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Brian Ortega Defends Decision to Decline Short-Notice Bout at UFC 226: ‘I’m No Yes Man’

Brian Ortega spent UFC 226 as a spectator, watching from the stands as Daniel Cormier became the second simultaneous two-division champion in promotion history.
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Dana White Defends Decision to Put CM Punk on UFC 225 Main Card

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White has defended the decision to include former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Phil Brooks — better known as “CM Punk” — on the UFC 225 main card June 9
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Raquel Pennington’s Coach Defends Sending Out for Fifth Round

In the main event of UFC 224 on Saturday night, challenger Raquel Pennington gave champ Amanda Nunes everything she had, but it wasn’t even close. Pennington took a beating.

But Pennington is hella resilient, and always has been, so she hung in there. That is, until the fourth round ended, at which point Pennington went back to her corner and informed her coach she was done.

Coach Jason Kutz wasn’t having it. He ignored her, and she went out for the fifth round, took even more of a beating, and was eventually TKO’d.

Many were appalled at Kutz’s seeming lack of compassion for his fighter. Did Pennington really need to take all that extra damage? If she said she was done, then she should’ve been done – right?

Kutz appeared on “The MMA Hour” to defend himself.

“What I’m going to say is, the way she said it, and more importantly, the look in her eye — that’s what I don’t think people understand,” Kutz said. “When you spend four hours a day doing what she does and doing what we do, I know her. I can read her face like a book. And I know that had she stopped [the fight] right then and there, and I’ve talked to her about this afterward — like, ‘Hey, in 10 years when you look back at this, I think you’d be kicking yourself in the pants had you not gone out there.’

“I knew it was going to take an extraordinary effort, because she had to stop Amanda. She had to do something huge, right? Something extra ordinary. And if I didn’t think that Raquel could do something extraordinary, then hey, we would’ve went the other way with it. And the thing is, like I said, the mentality of her at that moment, I just felt if she could somehow flip it around and go out there and do something extraordinary, we got a chance. And you know what? She trained her ass off for a long time to get this title shot, and in the fifth round of the title fight, I know her leg hurts, but hey, I thought that she could go out there and go.”

What do you think? Should Pennington’s coach have thrown in the towel before Round 5?

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Yoshitaka Naito Defends Against Alex Silva at One’s ‘Warriors of the World’ in Bangkok

One Championship’s next trip to Thailand now has a title bout in store with undefeated Japanese 125-pound champion Yoshitaka Naito facing Brazil’s Alex Silva.
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Yoshitaka Naito Defends Against Alex Silva at One’s ‘Warriors of the World’ in Bangkok

One Championship’s next trip to Thailand now has a title bout in store with undefeated Japanese 125-pound champion Yoshitaka Naito facing Brazil’s Alex Silva.
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Yoshitaka Naito Defends Against Alex Silva at One’s ‘Warriors of the World’ in Bangkok

One Championship’s next trip to Thailand now has a title bout in store with undefeated Japanese 125-pound champion Yoshitaka Naito facing Brazil’s Alex Silva.
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Urijah Faber defends comments ‘drunk’ Snoop Dogg made about Mayweather vs. McGregor

Combat fight fans were thrown for a surprising loop a few months back when UFC announced rapper Snoop Dogg would join former bantamweight superstar Urijah Faber in the booth to call “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.” Snoop Dogg had never done play-by-play before and knew little about the intricacies of mixed martial arts (MMA), so it was going to be a work in progress.

According to “The California Kid,” the weed-smoking rapper exceeded all expectations.

“Man, I thought [Snoop Dogg] did amazing,” Faber said during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “The funny thing is, you know, what you get with Snoop is just a guy that’s being extremely real and passionate. It was cool. It was just a different type of eyeball on the fights. He’s a guy that’s just saying exactly what he sees. If a guy is laying on his back, he’s not thinking, ‘oh, is he going to go for a knee bar?,’ he’s thinking, ‘why is the guy laying on his back?’”

While the prolific hip-hop artist did fairly well on the mic alongside Faber, he made alarming comments outside of the booth following UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s loss to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. last month. Snoop Dogg blasted McGregor in a vulgar outburst caught on camera and provided further fuel for MMA fighters to dislike his view on the sport.

