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Midnight Mania! Gaethje Says Old Foe Nick Newell Deserves UFC Shot

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Justin Gaethje, top ten UFC lightweight and the only man to beat one-handed fighter Nick Newell in the cage, says his erstwhile opponent deserves a shot in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Sure, he might lose, says Gaethje- but not because of a disability. He will lose because all fighters lose. That’s a part of the sport, part of MMA fighters being, in Gaethje’s philosophy, modern-day gladiators.

It’s hard to argue with Gaethje’s reasoning here. Newell’s record at 14-1 is better than many regional fighters who get a UFC shot. Dana White is on record saying he won’t ever let Newell fight in the Octagon. Yet, the UFC allow fighters with physical ailments and even disabilities to compete all the time. Michael Bisping can only see out of one eye. GSP had colitis and still competed. Fighters like Urijah Hall have nearly died during weight cuts and still been booked to compete again. Stefan Struve had a heart condition and panic attacks and was cleared to fight.

But, as Gaethje says, mma fans and critics are unforgiving. What say you?


I really like Leslie Smith’s tone here as she recruits fighters for Project Spearhead. The fighters banding together and demanding better from the UFC is the only way conditions will change for most of them.

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Brian Kelleher vs. John Lineker is going to be a fight of biblical proportions.

Credit to Kenny Florian for being willing to look stupid with pie on his face, I guess.

I still wonder how this whole PFL tourney is going to work out. Chris Wade is taking a chance on it.

I want these too.

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Tony Ferguson, your friendly neighborhood Cucuy, with the reminder to put down your phone and go outside.

I’m with Bisping for once.

Hell to the no,no!

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George St. Pierre was in a situation I’m all too familiar with- including the screaming fans, of course.

In case you needed another reason not to like shady MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz, he’s the main funnel to the UFC for MMA fighters that promote Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov’s regime.

Canelo putting the reps in for getting his head out of the way of return punches.

Gunnar Nelson spent a day training extremely fit people how to do MMA. “5 out of 7, perfect score” is my favorite moment.

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Fox Sports’ UFC account is doing highlights of some of the greatest UFC fights ever. My money is on McGregor-Diaz 2 at number one.

This one should have been higher. A debuting champion fought a top ten opponent in the main event and every second was a highlight

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Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje Targeted for Spring UFC Event

A lightweight slugfest is in the works for the spring, as Dustin Poirier is expected to square off against Justin Gaethje at an as-yet-to-be determined UFC event.
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Kevin Lee ‘changing up whole style’ for 2018, open to ‘easy money fight’ with Justin Gaethje

Kevin Lee saw his five-fight win streak come to an end when he was submitted by Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216 for the interim lightweight title.

In hopes of regaining some ground in the talented 155-pound division, “Motown Phenom” is changing up a few things for 2018. Not only is Lee taking some time off to refine his skills inside of the cage, but he’s mixing things up on the management side, too.

“I’m taking some time, I’m changing up my whole style,” Lee said during a recent appearance on MMA on SiriusXM.I’m changing up my team around me. You know, there have been a lot of things happening, especially at the end of this last year, unfortunately, that I’ve had to make changes (for). But it’s a new me, it’s a new start, when I come back the folks are going to see a new me.”

When Lee is ready and willing to step back inside of the Octagon he may find himself in a lightweight clash with fan favorite Justin Gaethje, who is coming off a third-round knockout loss to former champion Eddie Alvarez back at UFC 218. Gaethje recently took aim at “Motown Phenom” when he said he’d love to beat up a “loudmouth.”

“I mean, absolutely,” Lee said when asked if he’d be interested in fighting Gaethje. “I think the best thing about 155 is that there are so many options. The division is right open now. I don’t know, we’ll see.”

That said, Lee insists that “Highlight” needs even more time off than himself to heal from the beating he sustained opposite Alvarez, as well as Gaethje’s menacing UFC debut against Michael Johnson back in July.

