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RIZIN live stream: Watch World Grand Prix 2017 TONIGHT from Japan

RIZIN Fighting Federation (RIZIN FF) is just a few hours away from its World Grand Prix 2017, featuring a stacked bantamweight tournament on Friday (Dec. 29) inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Remember, this is going down in “The Land of the Rising Sun,” so broadcast times will reflect that location. That means stateside fans can catch all the mixed martial arts (MMA) action online in the embedded video above beginning at 1 a.m. ET (Thursday night into Friday morning) for $ 19.99.

It will also be available for purchase on the free FITE app from iTunes and Google Play.

Here is tonight’s complete RIZIN line up:

Men’s Bantamweight Grand Prix:

Ian McCall vs. Manel Kape
Kyoaji Horiiguchi vs. Gabriel Oliveira
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Khalid Tahna
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Kevin Petshi

Reserve: Anthony Birchak vs. Je Hoon Moon

Women’s Super Atomweights:

Rena Kubota vs. Irene Rivera
Kanna Asakura vs. Maria Oliveira

Special Light Heavyweight Attraction:

Jiri Prochazka vs. Karl Albrelktsson

Other Featured Fights:

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Shizuka Sugiyama vs. Kana Watanabe
Kizaemon Saiga vs. Kai Asakura
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Battaryn Azjavkhlan
Reina Miura vs. Cindy Dandois
Gabi Garcia vs. Shinobu Kandori

Remember, RIZIN will complete its year-end spectacular this Sunday (Dec. 31) with the semifinals and final of its bantamweight grand prix, on a pay-per-view (PPV) card that also features the return of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Once again, we’ll have the live stream right here at MMAmania.com.

See you then!

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KSW 41 Results: Roberto Soldic Takes Welterweight Title from Borys Mankowski

Roberto Soldic (13-2) def. Borys Mankowski (19-7-1) via TKO (retirement) at the end of round 3.
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KSW 41 Results: Roberto Soldic Takes Welterweight Title from Borys Mankowski

Roberto Soldic (13-2) def. Borys Mankowski (19-7-1) via TKO (retirement) at the end of round 3.
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KSW 41 Results: Roberto Soldic Takes Welterweight Title from Borys Mankowski

Roberto Soldic (13-2) def. Borys Mankowski (19-7-1) via TKO (retirement) at the end of round 3.
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KSW 41 Results: Roberto Soldic Takes Welterweight Title from Borys Mankowski

Roberto Soldic (13-2) def. Borys Mankowski (19-7-1) via TKO (retirement) at the end of round 3.
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Midnight Mania! Watch that 24-second Rafael Dos Anjos blitz on Robbie Lawler from Bruce Buffer’s seat

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Rafael Dos Anjos is a monster. Robbie Lawler is an animal. When they collided at this weekend’s UFC event, there was a lot of anticipation. While Rafael dos Anjos ended up running away with the bout on the scorecards, the collision of dos Anjos’ endless cardio with Lawler’s limitless toughness did result in one of the most remarkable sequences I’ve seen in a long time.

It’s rare in MMA, with 4-ounce gloves, to get a blitz this long without a fighter either going unconscious or finding a way to break the attack. Lawler did neither, covering up, taking shots on his shoulders and simply absorbing what he couldn’t avoid. That’s his superpower, and it was on full display last night. Afterwards, all dos Anjos could say?

My hands are hurting because I hit the guy in the head. He’s got a pretty tough head.


Insomnia

Which option is next for Rafael dos Anjos?

??? #ufc #mma #bjj #welterweight #rda

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TJ Dillashaw memed himself

My reaction to the @raiders game last night!

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This should be immortalized, because it is truly the quintessential answer MMA deserves, from Kamaru Usman.

Stipe Miocic, fighting fires or fighting heavyweights. It’s all fighting.

Fighting is in my blood!

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Heavyweight boxer Ray Mercer knocked out Tim Sylvia, so he’s an authority in two sports and he had this amazing insight to share:

Throwback to this amazing video of boxing coach Eric Kelly.

John Wayne Parr compared himself to Mirko Cro Cop, because, well, why not. They do kinda look alike.

This qualifies as martial arts… right?

