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Cage Warriors 98 Weigh-in Results: Welterweight Title Fight Official in Birmingham

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship weekend kicked off Friday afternoon in Birmingham, England, with the official CW 98 weigh-ins. On Saturday, CW welterweight champion Stefano Paterno will put his belt on the line at the Genting Arena, where he will face undefeated Ross Houston.
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Cormier: Miocic Fight Wasn’t Hard And We Made No Money

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, got some blowback from the mixed martial arts (MMA) community when it was announced that “DC” would be defending his newly-won title against fan favorite, Derrick Lewis, and not former division kingpin, Stipe Miocic.

Heck, even “Black Beast” was in favor of booking the ex-champ.

But Cormier insists there is more to the story than simply being afraid of Miocic, who previously set the promotion’s record for title defenses prior to getting dismantled by the Olympian in their UFC 226 headliner back in July.

“I’m not trying to say I’m afraid of Stipe. I swear I’m not afraid of Stipe Miocic. Why would I be?” Cormier told MMAWeekly. “It just did not make sense right now. I don’t mind fighting him again. It’s not like it was the hardest fight.”

After recapturing the 205-pound crown at UFC 220 earlier this year, Cormier (21-1, 1 NC) returned to the heavyweight division for the first time in nearly five years to capture the crown that no longer belongs to teammate Cain Velasquez, melting Miocic by way of first-round fists.

While the victory was sweet — and the catalyst to a showdown that may be even sweeter — the event failed to move the needle and Cormier, as well as Miocic, were unable to capitalize on pay-per-view points after the final tally.

Perhaps this is to blame?

“I do appreciate that he’s being vocal because shit man, maybe if he had done that in the beginning, maybe we would have made some money,” Cormier said. “The pay-per-view didn’t do that well because we did not make money. Obviously, issues sell. Maybe he’s trying to stir the pot a little bit to get some interest in our fight.”

Just business, bro.

Cormier will tangle with Lewis in the UFC 230 main event on Sat., Nov. 3, 2018 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the winner moving on to fight Brock Lesnar in early 2019, presumably with the heavyweight strap on the line.

Sorry, Stipe.

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Undefeated Prospect Alexey Kunchenko to Test Yushin Okami at UFC Fight Night Adelaide

UFC Fight Night Adelaide continues to take shape as the Ultimate Fighting Championship has added a welterweight matchup.
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Stephen Thompson Still Wants To Fight Robbie Lawler But ‘Ball Is Now In His Court’

Two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson reiterates he is still keen on a fight with former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler despite talks taking longer than expected.
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Masvidal Lobbied For Diaz Fight With Poirier Hurt

Just when you thought the UFC 230 line up was finally set, top lightweight contender, Dustin Poirier, was forced to withdraw due to injury, canceling one of the most anticipated bouts on the ever-troubled fight card.

As a result, Nate Diaz was removed from the card altogether, probably because he’s so damn finicky when it comes to opponents, which promptly ended any chance of Jorge Masvidal stepping up on short notice to throw hands in the “Big Apple.”

“I really wanted that fight,” Masvidal told BJPenn.com Radio. “I think I would’ve matched up very well. I would’ve put the money on me. I’ve got a lot of respect for Nate and Nick. Mainly because of their will. They don’t have the biggest skill set in the game but they probably got some of the most heart in the game.”

Masvidal is currently filming a reality television show but always seems ready to step-in when needed. Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same enthusiasm as “Gamebred,” which is likely why the 32-13 Floridian hasn’t competed since late 2017.

Diaz (19-11), meanwhile, has been out of action since his majority decision loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 back in summer 2016, probably because he can afford to fight when and where he wants (thanks to this).

To see the current UFC 230 fight card and line up click here.

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Latest WBKFF 1 Fight Card For ‘Hendricks Vs. Ward’ On Nov. 9

World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) 

Event: World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF): “Hendricks vs. Ward”
Date: Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET on pay-per-view (PPV)
Location: Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming (Directions)

WBKFF 1 Main Event:

Middleweight title fight: Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks vs. ”Irish” Brennan Ward

WBKFF 1 Fight Card:

Light Heavyweight title fight: Chris “The Crippler” Leben vs. ”The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni
Special Heavyweight attraction: Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman vs. Mike “The Rhino” Bourke
Women’s Flyweight title fight: Christina Marks vs. Jasmine Clarkson
Welterweight: Josh Neer vs. Mike Aldrete
Middleweight: Joey Angelo vs. Julian “Nitrane” Lane
Middleweight: Chris “Mighty Mouse” Yarborough vs. Brandon Dunivan

** All fights and fighters are subject to change. Additional undercard fights will be live-streamed prior to the PPV broadcast with full details to be announced. **

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

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For A Fake Fight, Fedor Sure Punched Chael Sonnen Really Hard

Bellator 208 ended on an entertaining note with a gutsy fight from Chael Sonnen against Fedor Emelianenko (watch the highlights here). Few gave the middleweight much of a chance against the heavyweight GOAT, but Sonnen dug deep and kept getting back to his feet and chasing more takedowns after multiple knockdowns and throws.