“If it’s going to be against Justin, I like easy money,” Lee said.

“Justin likes to take a lot of damage. I like to give a lot of damage – it seems like a good match to me.

“I’m trying to look out for Justin’s health, too. He needs some time, too. The man has taken a lot of bad beatings over the last couple of months. I don’t think he wants another one right here, right now.

“If he does then so be it, but for now I’m just taking my time. I’m still young in the game. I got a long time to go. I want to make some necessary changes to my camp. I’ve just changed management, too. There are going to be a lot of changes coming and I think people are going to be excited about it.”

Whether or not Lee draws Gaethje his next time out (that seems like one of the more plausible matchups), fight fans better get used to “Motown Phenom” competing atop the UFC’s 155-pound division. Every time he has lost inside of the Octagon Lee has seemingly come back stronger, so there’s no telling how far the Grand Rapids native can take it in 2018.

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Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 26 results, recap for ‘Alvarez vs Gaethje’ (Ep. 12)

Episode 12 is titled “The Ultimate Goal.”

Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is back on FOX Sports 1 later night (Weds., Nov. 29, 2017) with the twelfth and final episode of “Alvarez vs. Gaethje,” the all-female flyweight season searching for the next big star at 125 pounds.

We’ll kick things off with No. 12-seed Sijara Eubanks recapping her improbable run to the semifinals, where she meets longtime veteran and No. 1-seed Roxanne Modafferi for a spot in the championship finale this Friday night (Dec. 1, 2017) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The winner of Eubanks-Modafferi will face No. 14-seed Nicco Montano, who upset No. 2-seed Barb Honchak last week to stamp her ticket to the live finale, held inside Park Theater at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino.

If you missed episode 11, click here for our complete recap.

The action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and we hop you’ll follow along with us in the comments section below. Just as soon as the credits roll, we’ll have our compete results and recap.

See you tonight!

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Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 26 results, recap for ‘Alvarez vs Gaethje’ (Ep. 11)

Episode eleven is titled “A Will to Win.”

Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) was back on FOX Sports 1 last night (Weds., Nov. 1, 2017) with episode eleven of “Alvarez vs. Gaethje,” the all-female flyweight season searching for the next big star at 125 pounds.

If you missed episode ten, click here for our complete recap.

Episode 10 will feature No. 2-seed and former Invicta champ Barb Honchak (Team Alvarez) against No. 14-seed Nicco Montaño (Team Gaethje) in the first semifinal. Honchak is looking to reassert her spot at the top of the flyweight pecking order after two years away, while Montaño will attempt to continue one of the more remarkable upset streaks in recent memory.

Previews also suggest we finally get to one of the show’s more hallowed traditions: prank wars. Hopefully they don’t involve bodily fluids or rampant property destruction this time around.

Join us at 10:00 PM ET for the show and be sure to stick around afterwards for our complete recap once we find out who’s waiting for the winner of Roxanne Modafferi vs. Sijara Eubanks on the Finale.

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Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 26 results, recap for ‘Alvarez vs Gaethje’ (Ep. 10)

Episode ten is titled “Make it a Fight.”

Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is back on FOX Sports 1 later tonight (Weds., Nov. 15, 2017) with episode 10 of “Alvarez vs. Gaethje,” the all-female flyweight season searching for the next big star at 125 pounds.

If you missed episode nine, click here for our complete recap.

After eight long weeks of flyweight competition — which included a bevy of both submission and knockout finishes — last week kicked off the quarterfinal match ups, featuring two fights in one night. Team Gaethje’s Roxanne Modafferi stopped Emily Whitmire, while Deanna Bennett got smoked by Sijara Eubanks.

That leaves us with No. 2-seed Barb Honchak going up against No. 10-seed Rachael Ostovich, before No. 14-seed Nicco Montano takes on No. 6-seed Montana Stewart. The winners, of course, will move on to the semifinals.

