppage … and ultimately earn 2017’s “Fight of the Year” honors from us fine folks at MMAmania.com.

While his Octagon debut was impressive, Gaethje went on to drop his next two outings against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Now, he faces the up-and-coming James Vick in a crucial bout for both men.

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