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UFC Singapore preview: Rafael dos Anjos looking for fresh start at 170 pounds

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos is set to make his 170-pound debut against ex-Strikeforce welterweight kingpin Tarec Saffiedine at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 111 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, set for Sat., June 17, 2017 inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Red-panty night feels like a lifetime ago.

Dos Anjos (25-9) is abandoning his post at 155 pounds — rather hastily — after coming up short in back-to-back defeats to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson, with the former costing the Brazilian his division crown.

While the move up to welterweight was a surprising one, especially considering his 10-1 run from 2012-15, the Brazilian, 32, has publicly loathed his cut to the lightweight division, which undoubtedly got harder after saying goodbye to his twenties.

“For how much I’m making right now, it’s not worth it for me to make 155 (pounds),” Dos Anjos told MMA Junkie. “If it’s a superfight and I’ll make more money, I’ll do it. But (for) how much I’m making right now, it’s not worth it to put my body at that level of stress.”

That said, the field is getting increasingly crowded at 170 pounds.

Saffiedine (16-6) — who struggled to stay healthy after crossing over from the ranks of Strikeforce — is also coming off a pair of recent losses inside the cage, getting outworked by Rick Story and Dong Hyun Kim to close out his 2016 fight campaign.

This might be a do-or-die situation for the Belgian brawler.

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Fresh from trip overseas, Rose Namanjunas still fancies fight with Michelle Waterson

Rose Namajunas is ready to get back into the Octagon soon, and after a recent month-long trip to Southeast Asia with her boyfriend Pat Barry, she has a changed outlook.

The 24-year-old Namajunas last fought against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201 in Atlanta in July, in what ultimately ended up being a No. 1 contender bout. Kowalkiewicz scored an upset split decision victory over Namajunas, punching her ticket to fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 205. While Kowalkiewicz ended up fighting (and losing) Jedrzejczyk at Madison Square Garden in November, Namajunas was roughing it in Indonesia.

She chronicled her adventures through her documentary series, the Thug Diaries, and said the trip was designed to break her out of the comfort zone of living in suburban Denver. And it helped. On Monday, Namajunas she was back in Colorado for less than a week when she got the itch to fight again, and that she feels more accountable to be in the gym regularly.

“I’m so much more opportunistic [now],” she said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “Instead of just being like, I don’t feel like it today…I’m just more motivated to make the best out of every opportunity. For example, Valentina Shevchenko, Valentina’s here training for her fight [at the Grudge Training Center]. She’s really hard to train with.

“Everyday I’m just like, nope, I can’t be the first one to not show up. Anytime they ask me to come, I have to make sure to show up because I’m the only girl from MMA experience. Whereas there’s been moments where I’ve been like, oh, I feel sick today or I feel a little bit run down or something like that, I can just take off today. Normally that’s what I would have done. You know, listen to your body, time off or whatever. I’m like screw that, because when am I going to run into a girl like her that comes to my gym. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Namajunas had won three straight fights to put her in the title eliminator with Kowalkiewicz, and most people thought she would be too much for the Polish fighter. It didn’t end up being that way.

Namajunas said that her mistakes in the fight were fairly cut and dry, and that she would welcome a rematch with Kowalkiewicz down the road. But first “Thug” Rose said she still has her eyes on a fight with Michelle Waterson, who recently used a FOX platform to showcase her skills against Paige VanZant.

Fighting for the first time in a year-and-a-half, Waterson submitted VanZant impressively with a first-round rear-naked choke. Namajunas tweeted that she would like to fight Waterson next shortly thereafter, and says that many fans have been pining for that fight as well.

“I think it kind of makes the most sense,” she said. “Every time there’s a strawweight fight, I always get messages, ‘oh you should fight Rose,’ or, ‘Rose should fight them,’ and it’s just like, it’s cool and everything. But there was a noticeable difference, the amount of people recommending I fight somebody, and then [the amount saying I should fight] Michelle. It was a crazy amount of response.

“So, that just makes the most sense. It would be the most exciting I think. She’s coming off of a hot win, and it’s just, she won in really fast fashion and she looks great and she’s marketable. I’m marketable. It makes sense. I’d love to fight anybody, really, at this point. I was hoping maybe I’d call her out and there’d be some type of backlash or some type of noise created out of it, but it’s just more of the fans going, yeah, that’s a good idea. So it’s kind of like, either way.”