Be sure to tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 to watch all the action unfold, then hit us up just as soon as the credits roll for our complete results and recap.

See you tonight!

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Justin Gaethje threatens to break Tony Ferguson’s legs in heated Twitter beef

With the return of Conor McGregor looming in the distance, the UFC lightweight division is already beginning to get a little chippy. Top contenders like Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Justin Gaethje are all jockeying for position one way or another.

For Ferguson, his quickest chance to lock down a bout with McGregor is to defeat Lee at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and claim the interim lightweight title. For Gaethje, his quickest opportunity to earn a title shot is to defeat former champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit, Mich., and then lobby for a No. 1 contender’s bout.

While Ferguson and Gaethje are currently on different paths towards UFC gold, the two lightweight contenders locked horns on social media this week while weighing in on a simple poll. Gaethje struck first, referencing the ankle pick threat “El Cucuy” threw Fabricio Werdum’s way during a UFC 216 media lunch altercation.

As one of the more outspoken members of the UFC roster, Ferguson wasted little time responding to “Highlight” and offering his own smack talk.

Fight fans have to love this. While Ferguson and Gaethje are two confident alpha males who have produced of late inside of the Octagon, their efforts are sure to ramp up now that the UFC lightweight champion is back in town.

Winning fights and performing well will always outweigh trash talking, especially the social media kind, but this only builds the intrigue fight fans will have for Ferguson’s upcoming battle with Lee at UFC 216, Gaethje’s Fight of the Night favorite against Alvarez in December, and everything relating to the 155-pound title picture.

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‘TUF 25 Finale’ Medical Suspensions: Justin Gaethje Among Six Fighters Facing 6 Months

Justin Gaethje’s UFC debut was one to remember, but it could leave him sidelined until early next year.
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‘TUF 25’ Finale Salaries: Former WSOF Champ Justin Gaethje Earns $200K in UFC Debut

Justin Gaethje took home a nice paycheck for his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut.
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Latest UFC rankings update: Justin Gaethje debuts in lightweight top 10 after smashing Michael Johnson

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently wrapped a pair of mixed martial arts (MMA) events starting with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale and ending with the UFC 213 pay-per-view (PPV) event, both taking place last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Get full results here and here.

As expected, there was plenty of movement in the official rankings. Justin Gaethje cracked the lightweight top 10 by smashing Michael Johnson at TUF 25 Finale (watch it), while Robert Whittaker and Alistair Overeem took over the No. 1 spots in their respective divisions after big wins at UFC 213 (see them here and here).

Here’s how the rankings work, courtesy of UFC.com:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC. A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

Take a look at what the latest rankings field looks like courtesy of UFC.com. Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked).

1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Conor McGregor
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Stipe Miocic
5 Max Holloway
6 Cody Garbrandt
7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
8 Tyron Woodley +1
9 Dominick Cruz -1
10 Michael Bisping +1
11 Jose Aldo -1
12 Amanda Nunes
13 Robert Whittaker *NR
14 TJ Dillashaw -1
15 Khabib Nurmagomedov -1

Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 Henry Cejudo
3 Ray Borg
4 Wilson Reis
5 Jussier Formiga
6 Sergio Pettis
7 Brandon Moreno
8 Ben Nguyen
9 Dustin Ortiz
10 John Moraga -1
11 Ian McCall
12 Tim Elliott
13 Louis Smolka
14 Alexandre Pantoja
15 Magomed Bibulatov

Champion: Cody Garbrandt
1 Dominick Cruz
2 TJ Dillashaw
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 John Lineker
5 Jimmie Rivera
6 Bryan Caraway
7 John Dodson
8 Aljamain Sterling
9 Thomas Almeida
10 Marlon Moraes
11 Eddie Wineland +1
12 Pedro Munhoz -1
13 Rob Font +2
14 Matthew Lopez -1
15 Johnny Eduardo -1

