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Julianna Pena hints she will crash the cage following UFC 193 main event

MELBOURNE, Australia — UFC women’s bantamweight contender Julianna Pena discusses why she is in Australia for UFC 193, her plans to crash the cage afterwards, how she’s not close to healthy, her plans to get the belt and more.

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Julianna Pena hints she will crash the cage following UFC 193 main event

MELBOURNE, Australia — UFC women’s bantamweight contender Julianna Pena discusses why she is in Australia for UFC 193, her plans to crash the cage afterwards, how she’s not close to healthy, her plans to get the belt and more.

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Soccer star Ronaldo cuts ties with UFC fighters following ‘unfair’ Reebok deal

One of the biggest sports marketing companies in Brazil has cut ties with UFC stars due to the Reebok deal.

Owned by former soccer star Ronaldo Nazario de Lima, 9ine Sports & Entertainment announced Tuesday that they will no longer work with former UFC champions Junior dos Santos and Vitor Belfort. 9ine has also worked with Anderson Silva for three years.

In an official statement, Ronaldo’s agency called the Reebok deal “unfair” to athletes, stating that the former soccer player “does not tolerate seeing an organization change its sponsorship funding rules and fighter remuneration — arbitrarily — without taking a stand.”

9ine’s full statement is in full below:

We announce that, from this date, 9ine Sports & Entertainment withdraws from any negotiations involving the UFC, its events or fighters. The agency does not believe in the new model adopted by the company in attracting sponsorship and believes that this directly hurts all athletes from the organization, and also the companies that supported and backed the UFC for many years.

The history between 9ine and UFC is old. We were the first sports and entertainment marketing agency to dive right into projects proposed by the company. We were also pioneers while working the image of fighters like Anderson Silva, Junior dos Santos and most recently Vitor Belfort. All champions and references in their categories.

But not only from business becomes a big company. We have principles based on the vision of a former athlete and sports fan. Our president, Ronaldo Nazario, does not tolerate seeing an organization change its sponsorship funding rules and fighter remuneration — arbitrarily — without taking a stand.

Therefore, 9ine leaves the ‘UFC business’ while taking a stand as to what we believe is unfair to athletes, true warriors who make a living with MMA. To them, we wish every success and wisdom to deal with the difficulties that lie ahead.

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Photo: Daniel Straus suffers ‘worst’ broken hand following Bellator 145

Daniel Straus needed three tries to beat Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire, but he finally got the job done to reclaim the 145-pound strap. However, the huge victory came at a great personal cost.

The old cliche, “Third time’s the charm” rang true for Featherweight standout Daniel Straus at Bellator 145: “With a Vengeance” in St. Louis, Mo., this past weekend.

The former Featherweight champion finally defeated “Pitbull” Patricio Freire, earning a hard-fought unanimous decision after five rounds of action.

At times in the latter rounds Straus seemed to be in visible pain as he threw his devastating left hand. In fact, he landed it on Freire’s head with such frequency and accuracy one had to wonder how Freire didn’t go out cold.

The answer seems to be that Freire’s head is harder than a brick. “Broken hand” is usually a misnomer since fighters break individual bones that make up the hand, but looking at this x-ray of Straus’ mangled mitt one break is more than enough.

The fact he managed to hide how badly it was broken until the late rounds is either miraculous or indicative of one hell of an adrenaline dump at the end.

It’s not clear yet how long this will put Bellator’s new Featherweight champion on the shelf, but this is clearly more than your standard “30/60/90 days no contact” medical suspension handed out by most athletic commissions.

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Video: Nick Newell Gives Heartfelt Retirement Speech Following WSOF 24 Win

It’s been a hell of a journey for WSOF lightweight, Proving Grounds winner, and friend of the Potato, Nick Newell — one wrought with obstacles to overcome, occasional setbacks, and triumphs that most of us could only hope to achieve. Chief among those triumphs, this picture. I mean, seriously, how awesome is this thing? Sure, all the awards and titles and recognition and all that stuff is great, but how many people get to take a free shot at Danny Trejo and live to talk about it? The answer: Nick Newell, and *only* Nick Newell.

An inspirational figure in more ways than one, Newell kicked off his professional MMA career with 9 straight victories (8 of them finishes), capturing the XFC lightweight title in the process and signing with the World Series of Fighting shortly thereafter. While Newell would suffer his first (and last) professional defeat to lightweight champion Justin Gaethje in 2014, he would spend the next two years getting himself back on the path to a title shot.

At WSOF 24 last weekend, Newell took on Tom Marcellino (a local fighter from where I grew up, coincidentally) in a back-and-forth battle that saw “Notorious” awarded a unanimous decision victory. In a shocking moment immediately following the decision, however, Newell announced his retirement from the sport, stating his desire to go out with his wits still about him. It was a selfless, sobering moment that words simply fall short of describing.