Widely respected MMA coach Robert Follis died this weekend. It was ruled a suicide. May he rest in peace. Many fighters have had remarkably good things to say about Follis’ impact on their lives, including Nate Quarry and Kevin Lee.

I have nothing to say about this.

I have nothing to say about this either, frankly, except that it was an awesome fight.

Daniel Cormier managed to piss off a lot of pro wrestlers over the weekend with his criticism of… whatever this is…

Oh, and he also admitted he thinks Yoel Romero would beat him in a straight wrestling match.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Safe to say he was not ready for this.

I love a good body shot.

A spinning wheel kick KO is special.


Podcasts and Video

UFC on Fox 26 Highlights! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

The MMA Hour

The Monday Morning Analyst

The Severe MMA podcast


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Robbie Lawler vs Rafael dos Anjos staredown video from UFC on FOX 26 media day

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will get his wish and collide with ex-welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler in the 170-pound main event of UFC on FOX 26, which takes place on Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Dos Anjos (27-9) abandoned the 155-pound division after consecutive losses to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson, which he attributed to an unhealthy weight cut. Since his transition to 170 pounds, “RDA” scored wins over Tarec Saffiedine and Neil Magny.

Lawler (28-11, 1 NC) took a year off from mixed martial arts (MMA) following his knockout loss to Tyron Woodley in summer 2016. The rejuvenated slugger returned at UFC 214 to score a close decision victory over veteran “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone.

Watch them face off at the UFC on FOX 26 media day above.

UFC on FOX 26 will also feature grizzled veteran Ricardo Lamas, who looks to quell the uprising of venerable featherweight bruiser Josh Bennett, while Glover Teixeira and Misha Cirkunov collide for a spot in the 205-pound title chase.

To see the finalized UFC on FOX 27 fight card and line up click here.

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UFC 218 results from last night: Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight contenders Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis squared off last night (Dec. 2, 2017) at UFC 218 inside the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

Cejudo’s striking in his last pair of bouts changed the scene even if one of them was a loss. Previous to those fights, Cejudo was a long ways off from a rematch with “Mighty Mouse,” but his improvements were so dramatic that Cejudo already was back in a title eliminator match up.

On the other hand, Pettis has developed into a surprisingly sound title contender. He was still a bit raw when the UFC first picked him up — understandable given his age — but “SP” came into this clash with four-straight wins and a fair bit of momentum behind him.

Both men worked from wide stances, but Pettis operated as a Southpaw. Early on, Pettis was exceptionally sharp, as he fired crisp jabs, long kicks, and landed a counter left early. Cejudo took note as well, dropping down into a double leg and spinning his opponent to the mat.

Once on top, Cejudo showed his world class wrestling. Pettis tried to turtle and stand, but Cejudo repeatedly sat him back to his hip or spun to the front head lock. It was really a masterclass in top control, as he allowed Pettis to build up a bit before snapping him back down.

The Olympian didn’t do a ton of damage until the final 10 seconds, but he clearly captured the first round.

Listening to his coach’s corner advice, Pettis fired more kicks at the start of the second. They landed heavily, and Pettis continued to look sharp, jabbing and stuffing his foe’s first takedown attempt.

Unfortunately, a slip sent Pettis to the mat, and Cejudo jumped on him. This time, Pettis did a better job of maintaining guard in search of a stand up. It didn’t happen, but Pettis was able to get back to his feet with 45 seconds remaining.

He wasn’t able to get much going before the end of the round, meaning Cejudo was most likely up 2-0 with five minutes remaining.

Pettis stood his ground in the pocket in search of a big shot, and both men landed as a result. The straights of “SP” were landing best, but a single leg from the Olympian planted Pettis on his back once more.

Pettis was trapped in turtle and guard for the third time, this time able to stand up with 70 seconds remaining for Pettis to score a finish. The kickboxer slowly advanced and intently looked for opportunities, but Cejudo kept his guard high and feinted for takedowns.

Pettis didn’t find his moment, and Cejudo was awarded the decision.

There’s not too much to analyze from Cejudo. Whenever he got deep on a shot, he sent his opponent to the mat. Once there, Cejudo’s control was excellent, as he made Pettis carry his weight and stole his energy.

I don’t know how much it says about his ability to rematch Demetrious Johnson successfully, but a 30-27 win over a top contender is still a big deal.

