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Nick Diaz Accepts 1-Year USADA Sanction for Whereabouts Failures, Free to Fight April 19

Controversial UFC star Nick Diaz has accepted a one-year sanction from USADA resulting from three unsuccessful drug test attempts during a 12-month period from 2016 to 2017.
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Paulo Costa offers to ‘beat up’ transgender fighter Fallon Fox for ‘free’

Despite not competing in professional mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2014, transgender women’s bantamweight fighter Fallon Fox is still grabbing headlines.

This time around, rising Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Paulo Costa was the one to take shots at Fox during a recent Facebook video submission, offering to step in and take out the transgender fighter for free.

“I would love it if this Fallon Fox fought a man,” said Costa (translation via AG Fight). “A well-prepared fighter. In fact, I’m making myself available to fight him for free, just so I can beat him up. I wouldn’t even need much time. Just a few minutes.”

Remember, this isn’t the first time someone in the MMA community took shots at Fox for fighting in women’s MMA after being born a man. Former UFC superstar Ronda Rousey discussed chopping off peckers, while former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione called Fox a “sick, sociopathic disgusting freak.”

“He was born a man, and he is a man, even though he calls himself a transsexual”, said Costa. “It’s absurd cowardice, not only by him, but also by the promoters of any event that has accepted this kind of absurdity. He has simply annihilated the girls who have fought against him. They were slaughtered, they put their lives at risk, they put their physical integrity at risk”.

While Costa believes that Fox is taking advantage of his/her ability to compete against female fighters, the Brazilian also wants his fans to know he’s not speaking out against transgenders in general or homosexuality.

“I don’t want to get into [the personal aspect] of his choice, to be transsexual or not, homosexual or not,” said Costa. “What happens here is that a man is fighting against girls, against women, as if he were one. This is absurd, and it can’t be accepted.”

As it stands today, current UFC bantamweight fighter Ashlee Evans-Smith is the only fighter to defeat Fox. But if Costa ever gets his hands on the transgender 42-year-old, that lone loss would most certainly turn into two.

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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.

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UFC 216 free fight video: Watch Derrick Lewis score late finish over Viktor Pesta in Houston

Proven UFC heavyweight knockout artist Derrick Lewis will try to right the divisional ship at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he takes on former divisional champion Fabricio Werdum. Lewis will be making his first appearance since getting stopped by Mark Hunt via fourth-round TKO back in June.

In preparation for Lewis’ return to the Octagon, UFC has opened up its vault and released footage of “Black Beast” destroying heavyweight prospect Viktor Pesta at UFC 192 in 2015. The action spilled over into Lewis’ own backyard of Houston, Texas, as the heavyweight knockout artist battled Pesta for two strong rounds before putting an end to “Takedown Machine” via third-round TKO.

The memorable stoppage, which sparked a six-fight win streak for Lewis, can be seen above courtesy of UFC.

Lewis will have to rely on this sort of knockout ability at UFC 216 if he wishes to get past the veteran experience and overall elite skill of Werdum. The fact that the heavyweight clash will be contested over the course of three rounds bodes well for “Black Beast” and his chances of finishing the fight late.

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UFC 216 free fight video: Watch Tony Ferguson choke out Abel Trujillo at UFC 181

Before Tony Ferguson steps into the Octagon to face Kevin Lee for the interim Lightweight title in the main event of UFC 216 on Oct. 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, let’s take a trip down memory lane to see “El Cucuy’s” most dominant wins.

Back in 2014, Ferguson was riding high with a three-fight win streak as he stepped in to face the always-game Abel Trujillo at UFC 181. At the time, Trujillo was known as one of the toughest outs in the division, winning two straight before facing Ferguson.

It wasn’t close one the opening bell rang.

Tony showed an all-around arsenal that proved to be a tough puzzle for “Kill” to solve. Still, Trujillo manages to score some takedowns, but spent the majority of the time fighting off submission attempts. In round two, though, Trujillo found himself with Ferguson on his back.

From there, it was game over, as “El Cucuy” sunk in an air-tight rear-naked choke that forced Trujillo to tap for dear life. Since then, Ferguson added another five straight wins, taking his win streak to nine straight.

Now, he’ll get the chance to secure his first UFC title and perhaps a big money fight against Conor McGregor.

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UFC Fight Night 116 free fight video: Watch Luke Rockhold strangle Lyoto Machida in Newark

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 116 on Sept. 16 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa., when he takes on former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) two-division titleholder David Branch. It will be Rockhold’s first appearance since getting knocked out by Michael Bisping at UFC 199 last year to lose his 185-pound title.

In preparation for the return of Rockhold, UFC has opened up its vault and provided fight fans with a look back at one of the California native’s most memorable Octagon performances. The full fight video replay, which can be seen above, showcases Rockhold’s 2015 meeting with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC on FOX 15 in Newark, N.J.

