Tag Archive for from

Kevin Lee Changing Focus From Khabib Nurmagomedov to Nate Diaz for Next Bout

Even though he’s been away from the Octagon for nearly two years, Nate Diaz has no shortage of potential suitors now that his return could be imminent.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Mackenzie Dern Relocated Training Camp from MMA Lab to California Ahead of UFC 224

UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern has left the camp where she began her mixed martial arts career.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Junior Dos Santos Freed From Suffocating Yoke of USADA Suspension

Former heavyweight champ and all-around nice guy Junior dos Santos was supposed to face Francis Ngannou at UFC 215, but USADA swooped in like a hungry pterodactyl and put the kibosh on that.

Since then, the Brazilian has been languishing in administrative hell, waiting for USADA to conduct their tests and determine that yes, he failed a drug test because of tainted supplements.

And guess what? They have finally come to that conclusion.

As per ESPN:

“I am not a cheater,” dos Santos told ESPN. “Since the first day we found out about this, we have cooperated with USADA and done everything they’ve asked or suggested to prove this was not intentional doping. It’s taken a really long time.”

“We want to know the real results of fights, but in a case like this, with a diuretic, I think they should have allowed me to continue my life until they proved it was my fault. If they prove that, they can do whatever they want. But if I prove I’m innocent, I’m here for almost nine months, doing nothing with my life. I want to keep fighting for a long time, but I don’t have any time to lose.”

Immediately after his failed test, dos Santos submitted multiple supplements to be tested for contamination. Initially, he did not even test any supplements from the Brazilian pharmacy, as he had built a high level of trust with the facility over time.

The Farmacia Analitica supplements were eventually tested, however. In December, USADA confirmed several bottles were in fact contaminated with hydrochlorothiazide. Per USADA’s protocols, the agency still needed to obtain and test those specific supplements independently, before moving forward with dos Santos’ case. So, even though dos Santos had supplied tainted supplements, his case was still on hold.

“I was happy when those results came back, because I thought it was done,” dos Santos said. “They would see it’s not my fault and I could resume fighting. But then, they started to say other things, like maybe I could have contaminated them on purpose. I said, ‘My God, I’m not a chemist.’”

Poor JDS. Screwed by the system. Oh well. Now he can come back.

The post Junior Dos Santos Freed From Suffocating Yoke of USADA Suspension appeared first on Caged Insider.

Caged Insider

Biggest Winners, Loser From UFC Atlantic City

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., April 21, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which was headlined by a barn-burner of a lightweight showdown that saw Kevin Lee absolutely dominate Edson Barboza for nearly five round before the action was stopped in the final frame (recap).

Also, Frankie Edgar handed Cub Swanson his second straight defeat after outscoring him on the judges scorecards after three rounds of action.

Biggest Winner: Kevin Lee

Lee proclaimed he would beat Barboza in all facets of the fight game and beat on the Brazilian bomber worse that what Khabib Nurmagomedov did, and he accomplished both feats. Indeed, from the opening bell Lee took it to Edson, taking him down at will and absolutely crushed him with ground and pound action. When on the feet, Lee didn’t shy away from striking with the best in the division, and though he ate a few good shots, even almost getting finished with a spinning wheel kick, Kevin shook them all off and went back to work. At the end of every round, Barboza looked like a shell of a man, beaten to a pulp, ultimately getting both of eyes nearly shut. And though he seemed to be catching his second wind in the final round, it seemed the ringside doctor made the right choice to put an end to the beating. Now, Lee will set his sights on a bigger fight next, though it won’t be “Khabib time,” as two — maybe three —men are ahead of him at the moment. Still, he firmly looked like a legit contender in the division.

