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UFC Fight Night 141 Medical Suspensions: Four Fighters Facing 180-Day Layoffs

Four fighters from UFC Fight Night 141 could be looking at lengthy medical suspensions.
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Should Chuck Liddell Fight Again or Nah?

Legendary UFC fighter Chuck Liddell – oh ye of the iron chin and knockout punch – was forced to retire a few years back because he kept taking naps on the Octagon floor.

But this past weekend, he was coaxed out of retirement to clash with longtime rival Tito Ortiz at Golden Boy MMA. And though “The Iceman” beat Ortiz soundly a dozen years ago, things didn’t go so smoothly this time around. Yes, Liddell wound up napping yet again.

It was so sad, in fact, that I daresay there’s a single MMA fan out there that would want to see the Iceman fight again.

Of course, Liddell being Liddell (i.e., a man who’s only known fighting all his life), he refuses to rule out another bout somewhere down the line.

It’s easy to glamorize combat, but it’s much hard to accept the very real toll it takes on our favorite athletes. And with Liddell, it’s easy to see what that toll exacted. He’s a walking CTE bomb waiting to happen.

Should he fight again? Hell no! Will he? I hope not.

And if you have any morals, you should hope that, too.

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Tito Ortiz Addresses Criticism Over Chuck Liddell Fight: ‘He Called Me Out’

The trilogy bout between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell drew plenty of criticism throughout the MMA community, particularly because Liddell was eight years removed from his last professional appearance.
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Should Chuck Liddell Fight Again or Nah?

Legendary UFC fighter Chuck Liddell – oh ye of the iron chin and knockout punch – was forced to retire a few years back because he kept taking naps on the Octagon floor.

But this past weekend, he was coaxed out of retirement to clash with longtime rival Tito Ortiz at Golden Boy MMA. And though “The Iceman” beat Ortiz soundly a dozen years ago, things didn’t go so smoothly this time around. Yes, Liddell wound up napping yet again.

It was so sad, in fact, that I daresay there’s a single MMA fan out there that would want to see the Iceman fight again.

Of course, Liddell being Liddell (i.e., a man who’s only known fighting all his life), he refuses to rule out another bout somewhere down the line.

It’s easy to glamorize combat, but it’s much hard to accept the very real toll it takes on our favorite athletes. And with Liddell, it’s easy to see what that toll exacted. He’s a walking CTE bomb waiting to happen.

Should he fight again? Hell no! Will he? I hope not.

And if you have any morals, you should hope that, too.

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Cejudo Vs. Dillashaw Title Fight Official For UFC 233

Signed, sealed and soon-to-be delivered.

An Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight title fight between current division kingpin Henry Cejudo and Bantamweight champ, T.J. Dillashaw, has been made official for the upcoming UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) event on January 26, 2018 inside The Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The fight has been rumored for quite some time, and now that it’s official, even more questions will be raised regarding the future of the 125-pound division under the UFC umbrella. After reports surfaced pointing to the promotion doing away with the weight class altogether following Demetrious Johnson’s move over to ONE FC, Dana White was non-committal on dissolving the division.

Of course, the booking of the fight doesn’t necessarily mean the 125-pound weight class — which has already lost a few fighters — will remain in tact. It could simply be the promotion’s way of sending it off in style with one big “champion vs. champion” showdown.

Plus, it could provide UFC’s next “champ-champ” should Dillashaw prove victorious.

T.J. has been clamoring for a chance to compete for the 125-pound title since defending his 135-pound strap against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227. Of course, “Viper” had a different opponent in mind at the time. Still, T.J. was very open to fighting Henry, as well, and will now get his chance at history, much to the chagrin of the 135-pound division, I’m sure.

As for Cejudo, the fight will give him the chance to defend his title at least once and perhaps secure himself a guaranteed title shot at 135 pounds should he take out T.J. Either way, fight fans will be in for one hell of a title fight to kick of UFC’s PPV venture in 2019.

Early predictions?

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Should Chuck Liddell Fight Again or Nah?

Legendary UFC fighter Chuck Liddell – oh ye of the iron chin and knockout punch – was forced to retire a few years back because he kept taking naps on the Octagon floor.

But this past weekend, he was coaxed out of retirement to clash with longtime rival Tito Ortiz at Golden Boy MMA. And though “The Iceman” beat Ortiz soundly a dozen years ago, things didn’t go so smoothly this time around. Yes, Liddell wound up napping yet again.

It was so sad, in fact, that I daresay there’s a single MMA fan out there that would want to see the Iceman fight again.

Of course, Liddell being Liddell (i.e., a man who’s only known fighting all his life), he refuses to rule out another bout somewhere down the line.

It’s easy to glamorize combat, but it’s much hard to accept the very real toll it takes on our favorite athletes. And with Liddell, it’s easy to see what that toll exacted. He’s a walking CTE bomb waiting to happen.

