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Fighter Undergoes Emergency Surgery Following Brutal KO Loss

Professional Fighters League (PFL) wrapped up its inaugural regular season schedule last Thursday night (Aug. 30, 2018) inside Ocean Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the biggest story coming out of its “Garden State” fight card was the finalized playoff brackets.

Until now.

That’s because heavyweight fighter LeRoy Johnson was forced to undergo emergency surgery in the wake of his devastating knockout loss to Muhammed DeReese, one that rendered him unconscious for over seven minutes.

“For those wondering about LeRoy Johnson, here’s the update I have,” manager David Rubinsteain wrote on Twitter. “Had emergency surgery for a vertebrae that slipped out of place and a second surgery for high blood pressure issues. Has feeling in arms and legs. PFL flying his fiancé to Philly to be with him. Thats all I know now.”

The fight-ending finish is available in GIF form by clicking here.

Johnson, who turned 38 back in January, has bounced around the regional circuit for most of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, making pit stops in Bellator MMA and King of the Cage (KOTC), just to name a few.

We’ll keep you updated on his condition just as soon as more information becomes available.

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Teixeira Eyes Surgery Following UFC Sao Paulo Pullout

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking to replace Glover Teixeira in the upcoming UFC Fight Night 137 main event after the Brazilian blew out his shoulder and was forced to withdraw from the Sept. 22 fight card, scheduled for Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

While I’m sure both the promotion and opponent Jimi Manuwa would prefer to postpone the pairing rather than cancel it altogether, it sounds like Teixeira will opt to go under the knife to correct a lingering issue.

“We’ll see if I need surgery or only physical therapy. I think I’ll need surgery because I wanted to have surgery before,” Teixeira told MMA Fighting. ”The doctor had already told me that my rotator cuff was injured and I think it just got worse now.”

This is a considerable setback for the soon to be 39 year-old slugger, especially when factoring in how pedestrian he looked in defeat to Corey Anderson. That loss put him at 2-3 over the last two years in a span that saw him get finished twice.

Teixeira will find out his fate on Thursday as the promotion continues to hunt for a 205-pound replacement. As it stands, Manuwa remains attached to the FOX Sports 1 fight card, which goes live in just over a month.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls for Conor McGregor Fight Following Plea Deal

News of Conor McGregor’s plea deal on Thursday makes him eligible to fight again, and also without travel restrictions. That news was not lost on McGregor’s lightweight rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who promptly called for a title fight against the former divisional champion.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls for Conor McGregor Fight Following Plea Deal

News of Conor McGregor’s plea deal on Thursday makes him eligible to fight again, and also without travel restrictions. That news was not lost on McGregor’s lightweight rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who promptly called for a title fight against the former divisional champion.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls for Conor McGregor Fight Following Plea Deal

News of Conor McGregor’s plea deal on Thursday makes him eligible to fight again, and also without travel restrictions. That news was not lost on McGregor’s lightweight rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who promptly called for a title fight against the former divisional champion.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls for Conor McGregor Fight Following Plea Deal

News of Conor McGregor’s plea deal on Thursday makes him eligible to fight again, and also without travel restrictions. That news was not lost on McGregor’s lightweight rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who promptly called for a title fight against the former divisional champion.
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Paul Felder Considers Staying at 170 pounds Following Loss to Mike Perry at UFC 226

Paul Felder was a late call up at UFC 226 when he took on Mike Perry after Perry’s original opponent Yancy Medeiros withdrew from the fight a week out. Felder went on to lose to Perry via split decision, though he valiantly fought the majority of the bout with a broken arm and even outscored Perry on one of the judges’ scorecards. Now, the career lightweight is mulling an extended stay at 170 pounds.
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‘Mayday’ Avoids Hand Surgery Following Bellator 202

Michael McDonald

Bellator 202 “Budd vs Nogueira” took place July 13, 2018 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The co-main event featured a vicious knockout by Michael ‘Mayday’ McDonald, after which he was sure that he had broken his hand AGAIN.

Bellator 202 “Budd vs. Nogueira” took place July 13, 2018 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The main event saw Julia Budd defend her Featherweight title with a third round TKO against the previously undefeated Talita Nogueira.

The co-main event also featured fireworks as former Bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas looked to get back on track against former UFC star Michael McDonald. That did not happen though as Dantas got crushed by a right hand, then screwed up his ankle falling down from the blow, leaving himself defenseless for what was officially a knockout at 58 seconds of round one.

McDonald didn’t escape unscathed either and unfortunately that comes as no surprise given “Mayday” vowed to throw lighter punches to not break his right hand again. He didn’t — he broke his left hand instead. In the post-fight interview, he seemed concerned about his future going forward.

“You know man, I broke my left hand, I can feel it, I broke my hand,” he said. “I hit a little too hard for my body frame. I don’t know how long I can do this if I keep breaking my body in every fight.”

Fortunately after a visit to the doctor, McDonald got some better than expected news. The break is confirmed but if there’s such a thing as a “good break” he got it.

In a couple of months McDonald should know if the “no surgery” option worked out, which in theory at least means he could be fighting again before the end of the year.

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Daniel Cormier Says He Doesn’t Need Jon Jones Following Heavyweight Title Win

Make no mistake, Daniel Cormier would still be up for a third bout with longtime rival Jon Jones.
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Daniel Cormier Says He Doesn’t Need Jon Jones Following Heavyweight Title Win

Make no mistake, Daniel Cormier would still be up for a third bout with longtime rival Jon Jones.
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