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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Friday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Saturday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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Bellator 206 Main Card Gets Sixth Bout After Bolanos vs. Gutierrez Elevated from Prelims

MacDonald-69637″>Bellator 206 main card will be a six-bout affair after a featherweight clash pitting Gaston Bolanos against Ysidro Gutierrez was promoted from the preliminary draw.
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Dana White Denies Claims From Poirier and Diaz of a 165-pound Title Fight at UFC 230

The Ultimate Fighting Championship still doesn’t have a main event announced for their New York event in November at UFC 230, but it isn’t for lack of vocal volunteers.
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Biggest Winners, Loser From ‘UFC Sao Paulo’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again, as the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization invaded Sao Paulo, Brazil to stage UFC Fight Night 137, which aired on UFC Fox Sports 1 yesterday (Sat., Sept. 22, 2018). In the main event of the evening Thiago Santos picked up a huge win by knocking out Eryk Anders in a thrilling headlining bout.

Biggest Winner: Thiago Santos

Despite not being the headlining bout UFC originally wanted, Thiago Santos and Eryk Anders put on a show for the Brazilian fans, as the two men let it all hang out from the opening bell. Despite fighting at 205 for the first time, Eryk hung tough against the streaking Santos. Indeed, Thiago hit Eryk with some solid shots, but Eryk Stuck in there, absorbed them and delivered some of his own. I mean they were cracking one another. Ultimately, Anders couldn’t answer the bell for the fourth round after he collapsed twice (see it) on the canvas at the end of the third thanks to some vicious elbows he was eating before the round came to an end. That is now two straight wins and six of seven overall for Thiago, who made good on his first-ever UFC main event, which was also his first fight at light heavyweight. Wherever he decides to fight moving forward, Santos will be trouble for anyone standing in front of him.

Runner Up: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

It has been two long years since “Lil Nog” stepped foot inside the Octagon due to a failed drug test administered by USADA. But, Antonio breathed a huge sigh of relief after he was cleared of any wrong doing after lab in Brazil was blamed for distributing dirty pills. While his fight against Sam Alvey wasn’t the most technical, it got the job done, though you could see Nogueira’s ring rust. Still, once “Lil Nog” saw his foe wounded, he picked up the pace and stalked his opponent until he finally clipped him with a huge left and ended the fight with a few shots on the ground.

That’s Nogueria’s first win since 2016, and now that he’s got his legs and a win under him, expect the Brazilian bomber to get back into the cage sooner, rather than later.

Biggest Loser: Hector Lombard

What in the world happened to Lombard? He has now dropped six in a row in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. His last win came in 2015, but that was overturned to a no contest after he was popped for steroids. So if we’re getting technical, Lombard hasn’t tasted (clean) victory since 2014. It’s a huge fall from one of the most hyped fighters to ever step foot inside the Octagon after running all over the competition in Bellator. What the future hold for Hector is unclear, but I would be surprised if his next fight is inside the Octagon.

For complete UFC Fight Night 137: “Santos vs Anders” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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Biggest Winners, Loser From ‘UFC’ Moscow

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again, as the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization invaded Moscow, Russia for the first time ever to stage UFC Fight Night 136, which aired on UFC Fight Pass yesterday (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018). In the main event of the evening Aleksei Oleinik picked up a huge win, as he defeated Mark Hunt in Heavyweight action.

Biggest Winner: Aleksei Oleinik

Aleksei has slowly been climbing the ranks, but he’s been doing it quietly. His latest win over Mark Hunt, however, speaks volumes. That is now two straight wins for the submission specialist, winning four of his last five, with his lone loss coming to top contender Curtis Blaydes.

The 265-pound landscape will change drastically in the coming months, as current champion Daniel Cormier will attempt to defend his title one time before he closes up shop. That said, Aleksei wants to make sure he’s in the thick of things when that happens. The win over Hunt helps, but he’ll need one more big victory to really get there. Nevertheless, he can enjoy his big win and look forward to an even bigger matchup in his next outing.

Runner Up: Jan Blachowicz

Since losing to Patrick Cummins a year ago, Jan has been on fire, winning four in a row against some rather stiff competition, such as Jared Cannonier and Jimi Manuwa. Ranked No. 4, Jan is really starting to make some moves. His second-round submission win over Nikita Krylov was impressive to say the least, as Nikita was scorching prior to making his return to the Octagon.

While Blachowicz isn’t the name that first comes to mind when looking at potential title contenders, he’s bullying his way through and people should start taking notice. With only Ilir Latifi, Volkan Oezdemir and Alexander Gustaffson ahead of him, Jan could very well over take one of those spots after his latest win.

Biggest Loser: Nikita Krylov

After losing to Misha Cirkunov at UFC 206 two years ago, Nikita opted to not re-sign with UFC, instead choosing to hit the regional circuit to improve on his game. And he did just that, wining four in a row during his time away. Feeling as if he was ready, he returned to the eight-walled cage as he stepped up to face a red-hot Jan Blachowicz. But, it went south in a hurry in the second round, as Jan sunk in a d’arce choke to score his fourth straight win. For Nikita, his last two fights inside the Octagon have seen him get choked out. Hopefully his latest defeat doesn’t doesn’t deliver another blow to his confidence.

For complete UFC Fight Night 136: “Hunt vs. Oleinik” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Donald Cerrone Explains Departure from Jackson-Wink: ‘It’s All About the Money There Now’

Donald Cerrone has parted ways with longtime gym Jackson-Wink MMA ahead of his UFC Fight Night 139 showdown with Mike Perry, and to hear him tell it, it wasn’t on the best of terms.
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