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Dan Henderson left with bad taste in his mouth following loss to Michael Bisping

Two months after the last fight of his legendary MMA career, Dan Henderson still has a bad taste in his mouth.

Henderson’s retirement fight was a championship bout against UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping. The fight headlined UFC 204 and it took place in Bisping’s hometown of Manchester, England. Although many criticized the legitimacy of Henderson’s title shot, being 2-2 since his return to the middleweight division, his performance that night silenced the critics, as ‘Hendo’ came close to finishing Bisping, and many had thought the 46-year-old had done enough be get his hands on middleweight gold at the end of five rounds.

But as we know by now, that night Henderson lost a close decision, and today he still believes he won that bout more than ever.

“I watched about a week after the fight, and yeah, it was pretty much the same after watching it than I did when I was there,” Henderson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour when asked if he still thinks he defeated Bisping at UFC 204. “I’m a little bit more pissed off again, but that’s the way it is.”

“Yeah, I didn’t think differently. I felt that even a couple of rounds that I gave him were a little closer than I actually thought that night, you know, that I would have gave him for sure, but after watching it, it was closer than I thought it was that night.”

If victorious against Bisping, many thought Henderson would have abandoned his retirement plans to defend the belt. But Henderson says that even if champion, he would have retired anyways.

“That would have been ideal, to just walk away with the belt,” Henderson explained. “But knowing in my mind that I left everything out there, and I did everything I could do, and for whatever reason I didn’t get the decision, I’m completely content with it. It left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, but I’m okay with it.”

Now, it looks like the person getting the next crack at Bisping will be Cuban fighter Yoel Romero, and Henderson is not too convinced Bisping keeps his belt this time around.

“Probably Romero,” Henderson said when asked who would win the fight. “Hopefully he can get his corner stalling tactics to a minimun for the fight through, but I would pick Romero based on his style.”

Henderson might be retired from MMA, but not combat sports as a whole. The former Olympic wrestler is returning to competition this Sunday to battle Jon Jones in a grappling match at Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground 2. Henderson was once scheduled to fight Jones for the light heavyweight title back in 2012 at UFC 151, but he was forced to withdraw due to an injury, and the event was cancelled.

Henderson says he’s back on the mat for one reason only – Jones.

“It’s all because it’s Jon Jones,” Henderson said. “And even against Jon Jones I wasn’t overly excited about taking it, but you know, after talking with my wife she kind of talked me into it, thinking it would be a fun thing to do, and I didn’t get to fight him and this is the next big thing. Maybe taking part of his arm home with me or something”

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Manvel Gamburyan retires following loss to Johnny Eduardo

After a 17-year mixed martial arts journey, Manvel Gamburyan is calling it a career.

The Glendale Fighting Club competitor originally from Armenia announced his retirement on Saturday, following a second-round TKO loss to Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“This might surprise a lot of people, even my family and friends,” Gamburyan said. “It’s been tough, this has been a long road, this is my first time being in Brazil. I had a great time, but, I think this is it for me, guys. I’m going to call it a career, probably.”

While never winning a major championship, Gamburyan was a durable presence on the scene, as he fought 19 times in Zuffa — 15 in the UFC, 4 in the WEC — in a stint dating back to 2007.

Gamburyan made it to the finals of the well-remembered Ultimate Fighter 5, where he lost to Nate Diaz via injury TKO at lightweight. He found success as a featherweight in the WEC, where he won three consecutive bouts before losing a challenge to then champion-Jose Aldo at WEC 51.

Gamburyan finishes with a record of 15-10 (1 NC), including 6-8 (1NC) in the UFC. He had nine wins via finish, including seven submissions.

I just give it my best, I want to thank my gym and my training partners, I had a great time, a great trainer, I never thought about it but I felt like it was getting harder and I think this is it, I enjoyed it, I loved being part of the UFC.

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Dana White: Miesha Tate said ‘F—k you, you’re not my boss anymore’ following UFC 205 hospital request

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters can be a little emotional following a loss.

Especially one that sends them into retirement, as was the case with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who was upset by Raquel Pennington at the UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in New York.

Watch her retirement speech here.

That’s probably why promotion president Dana White didn’t bat an eyelash when “Cupcake” told him to go spit on the heels of his request to be hospitalized, thanks to damage incurred from her three-round war with “Rocky.”

