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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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UFC on Fox 29 Salaries: Dustin Poirier Earns Event-High $170K in ‘Fight of the Year’ Contender

Dustin Poirier earned every bit of his salary against Justin Gaethje in the
UFC on Fox 29 headliner.
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UFC 223 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov Earns Decision Over Al Iaquinta, Wins Belt

Dagestani bear-wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov has dominated all he’s faced, and done more than enough to earn a crack at the UFC lightweight belt. But man, getting him to the cage for such a bout has been an impossible task.

More than once, he was supposed to face Tony Ferguson for some kind of belt, with the last go-around slated for tonight’s UFC 223. But… we all know how that’s turned out.

So everyone give a big round of applause to Al Iaquinta, who was supposed to face Paul Felder on this card, but is now set to be the man to take on Nurmagomedov. Can Iaquinta survive the Dagestani’s killer wrestling and ground and pound? Can he score the upset to end all upsets?

Iaquinta comes out for the first wielding all sorts of pressure and with his right hand cocked. That lasts about a minute, at which point Nurmagomedov hits the takedown and makes his life miserable with suffocating wrestler rides and top control. Iaquinta doesn’t wilt though, and makes it to the end of the round.

Ditto for Round 2, with Nurmagomedov wrestling the bejeezus out of him, and Iaquinta surviving to the bell.

Things get a little more interesting in the third, with Iaquinta stuffing a takedown and Nurmagomedov content to jab him into oblivion. Iaquinta is soon bloody, but it’s clear he doesn’t care on bit about that, because now’s his chance to throw leather. He doesn’t score much with his boxing, and Nurmagomedov’s jab is ever present, but… who would’ve thought a fighter who took this bout on a day’s notice would last this long against Nurmagomedov?

Round 4 is a carbon copy of Round 3, with Iaquinta stuffing more and more takedown attempts. However, Nurmagomedov gets him down in the fifth, and once again it’s all about Iaquinta struggling to stay alive.

Which he does.

Nurmagomedov takes the clear-cut decision and earns himself the lightweight championship title, but how the heck did Iaquinta do better against the Dagestani than everyone else?

 

Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta via Unanimous Decision

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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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TUF 26 Finale Results: Nicco Montano Defeats Roxanne Modafferi, Earns 125-Pound Belt

As the old saying goes, ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ – although in the case of two-time TUF vet Roxanne Modafferi, it’s about fighting in championship bouts and never managing to win a belt. Just as she did when she fought for a Strikeforce title and an Invicta FC title, Roxy battled hard at last […]

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Jim Ross: It’s ‘guaranteed’ Conor McGregor earns a massive WWE paycheck some day

WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross believes Conor McGregor will pop up in wrestling sooner or later.

Conor McGregor may or may not be making a surprise appearance at WrestleMania next year, but as far as WWE announcer Jim Ross is concerned, a run in pro wrestling is inevitable.

Ross was on The Herd with Colin Cowherd and shared his predictions on McGregor’s future.

“I know that he’s an amazing performer, and amazing talent,” he said. “And I have a great respect for the UFC, everything they do, and him. There’s no way you can convince me will not earn a massive check from Vince McMahon some day in the future.”

“It will not be a career deal, it will be a one-off special occasion, massive promotion. I would suggest maybe at a WrestleMania somewhere down the road. The attraction’s there, the marketing’s there, the money’s there. Why not make it happen? And so I think Conor is guaranteed for that, and I also think that Conor’s not done in the Octagon, either. I think that he’s a competitor. He likes to prove he’s the alpha male.”

McGregor revealed back in January that he had turned down offers from the WWE, which has only fueled much less substantial rumors that he’d appear at 2018′s WrestleMania 34 on April 8th in New Orleans.

But if McGregor is going to do it, both the UFC and WWE are willing to say whatever it takes to keep his participation a secret. Dana White recently claimed to have texted Vince McMahon about the rumors, with Vince replying “News to me!”

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UFC 214 Salaries: Jon Jones Takes Reported $500,000, While Daniel Cormier Earns $1 Million

Jon Jones might have knocked out Daniel Cormier and taken back the light heavyweight title at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, but as far as the official books go, Cormier still took home twice what Jones did.
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UFC 214 Salaries: Jon Jones Takes Reported $500,000, While Daniel Cormier Earns $1 Million

Jon Jones might have knocked out Daniel Cormier and taken back the light heavyweight title at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, but as far as the official books go, Cormier still took home twice what Jones did.
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