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Nick Diaz Accepts 1-Year USADA Sanction for Whereabouts Failures, Free to Fight April 19

Controversial UFC star Nick Diaz has accepted a one-year sanction from USADA resulting from three unsuccessful drug test attempts during a 12-month period from 2016 to 2017.
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Danis Set For MMA Debut At Bellator 198 On April 28

After signing with Bellator MMA early last year, jiu-jitsu prodigy Dillon Danis is scheduled to make his long-awaited mixed martial arts (MMA) debut at Bellator 198 on April 28 live on Paramount Network from inside Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., per a recent report by MMA Fighting.

The 24-year-old’s opponent has yet to be determined, but it’s confirmed that the main card bout will take place at welterweight.

Danis, who has gained massive notoriety as UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s main grappling partner, will train at Straight Blast Gym in Ireland in preparation for his MMA debut, according to SBG head coach John Kavanagh. It is a familiar environment for Danis, which will only help during his first official training camp.

While it has yet to be seen how effective Danis’ grappling will be in a MMA bout, there’s a good chance the BJJ phenom finds immediate success. It will also be interesting to see how well Danis performs on the feet considering he’s been training alongside “Notorious” for nearly two years.

Bellator 198 will be headlined by a Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinals matchup between MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

Stick with Mania for more Bellator 198 fight card news.

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Michal Andryszak to Face Philip De Fries for Vacant Heavyweight Title at KSW 43 on April 14

The vacant Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki heavyweight title will be up for grabs when Michal Andryszak squares off with Philip De Fries at KSW 43 on April 14.
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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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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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Bellator MMA Formally Announces Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir for Bellator 196 on April 28

When Bellator MMA heads back to the Chicago area in April, the promotion will stage a clash between two of the most notable heavyweights in history.
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Bellator MMA Formally Announces Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir for Bellator 196 on April 28

When Bellator MMA heads back to the Chicago area in April, the promotion will stage a clash between two of the most notable heavyweights in history.
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Combate 13: Roman Salazar ready to rock in ‘Old Pueblo’ on April 20

Combate Americas presents “Combate13” inside Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz., this Thursday night (April 20, 2017) featuring a LIVE fight card on Azteca America and ESPN Latin America, with a special replay on UFC Fight Pass. The main event sees a former UFC fighter looking to make his name against a powerful striker undefeated in the promotion.

Roman “El Gallito” Salazar (10-5-1) arrives in Combate Americas with something to prove following an unsuccessful three-fight stint in UFC. One of those situations was not his fault given Kid Yamamoto poked him in the eye at UFC 184.

Nonetheless, if he wants to be “the man” in Combate Americas, he’ll have to knock off Ricky Palacios (7-1), undefeated in all four of his promotional fights in “La Jaula” — the cage where Combate Americas fighters settle their differences.

Today, MMAmania.com talks to Salazar about his plans in Combate Americas to make a name for himself at the expense of Palacios and how thrilled he is to be fighting in pleasant circumstances.

“I’m super excited about this opportunity. I always love fighting in sunny Arizona, especially during this time of the year, no better time to be here. Come June we’ll be like ‘Why are we in the devil’s dungeon here?’ But for now it’s all good.”

That’s not the only reason Salazar is happy — he calls Arizona home and can’t wait to put on a show for all of his fans in Tucson on Apr. 20.

“I love fighting here in Arizona. I mean I have a pretty good following anyway. No matter where I’ve fought, all the way to Canada, Nashville, at Staples Center, wherever I was, people always came with me. I don’t know if it’s a Hispanic thing or a Mexican thing but everybody feels like the troops gotta come to support, which is always good man. It’s always flattering to get people following me and kinda jumping on this journey with me. But just the fact that it’s Tucson which is actually where I’m from it makes it that much sweeter.”

Salazar will also enjoy the sweet taste of redemption after a run where he feels he didn’t get the chance to show his skills and they offered him fights that would’ve been a bad idea to take.