From the UFC 205 post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting).

“Her and I had a little bit of a thing tonight. She was refusing to go to the hospital and I’m like, ‘you’re going to the hospital.’ She’s like, ‘fuck you, I don’t work for you anymore.’ So, yeah. I was like, that’s a good point, but you need to go to the hospital. Then I had to start begging, ‘if you go to the hospital tonight, I’ll get you another job doing something else, and I could be your boss again.’ So, she went, yeah, she has to go. She’s upset and she’s very emotional, but I care about Miesha a lot, and I think she’s going to do just fine in her life after fighting.”

Job security FTW.

The loss to Pennington was the second straight for Tate (18-7). After winning the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 196, “Cupcake” was dethroned by Amanda Nunes at UFC 200, before falling to “Rocky” in the “Big Apple.”

See it again here.

At just 30 years old, there is an outside chance Tate will come back to combat sports somewhere down the road, but for the time being, we can scratch this fight off her list of future goals.

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Miesha Tate Announces Retirement Following Loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205

Former UFC and Strikeforce women’s bantamweight queen Miesha Tate is calling it a career.
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Yuta Sasaki removed from UFN 100 following Matheus Nicolau’s potential USADA violation

Yuta Sasaki won’t be competing at UFC Fight Night 100 after all.

The Japanese flyweight was booked to face Matheus Nicolau at the Fight Night card in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 19, but sources told MMA Fighting that the promotion hasn’t found a replacement after Nicolau was notified of a potential United States Anti-Doping Agency violation.

According to a statement released by the UFC on Thursday night, Nicolau was informed by USADA of a potential drug test failure stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 13, 2016.

UFC Fight Night 100 takes place at the Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo, and features a rematch between Ryan Bader and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event.

Sasaki (19-3-2), who defeated Willie Gates in his 125-pound debut in May, will get a new date and opponent for his next bout.

Nicolau (12-1-1) was looking for his second win as a flyweight inside the Octagon, four months after defeating John Moraga via split decision. On his Instagram page, the Brazilian denied using banned substances.

I was surprised last night with the USADA notification about a potential violation of anti-doping program. I didn’t took the alleged substance and, until yesterday, even knew of its existence. I cooperated with the anti-drug commission with pleasure, since entering the UFC, performing at the last control urine and blood tests.
I wasn’t negligent in this case or in my career. Now, my immediate goal is to take all necessary measures to find out what happened and prove my righteousness. Again, I reiterate my surprise with the test results. In eight years of career, I didn’t use illicit substances to increase performance.
Like I always said, I train, fight, live and eat like a champ. And I know a champion play fair and win within the rules. So I wouldn’t put my colleagues, my team and reputation at risk.
I’m sure that the truth will prevail in the near future,
Matheus Nicolau

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UFC Fight Night 97 canceled following B.J. Penn’s withdrawal from the card

The UFC has canceled their upcoming event in Manila. The news was announced by the promotion on Thursday.

This event was labeled as UFC Fight Night 97, and it was supposed to take place on Oct. 15 in Manila, Philippines. MMA legend B.J. Penn was scheduled to make his return to competition, facing top featherweight Ricardo Lamas in the main event of the card.

However, Penn pulled out of the fight on Wednesday citing a rib injury. The UFC failed to find a replacement opponent for Lamas, which subsequently caused the cancellation for the event.

The fighters set to compete on the card will be rebooked for upcoming UFC events, and they will receive compensation due to the cancellation of card, according to the UFC.

With the 2016 calendar already finalized with UFC events, the promotion will look to book an event in Manila sometime next year. Fans that purchased tickets can seek refund at the point of purchase. MMA Fighting learned that ticket sales were low, somewhere between 3,000 to 4,000.

The UFC Fight Night 97 card prior to cancellation went as follows:

Main card:

Preliminary card:

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C.B. Dollaway exploring legal action following elevator accident prior to UFC 203

The UFC 203 saga continues for C.B. Dollaway.

According to Dollaway’s manager, Dave Martin, the light heavyweight has a wedged disc in his neck and a compressed disc in his lower back as a result of the elevator accident he was in the day before UFC 203 in Cleveland earlier this month. Dollaway’s doctors in Sioux Falls, S.D. have advised against surgery and he has already begun a rehab program back home in Phoenix.

Martin said he is exploring legal action.

