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Midnight Mania! RIZIN CEO Confirms Mayweather-Tenshin Is Back On

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RIZIN’s head, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, has confirmed that Tenshin Nasukawa’s fight with Mayweather is back on for New Year’s Eve.

Misunderstanding with Floyd Mayweather was settled. He confronts Nasukawa Tenshin in the RIZIN.14 ring on New Year ‘s Eve on December 31. I will speak to you at the press conference when I return to Japan. #rizinff

Floyd made sure everyone knew that the fight was purely a boxing exhibition match- no kicks allowed.

We will see if Tenshin, who is not known for his restraint in the ring, will just be “moving around” with Floyd on December 31st.


Insomnia

Speaking of notable kickboxers, Nieky Holzken vs. Cosmo Alexandre is going to be hot fire- especially in four-ounce gloves!

Ben Askren wants the winner of Masvidal-Diaz

“He’s going to kill me for forgetting his last name” but what about his first name?

Cody McKenzie is one of a kind.

TKO! Rampage Jackson has some good content on his Instagram.

Bob Ross wants to cut another ten pounds to fight Artem Lobov and I kept thinking… how??

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Sean O’Malley got a six-month suspension from the NSAC, but has yet to appear before USADA.

I chuckled at Jessica Rose-Clark landing atomic knees on her trainer.

“I’ve got a snake in my boot”

A lot of leverage on this choke

This is slickness

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Nice back take + standing bow & arrow

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Andrea Lee is working out with Aspen Ladd

This is me. Especially in jiu-jitsu- I don’t have time for all that. I came to drill and roll.

I want to pass up on including these McDojo videos… but they are always so good, the technique in them so deadly.

The meme king Derrick Lewis is back.

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Report: Floyd Mayweather NYE Bout with Tenshin Nasukawa Back on as Boxing Match

Just a week after announcing the fight was no longer happening, Floyd Mayweather appears to have revived the furor about a boxing match against Japanese wunderkind Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin FF 14 on New Year’s Eve in Japan.
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Daniel Cormier Admits He Nearly Pulled Out of UFC 230 After Injuring Back While Sneezing

UFC 230 had its share of issues leading up to Saturday’s event at Madison Square Garden, including the promotion’s well-documented struggles to find a suitable headliner.
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Colby Covington Would Be Happy To Welcome Conor McGregor Back To Welterweight

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight challenger Colby Covington believes that sometime in the future Irish mega star Conor McGregor will return to the welterweight division and “Chaos” will be ready to greet him when he does.
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Colby Covington Would Be Happy To Welcome Conor McGregor Back To Welterweight

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight challenger Colby Covington believes that sometime in the future Irish mega star Conor McGregor will return to the welterweight division and “Chaos” will be ready to greet him when he does.
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TUF Is Back! Results, Recap For Ep. 1 Of ‘Heavy Hitters’

The drought is over!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) back to FOX Sports 1 for the final time, as the promotion will transition to ESPN at the start of 2019 but don’t worry, there are no plans to cancel TUF.

Woo hoo!

For this latest round of the combat sports reality show, eight female featherweights and eight male heavyweights will bang it out for the coveted “six-figure contract” in two divisions that sorely need the additional help.

Coaching this offering will be middleweight rivals Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. As with most seasons, they’ll throw down for “The Reaper’s” 185-pound strap at the conclusion of the show, at an upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event to be named.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Be sure to tune in TONIGHT (Weds., Aug. 29, 2018) at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and follow along with us in the comments section below. Then stick around after the credits roll for our complete TUF 28 results and recap.

Enjoy the show!

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Midnight Mania! Lesnar Back, Eligible to Fight in January

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“After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, USADA re-entered Brock Lesnar to the testing pool on July 3,” the USADA statement read. “With six months and four days remaining on his period of ineligibility, Lesnar will be able to compete on or after January 8, 2019, should he remain in compliance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”

And thus Brock Lesnar is officially back. His melodramatic entrance to the Octagon and unceremonious shove of Daniel Cormier will not be wasted; Lesnar will indeed be fighting Cormier. We think.

