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Former Fedor, ‘Minotauro’ Foe Wagner ‘Zuluzinho’ to Fight for First Time Since 2010

Super heavyweight Wagner da Conceicao Martins, better known as Wagner “Zuluzinho,” will return to action for the first time in nearly eight years when he faces “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” competitor Job Kleber Melo at an Imortal FC event on June 2.
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UFC Fight Night 126 Results: Cowboy Cerrone TKO’s Yancy Medeiros in First Round

He may not be a pay-per-view behemoth, but Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has got fans, and he earned each and every one of them with blood, sweat and tears. But the years and their cruel toll have made wins harder to come by, putting the UFC in a tough spot with their fan-favorite star: Do they give him easy fights? Or do they let up-and-comers make their own names off his fading legend?

For the main event of UFC Fight Night 126, they’ve done neither. Instead, they’ve pitted him against a veteran with a good bit of upside in Yancy Medeiros, who will swing hard and play to Cowboy’s strengths, and just as easily win as lose.

If the weigh-ins told us anything, it’s that love and respect abound with these two, and it’s apparent once they step into the cage.

Oh sure, Cowboy has his game face on, and Medeiros is pulling no punches (or kicks) in the exchanges, but when the Hawaiian slips and tumbles to the canvas, Cerrone doesn’t pounce; he lets Medeiros up, and the two share a grin and a hug.

But they’re swinging hard after that, and though at first it seems like Cerrone is having trouble gauging Medeiros’ timing, eventually he starts clipping him. One such punch lands square on Medeiros’ noggin’, forcing him to do the Funky Chicken before face-planting. This time Cerrone does pounce, and the ensuing storm of punches has the referee stepping in mere moments before the end of the round.

Cowboy has finally gotten another win.


Results: Donald Cerrone def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (Punches) at 4:48, R1

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Tiffany Teo-Jingnan Xiong to Crown First 125-Pound Women’s Ace at One ‘Kings of Courage’

One Championship’s first card of 2018 has a title fight and an eliminator, as well.
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Midnight Mania! Aldo denies any excuses for first loss, will ‘smother’ Holloway in rematch

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Jose Aldo is set to fight Max Holloway in the headliner of UFC 218, a rematch of their last fight at UFC 212, in which Max took Aldo’s featherweight title. After that bout, Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, mentioned that Aldo didn’t kick much because he had an injury to his leg in camp. Holloway took exception to that excuse:

“That was kind of cowardly to me,” Holloway said. “To say something like that and take away from someone’s win. I’ve never taken away from someone’s win. I just thought it was silly. Hopefully, he doesn’t have an injury this time, and hopefully he kicks more. Kicks don’t — the guy was dead tired in the second round. There’s a feeling in there when a guy is falling off,” he added.

“His mouth was open. I was able to taunt him. I Stockton-slapped him, and from then on I knew, ‘Wow, this guy is not really moving anymore.’ That was the time to turn up the heat, and that’s what we did.”

Aldo was quick to disavow any excuses made by him or on his behalf after the first bout. He spoke today with reporters in Brazil, via MMAFighting.com:

“I don’t think there was any cowardice,” Aldo said. “Every time I’m in there that’s the best Aldo possible. Holloway was a great fighter that night and was able to win. He deserved it. There’s no excuse. ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) talked about it because it happened in training, but if I’m in there, that’s the best Aldo available. There’s no excuse. He won because he deserved to win.

Andre Pederneiras echoed Aldo’s tone:

“I want to make something clear that Aldo didn’t say anything, I was the one who said that,” Pederneiras said. “I was asked why Aldo got tired and mentioned it. I never diminished Holloway’s win. If he had a good leg or not, the punch would’ve landed and he would’ve gone down the same way. The leg didn’t make him go down. We never diminished Holloway’s win, we praised him for the way be became champion.”

This time around, Aldo says he has no major injuries:

“I’m in perfect conditions,” Aldo said. “There are always small injuries, but nothing that takes any weapon away. I’m kicking, punching, I’m doing everything now. There are no serious injuries. You can expect the best kickboxing, the best muay thai. I will walk forward the entire time. I want to kick a lot in this fight. I want to put my hands as well, everything I learned recently, I want to go in there and do it.”

“I’ll smother him from beginning to the end, and he will have to worry about his defense. I always saw the attack as the best defense, so I was holding myself back, thinking ‘he has this strong point,’ and that harmed me. Not anymore. I want to go in there and be myself, be who I always were. That’s what I want.

As far as letting the previous loss affect him, Aldo says he has accepted it. What motivates him is getting his belt back.

“If you fight all the time you can lose one day, so (the loss) is not stuck in my throat,” he added. “The belt is no longer with me, so that makes me more motivated to train and get it back. Holloway is just another one that I will win.”


This is a fantastic bantamweight bout in the works between Jimmie Rivera and John Lineker:

Justin Gaethje training footage ahead of his fight with Eddie Alvarez. Gaethje will either be a superstar or will lose by KO.

There is another Dana White… working in the Pentagon:

Poirier is already back in the gym working:

Team Tiny indeed!

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Didn’t Amanda Nunes already do this?

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Felice Herrig? What are you doing?