Runner Up: Dan Hooker

Hooker is slowly starting to make a name for himself in the Lightweight division, as he has now won three in a row, including his devastating first round knockout of longtime Octagon veteran, Jim Miller (see it again here). After four years of fighting inside the eight-walled cage, it seems Hooker is ready to take the leap into the big fights, and he wasted no time in calling out Paul Felder to his face during his post-fight victory speech. I really like what Hooker is doing, going in and taking care of business and looking for the next big fight. He’s taken out two longtime veterans and a rising prospect in back-to-back-to-back fights. I expect bigger things from him moving forward.

Honorable mention: Frankie Edgar

50 days after suffering the first stoppage loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, Edgar made a quick turnaround and scored his second win over Cub Swanson after 15 minutes of action. To stack the cards a bit more against Frankie, it was revealed he lost his father and his grandfather all in a span of week’s time. Indeed, “The Answer” powered through all of his persona adversity and picked up a big win in front of his hometown crowd. Whether or not he gets yet another shot at the title, remains to be seen. For now, it might be best for Frankie to spend some time with his family, mourn the loss of his loved ones and see how the division plays itself out in the next few months.

Biggest Loser: Edson Barboza

You never would’ve imagined Edson would suffer another major beating shut four months after getting worked by Khabib Nurmagomedov. But that’s just what happened after Kevin Lee took it to him for nearly 25 minutes. Sure, Edson has a few bright spots, but Lee had his way with him, and then some. The two bloody and brutal defeats can definitely take a toll on Edson’s body and his mind. How he bounces back from his last loss is tough to call, but one thing is certain, he needs to brush up on his wrestling and takedown defense, because you better believe his next opponent has a very clear blueprint on front of him.

For complete Fight Night 128 results, including play-by-play, click here

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Recovered from Shoulder Surgery, Alexander Gustafsson Awaits ‘Meaningful Offer’ from UFC

Alexander Gustafsson is fully healthy and ready to return to the Octagon, but he isn’t exactly sure what his next move will be given the current state of the light heavyweight division.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Recovered from Shoulder Surgery, Alexander Gustafsson Awaits ‘Meaningful Offer’ from UFC

Alexander Gustafsson is fully healthy and ready to return to the Octagon, but he isn’t exactly sure what his next move will be given the current state of the light heavyweight division.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Recovered from Shoulder Surgery, Alexander Gustafsson Awaits ‘Meaningful Offer’ from UFC

Alexander Gustafsson is fully healthy and ready to return to the Octagon, but he isn’t exactly sure what his next move will be given the current state of the light heavyweight division.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Dustin Poirier Displays Battered Leg from Justin Gaethje Bout at UFC on Fox 29

Dustin Poirier’s lead leg took a beating at UFC on Fox 29, but he was still able to emerge with a fourth-round technical knockout win over Justin Gaethje in an entertaining main event.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Biggest Winners, Loser From UFC Glendale 

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., April 14, 2018) for UFC on FOX 29 in Glendale, Arizona, which was headlined by a barn-burner of a lightweight showdown that saw Dustin Poirier knock out Justin Gaethje in the fourth round.

Also, Brazilian welterweight Alex Oliveira got back on the winning track by upsetting former UFC titleholder Carlos Condit via second-round submission in the co-main event.

Biggest Winner: Dustin Poirier

“The Diamond” came in to the fight with one objective: Cement himself as a No. 1 contender. And boy did he make a case for himself. After taking some damage early on, especially from non-stop leg kicks from Gaethje, which Poirier simply failed to check time and time again, ‘Diamond” seemed to be fading from damage sustained.

After a few unfortunate eye-pokes, and a brief stall in action, we somehow found ourselves in the fourth round of a fight many expected to be done early. A few seconds into the round, Poirier clipped “Highlight” with a clean straight left that had him on wobbly legs. Like a patient lion stalking his prey, Poirier went in for the kill in a rather calm manner, making sure not blow his load or leave an opening to get clipped himself. But Gaethje was out on his feet, anyway, as Poirier continued to land one shot after another until referee Herb Dean thankfully but an end to the punishment, much to the chagrin of Gaethje.

Poirier called for a shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightweight strap afterward, but since Conor McGregor is seemingly on his way back, he will have to wait a bit longer to punch his ticket to the big dance.

