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UFC Veteran Rick Story Announces Retirement Following 31-Bout Pro Career

Ultimate Fighting Championship and Professional Fighters League veteran Rick Story has closed the book on a lengthy career at the age of 34.
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UFC Veteran Rick Story Announces Retirement Following 31-Bout Pro Career

Ultimate Fighting Championship and Professional Fighters League veteran Rick Story has closed the book on a lengthy career at the age of 34.
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UFC Veteran Rick Story Announces Retirement Following 31-Bout Pro Career

Ultimate Fighting Championship and Professional Fighters League veteran Rick Story has closed the book on a lengthy career at the age of 34.
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Demetrious Johnson Excited for Next Phase of Career as ‘True Martial Artist’ in One

Demetrious Johnson has always fancied himself as a true martial artist.
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Jose Aldo Looking to End Career on a High Note Once UFC Contract Concludes

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Jose Aldo will compete in his first non-title fight this Saturday since joining the promotion back in 2011, as he takes on Jeremy Stephens in a three-round tilt at UFC on Fox 30.
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Midnight Mania! TJ Dillashaw Out to Ruin Cody Garbrandt’s Career

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There is truly ‘No Love’ lost between former Team Alpha Male training partners TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. Garbrandt clearly regarded Dillashaw following his striking coach Duane Ludwig to Colorado as a betrayal, and made his feelings known before their first bout. That fight, which was decided on a knife edge of reflex and fast-twitch punches, saw Garbrandt rock Dillashaw at the end of the first round before TJ put Garbrandt away in the second and roared in his face he stood, the thousand-yard stare in Cody’s eyes telling of unlooked for loss and stunned grief.

Garbrandt will get the chance to redeem himself with a rematch August 4th at UFC 227. But Dillashaw doesn’t plan on letting him back onto the bantamweight throne. He regards this fight as no different from any other. Via BloodyElbow.com:

“You kind of prepare the same for every fight,” he said. “You add a few tricks to try and keep your opponents guessing, but that’s about it. I love rematches, though. I’ve always done great in rematches. The more I can figure out my opponent the better and I’m going to know Cody like the back of my hand. It’s going to be a good night for me.”

Dillashaw has only lost once since first winning the title against Barao, a debated split decision against Dominick Cruz. Clearly, he is doing something right with his preparation. While a loss would reverse his achievement, Dillashaw sees the immediate rematch as an opportunity to put Garbrandt in his rear-view mirror once and for all.

“He knows I’m the better fighter,” chirped Dillashaw. “He’ll pump himself up. He’ll talk; that he’s great, that he’s better, and all this stuff, but he knows. He knows the truth. I’m the better all around fighter. I’m the smarter fighter. And this is a bad situation for him, to go right back into a rematch for the title.”

Dillashaw doesn’t have any qualms about what he is planning on doing to his old teammate.

“I’m going to ruin his career,” said Dillashaw, while switching his convivial tone to one that was dead serious. “I’m going to ruin his career at this weight class. He’s already getting his second shot, he should have worried about getting better, but I don’t know if he really can. I don’t know if he’s that smart of a fighter, but I plan on ruining his career at 135.”

Many mixed martial artists refuse to talk shit before a fight because of the unpredictability. Dillashaw acknowledges that, but believes his confidence is well-founded.

“This sport’s crazy, obviously anything can happen,” continued Dillashaw, with more levity. “You’ve always got to be ready for it and be nervous for that fight, but he doesn’t have a chance. I’ll be ready for anything he can bring to the table. You’ve always got to expect the toughest fight, but he doesn’t have a chance.”


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Jose Aldo says he’s nearing the end of his career- but he still wants that title back.

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Poor Colby Covington. No one even feels sorry for him.

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Ilir Latifi isn’t happy Daniel Cormier picked his shot with Corey Anderson. To be fair, they are both on two-fight win streaks and neither is as deserving, based on their total body of work, as Alexander Gustafsson.

Alexander Volkov picking on a guy with a bad back- you know Derek Lewis is fighting through the pain at this point… so… it makes total sense to call him out.

Epic battle- otters are basically giant weasels, so pound for pound they are among the best fighters in the animal kingdom.

Al Iaquinta says the UFC offered him Anthony Pettis in November

Jose Aldo vs. Jeremy Stephens can’t be overlooked- it could be fireworks. Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t think Jose Aldo is shot in terms of skill or physical ability. His boxing, especially his defense, looked sharper than ever against Holloway in their last fight; the only question mark against Stephens is his chin.