“He has a good knowledge of the sport from a spectator level, but it was fun to kind of teach him and just realize that like, this is just purely watching a fight with Snoop Dogg, not him having to be biased, not him having to do this – even I made a joke that he was gonna be banned from the first fight after the Conor McGregor fight because I think he was probably drunk and had said some stuff that pissed a bunch of people off, but, I mean, the guy’s just real, so I can appreciate that and I had a lot of fun,” Faber explained. “The way he treated me and other people was pretty great, he was a gentleman and as real as it gets.”

Even if Snoop Dogg handled himself with class inside of the booth, he may need to check himself outside of it if he desires to work with UFC again. Trashing McGregor isn’t off limits, but the fashion in which the Doggfather did it in most certainly is, especially for a guy who was hired to call fights.

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Top prospect Tom Duquesnoy submits Alan Philpott, defends bantamweight title at BAMMA 27

Tom Duquesnoy is still a two-division BAMMA champion, though he could soon be plying his trade on a grander stage.

Duquesnoy, a highly regarded 23-year-old prospect who trains out of Jackson-Winkeljohn, defended his BAMMA bantamweight title on Friday, finishing Alan Philpott via second-round rear-naked choke at BAMMA’s co-promoted show with Bellator in Dublin, Ireland.

The fight marked the final bout on the BAMMA contract of Duquesnoy (14-1), who currently reigns as the promotion’s 135-pound and 145-pound champion. The Frenchman has now gone unbeaten in 11 consecutive contests since his lone career loss to Makwan Amirkhani in 2013, with eight of those wins coming by way of stoppage. And considering his current run, it may not be long until the UFC comes calling.

Catch video of the finish below.

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Urijah Faber defends his legacy: ‘I was the world champion’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s been the quickest, cheapest knock on the career of Urijah Faber: People, usually new on the MMA bandwagon, dismiss Faber’s record in championship matches in an attempt to run down his legacy.

But while he came up short in several UFC title challenges, Faber was, in fact, a world champion during his heyday. Faber held the WEC featherweight championship for more than 2-12 years from early 2006 until November 2008 as the company exploded onto the national spotlight at the height of the MMA boom.

That belt was the direct lineal descendant of the 145-pound belt recently held by Conor McGregor, and which was worn for six years and will once again be defended by Jose Aldo.

The WEC belt was the world title at 145 pounds during Faber’s day. And as Faber gets set for his final career fight on Saturday against Brad Pickett, an otherwise easygoing media scrum got a little testy as Faber defended his legacy.

“The truth is, it depends on how educated you are on the sport,” Faber said. “At the time [the WEC] was owned by the UFC, by Zuffa, it was the only organization that was promoting at the time. The guys that know, know.“

It wasn’t just Faber, of course. The WEC’s legacy fighters, who held world titles everywhere from flyweight to lightweight in the WEC or the UFC or both, speak for themselves.

“We had Jose Aldo, and Jens Pulver, and Mighty Mouse, and Dominick Cruz, and everyone under the sun,” Faber said. “[Anthony] Pettis, these guys were all champions in the WEC and the UFC. There is no doubt I was the world champion when that was the world championship belt.”

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Urijah Faber defends his legacy: ‘I was the world champion’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s been the quickest, cheapest knock on the career of Urijah Faber: People, usually new on the MMA bandwagon, dismiss Faber’s record in championship matches in an attempt to run down his legacy.

But while he came up short in several UFC title challenges, Faber was, in fact, a world champion during his heyday. Faber held the WEC featherweight championship for more than 2-12 years from early 2006 until November 2008 as the company exploded onto the national spotlight at the height of the MMA boom.

That belt was the direct lineal descendant of the 145-pound belt recently held by Conor McGregor, and which was worn for six years and will once again be defended by Jose Aldo.

The WEC belt was the world title at 145 pounds during Faber’s day. And as Faber gets set for his final career fight on Saturday against Brad Pickett, an otherwise easygoing media scrum got a little testy as Faber defended his legacy.

“The truth is, it depends on how educated you are on the sport,” Faber said. “At the time [the WEC] was owned by the UFC, by Zuffa, it was the only organization that was promoting at the time. The guys that know, know.“

It wasn’t just Faber, of course. The WEC’s legacy fighters, who held world titles everywhere from flyweight to lightweight in the WEC or the UFC or both, speak for themselves.

“We had Jose Aldo, and Jens Pulver, and Mighty Mouse, and Dominick Cruz, and everyone under the sun,” Faber said. “[Anthony] Pettis, these guys were all champions in the WEC and the UFC. There is no doubt I was the world champion when that was the world championship belt.”

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