Lesnar, 40, is currently suspended for his use of banned substance clomiphene in the lead-up to his UFC 200 bout against Mark Hunt. That fight, which saw Lesnar’s easy win overturned to a no-contest, resulted in a lawsuit from Hunt. Hunt alleges the UFC, which waived the standard 4-month testing period Lesnar was supposed to undergo prior to his return from a 2011 retirement, knew Brock was on steroids and allowed him to compete anyway. Cormier has stated he wants Lesnar tested rigorously prior to competing again in the Octagon.

A January return rules out the big fall card at Madison Square Garden. Will Daniel Cormier opt to fight someone else in the meantime? Or should Alexander Gustafsson’s request be honored and he receive an interim light heavyweight title shot? If Cormier decides to wait half a year for his money fight vs. Lesnar, the interim belt might actually make sense for once. It’s just long enough to where DC, 39 years old himself, might not want to try to fit another fight camp in. He was clear in the post-fight press conference he doesn’t plan on too many more fights in his career.

What should Cormier do? Not fight Shogun. Sorry, DC.


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Tito Ortiz mocked Chuck Liddell for looking like an old man on the pads; just another reason this fight shouldn’t have been made.

Jon Jones is somehow still wanting to be the role model he never could live up to.

Khabib Nurmagomedov working with his first coach, his dad.

Bellator’s new fighter Lyoto Machida took his family for a water buffalo ride

Passeio de búfalo no Pará. Buffalo ride in Pará.

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Your reminder that Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier are fighting again.

Francis Ngannou vs. Derek Lewis was always going to be a bad fight until it got good- but it never got good.

Worst UFC co-main event in history ?

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Stipe Miocic is so damn classy. He’s still the greatest UFC heavyweight of all time until someone breaks his title defense record.

Paul Felder is the man. By all rights, he should have gotten a performance bonus for that brawl against Mike Perry, fighting through a broken arm and a mask of blood to battle Mike Perry to a split decision a division up.

This is still funny to me.

I would hope the odds are right on this one.

George St. Pierre got put in a rear-naked choke by Chuck Norris.

Black Fedor is the best.

l Hail to the new Champ-Champ

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There were a lot of fighters present for International Fight Week.

Suga Sean O’Malley with his real dad, Suga Rashad Evans.

My real dad

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Let’s not forget Friday night’s breakout star, Israel Adesanya, who put on a free striking clinic against the very tough Brad Tavares. Here’s how he unlocked his chakra prior to the bout:

@stylebender got the post-fight award for Top Anime Betrayal

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His meme game is on point too

#anotherone

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This is what Nigerian-born Adesanya said after the fight in his native tongue.

And lastly here’s a taste of what he can do once he’s warmed up.

This was a real thing that happened that I had to cover Friday night and I never want to speak of it again.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Just hand wraps

Just stay down

Ezzard Charles was an old-school great.


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Melendez Back In MMA Saddle, Excited To Punch Valle In The Face

Bellator 201: “Macfarlane vs. Lara” takes place at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., this Friday night (June 29, 2018), featuring undefeated women’s Flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (7-0) making her first defense of the world title against Alejandra Lara (7-1) in the main event of the evening.

The ladies are shining in general on this Paramount Network-televised event, as four fights throughout the card put women front and center. In fact, one of the “Prelims” undercard fights sees respected Muay Thai and kickboxing veteran Keri Anne Melendez take only her second professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bout against promotional newcomer Tiani Valle. That first fight was certainly impressive, though, as Melendez needed only 47 seconds to crush her opposition, Sheila Padilla, winning the fight via technical knockout thanks to the precision and power of her striking technique.

MMAmania.com recently chatted with Melendez about taking her second fight outside of kickboxing this weekend and how she originally planned to be fighting a lot sooner this year.