Runner Up: Alex Oliveira

Facing Carlos Condit on a few weeks notice isn’t normally an ideal situation. That said, it was one “Cowboy” simply couldn’t pass up after Matt Brown was forced out of the fight with a torn ACL.

The Brazilian made the most of it, going to war with “The Natural Born Killer” and living to tell that tale. And not only that, notching the biggest win of his combat career by submitting Condit with a guillotine choke in the second round. Prior to that, however, Oliveira clipped Condit with an upkick that wobbled the bloody fighter, setting him up for the perfect finish.

It’s a huge win for the Brazilian bomber, who gets back into the win column after coming up short against Yancy Medeiros in his previous outing. And based on his last three Octagon appearances, Oliveira is starting to become must-see TV.

Biggest Loser: Carlos Condit

Condit’s comeback run has not been what he had imagined after ending his retirement last year. After losing to Neil Magny at UFC 219, “The Natural Born Killer” was hoping to get back on track with a big win over a late replacement in Oliveira.

Mission failed.

With a submission loss at the hands of “Cowboy,” Condit drops to 0-4 in his last four outings. It’s a bad stretch for anyone. But when it happens to a former champion and a fan favorite, the impact resonates a bit more. It’s not a pretty sight to see watching a fighter go downhill, but that’s the nature of the sport we love to watch.

Condit has accomplished a lot throughout his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, but it remains to be seen if he’ll continue to try to collect his first win in two years or if he goes back to the life of retirement.

For complete UFC on FOX 29 results and coverage click here.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Combate Estrellas I Results From Los Angeles

Rudy Morales (L) covers up against Jose “Froggy” Estrada (R) at Combate Estrellas on April 13 in Los Angeles.

Combate Americas, the world’s premier hispanic mixed martial arts (MMA) sports series, was hoping to make a huge splash in its live debut on Univision, following last month’s multi-year programming deal.

I think “The City of Angels” is underwater.

Combate Estrellas I blew the roof off The Shrine in Los Angeles, Calif., last Friday night (April 13, 2018) with an action-packed fight card that featured a bevy of highlight-reel finishes. That includes Jose Estrada’s violent technical knockout win over grizzled veteran Rudy Morales, the second straight stoppage for “Froggy” since dropping to featherweight.

Elsewhere on the televised main card, bantamweight headliner John Castaneda looked to get back to his winning ways after coming up short in the Copa Combate tournament last November, but it appears Jose Alday didn’t get the memo.

“Pochito” captured a split decision win after three hard-fought rounds.

In addition, boxing import Amanda Serrano made her highly-anticipated debut in “La Jaula” against Bellator veteran Corina Herrera in one of the best female fights in the history of the weight class. No doubt their three-round draw leaves the door open for a potential rematch.

Complete Combate Estrellas I results below:

Main Card:

135 lbs: Jose “Pochito” Alday def. John “Sexi Mexi” Castaneda by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

125 lbs: Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano and Corina Herrera fight to a draw (28-28 x3)

145 lbs: Jose “Froggy” Estrada def. “Ruthless” Rudy Morales by technical knockout at 1:43 of R2

Undercard

155 lbs: Rafa “Gifted” Garcia def. Chase “El Guero” Gibson by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

155 lbs: Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez def. Danny “The Realist” Ramirez by technical knockout at 3:15 of R1

155 lbs: Gabriel Green def. Javier “El Mariachi” Garcia by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:03 of R3

125 lbs: “Malicious” Mikey Reyes def. Heinrich “Ricky Scraps” Wassmer by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

144 lbs: Joey “El Cazador” Ruquet def. Keith “Danger” Carson by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:18 of R1

Want more?

Combate Estrellas II takes place next Friday night (April 20) on Univision from inside Gimnasio Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, featuring the debut of former UFC bantamweight Erik “El Goyito” Perez (details here).

MMAmania.com – All Posts