Video after the jump. 

Newell’s emotional post-fight interview was posted to the WSOF Facebook page yesterday evening.

You know, I’m only 29-years-old, but I want to have a future, I want to be able to have a good body when I get older. One day, I’d like to have kids and be able to play with them. I know that’s kind of an extreme thing, but I didn’t get to where I am today by just being a natural. I’m sorry, this is very emotional for me. I got to where I am from hard work, and that takes a toll on your body. These past couple training camps have been really hard for me, and just really hard on my body. It’s just…it’s just my time.

I don’t want to be a guy that just fights for a…for a paycheck [obviously overcome with emotion at this point]. I want to be a guy that fights because he loves it. I don’t want to cheat myself of my best performances, and I don’t feel like I’m the fighter I could be, because my body is just not reacting the same way it used to. I just don’t have it in me anymore, so this is my last one, a hometown fight that I won. It wasn’t the most beautiful thing in the world, but I didn’t really get to train much for this fight. It was injury after injury. I had terrible luck, and uh, it’s time.I’ve done this for my past three camps, with injuries all through the whole camp. I came in 20 pounds over the day before weigh-ins and had to lose it all because I couldn’t train. It’s just very rough on my body. I want to have a good life when I get older, and I can’t be fighting anymore.

Thank you to everyone that’s supported me. I don’t want to give you guys a second rate Nick Newell. I want the best Nick Newell there is and his days are over. It’s time to move on and do something new and share my knowledge with other people.

It really puts the toll a sport like MMA takes on someone into perspective when a 29-year-old with just over a dozen professional bouts is already expressing concern for his future well being. So on behalf of everyone that once worked here at CagePotato — ones who knew Nick far better than I did — I’d like to thank Newell for all of his contributions both inside and out of this often great, often heartbreaking sport. It takes a truly humble and intelligent man to know when he can fight no more, and I can’t think of a better way for Newell to have gone out.

Thanks, Nick.

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Video: Nick Newell Gives Heartfelt Retirement Speech Following WSOF 24 Win

It’s been a hell of a journey for WSOF lightweight, Proving Grounds winner, and friend of the Potato, Nick Newell — one wrought with obstacles to overcome, occasional setbacks, and triumphs that most of us could only hope to achieve. Chief among those triumphs, this picture. I mean, seriously, how awesome is this thing? Sure, all the awards and titles and recognition and all that stuff is great, but how many people get to take a free shot at Danny Trejo and live to talk about it? The answer: Nick Newell, and *only* Nick Newell.

An inspirational figure in more ways than one, Newell kicked off his professional MMA career with 9 straight victories (8 of them finishes), capturing the XFC lightweight title in the process and signing with the World Series of Fighting shortly thereafter. While Newell would suffer his first (and last) professional defeat to lightweight champion Justin Gaethje in 2014, he would spend the next two years getting himself back on the path to a title shot.

At WSOF 24 last weekend, Newell took on Tom Marcellino (a local fighter from where I grew up, coincidentally) in a back-and-forth battle that saw “Notorious” awarded a unanimous decision victory. In a shocking moment immediately following the decision, however, Newell announced his retirement from the sport, stating his desire to go out with his wits still about him. It was a selfless, sobering moment that words simply fall short of describing.

Video after the jump. 

Newell’s emotional post-fight interview was posted to the WSOF Facebook page yesterday evening.

You know, I’m only 29-years-old, but I want to have a future, I want to be able to have a good body when I get older. One day, I’d like to have kids and be able to play with them. I know that’s kind of an extreme thing, but I didn’t get to where I am today by just being a natural. I’m sorry, this is very emotional for me. I got to where I am from hard work, and that takes a toll on your body. These past couple training camps have been really hard for me, and just really hard on my body. It’s just…it’s just my time.

I don’t want to be a guy that just fights for a…for a paycheck [obviously overcome with emotion at this point]. I want to be a guy that fights because he loves it. I don’t want to cheat myself of my best performances, and I don’t feel like I’m the fighter I could be, because my body is just not reacting the same way it used to. I just don’t have it in me anymore, so this is my last one, a hometown fight that I won. It wasn’t the most beautiful thing in the world, but I didn’t really get to train much for this fight. It was injury after injury. I had terrible luck, and uh, it’s time.I’ve done this for my past three camps, with injuries all through the whole camp. I came in 20 pounds over the day before weigh-ins and had to lose it all because I couldn’t train. It’s just very rough on my body. I want to have a good life when I get older, and I can’t be fighting anymore.