Should he fight again? Hell no! Will he? I hope not.

And if you have any morals, you should hope that, too.

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Free Fight! Holloway Batters Aldo, Unifies Featherweight Titles

7DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Max Holloway (L) battles  Jose Aldo of Brazil (R) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Was Max Holloway for real?

Sure, the Hawaiian captured the promotion’s interim featherweight title, thanks to a scintillating performance against the depleted Anthony Pettis, but no fighter at 145 pounds was able to call themselves king without first uncrowning division champion Jose Aldo.

Just ask this guy.

“Blessed” needed three rounds of punishment but ultimately prevailed against The Brazilian when they went to war in the UFC 212 pay-per-view (PPV) main event back in June 2017, a fight the promotion recently released in its entirety (embedded above) to hype up Holloway’s next title defense.

Waiting for him in the UFC 231 headliner next month in Toronto is the unbeaten Brian Ortega (14-0), who earned his crack at the crown by stopping Frankie Edgar last March. They were originally paired off for UFC 226; however, Holloway (19-3) had some health issues that postponed the bout.

Now they’re prepared to try it again for all the marbles in an event that features the flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. In fact, you can see the entire UFC 231 fight card and line up by clicking here.

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Latest Bellator 210 Fight Card, Rumors For ‘Njokuani Vs. Salter’

Chidi Njokuani

Event: Bellator 210: “Njokuani vs. Salter”
Date: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 on Paramount Network
Location: WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma

Bellator 210 Main Event:

185 lbs.: Chidi Njokuani (18-5, 1 NC) vs. John Salter (15-4)

Bellator 210 Main Card (9 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: David Rickels (19-5) vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos (10-4)
145 lbs.: Juan Archuleta (20-1) vs. Jeremy Spoon (20-3)
125 lbs.: Kristina Williams (2-1) vs. Bruna Ellen (4-1)

Bellator 210 Undercard:

155 lbs.: Daniel Weichel (39-10) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (22-4)
185 lbs.: Chris Honeycutt (11-2, 1 NC) vs. Costello van Steenis (10-1)
185 lbs.: Joe Schilling (2-5) vs. Will Morris (4-0)
185 lbs.: Mike Shipman (12-1) vs. Scott Futrell (8-5)
145 lbs.: Daniel Carey (5-2) vs. Adil Benjilany (4-1, 1 NC)
205 lbs.: Anthony Ruiz (34-22) vs. Jordan Young (9-0)
135 lbs.: Joe Warren (15-7) vs. Shawn Bunch (7-3)
145 lbs.: Noad Lahat (12-4) vs. Brian Moore (11-6)
185 lbs.: Gerald Harris (25-7) vs. Hracho Darpinyan (17-8-1)
265 lbs.: Rudy Schaffroth (5-0) vs. Vernon Lewis (6-3)

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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UFC Fight Night 141 Primer: Another UFC in China! Because They Really Want to Tap That Market!

A strong business is all about growth – or at least the illusion of growth – and nothing would do more for the UFC in that regard than to tap into a market of billions of potential customers. Which is why the UFC has been trying to break into China all these years, and why UFC Fight Night 141 is going down in Beijing this weekend. (It’s also why the UFC just opened up a Performance Center over there, too.)

All of China’s MMA stars are on the card. There’s the hard-hitting Li Jingliang, there’s the tough Song Yadong, there’s… well, really, those two are about the only Chinese fighters who’ve shown any kind of skill above the regional MMA-level.

But hey, the floundering Francis Ngannou will be rematching with the steadily rising Curtis Blaydes, and even Alistair Overeem is found a slot in the co-main event.

Look, these throwaway cards meant for China and which air at 3am here in the States are important. Because if just a tiny percentage of the population gets into the sport, then that opens the door for more athletes to give the sport a try. And odds are, there’s at least one Chinese version of Conor McGregor just waiting to be discovered.

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Highlights! Ortiz Puts Liddell On Ice To Win Trilogy Fight

Tito Ortiz finally got his revenge on long-time rival Chuck Liddell last night (Sat., Nov. 24, 2018) live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., by finishing “Iceman” via first-round knockout.

Having not competed in over eight years Liddell looked considerably slower. He struggled to get his feet underneath him from the opening bell and Ortiz waited for his chance to pounce. During an exchange of punches along the cage late into the first round Ortiz caught Liddell with a nasty right hand. Liddell dropped to the canvas and Ortiz landed a few more punches before the referee’s stoppage.

Check out the finishing sequence above.

There’s a reason Ortiz was pegged as the significant betting favorite entering this fight. He’s a retired fighter in his 40’s just like Liddell, but “Iceman” has been frozen for far too long and simply didn’t have any of his old tricks. Ortiz was able to take his time and beat Chuck at his own game, essentially getting back the previous two loses he suffered at the hands of Liddell.

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