Asked if the UFC agreed that that was the fight to make, Namajunas said it was definitely in consideration.

“I think they’re going to try and make that happen,” she said. “There were a couple of other names thrown out there too, but it’s just kind of…I don’t know what’s going on. I’m just waiting. Just going to keep training.”

Namajunas was part of the strawweight tournament that took place during The Ultimate Fighter 20 in 2014. She made the finals, where she fought Carla Esparza for the inaugural strawweight title in December of that year, but she fell short, losing via a third-round submission (rear-naked choke).

Since that time she rattled off three wins in a row, including a first-round finish of Angela Hill and a demolition of VanZant in Dec. 2015 (fifth-round submission), which many believe was her best performance to date.

Namajunas said she’s hoping to fight again soon.

“I’m cool with February, I’m cool with March, either way,” she said. “March sounds like a good time.”

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Fresh off quick KO in the UFC, Felipe Silva wants to test Sage Northcutt’s striking

Felipe Silva put his undefeated record on the line in his UFC debut, and only needed 73 seconds to stop Shane Campbell at Vancouver’s UFC on FOX 21. Silva admits he didn’t foresee scoring the second-fastest win of his MMA career in the biggest fight of his life on Aug. 27, but wants his return to the Octagon to be as quick as his fight.

“I didn’t expect to win in a minute, but my strategy was to get the knockout in the first round,” Silva told MMA Fighting. “I saw some openings in his game, I thought he was too slow for the division. I usually open up my game in the third minute, but he felt the first combination I landed and gave me the chance to knock him out, and that’s what happened. My plan was to hurt him with body punches and get the knockout.”

Fighting out of Curitiba’s CM System, where he trains with UFC and PRIDE veteran Cristiano Marcello, Silva thinks MMA fans have yet to see what he can do inside the Octagon.

“I still have a lot to show,” he said. “It was a quick fight. I believe I showed some qualities standing with my boxing, and I don’t remember seeing someone do a muay thai clinch like that in a long time in the UFC, with elbows and knees. I believe I showed a glimpse of what I do in the UFC. I’ll be able to show more in my next fights.”

With his first UFC win under his belt, Silva now plans on being more active as a fighter. The 32-year-old lightweight made his mixed martial arts debut in 2013, and basically only fought twice a year. Coming out uninjured from his trip to Vancouver, Silva hopes to be part of the Nov. 19 UFC card planned for a yet-to-be-determined city in Brazil.

Silva is not the type of guy who likes to call out opponents, but is interested in facing a fellow striker to “put on another show” in his next bout. Asked who would be a good match-up, he suggests Sage Northcutt.

Northcutt signed with the UFC after impressing president Dana White at Legacy FC 44 in 2015, and Silva thinks his style is perfect for “Super” Northcutt to prove what he can do in the Octagon.

“I think it’s soon to go out calling other athletes out, but I’d really enjoy fighting Sage Northcutt,” Silva said. “We’re both high-level strikers and that’s what I seek in the UFC. Ever since he got in the UFC, he only fought fighters that ran away from the stand-up fight and tried to take him to the ground and he couldn’t show his striking in the UFC, and I think I’d be a great test for him standing.”

Northcutt racked up a 3-1 UFC record with wins over Frank Trevino, Cody Pfister and Enrique Marin, suffering his only loss to welterweight prospect Bryan Barberena, and the Brazilian thinks he deserves all the hype he’s getting.

“I don’t think he’s overrated. I do think he’s a great talent,” Silva said. “He’s only 20 years old and already has three UFC wins. I want this fight because I know we will both stand and fight, and that’s what I always want.”

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Fresh off quick KO in the UFC, Felipe Silva wants to test Sage Northcutt’s striking

Felipe Silva put his undefeated record on the line in his UFC debut, and only needed 73 seconds to stop Shane Campbell at Vancouver’s UFC on FOX 21. Silva admits he didn’t foresee scoring the second-fastest win of his MMA career in the biggest fight of his life on Aug. 27, but wants his return to the Octagon to be as quick as his fight.

