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Jeremy Stephens Believes Win Over Jose Aldo Puts Him in ‘Undeniable Situation’ for Title Shot

Some matchups just jump off the page as soon as they’re announced. Jeremy Stephens vs. Jose Aldo certainly fits that bill, but the featherweight co-headliner at UFC on Fox 30 is far more than just a “Fight of the Night” candidate.
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Jeremy Stephens Believes Win Over Jose Aldo Puts Him in ‘Undeniable Situation’ for Title Shot

Some matchups just jump off the page as soon as they’re announced. Jeremy Stephens vs. Jose Aldo certainly fits that bill, but the featherweight co-headliner at UFC on Fox 30 is far more than just a “Fight of the Night” candidate.
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Jeremy Stephens Believes Win Over Jose Aldo Puts Him in ‘Undeniable Situation’ for Title Shot

Some matchups just jump off the page as soon as they’re announced. Jeremy Stephens vs. Jose Aldo certainly fits that bill, but the featherweight co-headliner at UFC on Fox 30 is far more than just a “Fight of the Night” candidate.
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‘Shogun’ Believes Big Win At UFC Hamburg Earns Him Title Shot

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua could put himself in a really good position at 205 pounds if he’s able to defeat Anthony Smith tomorrow (Sun., July 22, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 134 in Hamburg, Germany.

If “Shogun” is able to take care of business opposite Smith he will extend his current win streak to four, which is the best stretch of fights the Brazilian has had since 2007 as a member of PRIDE. Better yet, a decisive win over “Lionheart” could land Rua on the doorstep of a title shot considering current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier recently called him out.

Many fight fans would not have expected Rua to be in line for another shot at UFC gold, but four wins in a row would go a long way in the thin 205-pound class, especially if Cormier’s superfight with Brock Lesnar is on hold until next year.

“I believe that, if I win this fight well, that I deserve to fight for the belt,” Rua told MMAjunkie. “For my career, for my history, those who know me from the time I started know that I deserve this chance.”

At 36 years of age, “Shogun” may not get another chance to contend for a world title under UFC rule. A victory over Smith at UFC Hamburg may not guarantee “Shogun” a shot a Cormier’s title, but the Brazilian legend is going to try to control everything in his power and let the rest play out.

“But this is out of my control, too,” Rua said of a title shot opposite “DC.” “It’s not something that I decide. Cormier calling my name makes it a lot easier, but I can’t think about that when I have a tough opponent like Anthony Smith ahead of me.”

While “Shogun” has won his last three Octagon appearances, the mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran hasn’t competed since March of last year. In total, Rua has only fought three times since 2014. That’s sort of inconsistency is difficult to deal with even when you’re a seasoned fighter like “Shogun.”

Luckily enough, Rua has experienced everything there is to experience in professional MMA and remains focused on getting the job done this weekend against “Lionheart.”

“I think about the win,” Rua said. “I think about winning this fight, which is a tough one, and if I win, against whomever it is, I’ll be closer to the belt. That’s what I think.”

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 134 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 12 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 2 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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‘Shogun’ Believes Big Win At UFC Hamburg Earns Him Title Shot

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua could put himself in a really good position at 205 pounds if he’s able to defeat Anthony Smith tomorrow (Sun., July 22, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 134 in Hamburg, Germany.

If “Shogun” is able to take care of business opposite Smith he will extend his current win streak to four, which is the best stretch of fights the Brazilian has had since 2007 as a member of PRIDE. Better yet, a decisive win over “Lionheart” could land Rua on the doorstep of a title shot considering current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier recently called him out.

Many fight fans would not have expected Rua to be in line for another shot at UFC gold, but four wins in a row would go a long way in the thin 205-pound class, especially if Cormier’s superfight with Brock Lesnar is on hold until next year.

“I believe that, if I win this fight well, that I deserve to fight for the belt,” Rua told MMAjunkie. “For my career, for my history, those who know me from the time I started know that I deserve this chance.”

At 36 years of age, “Shogun” may not get another chance to contend for a world title under UFC rule. A victory over Smith at UFC Hamburg may not guarantee “Shogun” a shot a Cormier’s title, but the Brazilian legend is going to try to control everything in his power and let the rest play out.

“But this is out of my control, too,” Rua said of a title shot opposite “DC.” “It’s not something that I decide. Cormier calling my name makes it a lot easier, but I can’t think about that when I have a tough opponent like Anthony Smith ahead of me.”

While “Shogun” has won his last three Octagon appearances, the mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran hasn’t competed since March of last year. In total, Rua has only fought three times since 2014. That’s sort of inconsistency is difficult to deal with even when you’re a seasoned fighter like “Shogun.”

Luckily enough, Rua has experienced everything there is to experience in professional MMA and remains focused on getting the job done this weekend against “Lionheart.”

“I think about the win,” Rua said. “I think about winning this fight, which is a tough one, and if I win, against whomever it is, I’ll be closer to the belt. That’s what I think.”

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 134 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 12 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 2 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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Tate Believes Nunes Can ‘Be The One’ To Defeat Cyborg

With limited contender options in both weight classes, it make sense for UFC to pit women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes against women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg in a massive superfight.

Nothing is official as of now, but both sides seem ready to sign the dotted line and square off inside of the Octagon this year or next. “Lioness” just has to get healthy before stepping inside of the cage with the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time.

Already a +230 underdog to take out Cyborg, Nunes is going to have to put on her best performance to overthrow the Brazilian featherweight. After all, Cyborg hasn’t lost since her first professional bout over 13 years ago.

While many believe Nunes would be outmatched by Cyborg on the feet and become just another name on Cyborg’s long list of defeated fighters, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate believes that “Lioness” has all the necessary tools to win the superfight.

“I think Amanda could be the one to beat Cyborg,” Tate told MMAjunkie. “The reason that I say that is because I’ve been hit by Amanda. I’ve never been hit by Cyborg, and I’m sure she hits like a truck, but I can definitely attest to the power that Amanda has and she’s deceptively lengthy.

“She’s very long. You think you’re out of her range and you’re not. She’s someone who could actually probably hurt Cyborg.”

While Nunes has displayed an elite ability to stalk opponents down and pick them apart on the feet with power and range, Cyborg is simply in a league of her own. If Tate doesn’t know how hard Cyborg hits all she has to do is ask the last 21 girls the Brazilian has fought. With 17 career wins by knockout, Cyborg has proven time and time again that she’s too powerful to contain.

Nunes may be able to drag the UFC featherweight champion to a five-round decision like Holly Holm did last year, but finishing Cyborg with strikes would be one of the most surprising occurrences in women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) history.

“Cyborg, I don’t think has ever really had to respect the power that another woman possesses standing across from her,” Tate said. “Or least she never seems to have. With Amanda, that’s different. She needs to respect the power of Amanda, because if she goes in there and walks in straight like she does most other girls, she could really get hurt. With that being said, Amanda is a 135-er. She’s smaller.

“Cyborg is the woman to beat. I think odds are still in Cyborg’s favor, but Amanda does possess the ability to hurt and stop Cyborg. I think she has the ability to hurt and stop a lot of men. So, with that being said, I don’t think it would be a mistake on her part to go up to 145 and take on the biggest challenge that there is.”

Only time will tell how dangerous Nunes can be inside of the Octagon against a fighter as big as her and more prolific on the feet. She may ultimately decide to stay put at 135 pounds and continue to pick apart bantamweight contenders at ease, but a move up in weight by Nunes would serve as a huge superfight for Cyborg’s final UFC bout.

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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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