“I was working through my injury and initially I really wanted to be on the May 12 Bellator card. They had me set up to do that May 12 card and my knee injury was lingering. I had to call them and let them know, ‘You know what? I can’t confirm this May 12 card and I need to push it back. I would like to push it back for the next card as soon as possible.’ So they were really accommodating and they said, ‘You know we can put you on the next card, but we’re going to put you on the ‘Prelims.’’ I said, ‘That’s fine, I just want to be active and get going, and I’d love to be on the same card as the girl main event.’”

To backtrack a little bit, Melendez was originally scheduled to face Sadee Williams at Bellator 180 one year ago, but was forced to withdraw because of an injury. I asked Melendez to explain the injury and take us through the delay in making her MMA return.

“I was about six weeks in for my training camp and I had four weeks left, and I ended up just tearing my ACL doing some wrestling, and then I had to get surgery. I decided to get it right away so I could get back. That’s what I’ve been doing, but pretty much (they said) I’d be out for a year. At the end of January I was able to box, so I was super stoked and thought I’d be able to come back sooner, but it’s been grueling to get back to par for where I wanted to be.”

Very few people can be up to par on a bad knee, so taking extra time to get ready is understandable. At least being able to spar early gave Melendez confidence her already-excellent striking has improved.

“I believe so. It gave my body time to rest and it made me hungrier than ever to get back to doing what I love to do. It’s my turn in this Melendez family to get going, so I definitely feel better than ever.”

And thanks the mental toughness of her husband, Gilbert Melendez, Keri has all the support she needs to come back stronger than ever in 2018.

“We decided at the beginning of the year that I was going to fight first, so he agreed that he’ll fight second, so he’s just being my head coach in MMA and helping out in the household, helping out with our business, and we’re team-working this whole thing. He’s doing well and he plans to fight after me.”

Now that she is ready, Melendez has been studying anything on Valle she can find. That’s easier said than done when your opponent appears to be 1-0 as a pro.

“I’ve done some online research and she seems to be a great boxer. She’s a striker and her first pro MMA fight she TKO’d her opponent, I believe by some knees. She’s predominantly a striker and I’m excited to go out there and battle against a striker. She does have an amateur record of 8-2 or 8-4, I don’t know, there’s not too much (out there) about her, but I’ve seen some video and to me her strength is her boxing and that excites me.”

Melendez has more info on Valle than most MMA resources online, which is good news for her having a strong performance, but I wondered how she felt about a potential “boxing vs. kickboxing”-style fight.

“Well, I like that! I believe that Muay Thai there’s just … and I think she’s actually a good striker all around I just think her strength is boxing, but I think Muay Thai fighters use all the weapons — use their legs, use their elbows. I’m expecting everything from her. I think her strength is her boxing, but I’m just expecting a well-rounded fighter.”

Even though this is only the second time she’s taken a Bellator fight under MMA rules, Keri is happy with her progression and understands the timetable she set for herself had to change.

“So far so good! My (first) fight went well, but having an injury is just not fun at all. It definitely set me back, and I didn’t have that in my plan. I didn’t have that in my little three-year plan I had going on, and it definitely deterred some of my goals. But, now we’re here, and it’s a year later, and I’m ready to just get back going and staying active.”

Last but not least, Keri teased that if the promotion doesn’t eventually creat a 115-pound title, she might just have to go up and challenge somebody at 125 pounds.

“I’m fighting at 115 and Bellator is awesome by allowing me to do that (but) I know they’re focusing on the 125 division, so I would have to move up if I want to try to fight for the title. I’m just going to see where it takes me and still fight at 115 as long as they allow it, and if I need to move up then I might have to try that.”

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of Bellator 201: “Macfarlane vs. Lara” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

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Olympic Judo Champ Kayla Harrison Rolls in MMA Debut; Will Brooks Back on Track at PFL 2

She wasn’t in the main event, but in her much-anticipated MMA debut, two-time Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison was positively golden on Thursday night at Professional Fight League 2 in Chicago.
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Olympic Judo Champ Kayla Harrison Rolls in MMA Debut; Will Brooks Back on Track at PFL 2

She wasn’t in the main event, but in her much-anticipated MMA debut, two-time Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison was positively golden on Thursday night at Professional Fight League 2 in Chicago.
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