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Lyoto Machida Is Going to Bellator

Last month, Lyoto Machida was knocking out Vitor Belfort in the Octagon. This month, he’s leaving the UFC for Bellator.

To put this move into perspective, consider this: Machida has been with the UFC since 2007.

The former UFC light-heavyweight king – known as “The Dragon” because of his really bad breath – will be taking his karate skills and questionable chin to the cage where most soon-to-be-retirees go. No opponents have been mentioned, but knowing Bellator boss Scott Coker, expect Machida to take on the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Dada 5000 and Ryan Couture.

As per ESPN:

Lyoto Machida has verbally agreed to an exclusive multi-fight contract with the promotion, sources told ESPN. “The Dragon” is expected to sign the deal in the very near future.

Machida, 40, leaves the UFC on a two-fight winning streak and a 24-8 record. He most recently knocked out Vitor Belfort via front kick at UFC 224 last month in Rio de Janiero, which was the last fight on his UFC contract.

A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Machida made his promotional debut at UFC 67 in Feb. 2007. He won his first eight fights in a row en route to becoming the 205-pound champion picking up notable wins over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson, among many others. He is considered one of the greatest fighters in UFC history.

Machida’s Bellator debut isn’t set just yet, but he is expected to fight again in 2018. He joins the likes of Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Gegard Mousasi, Frank Mir and Matt Mitrione, among others, who have recently left the UFC to sign with Bellator.

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Lyoto Machida Is Going to Bellator

Last month, Lyoto Machida was knocking out Vitor Belfort in the Octagon. This month, he’s leaving the UFC for Bellator.

To put this move into perspective, consider this: Machida has been with the UFC since 2007.

The former UFC light-heavyweight king – known as “The Dragon” because of his really bad breath – will be taking his karate skills and questionable chin to the cage where most soon-to-be-retirees go. No opponents have been mentioned, but knowing Bellator boss Scott Coker, expect Machida to take on the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Dada 5000 and Ryan Couture.

As per ESPN:

Lyoto Machida has verbally agreed to an exclusive multi-fight contract with the promotion, sources told ESPN. “The Dragon” is expected to sign the deal in the very near future.

Machida, 40, leaves the UFC on a two-fight winning streak and a 24-8 record. He most recently knocked out Vitor Belfort via front kick at UFC 224 last month in Rio de Janiero, which was the last fight on his UFC contract.

A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Machida made his promotional debut at UFC 67 in Feb. 2007. He won his first eight fights in a row en route to becoming the 205-pound champion picking up notable wins over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson, among many others. He is considered one of the greatest fighters in UFC history.

Machida’s Bellator debut isn’t set just yet, but he is expected to fight again in 2018. He joins the likes of Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Gegard Mousasi, Frank Mir and Matt Mitrione, among others, who have recently left the UFC to sign with Bellator.

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How Badly Is CM Punk Going to Lose at UFC 225?

When former pro wrestling star CM Punk announced he was going to transition into MMA, no one in their right mind thought he’d be successful.

And he wasn’t! He got murdered, at UFC 203, at the hands of Mickey Gall!

But the UFC new they had a modicum of fan interest to work with, so they made a big deal of finding someone at Punk’s level. They had Gall fight Mike Jackson for the honor, and since Jackson is a freakin’ MMA media member and not a fighter, yeah, he got handled.

Well, Jackson gets his turn with Punk at UFC 225, and you have to wonder if Jackson will again lose, or if Punk will again lose – and if so, how badly.

According to Jackson, who chatted with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” about it, it will be pretty badly – and there won’t be a submission involved.

“I’m not going in there to submit him,” Jackson said. “I’m not going in there to choke him out. I have no animosity or ill will towards Phil. For me, again, he called me a can. It wasn’t like it was someone of stature calling me a can, I can laugh it off, OK whatever.