Muay Thai veteran Cosmo Alexandre hitting pads.

Tony Ferguson’s insane workouts probably keep him from actually going insane. His knee appears to be getting better as if he’s got a healing factor.

Randy Couture-inspired workout that even Tony Ferguson might approve of.

I wonder how a strongman would do in sumo.


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UFC 226: Stipe Miocic Career Retrospective

Stipe Miocic has the chance to become a legend in regards to the UFC heavyweight division.

Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum all came before him.

But by the time Miocic hangs the gloves up, the Ohio firefighter just might be the best of them all.

For Miocic to continue on that path, he’ll need to take care of Daniel Cormier this Saturday night at UFC 226.

A quick look at Miocic’s resume boasts some pretty impressive numbers:

Most UFC heavyweight champion defenses at three (which is tied with Couture and Tim Sylvia)

Most consecutive UFC heavyweight championship defenses at three

Most strikes landed in a fight with 361 vs. Mark Hunt

Four “Performance of the Night” bonuses and three “Fight of the Night” honors

And, if you believe in those kind of things, Fight Matrix also calls Miocic the Lineal MMA heavyweight champion.

After stunning Werdum in 2016 for the title – in Brazil no less – Miocic went on to defend the belt vs. Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou. The wins vs. Overeem and JDS both came via finish, with the former NCAA Div. I wrestler going the full 25 minutes in dispatching of Ngannou.

A member of the Strong Style Fight Team out of Independence, Ohio, Miocic is a fighter anybody can like. He doesn’t get in trouble. He comes from the heart of the U.S. He doesn’t look like an over-grown muscle-freak. He still works as a firefighter by day – and night.

Miocic will put his belt and his six-fight win streak on the line vs. the reigning light heavyweight champion – and a former unbeaten heavyweight fighter – in Cormier, this weekend.

When it is all said and done, regardless of how many more title defenses he makes, Miocic will definitely go up on the wall as an all-time great fighter and an all-time great person.

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Greg Hardy Injured in Football Game, UFC Career on Hold

NFL player and accused domestic abuser Greg Hardy made a splash in the Octagon recently when he scored a knockout on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series”. He earned a UFC contract, but also earned a good bit of uproar because he once wound up in cuffs for beating his woman, and why would the UFC even hire this guy?

Well, karma stepped in and meted out some justice.

Despite being the proud owner of a UFC contract, Hardy still plays football, albeit arena football. And young homie injured his knee.

Here’s ESPN:

Former NFL player turned MMA fighter Greg Hardy suffered a knee injury in an arena football game Saturday night.

Hardy, who also currently stars for the Richmond Roughriders of the American Arena League, was hurt in the first quarter of the Roughriders’ 57-43 win over the Carolina Energy. Hardy is expected to get the knee examined by doctors in the coming days, sources told ESPN. The severity of the injury is unclear at this time.

The timing is unfortunate for Hardy, who won his professional mixed martial arts debut four days prior to the football game and was subsequently signed by the UFC. According to sources, Hardy isn’t sure if the knee injury will delay his next fight, which hasn’t been signed yet.

*Cue sad trombone music*

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Urijah Faber’s Tap Dancing Career in Jeopardy

Urijah Faber is now retired from competition, so the salty and beloved veteran is living the good life, training and coaching dudes and jet-setting around the world to corner his fighters. In fact, he’s in Singapore, for UFC Fight Night 132, for his boy Teruto Ishihara.

So life is good.

Except for the fact that his foot was run over by a car.

There’s a joke to be made about Asian drivers, but I won’t make it because it’s racist. However, I will say that the drivers in Thailand were terrifying…

Anyway, here’s Faber’s foot, courtesy of an Instagram post. Methinks Faber might not be dancing too much on Saturday night.

Urijah Faber’s Tap Dancing Career in Jeopardy

Urijah Faber is now retired from competition, so the salty and beloved veteran is living the good life, training and coaching dudes and jet-setting around the world to corner his fighters. In fact, he’s in Singapore, for UFC Fight Night 132, for his boy Teruto Ishihara.

So life is good.

Except for the fact that his foot was run over by a car.

There’s a joke to be made about Asian drivers, but I won’t make it because it’s racist. However, I will say that the drivers in Thailand were terrifying…

Anyway, here’s Faber’s foot, courtesy of an Instagram post. Methinks Faber might not be dancing too much on Saturday night.