Thank you to everyone that’s supported me. I don’t want to give you guys a second rate Nick Newell. I want the best Nick Newell there is and his days are over. It’s time to move on and do something new and share my knowledge with other people.

It really puts the toll a sport like MMA takes on someone into perspective when a 29-year-old with just over a dozen professional bouts is already expressing concern for his future well being. So on behalf of everyone that once worked here at CagePotato — ones who knew Nick far better than I did — I’d like to wish Newell for all of his contributions both inside and out of this often great, often heartbreaking sport. It takes a truly humble and intelligent man to know when he can fight no more, and I can’t think of a better way for Newell to have gone out.

Thanks, Nick.

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Rani Yahya eyes early 2016 UFC return following deviated septum surgery

Rani Yahya promises to be a new fighter when he steps inside the Octagon again.

The Brazilian grappler, who submitted Johnny Bedford and defeated Masanori Kanehara in his last two appearances under the UFC banner, plans to return to action early next year after undergoing surgery in Brazil.

“I underwent deviated septum surgery three weeks ago,” Yahya told MMAFighting.com. “I’m anxious to be back, to be in there fighting again. I’m already training, doing some cardio, some technical training. I’m getting crazy watching fights on TV.”

According to Yahya, he was forced to go under the knife after taking damage for years.

“It’s the price we pay for years of training and getting punched in the face,” he explained. “It was affecting my cardio and my personal life. I got a six-month medical suspension after my last fight, so I decided to fix this problem now.”

“It’s way better now. I can breathe and sleep better now, so it’s helping me a lot,” he continued. “The doctor said I’ll be cleared to train hard and spar two months after the surgery, so January or February, I’m in. I want to fight as soon as possible.”

Holding a 6-2 UFC record with one no contest and unbeaten since returning to the bantamweight division, the ADCC gold medalist hopes to face a top contender next.

“There are a lot of top fighters there, some young prospects coming up, and I want to face the best,” he said. “(Urijah) Faber and I fight for a long time, so that could be interesting. But there are other great challenges in there, and I’m up to fighting anyone. I’m working on my evolution, and I don’t think I’ve showed half of what I can do.”

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Report: Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller Arrested Following Scuffle with Police Officers

According to a report from TMZ, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Jason “Mayhem” Miller has been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
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Francisco Trevino Tests Positive for Marijuana Following Loss to Sage Northcutt at UFC 192


(^Trevino to the Fertittas, essentially.)

Francisco Trevino achieved a rare feat in his UFC 192 loss to Sage Northcutt: He failed, spectacularly. Not in his performance — a 57 second TKO loss and something I would never mock a guy for — but in the absolute lack of professionalism he displayed prior to, immediately after, and further after that performance.

First, Trevino showed up five pounds heavy to the weigh-ins. Then, he shoved Herb Dean (never shove Herb Dean). And now, he’s tested positive for marijuana. It’s the trifecta of self-destruction; the only way Trevino could have further ensured that he would be fired would have to grab the mic out of Joe Rogan’s hand and told everyone in the arena to go f*ck themselves.

Details after the jump. 

MMAFighting has the details:

According to documents obtained by MMA Fighting via a public records request to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Trevino failed a drug test for elevated THC-COOH levels at UFC 192 on Oct. 3 in Houston. Trevino had 69 ng/ml of marijuana metabolites in his system and the Texas threshold is 50 ng/ml.

Texas Combative Sports Program director Greg Alvarez confirmed that Trevino will be suspended 90 days for the positive result. After he gets put on suspension, an enforcement case will be open against him and the fine for that is up to $ 5,000 for first-timers, per Alvarez. Trevino already gave up 20 percent of his purse to Northcutt after missing weight by four pounds (160).

MMAFighting was also quick to point out that, had Trevino been competing Nevada when he was busted, his marijuana levels would have below the the 150ng/ml threshold which constitutes a penalty. Then he would have only been *double* fired.

In all seriousness, I’m having a hard time faulting Trevino for this. Showing up heavy and pushing Herb Dean, sure, but not for a barely existent marijuana level. Without falling back into the marijuana debate again, I’ll just say that 69 ng/ml seems like a pretty mild offense to incur a 90-day suspension, while at the same time admitting that Trevino really, really screwed the pooch on this one.

In semi-related news, the White House petition to lift Nick Diaz’s five-year ban has reached its goal of 100,000 signatures. The White House will now have to comment on his ban, which is perhaps the greatest thing to happen to this sport ever. 

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Report: Trevino Tests Positive for Marijuana Following UFC 192 Loss to Northcutt

After missing weight by four pounds, getting thrashed by Sage Northcutt in 57 seconds and then putting his hands on referee Herb Dean following the stoppage, Francisco Trevino has added another notch to the personal disaster that was UFC 192.
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