That aggressive momentum created some unique looking scrambles and breaks, which led to some MMA ‘fans’ on social media to question whether the fight was faked. There was enough rumbling that the press actually asked Bellator head Scott Coker about it during the post-fight press conference.

“Come on, that doesn’t even deserve a response to the people that are saying it,” Coker said (via MMA Fighting). “Listen, Chael got clipped. He told me, ‘Man, he hit me and he hit me really good,’ and he was done. So that’s it. With Chael, the thing with Tito, ‘oh, he let him go’ or something, come on, why would you do that? You’re a professional athlete and you’re a fighter. He wants to continue, he wants to go to the next round of the tournament. That’s just all rubbish.”

“To me, they see Chael, he’s got this character and I think they just feel like with Chael it’s just like this character, so maybe that’s what they’re thinking. But If you had Fedor punching you and kicking you and kneeing you like he was doing today — that was real, that was not fake.”

Chael himself was happy to confirm that statement.

”I don’t know why he hit me so hard,” Sonnen joked, his face covered in bruises. “I don’t know what ol’ Chael ever did to that guy but he sure felt like laying ‘em into me.”

”I would call him explosive with his punches,” Sonnen continued. “There wasn’t a ton of setups, they just came and came hard. And even on the ground, I had some good positions on him and he would just explode, it wasn’t necessarily technique based but it was impressive. He’s an impressive athlete. I don’t think I’ve ever been grounded and pounded like that.”

There were several moments in the fight where Chael seemed close to defeat, but each time he managed to regain position or stand back up. Well, until the final moments of the first round, anyway. As Fedor hit him with withering ground and pound, Sonnen covered up and the ref stopped the fight. According to Chael, that was strategy gone awry.

”The referee warned me, he said if I didn’t move they’d stop the fight,” he said. “I didn’t think he would because they were going into my hands, I thought I was blocking them. I thought I was having a rope-a-dope moment, I thought I was luring him in. That was a bad strategy, as it turns out. That was a bad plan.”

Emelianenko now moves on to the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, where he’ll face light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader on January 26th in Inglewood, California. As for Chael, maybe he’ll return to 185 pounds, but more likely we imagine he’ll remain a Bellator moneyweight, fighting across three divisions against any opponent that catches his fancy. Not a bad way to close out your career.

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Daniel Cormier on UFC 230 Fight With Derrick Lewis: ‘The Deal I Got Was So Good’

The announcement of the main event heavyweight title fight next month at UFC 230 in New York between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis definitely surprised a few fans, given the short notice.
Cormier had announced previously that he would retire from MMA for good by March 2019 and a fight with World Wrestling Entertainment super star Brock Lesnar had been pencilled in for “early 2019.”
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Danis Challenges Dos Anjos To MMA Street Fight

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I guess combat sports bad boy Dillon Danis is getting used to scrapping outside the cage, which is kind of dumb for a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, because that’s the only place you can get paid to throw down.

Nevertheless, the jiu-jitsu wizard is looking to rebound from his UFC 229 draw against Khabib Nurmagomedov, which took place last Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, by slugging it out with welterweight veteran Rafael dos Anjos.

Probably because the Brazilian clowned him on Twitter.

“This guy Dillan Danis, he is nobody, he just suck Conor’s balls and hide behind him, that’s his job,” Dos Anjos wrote. “He’s never going to make it, being in Conor’s corner is his career highlight.”

Danis is charged with teaching “Notorious” how to defend submission attempts, so either McGregor forgot what he learned, or he’s got a shitty instructor, as Nurmagomedov was able to secure the tap in the UFC 229 lightweight main event (watch the replay here).

“Let’s fight then, fuck commissions, let’s meet up and fight you pussy,” Danis fired back. “Little bitch, you give [up] every fight, you no heart rat.”

Dos Anjos was expected to fight McGregor back in early 2016; however, a late injury gave him pause and he was replaced by Nate Diaz, who shocked the world by submitting the power-punching Irishman, which then led to the hiring of Danis.

So using the six degrees of Conor McGregor, along with a revised version of MMA math, we can blame the Dos Anjos injury on the UFC 229 post-fight melee.

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Tony Ferguson: After Four Canceled Bouts, ‘Khabib and I Deserve to Fight’

Lost in the chaos of UFC 229 is the fact that the co-main event had the fans out of their seats and the commentators covered in blood. Tony Ferguson wound up the winner of the fight when Anthony Pettis‘ corner waived off the bout after two rounds, citing a hand injury.
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