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Jared Cannonier Steps in to Face David Branch at UFC 230 on Nov. 3

David Branch will get to remain on the UFC 230 bill, as Jared Cannonier has agreed to face the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product on short notice.
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David Green named as head of Bellator in Europe

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As Bellator 206 ‘Mousasi vs MacDonald’ took place September 29, 2018 exclusively on DAZN, Bellator MMA dropped another announcement. David Green was officially named as head of Bellator’s European operation.

Bellator 206 “Mousasi vs. MacDonald” took place September 29, 2018 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. Before the co-main event had even taken place, Bellator MMA had more news to announce.

Company President Scott Coker announced that David Green would officially become “Head of Bellator Europe,” reporting to Coker and overseeing Bellator’s European expansion. This expansion is set to include an all new Western Europe-based fight series, details of which were not fully available in said announcement. Coker did offer these comments.

“We are pleased to welcome David to the Bellator team. His experience and knowledge of the U.K. market makes him a great addition to the organization. We look forward to him being an integral part of Bellator’s growth as we continue to expand our footprint within the region.”

Prior to accepting this position with Bellator, Green was the founder and CEO of BAMMA dating back to its inception in 2009. Green oversaw BAMMA’s TV rights negotiations and partnerships for 38 successful events held all across Europe. Obviously that body of experience bodes well for Bellator’s European plans going forward.

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Report: ‘Jacare’ Souza, David Branch to Collide at UFC 230

Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweights David Branch and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza are set to collide at UFC 230 in New York City this November after some back-and-forth between the two camps.
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UFC Fight Night 128 Results: David Branch Scores Upset Knockout Over Thiago Santos

David Branch did well in his run in the World Series of Fighting, but come on, it was the WSOF – how good could someone be there?

Thiago Santos is a Brazilian striker who’s been knocking ’em dead lately. Given Branch’s propensity for being good and methodical at striking but not great, this could be a tough one for the American.

As expected, Santos is all confidence and leg-kicks, and he’s taking big chunks out of Branch’s calf while the jiu-jitsu black belt tries to throw them hands.

And then Branch steps in with an overhand right that catches Santos square on the chin, and Santos is out cold.

Well, that was surprising.

Results: David Branch def. Thiago Santos via KO (Punch) at 2:30, R1

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Midnight Mania! Jason David Frank recounts almost getting into brawl with Jean Claude Van Damme

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Jean Claude Van Damme and Jason David Frank (the Green Power Ranger and erstwhile MMA fighter) nearly got into a brawl at La Mole Comic Con recently in Mexico, with Jason going so far as to clinch the revered martial artist up against the wall.

It isn’t the first time the two have had beef. They rubbed each other the wrong way from the first time they met; in 2010, Frank heard Van Damme was looking for a real fight, and issued a public challenge. Nothing ever came of it, until this past Saturday, when they met at a Comic Con event they both were booked for in Mexico. Flo Combat’s Damon Martin interviewed Frank to explain:

“The promoter contacted me and asked if Jean Claude Van Damme could borrow my green room and share the room,” Frank told FloCombat in an exclusive interview. “The first thing in my head was yeah, he’s a big star, he doesn’t need to ask. I don’t hold a grudge. So I said yeah, I’ll share it no big deal.

“I never expected us to talk about old times or anything because it was so long ago and there was no response [about the fight]. I didn’t even think he knew about it. So they asked me to use the room and no big deal.”

As Frank told it, Van Damme and his security had completely claimed the room when he arrived. Instead of making a big deal out of it, he went to another room to wait for Van Damme to leave. Someone approached him to relay a request from Van Damme to take a photo together. But when he arrived in the room, it was clear Van Damme wasn’t there for a freindly photograph.

“All of his crew comes out and everybody has their cameras out and he has this professional camera, I’m not sure if he’s shooting a reality show or what, but all the cameras are on and he comes out of the room and straight up to me and he goes ‘hey you like writing articles about people, you want to beat my ass?” Frank said recounting the altercation. “You gonna apologize for that?’ and I said nope. He goes ‘you think you can still beat my ass?’ and I said yeah.

“He said ‘OK let’s do it right now’. I mean I thought it was all a joke but his security was all filming this and I heard them talking in the back and it was clear that he was trying to punk me. Either make me look bad or throw a punch first.”

At this point Van Damme put down his stuff, and Frank took off his necklace and watch. That’s when it got physical.

“I clinched him up and pushed him back, not in a violent way, in a respectful way that if you want to do this, let’s do this,” Frank said. “The whole time everybody is filming me and no security people are coming but everybody in his entourage is filming. So I clinched up with him and put him against the wall and he’s talking and he froze up and I raised my knee and said ‘do you want to this?’ and he doesn’t do anything so I let go.

