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Bellator MMA Inks Ex-UFC Champ Benson Henderson to New Long-Term, Exclusive Deal

Benson Henderson isn’t going anywhere.
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Bellator MMA Inks Ex-UFC Champ Benson Henderson to New Long-Term, Exclusive Deal

Benson Henderson isn’t going anywhere.
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Manager: UFC Champ Khabib Nurmagomedov Seeking At Least $50 Milllion for Next Bout

Khabib Nurmagomedov just beat the biggest star in mixed martial arts, and now, it appears as though he wants to be compensated accordingly.
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UFC Moncton: Anthony Smith Delivers Warning to Jon Jones in Response to Former Champ

It remains to be seen if Anthony Smith ends up facing Jon Jones in the coming months, but “Lionheart” delivered a warning to the former, light-heavyweight champ, following his win last night at UFC Moncton.

Smith took on fellow contender, Volkan Oezdemir in Saturday’s headliner, and proceeded to finish the feared striker with a rear-naked-choke in round three. Following round two, it looked like Oezdemir might be headed to victory, as he controlled much of the second frame. Smith, however, rebounded in round three, and scored the biggest win of his career.

Well, after the bout, Jones was asked for his take on Smith’s performance, and the star labelled it as “OK”. Smith was asked to respond to Jones’ tweet, and here’s some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“If he ain’t worried about it, what’s he watching for?” Smith said. “Jon Jones should worry about Alexander Gustafsson first. I think that performance was exactly one Jon Jones would hate to see. You’re not going to get me out of there with a little bit of flash and some hard punches. That ain’t going to happen. But if I was Jon Jones, I would probably be a little bit more worried about Alexander Gustafsson than Anthony Smith right now.”

“(He’s not going to win) if he’s more focused about what me and Volkan Oezdemir are doing, that’s for damn sure,” Smith added. “The best Jon Jones has to show up to win that fight. I’d imagine with all the time off that Jon is going to train his ass off. He claims that he didn’t train at all for the first one, so the real Jon Jones shows up, I’d imagine he gets it done. I hope he does because that’s who I want. That’s no disrespect to Gustafsson. I want to be the man to take out Jon Jones, but he’s got to get through Gus first.”

There you have it. Now, Jones’ comments shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise really. While Smith showed a ton of heart last night, and once again, demonstrated he’s a very dangerous fighter, he didn’t cruise through Oezdemir. It should also be noted that Jones didn’t come out and outright, criticize Smith’s performance either.

Smith is on point in noting that Jones should worry about beating Gustafsson first, after all, their first fight in 2013 was very competitive, and “The Mauler” has remained a top contender for a reason. The two will rematch on December 29th at UFC 232, which will go down in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Friday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Friday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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