“Somebody is going to answer for this,” he said. “I’ll tell you that much.”

Dollaway got stuck in the faulty Wyndham Hotel elevator along with Urijah Faber, Fabricio Werdum, Yancy Medeiros, Brad Tavares and many others for several minutes after the UFC 203 weigh-ins on Sept. 9. He was the only one to have suffered an injury and was forced to suddenly withdraw from his fight against Francimar Barroso after already weighing in.

A hotel representative had no comment when asked about the incident by MMAFighting.com, and Martin has had similar luck when trying to understand how this happened.

“I still don’t have incident report,” he said.

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UFC 203 medical suspensions: Alistair Overeem suspended indefinitely following knockout loss

Veteran heavyweight Alistair Overeem headlined a list of five fighters to receive indefinite medical suspensions for injuries sustained at UFC 203, according to information released by the Ohio Athletic Commission to MMA Fighting on Monday.

Overeem suffered a first-round knockout loss at the hands of UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 203. The knockout loss was the tenth of Overeem’s lengthy mixed martial arts career and thirteenth overall when counting Overeem’s kickboxing résumé.

The 36-year-old Overeem will now require a neurological CT scan as well as an MRI before being allowed to return to active competition.

Aside from Overeem, four other fighters on the card received similarly indefinite medical suspensions: Travis Browne (right index finger), Jimmie Rivera (eye), Brad Tavares (lower back), and Sean Spencer (left hand).

UFC 203 took place Sept. 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The main card aired live on pay-per-view.

A complete list of UFC 203′s medical suspensions can be seen below.

  • Alistair Overeem: Suspended indefinitely, requires neurological cat scan within five days, MRI after 5 days; minimum suspension of 60 days
  • Travis Browne: Suspended indefinitely, requires orthopedic clearance of right index finger
  • Jimmie Rivera: Suspended indefinitely, requires ophthalmology clearance
  • Brad Tavares: Suspended indefinitely, requires medical clearance on lower back
  • Sean Spencer: Suspended indefinitely, requires medical clearance on left hand
  • Stipe Miocic: Suspended 45 days, 15 days no contact
  • CM Punk: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
  • Jessica Eye: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
  • Michael McBride: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
  • Jason Gonzalez: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
  • Jessica Andrade: Suspended 30 days contact
  • Bethe Correia: Suspended 30 days no contact

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Claudia Gadelha cuts ties with Nova Uniao following argument with head coach Andres Pederneiras

Things aren’t always good on the home front. Just ask Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha, who has officially cut ties with gym Nova Uniao following an argument with head coach Andres Pederneiras, per a report by Combate (h/t Bloody Elbow).

Gadelha, 27, just lost her rematch with current 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk back at TUF 23 Finale this past July following a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter. The over-the-phone argument she had with Pederneiras apparently stemmed from Gadelha questioning her training camp leading into her title fight with Jedrzejczyk. Pederneiras took exception, Gadelha stuck to her guns and the two Brazilians parted ways.

According to the report, Gadelha currently runs her own gym in Pennsylvania, called Claudia Gadelha’s MMA and BJJ Academy, but will head back to Brazil before her next Octagon appearance to train at Kimura Nova Uniao under the tutelage of head coach Jair Lourenco, who currently handles the likes of Renan Barao and Jussier Formiga.

While Gadelha was Nova Uniao’s most recognizable female fighter, it’s nearly impossible to forge greatness inside of the cage if a fighter and coach aren’t on the same page. Gadelha will attempt to reclaim her divisional footing sometime before the end of 2016.

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Holly Holm undergoes surgery for shattered thumb following loss at UFC on FOX 20

Talk about a rough night.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm lost her second straight fight after getting outworked and outpointed by top 135-pound contender Valentina Shevchenko at the UFC on FOX 20 event last month in Chicago, Illinois.

And now she has a shattered thumb to go with it.

“She had eight pins inserted into her hand,” Manager Lenny Fresquez told ESPN.com. “We’d still like to fight by the end of the year. As far as an opponent, we’ll have to see who comes up. Whoever she fights, Holly needs to take care of business.”

“Overrated,” according to this fighter.

Holm slipped to No. 4 in the division rankings (see them here), but maintained her place among the top female fighters by generating big numbers at the box office. Where she goes from here remains to be seen, but the title — and Ronda Rousey — are currently out of reach.

For now.

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