“My run in UFC was obviously a little weird. It really kind of came to a close when Sean Shelby gave me a call and wanted me to fight Cody Garbrandt and it was on REALLY short notice. They ended up giving the fight to (Augusto Mendes) ‘Tanquinho’ because I turned that down, it was like a ten day notice. Nobody wants to fight Garbrandt anyway but especially on a ten day notice you know? I kinda got given my walking papers after that happened.”

Garbrandt’s original opponent for the Cowboy vs. Cowboy card was John Lineker, but Salazar’s name being in the mix to replace him was a fresh detail to me. After seeing how Garbrandt cold cocked his opponent you can’t blame him, but he still wants one second chance he didn’t get.

“Aw man dude I wanted that (Yamamoto) rematch so bad. When I got offered the ‘Chico’ Vera fight, that was originally supposed to be ‘Kid’, we didn’t sign any contacts or any thing but both of our sides had agreed to a rematch, and then ‘Kid’ got hurt again. That’s when they offered me Marlon Vera on that Nashville card, we were gonna fight in Nashville. That would’ve been awesome man. I still want that fight!”

In the end though there are no regrets for Salazar, who is looking at Combate Americas as the place to raise his stock value, making everybody (including them) pay more down the line.

“It’s just about going out there and showcasing my skills now and making sure that no matter who it is man (I’m) just putting a stamp on all of my performance and making it a bidding war to get my services. If I go out and do what I know I’m capable of with what I do in the gym, any one of these guys are gonna be lucky to have me on their roster.”

It sounds like if all things were equal though Salazar would still choose to stay where he is now.

“I love what Combate does, I love the way they showcase the Latin market, I love it that they’re so enthusiastic about showing the rest of the world what us Latino fighters do for the sport. It’s humbling and flattering to be able to showcase an almost 100% Latino card.”

Knowing just how tough Palacios is, coming into the main event with a four fight win streak and knockouts in 71% of his wins (five of seven), Salazar can’t wait to rise to his occasion.

“When they gave me his name I was all about it, I couldn’t wait to do it. I love challenging myself that way. It’s just an interesting concept to know who you’re fighting and with one slip up that could be the end of your night. You could just be counting stars or not remembering what happened to you. It’s an intriguing challenge to me just knowing that the kid has knockout power in both hands and he’s always looking to finish.”

Don’t miss Combate 13 on April 20 on Azteca America(replay on UFC Fight Pass) to see if he can solve that puzzle. Complete audio of our interview is embedded in the player above.

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UFC on FOX 24 promo video preview for ‘Johnson vs Reis’ event on April 15 in Kansas City

Now that UFC 210 is in the books — full results here — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is all set to stage event, and it’s going to be a good one!

UFC on FOX 24 is all set to pop off from Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday April 15, 2017 and will feature a Flyweight title fight between division champion, Demetrious Johnson, and No. 1 contender, Wilson Reis. “Mighty Mouse” will also be searching history, as he looks to tie Anderson Silva with 10 straight title defenses.

Also on the card, Michelle Waterson looks to keep her momentum going as she takes on Rose Namajunas in women’s Strawweight action. Plus, Ronaldo Souza continues his climb up the Middleweight ladder as he faces off against Robert Whittaker in what should be an entertaining scrap

Expect more promo video such as this one to be released as fight night draws closer, until then take a look at the most up-to-date fight card by clicking here.

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UFC on FOX 24 promo video preview for ‘Johnson vs Reis’ event on April 15 in Kansas City

Now that UFC 210 is in the books — full results here — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is all set to stage event, and it’s going to be a good one!

UFC on FOX 24 is all set to pop off from Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday April 15, 2017 and will feature a Flyweight title fight between division champion, Demetrious Johnson, and No. 1 contender, Wilson Reis. “Mighty Mouse” will also be searching history, as he looks to tie Anderson Silva with 10 straight title defenses.

Also on the card, Michelle Waterson looks to keep her momentum going as she takes on Rose Namajunas in women’s Strawweight action. Plus, Ronaldo Souza continues his climb up the Middleweight ladder as he faces off against Robert Whittaker in what should be an entertaining scrap

Expect more promo video such as this one to be released as fight night draws closer, until then take a look at the most up-to-date fight card by clicking here.

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