After dominating “The Dragon” from the opening bell, Rockhold got on top of the Brazilian in Round 2, landed heavy ground-and-pound, forced him to turn onto his stomach, and proceeded to lock in the rear-naked choke submission finish. It was just the second time Machida had ever been submitted inside of the Octagon (Jon Jones being the first to conquer that stat line) and the key victory that catapulted Rockhold into a middleweight title fight with then champion Chris Weidman.

While Rockhold hasn’t competed since his loss to “The Count” in June of 2016, the former UFC king is only 32 years of age. If he can take care of business at UFC Fight Night 116 and knock off a rising contender like Branch, Rockhold may immediately position himself to challenge for the 185-pound crown in early 2018, especially if Bisping is able to get past Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 in New York City.

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UFC 215 free fight video: Watch Valentina Shevchenko edge out Sarah Kaufman in Octagon debut

Elite title contender Valentina Shevchenko will get her first chance to hoist UFC gold when she takes on current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215 on Sept. 9 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The two first met back at UFC 196 last year, which featured a unanimous decision win for Nunes.

In preparation for Shevchenko’s upcoming rematch with “Lioness,” UFC has opened up its vault and released the Russian’s 2015 Octagon debut opposite Sarah Kaufman (shown above). The action took place on the undercard portion of UFC on FOX 17, and featured a split-decision win for “Bullet.” The 29-year-old out-struck Kaufman 32-27 and scored four total takedowns over the course of three rounds.

It wasn’t Shevchenko’s most dominant performance of her career, but it was one that showcased her overall skills within the budding 135-pound division. Shevchenko would go on to lose her next Octagon outing to Nunes before capturing impressive main event victories over former UFC champion Holly Holm and top contender Julianna Pena.

UFC 215 will be headlined by a flyweight title fight pitting long-time champion Demetrious Johnson against unlikely contender Ray Borg.

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UFC 215 free fight video: Watch Demetrious Johnson submit Kyoji Horiguchi at the buzzer at UFC 186

Before Demetrious Johnson steps into the Octagon to potentially make history against Ray Borg in the main event of UFC 215 on Sept. 9, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, take a trip back to one of “Mighty Mouse’s” most dominant performances.

Back in 2015, Johnson headlined UFC 186 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada against Kyoji Hiroguchi. In what proved to be an entertaining scrap, Johnson was his usual dominant self for five rounds of action. On the cusp of earning a clear-cut unanimous decision, Johnson turned it up a notch in the closing seconds of the fight, catching Kyoji in armbar that forced him to tap with one second left in the fight.

The win was Johnson’s six straight title defense, and will now go for a record-breaking eleventh defense when he faces Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA-trained fighter Ray Borg. In the co-main event, women’s Bantamweight title holder Amanda Nunes will defend her title against Valentina Shevchenko.

A heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou was recently scrapped after “JDS” was notified of a potential United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) violation.

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UFC 215 free fight video: Watch Demetrious Johnson submit Kyoji Horiguchi at the buzzer at UFC 186

Before Demetrious Johnson steps into the Octagon to potentially make history against Ray Borg in the main event of UFC 215 on Sept. 9, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, take a trip back to one of “Mighty Mouse’s” most dominant performances.

Back in 2015, Johnson headlined UFC 186 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada against Kyoji Hiroguchi. In what proved to be an entertaining scrap, Johnson was his usual dominant self for five rounds of action. On the cusp of earning a clear-cut unanimous decision, Johnson turned it up a notch in the closing seconds of the fight, catching Kyoji in armbar that forced him to tap with one second left in the fight.

The win was Johnson’s six straight title defense, and will now go for a record-breaking eleventh defense when he faces Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA-trained fighter Ray Borg. In the co-main event, women’s Bantamweight title holder Amanda Nunes will defend her title against Valentina Shevchenko.

A heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou was recently scrapped after “JDS” was notified of a potential United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) violation.

To get up-to-speed with the latest UFC 215 fight card click here.

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Free fight! Watch Jon Jones garrote Lyoto Machida at UFC 140

As it so often does before its main events, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is rolling out a handful of free fight videos, this time to pump up the UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) headliner between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

“Bones” was asked to defend his 205-pound strap at UFC 140 against ex-champion Lyoto Machida, who once captured the crown by planishing Rashad Evans. While “The Dragon” had an impressive first round, he was strangled into unconsciousness in the second stanza.

That win was remembered for its brutality, after Jones dumped a lifeless Machida on his head, as well as trainer Greg Jackson’s instruction to “go get some fans.” Relive that silliness by clicking here.

Fast-forward more than five years into the future and Jones will try to reclaim the strap he never lost against “DC” a week from Saturday night (July 29, 2017) in Anaheim, California.

For much more on that championship rematch click here.

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