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Max Holloway Declines ‘Best Ever’ Label Following Second Victory Over Jose Aldo

Sports entertainment star Ric Flair coined the phrase, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”
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Max Holloway Declines ‘Best Ever’ Label Following Second Victory Over Jose Aldo

Sports entertainment star Ric Flair coined the phrase, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”
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Max Holloway Declines ‘Best Ever’ Label Following Second Victory Over Jose Aldo

Sports entertainment star Ric Flair coined the phrase, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”
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Coach Kavanagh: McGregor’s hands are better than ever following Mayweather fight

We’re going to see an even deadlier Conor McGregor when he returns to the cage, his coach John Kavanagh promises.

There’s still no date set for when Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon, but his opponents better watch out when he does. According to his head coach John Kavanagh, McGregor is going to be deadlier than ever thanks to the time he spent training for the Floyd Mayweather boxing bout.

“When would an MMA guy have a chance to take six months just to focus on one aspect of MMA?” Kavanagh said during an interview with The Daily Star. “Never is the answer, they’re always trying to work on everything. But when he does return to the Octagon, his hands are going to be a lot better than what they were. And I’m excited to see that.”

Of course, the criticisms with McGregor have never been towards his striking abilities. McGregor’s ground game, on the other hand, has been questioned by a number of people, especially after his rear naked choke loss to Nate Diaz in their first fight. But according to Kavanagh, the striking focus hasn’t hurt Conor’s rolling ability.

“You know, I was rolling with him two weeks ago and I was wondering how his jiu-jitsu would be,” Kavanagh said. “And I was very annoyed that he took my back and choked me. So he hasn’t lost too much there. Of course, he has to tighten up there before he goes to fight in the Octagon again. But he really does love grappling.

“Even in the lead up to the Mayweather fight, he would still kind of ask you about wrestling or jiu-jitsu, and he’d say, ‘hey, look at this’. I know it’s in his head all the time although he wasn’t physically training it. I know mentally he’s still thinking about it.”

Let’s hope he’s also not backsliding in that other area of weakness: cardio, which you could attribute to the majority of troubles he’s had in his combat sports career.

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Stipe Miocic aiming for early 2018 return following positive UFC contract talks

The return of UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is currently in the works, as Miocic and his team are working towards a new contract with the promotion.

According to a recent report by MMA Fighting, those contract negotiations have begun and are already trending in a positive direction. While nothing is set in stone, a successful agreement between both parties could land Miocic back inside of the Octagon early next year.

Miocic, 35, tied the UFC heavyweight record for consecutive title defenses (2) when he knocked out Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 this past May. More impressively, Miocic has finished all five of his recent victories by way of knockout, including wins over top-flight competition like Fabricio Werdum, Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem and the aforementioned JDS.

Despite his recent success, Miocic was not going to return to the cage without a new UFC contract. After all, both of Miocic’s previous two opponents (dos Santos and Overeem) made more than the champion on fight night. That’s a financial discrepancy Miocic is unwilling to entertain at this time and the reason why he’s requested a new agreement with the promotion heading into 2018.

Upon his return, regardless of who the next No. 1 contender is in the heavyweight division, Miocic will be aiming to break UFC history with his third-straight title defense. That has to be a big enough reason to give the Ohio native what he needs in order to step back inside of the Octagon and continue his knockout surge.

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Anderson Silva Vows ‘I Will Not Give Up’ Following Failed USADA Drug Test

In his first statement since being removed from the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner, Anderson Silva did not deny taking a banned substance.
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Anderson Silva Vows ‘I Will Not Give Up’ Following Failed USADA Drug Test

In his first statement since being removed from the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner, Anderson Silva did not deny taking a banned substance.
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Anderson Silva Vows ‘I Will Not Give Up’ Following Failed USADA Drug Test

In his first statement since being removed from the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner, Anderson Silva did not deny taking a banned substance.
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Following upset win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Rose Namajunas now in danger of getting KTFO by Jessica Andrade

Newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, opened the door for a slew of 115-pound contenders by stopping Joanna Jedrzejczyk at last weekend’s UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event in New York City.

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Chief among them is Jessica Andrade (17-6), who retained her spot atop the strawweight rankings by thrashing Claudia Gadelha back in September. That leaves “Bate Estaca” as the likely opponent for “Thug Rose” in first-quarter 2018.

“I don’t believe the UFC will give Joanna a rematch because it makes no sense,” Andrade told MMA Fighting. “She lost by knockout in the first round. (Jose) Aldo and Ronda (Rousey) lost like that and there was no rematch. (Namajunas) is a tough opponent, that’s why she beat the champion, but I think that finding the timing and distance, I can get in and knock her out.”

Jedrzejczyk defeated Andrade by decision at UFC 211 last May.

Nothing is official at this time, as the promotion may consider giving Jedrzejczyk a chance to reclaim her crown (no bullshit), based on the ex-champ’s dominance over the division dating back to March 2015.

Time will tell.

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Randy Couture bobblehead giveaway set for Bellator 186, following ‘The Natural’ meet and greet before fights

Bellator 186: “Bader vs. Vassell” takes place at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., on Nov. 3, 2017, featuring a Spike TV-televised main event — and the first Light Heavyweight title defense for Ryan “Darth” Bader — as he puts the 205-pound gold up against “The Swarm” Linton Vassell and his three-fight win streak.

Now stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Bellator is giving away a free limited-edition bobblehead to the first 5,000 paid ticket holders through the door that Friday night. This time the mixed martial arts (MMA) legend being profiled in tiny bobbling form is none other than Randy “The Natural” Couture. The multiple-time, two-weight class champion had his last Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fight in 2011, but even his Hollywood success hasn’t stopped him from occasionally pondering a fighting return.

In the meantime, Couture has plenty of other irons in the fire including Xtreme Couture and his son Ryan’s MMA career in Bellator. That won’t stop him from taking the time to meet and greet fans in the concourse of Bryce Jordan Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, but space is limited so you’re advised to arrive early.

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