“I backed away and he starts saying ‘well be careful what you say, you never know what I’m gonna do’. So that’s when it escalated and his security guy came in and broke it up.”

Frank said that once he let go of the clinch, and security arrived, Van Damme got belligerent again. In the video, you can hear Frank reference Chuck Zito, who infamously knocked out Van Damme with a two-piece combination at a topless bar in the 1990s.

“Security came and broke it up and that’s when he starts saying ‘f*ck you’ and I told him come on. Why don’t you come in the cage or the ring? Why are you doing this at Comic Con?” Frank said. “And then his security is trying to get my phone to take away the footage.

“My point is if he has all the footage and it’s gonna make him look really bad. It doesn’t belong at Comic Con. It belongs in a ring or a cage. I’m not bitter but he’s acting childish.”

He made it clear that, while he was not about to be punked in front of cameras, he didn’t start a fight. He clinched up with Van Damme because he thought a fight was imminent, but once he grabbed the movie star behind the neck, Van Damme didn’t do anything.

“I was on edge thinking he’s going to fight right now. He was trying to punk me so I got ready,” Frank said. “I wasn’t the aggressor but he showed no response. If somebody grabbed me behind the neck, I’d knock them out. I did that and he didn’t do anything. Security didn’t break it up. He’s got his whole entourage around us and they looked hungry. But when I threw that knee that didn’t even touch him and he cowered up.

“When I let him go, he starts popping off and then when security got all around him he starts popping off even more. I just told him don’t punk me. He was trying to punk me and bully me and I don’t do that.”

“I’m not going to get punked like that and I think he was shocked that I stood up to him,” Frank said. “I was never bitter and I’m still not bitter but I’m a fighter.”

Frank was clear in the interview and on Instagram afterwards that he doesn’t hold a grudge against Van Damme and still enjoys his movies, especially Bloodsport.


Georges St. Pierre said that Saturday was the best night of his career. He should be happy- it was an incredible night for him and for everyone who tuned it to watch UFC 217.

Even Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, congratulated St. Pierre.

GSP’s win was very much unlike his previous run. This was his first knockdown-to finish moment in more than a decade. It was a downright heroic finish.

Rose Namajunas is absolutely adorable as well as terrifying. She’s got a UFC belt AND ripe tomatoes, so she’s pretty happy.

I hadn’t realized Rose sparred with Valentina Shevchenko (who beat Jedrzejczyk three times in Muay Thai competition a long time ago) to prepare for this title bout.

And thanks also to these wonderful ladies @bulletvalentina @antonina_muaythai you guys are the best! ❤️

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Rose cold-blooded stare was the perfect foil to Joanna’s mind games:

Pretty much:

It WAS the ultimate dudebro fight.

Dillashaw’s famous sparring partner congratulated him on the win:

I am sure Cody will be back, and I would be surprised at anything but a trilogy between him and TJ Dillashaw- even if he insists the only person that beats him is himself.

Daniel Cormier sums up the reactions of us all:

Stephen Thompson was left hanging after his clean decision win over Jorge Masvidal

Demetrious Johnson wants to know who is taller:

who’s taller?

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Nice rear-naked choke from A.J. Green:

My reaction was the same as Jessica Eye’s. This can’t be real news from Paige VanZant. I know the UFC is all money fights now, but there have to be limits. She’s coming off a loss to Michelle Waterson.

Volkan and DC spent some time talking trash to each other ahead of their planned clash next year:

This was indeed a strange-looking KO by OSP

Nice art from Boss Logic:

Brunson called out Michael Bisping since Rockhold keeps turning him down:

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

From the weekend:

I’m not sure what was going on here, and as such I can’t give my approval to this behavior.

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UFC 218 Update: Drakkar Klose, David Teymur to Lock Horns in Detroit on Dec. 2

A lightweight battle pitting Drakkar Klose against David Teymur has been added to the UFC 218 lineup.
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One Tabs Aung La N Sang-Alain Ngalani ‘David vs. Goliath’ Bout for Nov. 3 in Myanmar

One Championship titleholder Aung La N Sang‘s reputation as a giant killer is due to be tested again.
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David Rickels Moves to Welterweight, Faces Brennan Ward at Bellator 185 on Oct. 20

Former lightweight title challenger David Rickels will try his hand at 170 pounds when he faces Brennan Ward at Bellator 185.
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UFC Fight Night 116 Weigh-in Results: Luke Rockhold, David Branch Cleared for Combat

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will venture to Pittsburgh for the third time Saturday, as the promotion will host a 10-bout card at PPG Paints Arena.
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Ciro Rodrigues Flattens UFC Vet David Michaud in Legacy Fighting Alliance 19 Headliner

Ciro Rodrigues built his reputation on a successful run on the regional circuit in his native Brazil and aimed to make a splash in his United States debut on Friday in the Legacy Fighting Alliance 19 main event.
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