For Sergio Pettis, this critique is going to sound pretty rude, as it’s really the ultimate case of “easier said than done.” Pettis’ biggest issue was an inability to get up from takedowns quickly, and a partial reason for that was Pettis attempt to stand/scramble from the turtle without fighting hands first. Against a good wrestler — a description very safely applied to Cejudo — it’s absolutely imperative to break the grip and control a hand before attempting to get up.

Otherwise, you’ll be yanked, snapped, and slammed backed to the ground unceremoniously.

For the first minute of every round, Pettis’ kickboxing was nasty. He was the sharper man who made the most of his range, but he just couldn’t keep it on the feet long enough for that to matter.

Last night, Henry Cejudo reverted to his wrestling roots to dominate his opponent. How do you like Cejudo’s chances in a rematch opposite the Flyweight kingpin?

For complete UFC 218: “Holloway vs. Aldo 2” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Mirko Cro Cop reveals his return from retirement won’t last long

The PRIDE legend has the final fights of his career planned out, and there aren’t many left.

Mirko Cro Cop has come out of retirement, but don’t expect it to last.

The kickboxing and MMA legend is set to return again Tsuyoshi Kohsaka on New Years Eve in Japan. After that, Mirko claims he’ll fight two or three more times and then go back into retirement. The original plan was just a single fight against Fedor Emelianenko, but unfortunately Fedor’s loss to Matt Mitrione scuttled that.

“I would like to make a farewell fight,” Cro Cop said on the latest MMA Hour. “The idea was to do this with Fedor, you know? But Fedor was supposed to win against Matt Mitrione, and the way he lost, that option wasn’t an option any more.”

So Rizin organized the TK fight on New Year’s Eve and suggested Mirko finish things off by fighting the winner of their Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“The want me to fight the winner of the Rizin Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2018, and I agreed,” Mirko said. “But in the meantime I have to do one or two fights to keep my body in shape. I’m not 25, I’m not 30 any more. That’s the only reason I’m doing this, because I need interval trainings … I have to see targets in front of me. So I’ll fight Kohsaka December 31st now and most likely it’s April or July I have a second one and then next year it will be it.”

While Fedor is tied in in the Bellator heavyweight tournament, Mirko admitted he’d love to face his rival again if the possibility arose.

“It would be a perfect fight,” he said. “Fedor is a true legend of the sport. One of the biggest, maybe the biggest MMA fighter ever. It doesn’t matter. He lost a fight against Mitrione. It doesn’t matter. He will always be marked as one of the biggest, for me, the biggest MMA fighter of all time.”

At this moment, Fedor is set to fight Frank Mir in the Bellator tournament, although a date hasn’t been set.

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Watch new footage from Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi’s infamous sparring matches

The producers of Conor McGregor’s ‘Notorious’ documentary add more footage from the controversial sparring sessions.

The Conor McGregor: Notorious documentary gives you a great inside look at the UFC double champ’s life before he made it big, but is a bit more sparse when it comes to the most recent events in his career. All the Mayweather vs. McGregor stuff was basically tucked into the very end of the film, but it sounds like there was more footage captured that didn’t make it into the film.

Now we’re getting our first look at some of it, and it shows more of the infamous Paulie Malignaggi sparring sessions.

Malignaggi was brought in by McGregor to help him prepare for the Mayweather fight, or at least that’s what Paulie thought was happening. In reality, McGregor was basically setting Malignaggi up to take a beating for various derogatory statements the former boxing champ had made to the press.

Whether that’s how it went down in the ring is dependent on who you ask. Team McGregor said it was a one sided beating and released footage that seemed to show Conor knocking Paulie down. Paulie insists it was an illegal shove and that was basically the only footage that made McGregor look good.

Now take a look at the new footage (via Zombie Prophet):

As you’d expect from something released by the Conor Documentary team (McGregor executive produced the film), it makes Conor look pretty good. The 16 seconds show McGregor landing a good uppercut, a counter that Paulie congratulates him on, and of course the infamous knockdown.

That’s still a suspiciously small amount of footage to release considering the two went at it for multiple rounds, but maybe the plan is to milk it even longer and keep some in their back pocket, just in case (lord forbid) an actual boxing match with Malignaggi ever happens.

Conor McGregor: Notorious is now available on DVD and via streaming services.

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