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Heavyweight Prospect Tyrell Fortune Returns to Face Josue Lugo at Bellator 201

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Tyrell Fortune will square off against Josue Lugo at Bellator 201.
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Face Off! ‘Reaper’ Stares Down ‘Soldier’ In Chicago

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held a special media gathering for the top names of UFC 225, including Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, who collide this Saturday night (June 9, 2018) inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The pair will run it back in “The Windy City” to see if the result is any different than UFC 213, where “The Reaper” captured a hard-fought decision victory over “Soldier of God” after five rounds of intense middleweight action.

Watch them face off above.

Also getting their hands dirty at UFC 225 are co-headliners Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The Brazilian is trying to add a second division title to his collection by turning away “Chaos,” who wants the interim title in this weekend’s showdown to guarantee him a Tyron Woodley title-unification bout.

Check out their lippy staredown, also embedded above.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 225 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

For much more on this weekend’s UFC 225 event click here.

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UFC Signs Italian Welterweight Carlo Pedersoli Jr. to Face Bradley Scott at UFC Liverpool

It seems that Bradley Scott has found an opponent for UFC Liverpool.
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UFC Signs Italian Welterweight Carlo Pedersoli Jr. to Face Bradley Scott at UFC Liverpool

It seems that Bradley Scott has found an opponent for UFC Liverpool.
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UFC Signs Italian Welterweight Carlo Pedersoli Jr. to Face Bradley Scott at UFC Liverpool

It seems that Bradley Scott has found an opponent for UFC Liverpool.
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‘Semtex’ Unhappy With Bellator, But Very Happy To Punch Fitch In The Face

Bellator 199: “Bader vs. King Mo” takes place this Saturday night (May 12, 2018) at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., featuring an exciting Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament match in the main event of the evening as 205-pound kingpin, Ryan Bader (24-5), takes on Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC) in the final first round bracket bout.

Meanwhile, you can also look forward to a big match in the Bellator MMA debut of Jon Fitch (30-7-1, 1 NC) against the very hard-hitting Paul Daley (40-15-2). Daley earned the nickname “Semtex” after a form of highly compact and powerful explosive, which suits the 5’9” fighter with 30 mixed martial arts (MMA) wins by knockout (and 14 in kickboxing) very well.

Fitch had a reputation in UFC, though, for “making good fighters look bad.” He’s a relentless grinding wrestler with some power in his hands (five knockouts) and a decent Brazilian jiu-jitsu game (six submissions) whose single biggest asset is that he will never ever quit in a fight (19 decisions).

MMAmania.com recently spoke with “Semtex” about facing Fitch in San Jose — a fight he campaigned for and which he’s happy to take — even if Fitch may be a local favorite thanks to American Kickboxing Academy (AKA).

“I’m happy to be fighting. It could have been anybody really, but I’m just happy to be fighting. I’ve always performed well in San Jose. I know it’s his hometown, but I like to think that people know when they come to see me fight that there’s gonna be some kind of entertainment and they’re gonna get their money’s worth. And that’s what I’m looking forward to — I’m just looking forward to going out there and fighting, finally.”

That “finally” is the tip of a Titanic-sized iceberg. Daley has been unhappy in Bellator for a while and wasn’t shy about addressing it with the media before the Fitch fight.

“I feel like I should have been put out (to fight) a lot sooner than that, they obviously thought different, whether it’s the fact that I’ve got two fights left or what. What I don’t get is … I speak to people at Bellator and I don’t feel like I’m valued. Well, if I’m not valued why are you holding me for these cards? Why don’t you just put me out? Put me in your Pechanga Casinos, put me in your smaller shows, just get rid of me. They say one thing and they’re doing another.”

If I can speak directly to the readers for a moment, it’s a little awkward to have a fighter dogging a promotion on a call it arranged to promote an upcoming event. It wasn’t going to get easier.

“So either value me and treat me like you value me or you just put me out and let me run my contract and go somewhere else. That’s just how I feel. This is why I’m happy to be fighting because promises have been made and promises haven’t been kept. Bellator is saying this shit is like because I didn’t accept the MVP fight. Well, I’ve made it clear, I’m not going to beat Lorenz Larkin, who’s beat a former UFC Welterweight champion, who was ranked in the Top 10 when he left UFC, and go and fight MVP who hasn’t fought anybody and in his last performance looked horrendous against Fernando Gonzalez, a guy that I beat with one hand! Like, no, I don’t want that fight, give me a big name.”

Just to connect all the dots together here, Daley is referencing Larkin’s fight with Robbie Lawler and his kickboxing match with Gonzalez, so by his “MMA math” he’s bypassed a Michael “Venom” Page fight.

“Jon Fitch, um, the match up isn’t great for me as far as wrestlers versus strikers in my history book. Thankfully, Scott Coker listened to me and gave me someone that I’m worthy of fighting coming on the back of a win like Lorenz Larkin, and that’s that. As you can hear I’m not happy with the promotion, I don’t even want to be doing these hour-long interviews that I have to, not because I don’t like doing media, but because these guys treat me like I’m not valued.”

At this point, the dark clouds looming overhead threatened to rain on Fitch vs. Daley entirely, but thankfully “Semtex” brought it back into perspective by praising his opponent ahead of the fight.

“This is a great fight. Like I said, this is the kind of fight that I feel makes sense coming off the Larkin fight. He was a champion of another promotion and in that run as champion he beat some other fantastic guys. This is a good fight, this is the type of fight that I’m happy to be having. Do I wish it would have came sooner? Yes. I think Fitch — despite him being a little older than he was in his prime — he’s still a world class operator. So I’m happy that a fight like this has been put together.”

Bad weather nearly ruined Fitch’s last fight, and coincidentally, Fitch wasn’t happy in his promotion, either. He’s coming to Bellator looking for sunnier days, while Daley may be trying to make a statement on his way out of the sport altogether.