“I didn’t expect to win in a minute, but my strategy was to get the knockout in the first round,” Silva told MMA Fighting. “I saw some openings in his game, I thought he was too slow for the division. I usually open up my game in the third minute, but he felt the first combination I landed and gave me the chance to knock him out, and that’s what happened. My plan was to hurt him with body punches and get the knockout.”

Fighting out of Curitiba’s CM System, where he trains with UFC and PRIDE veteran Cristiano Marcello, Silva thinks MMA fans have yet to see what he can do inside the Octagon.

“I still have a lot to show,” he said. “It was a quick fight. I believe I showed some qualities standing with my boxing, and I don’t remember seeing someone do a muay thai clinch like that in a long time in the UFC, with elbows and knees. I believe I showed a glimpse of what I do in the UFC. I’ll be able to show more in my next fights.”

With his first UFC win under his belt, Silva now plans on being more active as a fighter. The 32-year-old lightweight made his mixed martial arts debut in 2013, and basically only fought twice a year. Coming out uninjured from his trip to Vancouver, Silva hopes to be part of the Nov. 19 UFC card planned for a yet-to-be-determined city in Brazil.

Silva is not the type of guy who likes to call out opponents, but is interested in facing a fellow striker to “put on another show” in his next bout. Asked who would be a good match-up, he suggests Sage Northcutt.

Northcutt signed with the UFC after impressing president Dana White at Legacy FC 44 in 2015, and Silva thinks his style is perfect for “Super” Northcutt to prove what he can do in the Octagon.

“I think it’s soon to go out calling other athletes out, but I’d really enjoy fighting Sage Northcutt,” Silva said. “We’re both high-level strikers and that’s what I seek in the UFC. Ever since he got in the UFC, he only fought fighters that ran away from the stand-up fight and tried to take him to the ground and he couldn’t show his striking in the UFC, and I think I’d be a great test for him standing.”

Northcutt racked up a 3-1 UFC record with wins over Frank Trevino, Cody Pfister and Enrique Marin, suffering his only loss to welterweight prospect Bryan Barberena, and the Brazilian thinks he deserves all the hype he’s getting.

“I don’t think he’s overrated. I do think he’s a great talent,” Silva said. “He’s only 20 years old and already has three UFC wins. I want this fight because I know we will both stand and fight, and that’s what I always want.”

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Fresh off TKO win, John Makdessi gets call to replace Khabib Nurmagomedov against Donald Cerrone

A highlight-reel knockout can take you pretty far — like to a massive fight on one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year.

John Makdessi will replace the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas, UFC officials announced Thursday afternoon. ESPN was the first to report the news.

Makdessi (13-3) knocked out Shane Campbell at 4:53 of the first round at UFC 186 just five days ago in Montreal. Overall, the Canadian striker has won four of his last five fights. The 29-year-old Makdessi, who trains out of Tristar Gym, has wins over Daron Cruickshank and Sam Stout. This will be by far the biggest step up of his career and it’ll come on less than a month’s notice.

Cerrone (27-6, 1 NC), who is no stranger to filling in on short notice himself, would have fought Nurmagomedov in a title eliminator before the Dagestani star fell injured this week. “Cowboy” has won seven in a row and is coming off a unanimous decision win over former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in January. Cerrone, 32, has just two losses since 2011.

Nurmagomedov (22-0) was supposed to make his return from knee surgery after being out 13 months. Sources said Nurmagomedov sustained another knee injury in training Wednesday, but it was immediately unclear how long he would be sidelined. “The Eagle” had a doctor’s appointment scheduled Thursday.

This is the second shakeup of UFC 187 in the last three days. Jon Jones was supposed to face Anthony Johnson in the main event, but he was suspended and his light heavyweight title was stripped after being arrested on felony hit-and-run charges. Johnson will meet Daniel Cormier in the main event with the vacant belt on the line.

The UFC 187 co-main event still features Chris Weidman defending his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort.

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Fresh off UFC win, Sergio Moraes meets Leandro Lo at Copa Podio

Moments after Sergio Moraes picked his third UFC win on Saturday, Copa Podio announced the three-time jiu-jitsu world champion on its next card.