“Again, he has never been in a fight. He has never been in a fight before the Gall fight, an actual unscripted fight. For someone like that to call me a can, I take that as disrespect. That’s like me deciding one day I want to be a wrestler and I walk into Vince McMahon’s office and I’m like, ‘Alright, I want to go wrestle Brock Lesnar for the belt and I want you to put me over.’ I wouldn’t do that. I would have to pay my dues and work my way up.”

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How Badly Is CM Punk Going to Lose at UFC 225?

When former pro wrestling star CM Punk announced he was going to transition into MMA, no one in their right mind thought he’d be successful.

And he wasn’t! He got murdered, at UFC 203, at the hands of Mickey Gall!

But the UFC new they had a modicum of fan interest to work with, so they made a big deal of finding someone at Punk’s level. They had Gall fight Mike Jackson for the honor, and since Jackson is a freakin’ MMA media member and not a fighter, yeah, he got handled.

Well, Jackson gets his turn with Punk at UFC 225, and you have to wonder if Jackson will again lose, or if Punk will again lose – and if so, how badly.

According to Jackson, who chatted with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” about it, it will be pretty badly – and there won’t be a submission involved.

“I’m not going in there to submit him,” Jackson said. “I’m not going in there to choke him out. I have no animosity or ill will towards Phil. For me, again, he called me a can. It wasn’t like it was someone of stature calling me a can, I can laugh it off, OK whatever.

“Again, he has never been in a fight. He has never been in a fight before the Gall fight, an actual unscripted fight. For someone like that to call me a can, I take that as disrespect. That’s like me deciding one day I want to be a wrestler and I walk into Vince McMahon’s office and I’m like, ‘Alright, I want to go wrestle Brock Lesnar for the belt and I want you to put me over.’ I wouldn’t do that. I would have to pay my dues and work my way up.”

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Jimmie Rivera: Marlon Moraes is Going to Get Punished for Manager’s Trash Talk

An interesting bantamweight fight will take place as part of the main event of UFC Fight Night 131 on June 1 at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York, between Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes.
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Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar Going to Meet at UFC 222

The best featherweight in the world is finally going to meet the top contender. In theory, at least. Max Holloway, who earned his belt by wrecking Jose Aldo (and then beat Aldo soundly again), will take on top challenger Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in Las Vegas. Maybe. Keep in mind that these two were […]

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Kevin Lee shares what he’s heard about Conor McGregor’s UFC return – ‘Something crazy is going to happen’

The interim lightweight challenger shares his thoughts on a McGregor vs. Ferguson fight and when it may go down.

Even though he lost his interim lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson back in October at UFC 216, you’ve got to say it’s been a great year for Kevin Lee.

One year ago, no one was even talking about Lee as a contender for the belt. But a win over Francisco Trinaldo and some compelling smack talk with Michael Chiesa followed by a first round win propelled him to the very top of the pack.

Lee shared the view from the top of the division with MMA Junkie Radio, which included what he’s heard about lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s much anticipated return to the UFC, most likely against interim champ Tony Ferguson.

“Either that, or something crazy is going to happen there,” Lee said (probably in reference to all that Mayweather business). “But, at least I think everything that I’ve seen and all the little whispers that I’ve heard, he comes back, he fights Tony.”

Having been on the wrong side of Tony Ferguson’s fists, Kevin Lee doesn’t believe McGregor makes it past him.

“I don’t think he beats Tony,” Lee said. “There ain’t no way. Tony’s going to be way too experienced, Tony’s going to be way too tough… He’s going to be too much for him. So I’m interested to see that fight. I wish they would just go ahead and make the damn fight happen already. I hear it’s supposed to go down in March, so we’ll see.”

A March date lines up with what McGregor’s coaching team has let slip in the past, but when you’ve got a hundred million dollars in your bank account, who knows what’s going to happen next for sure?

We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on the big surprise press conference allegedly going down this Friday leading up to UFC 219. Maybe a McGregor vs. Ferguson fight for St. Patrick’s will be announced?

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