“My mind’s right for this fight so, I think that’s the key to this fight, my mind’s right. I know what I have to do, I’m relaxed, and yeah I’m ready to perform. I’m not too concerned about the titles no more. I just want to fight. I’m 12 months left in this sport, and I just want to fight big fights, fights that my fans will love. That’s why I’m still here and that’s why I keep heading up these cards in America, because people like to see me fight, so who cares who it is? Just bring me bodies.”

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Bader vs. King Mo” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Raphael Assuncao to Face Rob Font at UFC 226 in Las Vegas on July 7

A bantamweight clash pitting Raphael Assuncao against Rob Font has been added to the UFC 226 lineup.
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Raphael Assuncao to Face Rob Font at UFC 226 in Las Vegas on July 7

A bantamweight clash pitting Raphael Assuncao against Rob Font has been added to the UFC 226 lineup.
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Midnight Mania! McGregor in Custody, Will Face Assault Charges

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight, especially when Conor throws a dolly through a bus window

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Conor McGregor turned himself into police custody and is officially under arrest, as of 10:23 ET. He has multiple charges pending, per Ariel Helwani and NBC News.

This follows his wild day of throwing a dolly through a bus window, injuring several, as he targeted one half of UFC 223’s main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib had confronted his teammate Artem Lobov the day before over a video Lobov made in which he spoke ill of Khabib. McGregor flew in from Ireland, showing up unexpectedly on media day. He found his way to the bus with a cadre of followers, and, after picking up a barricade, hurled a dolly through the window of a bus on which Khabib, as well as several other fighters and managers were sitting. Michael Chiesa suffered multiple lacerations and his fight with Anthony Pettis was cancelled; Ray Borg had small pieces of glass in his eye and his fight with Brandon Moreno was also cancelled. Artem Lobov, who was with McGregor during the fracas, had his fight with Alex Caceres cancelled as well. The UFC issued a statement in which it stated McGregor would not be welcome at UFC 223. Dana White, with his typical hyperbole, referred to the event as the most disgusting thing to happen in UFC history.

This isn’t the first aberrant behavior for the Irishman, who slapped an official and shoved a referee at a Bellator event last year, and allegedly got into a bar fight with the father of an Irish mobster, leading many to fear for his life. I posited back then we were seeing a familiar story, the descent of a superstar who has no higher mountains left to conquer. Graduating from monster cans and fines to dollies and jail time certainly supports that hypothesis.

Mug shots coming soon.


Insomnia

Stipe Miocic updated the official record:

McGregor’s escape didn’t last long.

This is no bueno. I feel bad for Ray Borg, and hope there is no permanent damage to his eyes.

Nick Newell wants to step in and fight Anthony Pettis- why not?

Even Norm Kelly, a city councilor in Toronto, had a take.

Jim Miller wrote a ballad about McGregor and cocaine

Dana White is hyperbolic but he’s right that it’s serious.

@frankie__lara @its_chowbacca

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Khabib wasn’t even close to phased.

We interrupt this McGregor stream to bring you Sage Northcutt’s day:

And some good news amidst the destruction:

Nate Diaz sticking up for McGregor wasn’t what I expected, but he did brawl with Nurmagomedov himself after all.

Someone dug up this old picture, which is how the memes came rolling in.

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Cormier clarifies that the Dagestani knuckle game cartel was not, in fact, present, or things would have gotten a lot worse.

True punishment.

This was the clip that sealed it.

Another aside: Mike Perry wants to fight Emil Meek. Platinum vs. Valhalla.

Eventually it became true.

Justin Gaethje’s take is succinct.

Fortunately McGregor turned himself in and didn’t climb a tower.

A side note on Ali Abelaziz, who was in the bus with Khabib. He’s among MMA’s shadiest characters.

Gotta admit this made me laugh.

View from inside the bus:

Indeed a strange day.

Mike Jackson finally got his fight with CM Punk, which means Punk is headed for his second L.

Before it all went down:

Felice Herrig’s video of the incident:

Hawaii Tourism Authority “shutting down” a UFC event in Hawaii wasn’t exactly true- they just wanted a cut of the money.

This is awesome artwork of Rose Namajunas

She’s got the Run The Jewels stamp of approval.

Let’s hope after all this that Khabib does make weight.

Good point


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‘Cowboy’ Steps In To Face Condit At UFC On FOX 29

The great part of having the biggest roster in mixed martial arts (MMA) is having plenty of options to call up for a last-minute bout in case the injury bug bites. And the bug has been active as of late, as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently lost a big fight between Matt Brown and Carlos Condit after “Immortal” tore his ACL, subsequently forcing him out of the upcoming UFC on FOX 29 event on April 14, 2018, in Glendale, Arizona.

Stepping up to take Brown’s place will be Alex Oliveira, who will face “Natural Born Killer” in the co-headlining act of the FOX-televised event on just 11 days notice, according to a report from MMA Fighting. Oliveira hasn’t competed since Dec. 2017 when he suffered a third round technical knockout loss to Yancy Medeiros in what was a highly-entertaining Welterweight war (highlights). Prior to that, “Cowboy” was the proud earner of a four-fight win streak.

As for Condit, he has seen better days after dropping his last three bouts inside the Octagon to Robbie Lawler, Demian Maia and more recently against Neil Magny last December. Indeed, the former UFC interim Welterweight champion needs a win in a bad way after recently cutting his retirement short.

As for the fight itself, fight fans should be in for an entertaining affair as both men are keen on letting the action play out on the feet, totaling of 11 “Fight Night” bonuses between them.

UFC on FOX 29 will be headlined by a rather intriguing Lightweight scrap between Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier. To see who else is competing at the event click here.

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