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TUF 26 Finale Primer: The Roxy/Montano Hype Reel

On its face, the card for the TUF 26 Finale looks like a collection of no-names who you’ll probably never see in the Octagon again after tonight. And you’re right! But the main event features a TUF 26 finalist in Nicco Montano and a semi-finalist who without unquestionably deserves her late-replacement shot in Roxanne Modafferi, […]

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VIDEO: The Official Michael Bisping vs. GSP Hype Reel

The end is nigh for Michael Bisping, who has pretty much done everything there is to do in the sport – win TUF, be a TUF coach, win the belt – and now has just one thing left on his bucket list. That one thing is to have a big money fight, of course, which […]

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VIDEO: The Official Michael Bisping vs. GSP Hype Reel

The end is nigh for Michael Bisping, who has pretty much done everything there is to do in the sport – win TUF, be a TUF coach, win the belt – and now has just one thing left on his bucket list. That one thing is to have a big money fight, of course, which […]

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Aljamain Sterling has no regrets about extra hype, attention before loss to Bryan Caraway

A training injury has given Aljamain Sterling plenty of time to reflect on his first professional loss.

The up-and-coming bantamweight injured his right bicep in his first gym sparring session after returning home from his split-decision loss to Bryan Caraway last month, which has both given him plenty of time to plot his return, but also a bit too much time to think about what went wrong.

“At the end of the day I take it for what it is,” Sterling said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I lost a close fight, I lost a battle of inches, it was just, it kills me kind of, a couple technical things on my end, that’s mostly what bothers me.”

The loss was a tough pill to swallow on several fronts. For one, it was Sterling first fight of his new UFC contract. For another, he baited Caraway over social media into taking the fight, and for the third, the matchup was heavily promoted as a featured attraction on UFC Fight Pass.

But Sterling refused to use the extra hype as an excuse for his defeat.

“I asked for the extra media,” Sterling said. “I asked for extra attention, I asked for the extra hype. I poked the bear to get the fight because I wanted a tough fight, whereas he didn’t want a tough fight, he wanted an easier fight, and I wanted to challenge myself to see where I can go. People can say the media stuff drains you and everything, but you set everything up accordingly to the schedule. … I feel like I had the best training camp of my life, it’s just, sometimes things don’t fall in line.”

If Sterling regrets anything, it’s that he let himself get too excited after getting off to a flying start in the fight — one which many observers felt should have resulted in a 10-8 score — which led to something of an adrenaline dump after Caraway survived the onslaught.

“I think in the first round I kind of hyped myself in my head, ‘oh my god, I’m about to get a finish  over this guy,’ I didn’t think it would come like that,” he said. “I thought it would be like a second round, third round finish, something like that. Then when I had him in compromising positions, it let me know where my skill set is, obviously my muscle endurance wasn’t there with my arms, my legs felt great, heavy arms, lungs fine, legs fine, I just had heavy arms, that kind of thing. He he kept, he stayed at steady pace and kept building throughout the fight. I don’t think I put any unwanted pressure on myself.”

Of course, one loss doesn’t break a career in mixed martial arts, and if anything, Sterling believes this will simply be a bump in the road which will make him stronger.

“I lost as amateur, I lost a bunch of times as a wrestler, and you always come back. You show your teeth more when you show what you’re made of and your heart. … I don’t think this loss going to make or break me, I think it is going to make me a better fighter.”

In the meantime, Sterling is rehabbing his right bicep, which was injured in a fluke mishap in the gym.

“It’s coming along, I almost have full range of motion, once the bone completely heals, it takes about six weeks, then I can start strength training again. It’s getting pretty close, I’ll be four weeks out [Tuesday], but honestly I think I could be good getting this thing going a little but sooner, but I don’t want to get too crazy. I was sparring with James Jenkins, we were just in a clinch, broke, and I throw an overhand right but I had arm all the way locked out, so when it landed, it landed flush and the way it hit hyperextended it.”

The upside of all this? The timing of the injury is such that, should the Long Islander continue progressing at a proper pace, should put him right on scheduled to appear on the event every New York-based fighter wants to be a part of — UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. As long as he’s on the card, he’s not going to be too picky about his opponent.

“There’s a ton of good matchups,” Sterling said. “I like the [John] Lineker matchup, I like the [Michael] MacDonald matchup, I like Rafael Assuncao, Faber is fighting Jimmy Rivera now, I’d like to fight Faber. Any of those top 10 fights make sense to me. Even Eddie Wineland, he’s coming off a great win.”

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UFC Fight Night 80 results: Rose Namajunas halts Paige VanZant hype train … decisively

The Paige VanZant (6-2) hype train has been building up quite a head of steam over the last few months, but late last night (Thurs., Dec., 10, 2015) Rose Namajunas (4-2) halted it dead in its tracks.

Namajunas, 23, defeated VanZant with a rear-naked choke submission at UFC Fight Night 80 at “The Chelsea” at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, in what was an absolutely dominant performance. “Thug Rose” took the fight on short notice, filling in for the injured Joanne Calderwood, and still shined.

Namajunas, who was one step ahead of VanZant all night, had the 21-year-old rising star on the defensive for the entire 25 minutes, using excellent striking, takedowns and submission attempts. She nearly finished the fight in the third and fourth rounds and finally ended the fight in the final frame with her fifth submission attempt.

The official time came at 2:25 of the fifth and final round.

Namajunas had success with her striking early on in the first round and secured a body lock before taking VanZant to the mat. Namajunas passed to side control and rained down a few big strikes–one which opened a cut on VanZant’s right cheek. “12 Gauge” made it back up to her feet, but Namajunas continued to land combinations.