Champion: Max Holloway
1 Jose Aldo
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Ricardo Lamas
4 Cub Swanson
5 Chan Sung Jung
6 Yair Rodriguez +1
7 Jeremy Stephens +1
8 Brian Ortega +1
9 Renato Moicano +2
10 Dennis Bermudez
11 Darren Elkins +1
12 Dooho Choi +1
13 Mirsad Bektic +1
14 Renan Barao +1
15 Jason Knight *NR

Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Khabib Nurmagomedov
2 Tony Ferguson
3 Eddie Alvarez
4 Edson Barboza
5 Nate Diaz +1
6 Justin Gaethje *NR
7 Kevin Lee
8 Dustin Poirier
9 Michael Johnson -4
10 Michael Chiesa -1
11 Al Iaquinta -1
12 Beneil Dariush -1
13 Anthony Pettis *NR
14 Evan Dunham -2
15 Gilbert Melendez -2

Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Demian Maia
2 Stephen Thompson
3 Robbie Lawler
4 Jorge Masvidal
5 Neil Magny
6 Carlos Condit
7 Donald Cerrone
8 Gunnar Nelson
9 Colby Covington
10 Rafael Dos Anjos
11 Dong Hyun Kim
12 Kamaru Usman
13 Ryan LaFlare
14 Santiago Ponzinibbio
15 Tarec Saffiedine

Champion: Michael Bisping
1 Robert Whittaker (Interim Champion) +2
2 Yoel Romero -1
3 Luke Rockhold -1
4 Jacare Souza +1
5 Chris Weidman +1
6 Anderson Silva +1
7 Derek Brunson +1
8 David Branch +1
9 Krzysztof Jotko +1
10 Vitor Belfort +1
11 Thales Leites +1
12 Tim Boetsch +2
13 Uriah Hall
14 Thiago Santos *NR
15 Brad Tavares *NR

Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Alexander Gustafsson
2 Jimi Manuwa
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Volkan Oezdemir
5 Mauricio Rua
6 Corey Anderson
7 Ovince Saint Preux
8 Misha Cirkunov
9 Ilir Latifi
10 Rogerio Nogueira
11 Patrick Cummins
12 Tyson Pedro
13 Gian Villante
14 Gadzhimurad Antigulov +1
15 Jared Cannonier *NR

Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Alistair Overeem +2
2 Fabricio Werdum -1
3 Cain Velasquez -1
4 Junior Dos Santos
5 Francis Ngannou
6 Mark Hunt
7 Derrick Lewis
8 Alexander Volkov
9 Stefan Struve +1
10 Marcin Tybura +1
11 Aleksei Oleinik +3
12 Tim Johnson
13 Andrei Arlovski
14 Travis Browne -5
15 Curtis Blaydes *NR

Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Claudia Gadelha
2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
3 Rose Namajunas
4 Jessica Andrade
5 Tecia Torres
6 Michelle Waterson
7 Carla Esparza
8 Joanne Calderwood
9 Randa Markos
10 Felice Herrig
11 Paige VanZant
12 Cortney Casey +1
13 Maryna Moroz -1
14 Cynthia Calvillo
15 Jessica Aguilar

Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Valentina Shevchenko
2 Holly Holm
3 Julianna Pena
4 Ronda Rousey
5 Raquel Pennington
6 Sara McMann
7 Cat Zingano
8 Liz Carmouche
8 Alexis Davis +1
10 Germaine de Randamie
11 Marion Reneau
12 Ketlen Vieira
13 Katlyn Chookagian
13 Bethe Correia +1
15 Ashlee Evans-Smith

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in roughly one week — especially in the welterweight division — when UFC Fight Night 113, headlined by the 170-pound showdown between Gunnar Nelson and Sergio Ponzinibbio, takes place inside SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland (more on that fight card here).

Until then, let us know what you think of the latest rankings movement in the comments section below.

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