I spoke to Nic Davenport, @Mrmentalmuscle, about the cognitive conditioning he does with athletes at American Top Team. Look at Poirier’s reflexes:

1 week out from UFC 120 and @dustinpoirier is dialing in his mental/cognitive abilities. This session we targeted primarily drills that would really require a lot thinking while moving. One time for @darustrong (currently in New York for UFC 217 with @joannajedrzejczyk ) and @dubthaprodigy on the music production. @fitlighttraining as usual for the equipment. _________________________ We start with quick react to get his body prepped for the dynamic-cognitive drills that follow. 25 gets him prepped for being able to react to a stimulus that can come from different/multiple directions. In a fight the dynamic constantly changes from a physical and mental standpoint. The stroop drill targets Dustin’s ability to inhibit unwanted actions and shift his attentional focus more efficiently. The impulse control drill will allow him to be quicker in his decision making because he’ll process at a higher rate and the no-go (don’t hit the red light) increases his ability to discipline behavioral and physical actions with better precision. _________________________ UFC 120 is 1 week away and we’re getting the W! If interested in our services @themindbody1 we don’t only cater to UFC Fighters but our program also works with many populations such as active aging, military, addiction, education, corporate and marketing much more! #theexercisedscientist #themindbody1 #mrmentalmuscle #ufc #ufcnorfolk #ufc120 #teamdustin #danawhite @danawhite #knockout #mma #cognitiveconditioning #mentalmuscle #somescientistweargymshorts #FITLIGHTS #work #motivation #warrior #thugjitsu #mindbody1 #gymr #thegymr #athlete

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Marc Diakese hitting lights to improve cognitive capacity:

Combat sports this weekend:

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Zabit Magomedsharipov:

Despite his made-up name, he’s a great fighter.

Here’s another made-up name:

Ben Askren fights exactly like your big brother:

So does Shinya Aoki, for that matter:

What a comeback from Tyrone Spong. This is a classic.

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AJ is sick this week, so Andrew discusses fight psychology and cognitive conditioning with Nic Davenport, @MrMentalMuscle on Twitter and Instagram, who works with a number of American Top Team fighters, including Dustin Poirier, Marc Diakese and Santiago Ponzinibbio. We take a deep dive into cognitive conditioning, fight preparation, and the effect of personality on performance.

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Colby Covington Vows to Retire ‘One-Trick Pony’ Demian Maia in First Round

Colby Covington didn’t necessarily want to fight Demian Maia in hostile territory, but he knew it was his best chance to face the Brazilian submission specialist.
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First 5,000 fans at Bellator 185 in Uncasville get free Royce Gracie bobbleheads

Bellator 185: “Mousasi vs. Shlemenko” goes down at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Oct. 20, 2017, as former mixed martial arts (MMA) champions Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) and Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC) collide in Spike TV’s main event of the evening.

The success of a previous Fedor Emelianenko bobblehead giveaway at Bellator 183 last month has led Bellator MMA to do it all over again for this card. And this time it’s Royce Gracie who will be given to the first 5,000 fans to walk through the door. Much like “The Last Emperor,” Gracie has long-standing ties with Bellator President Scott Coker dating back to his days running Strikeforce; however, Gracie also owns a Bellator MMA win thanks to a third (and presumably final) bout with Ken Shamrock.

In addition, those who want to congratulate Gracie on his victory (and not just pick up a collectible) can meet the MMA legend at the concourse of Mohegan Sun on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET. Space is limited, though, so fans are encouraged to arrive early to reserve their place in line.

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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Video: Aleksander Emelianenko Wins First MMA Bout Since Release From Prison

Aleksander Emelianenko made a successful return to mixed martial arts on Wednesday, defeating Geronimo dos Santos via first-round TKO at WFCA 42 in Moscow.
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Mystic Mike predicts he’ll KO Georges St-Pierre in the first round

Michael Bisping is turning up the mental warfare against GSP with claims of spies and first round knockouts.

You can say what you will about Michael Bisping compared to some of the beasts he’s not fighting in the middleweight division, but with Chael Sonnen gone to Bellator he’s definitely the best s**t talker at 185 pounds. His podcast ‘Believe You Me’ has become a favorite for both fans and the media due to all the entertaining crap he slings. Like, for example, this claim that he’s got spies watching Georges St-Pierre training in Los Angeles.

“He’s actually in LA a lot these days,” Bisping said (transcription via MMA Junkie). “He’s been at the Wild Card Boxing Gym, training with Freddie Roach. I have a couple of spies in there by the way, and they told me some info. Georges: if you’re listening buddy, that’s a public domain. I know people in there. I know what you’re working on, pal. I know what you’re working on, and it ain’t going to work on me, Georgie boy.”

Is it true? Is it false? Are his comments alcohol fueled? Guessing is all part of the fun when it comes to Bisping and his many declarations. Like this one that he’ll knock GSP out in the first round.

“Generally when I’ve fought wrestlers in the past, I move around a lot. I utilize lots of lateral movement, forward and back movement, side to side. Because if you’re moving, it’s hard for a wrestler to shoot a double leg on you because you’re a moving target. I won’t be doing that this time. I’m going to stand right in front of him, I’m going to plant my feet. I’m going to walk him down, put him on the back foot, and I’m going to knock him out in the first round. You have my word.”

What do you think? If he pulls it off at UFC 217 on November 4th should we start calling him Mystic Mike?

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Anders-Phillips, Holtzman-Horcher First Fights Official For Fresno’s UFC Fight Night 123

The Ultimate Fighting Championship‘s first card in Fresno, Calif., finally has a couple of fights.
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Anders-Phillips, Holtzman-Horcher First Fights Official For Fresno’s UFC Fight Night 123

The Ultimate Fighting Championship‘s first card in Fresno, Calif., finally has a couple of fights.
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