The No.7-ranked women’s strawweight was able to land a head and arm takedown, but Namajunas expertly transitioned to her back. However, the former strawweight title contender could not secure a submission. VanZant made it to her feet only to be dragged back down again by Namajunas, who continued to land some nasty ground and pound for the remainder of the round.

In the second, the Milwaukee, WI native landed a takedown early on after defending one of VanZant’s. When VanZant made it back to her feet, she got pulled back down by Namajunas, which became the pattern of the round. When the two were standing, the No.3-ranked women’s strawweight remained a step ahead of VanZant and landed crisp and effective strikes in each exchange.

Namajunas took VanZant right away to start the third round. VanZant got back to her feet, but Namajunas continued to pick her apart and easily circled away from VanZant’s aggression. Namajunas landed yet another takedown with just under two minutes left landed more short elbows on VanZant, whose face turned into a bloody mess. “Thug” dropped back with a tight rear-naked choke and it looked to be the beginning of the end as her arm was underneath the chin of VanZant, but somehow VanZant fought off being submitted and survived the round.

Namajunas locked up a pair of armbars on separate occasions in the fourth and both times it looked like it could be the end of the fight, but VanZant managed to escape both submission attempts.

In the final round, Namajunas took VanZant down again and her fifth submission attempt ended up being the charm, and the one that ended the fight. Namajunas locked it up deep, forcing VanZant to tap soon after.

Outstanding performance by Namajunas, who put on a technical clinic and did anything she wanted the entire fight before finishing VanZant in the final round. With this performance she has likely earned a “performance bonus” and a shot at Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s strawweight title.

Horrible loss for VanZant, who got absolutely dominated throughout the contest. That being said, she did show tremendous courage, resiliency and toughness. She is still young and has a very high ceiling.

For complete UFC Fight Night 80: “Namajunas vs. VanZant” results, including play-by-play, click here.

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Get Hype: ‘UFC 194 Embedded’ Is a Masterpiece of Buildup


(No, Jose, I WILL NOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!)

An eight city world media tour. Eleven months of anticipation. Countless interviews, insults, and face-to-face staredowns. A pair of injuries and a newly-established interim champion. It has been a long road to get to the biggest featherweight title fight in the history of the sport, but this weekend, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will finally do battle.

But before they do, how about one last video to send your anticipation levels through the damn roof?

If you haven’t seen it already, the UFC’s latest Embedded episode on McGregor vs. Aldo is a must-see ahead of this weekend’s UFC 194 main event. Chronicling both fighters rise from rags to riches, the UFC 189 media tour (and Aldo’s subsequent withdrawal), and their incredible training regimens, UFC 194 Embedded is arguably the crowning achievement of the series. A credit is due to the UFC for really stepping it up in regards to the production value and somehow getting us more excited for this fight than we previously thought possible. Bravo, ladies and gents.

Anyways, I’m done talking, so check it out below.

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Johnny Case wants to derail Sage Northcutt’s ‘hype train’ after UFN 77 win

SAO PAULO — Johnny Case survived many attacks by Nova Uniao black belt Yan Cabral at UFC Fight Night 77 to get the unanimous decision victory in Sao Paulo, and discussed his performance, his submission defense, the injuries he suffered in the fight and much more.

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Johnny Case wants to derail Sage Northcutt’s ‘hype train’ after UFN 77 win

SAO PAULO — Johnny Case survived many attacks by Nova Uniao black belt Yan Cabral at UFC Fight Night 77 to get the unanimous decision victory in Sao Paulo, and discussed his performance, his submission defense, the injuries he suffered in the fight and much more.

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Sage Northcutt Lives Up to the Hype

The UFC 192 Fight Pass prelims are in the books, and the star of that particular set of prelim bouts was of course the heavily-hyped Sage Northcutt. Although he looks like he should be modeling Calvin Klein underwear, Northcutt apparently sports pretty decent karate skills and impeccable timing – which he used to overwhelm Francisco […]

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Luke Rockhold says Strikeforce fighters never got credit they deserved due to UFC’s hype train

Before stepping foot for the first time inside the Octagon, Luke Rockhold had long been one of the best middleweight fighter’s in all of mixed martial arts (MMA).

However, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) die hard’s — and some of the MMA community — didn’t recognize Rockhold’s talent and refused to give him — or any other ex-Strikeforce fighter — the credit they deserved.

That’s according to Luke himself, who recently expressed his frustrations during a media luncheon (via MMA Junkie) of the lack of respect he and his comrades had to deal with during the Strikeforce era.

“I fought ‘Jacare,’ and he was ranked No. 5, or No. 4 in the world, maybe even higher when I fought him. Instead of giving me credit because I was an un-named kid from Strikeforce Challengers, people didn’t believe. It happened a lot, they took away the credit from ‘Jacare’ of who he was and what he was capable of. They bumped me to No. 10 and put him somewhere in like 15. How does that levy out? Tim Kennedy never got the respect he deserved and look at us now. Myself, Yoel Romero, Kennedy, and ‘Jacare,’ we are all the top guys in that division. There’s Weidman and the rest of us are all from Strikeforce. People are just close minded and they believe in the hype train that is UFC. You have to give UFC a lot of credit because they make people believe that it is the best. It is the best now. But, I’m just happy to finally be here and get the credit I deserve I guess.”

Of course, those days are long gone, as Luke is now the current No. 1 contender and is set to challenge UFC’s middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the co-main event of UFC 194 on Dec. 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

With a win over “All American,” Rockhold will join fellow American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) – training partner Daniel Cormier as the only former Strikeforce champs to claim a UFC belt, as well. He’ll also earn the credit and respect he feels is rightfully his.

If he hasn’t already.

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