Moraes, who won his third straight fight in the UFC with a unanimous decision over Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night 64 in Krakow, Poland, will face Leandro Lo in a 10-minute jiu-jitsu match at the Copa Podio event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9.

Lo competed against UFC lightweight Gilbert Burns at the last edition of Copa Podio in November, and tapped “Durinho” with a cross collar choke.

The upcoming Copa Podio event airs live and free on its official website, and features 10-minute no-gi battles between Bellator’s Goiti Yamauchi vs. Milton Vieira and Gregor Gracie vs. Daniel Moraes.

Copa Podio will also crown its heavyweight champion with an eight-man heavyweight tournament, featuring UFC veteran Vinny Magalhaes, Felipe Preguica, Luiz Panza, Tim Spriggs, Erberth Santos, Maks Wisnieviski, Nelton Pontes, and Victor Honorio.

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Fresh off UFC win, Sergio Moraes meets Leandro Lo at Copa Podio

Moments after Sergio Moraes picked his third UFC win on Saturday, Copa Podio announced the three-time jiu-jitsu world champion on its next card.

Moraes, who won his third straight fight in the UFC with a unanimous decision over Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night 64 in Krakow, Poland, will face Leandro Lo in a 10-minute jiu-jitsu match at the Copa Podio event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9.

Lo competed against UFC lightweight Gilbert Burns at the last edition of Copa Podio in November, and tapped “Durinho” with a cross collar choke.

The upcoming Copa Podio event airs live and free on its official website, and features 10-minute no-gi battles between Bellator’s Goiti Yamauchi vs. Milton Vieira and Gregor Gracie vs. Daniel Moraes.

Copa Podio will also crown its heavyweight champion with an eight-man heavyweight tournament, featuring UFC veteran Vinny Magalhaes, Felipe Preguica, Luiz Panza, Tim Spriggs, Erberth Santos, Maks Wisnieviski, Nelton Pontes, and Victor Honorio.

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Fresh off UFC win, Sergio Moraes meets Leandro Lo at Copa Podio

Moments after Sergio Moraes picked his third UFC win on Saturday, Copa Podio announced the three-time jiu-jitsu world champion on its next card.

Moraes, who won his third straight fight in the UFC with a unanimous decision over Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night 64 in Krakow, Poland, will face Leandro Lo in a 10-minute jiu-jitsu match at the Copa Podio event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9.

Lo competed against UFC lightweight Gilbert Burns at the last edition of Copa Podio in November, and tapped “Durinho” with a cross collar choke.

The upcoming Copa Podio event airs live and free on its official website, and features 10-minute no-gi battles between Bellator’s Goiti Yamauchi vs. Milton Vieira and Gregor Gracie vs. Daniel Moraes.

Copa Podio will also crown its heavyweight champion with an eight-man heavyweight tournament, featuring UFC veteran Vinny Magalhaes, Felipe Preguica, Luiz Panza, Tim Spriggs, Erberth Santos, Maks Wisnieviski, Nelton Pontes, and Victor Honorio.

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Fresh off UFC win, Sergio Moraes meets Leandro Lo at Copa Podio

Moments after Sergio Moraes picked his third UFC win on Saturday, Copa Podio announced the three-time jiu-jitsu world champion on its next card.

Moraes, who won his third straight fight in the UFC with a unanimous decision over Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night 64 in Krakow, Poland, will face Leandro Lo in a 10-minute jiu-jitsu match at the Copa Podio event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9.

Lo competed against UFC lightweight Gilbert Burns at the last edition of Copa Podio in November, and tapped “Durinho” with a cross collar choke.

The upcoming Copa Podio event airs live and free on its official website, and features 10-minute no-gi battles between Bellator’s Goiti Yamauchi vs. Milton Vieira and Gregor Gracie vs. Daniel Moraes.

Copa Podio will also crown its heavyweight champion with an eight-man heavyweight tournament, featuring UFC veteran Vinny Magalhaes, Felipe Preguica, Luiz Panza, Tim Spriggs, Erberth Santos, Maks Wisnieviski, Nelton Pontes, and Victor Honorio.

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