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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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Retire? It’s Belt Or Bust For Justin Gaethje Ahead Of UFC Lincoln

Coming off a two fight losing skid, Gaethje wants to show the world – and himself – he’s still championship material.

Justin Gaethje is in a strange place with his career. On one hand, he’s at the height of his fame, with many UFC fans considering him one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport. On the other, his UFC record currently sits at 1-2 with two bad knockout losses in his last two fights. He’s now facing James Vick at UFC Lincoln on August 25th in what many consider a softball match up — relative to facing Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier back to back, anyway.

Gaethje previously said that he’d retire if he got outclassed by Vick. Now in a new interview with MMANYTT he’s clarifying that statement somewhat, saying he’ll retire if he feels he’s no longer UFC champion material.

“100-percent. When that’s not my goal, I will retire,” Gaethje said. “I want to be the best. I want to be the best in the world.”

As far as Gaethje is concerned, those two losses were valuable experience that will make him a better fighter down the road.

”Fighting on a UFC card, there is nothing like it,” he said. “Experience is a hell of a trait to have and now, with some experience under my belt, it will do a lot of things for me.”

And if James Vick wants to dismiss him because of his recent losses, he does so at his own peril.

“If you watch the fights, you have to understand how close either one of us were to getting the ‘W’ and finishing that fight,” Gaethje said. “For James Vick to sit here and say I’m a B-league fighter and I don’t deserve the accolades that I’m getting — the bonuses, the main events — they guy just doesn’t get it. I’m painting a pretty clear picture of what pure effort can achieve in this sport and if you don’t want to pay attention, that’s not my problem.”

Gaethje has talked a lot about the changes he’s making leading into this fight, and it certainly seems like Saturday in Nebraska could be a make or break moment for his career. Will we see a new and improved Gaethje 2.0? Or will he throw caution to the wind as usual once the leather starts flying? I’m not even sure which way I want it to go.

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Dustin Poirier Dismisses Talk of ‘GSP’ facing winner of Nurmagomedov-McGregor: ‘It’s Not Happening’

Last week the Ultimate Fighting Championship held a press event to promote the remaining fights of the year and threw a curve ball when it announced an explosive lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz at UFC 230 in New York.
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UFC President Dana White Says He’ll Only Make a ‘Superfight’ When It’s Right

The term “superfight,” once understood to mean a matchup between the champions of two weight divisions — the most recent example being Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier facing off against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic — has been thrown around a lot recently. UFC President Dana White says the term is being “completely overused.”
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It’s Official: Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov Booked for UFC 229

Conor McGregor will finally make his long awaited Octagon return as he takes on newly-crowned lightweight champion and rival Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) at UFC 229 on Oct. 6, the UFC announced on Friday.
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Paige VanZant Gives a Surgery Update and It’s Gnarly

Normally, for any posts about UFC starlet Paige VanZant, I’d make the main photo more relevant to the content of the story. But no, not this time.

You see, VanZant has been nursing a busted wing for a while, and got surgery to fix it. And she posted a post-surgery pic… and damn is it gnarly. So instead of tormenting everyone who goes to the CagedInsider main page with a look at Frankenstein’s forearm, I have posted a pic of the little dancer/fighter in more appetizing times.

Geez, get well soon, Paige, but definitely let that nastiness heal.

Soooooo, do you think there’s gunna be a scar?? #ufc

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Patricky Freire Is Banging Against the Bellator Ceiling and It’s Sad

There was a Bellator double-header this weekend, and on the second night – in the main event of Bellator 203 – featherweight champ Patricky “Pitbull” Freire beat Daniel Weichel. It was a close fight, with Freire winning by split decision. But this was the second time the Brazilian slugger beat Weichel, and the match-up itself speaks volumes as to where Freire is in the organizational food-chain and what the future may hold.

Folks, Pitbull is banging against the Bellator ceiling, and it’s kind of sad.

The champ is, of course, the best of Bellator’s featherweights. And he’s done well avenging whatever losses he’s accrued during his long career with the promotion. He beat Daniel Straus pretty convincingly, and though he lost to Benson Henderson, it was something of an injury fluke, so there’s no need to retread over that ground.

But what’s next? More rematches with dudes he’s beaten?

What Freire needs is obvious. He needs a superfight. A match-up that transcends divisional rankings, and sparks the interest of the general public more than ever before.

Consider what winning the belts of two divisions did for Conor McGregor. Or what it’s doing for Daniel Cormier. Consider what fighting Royce Gracie did for Matt Hughes. Or what fighting James Toney did for Randy Couture.

Freire has essentially cleared out the featherweight division, but he’s stuck fighting on Bellator cards in Rome, Italy, because no one gives a crap about him. And that sucks, because he’s clearly a great fighter.

He deserves more.

Anyway, here’s a pic of former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov wrecking some dude on the Bellator 203 with a spinning back-kick in a little over a minute.

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Patricky Freire Is Banging Against the Bellator Ceiling and It’s Sad

There was a Bellator double-header this weekend, and on the second night – in the main event of Bellator 203 – featherweight champ Patricky “Pitbull” Freire beat Daniel Weichel. It was a close fight, with Freire winning by split decision. But this was the second time the Brazilian slugger beat Weichel, and the match-up itself speaks volumes as to where Freire is in the organizational food-chain and what the future may hold.

Folks, Pitbull is banging against the Bellator ceiling, and it’s kind of sad.

The champ is, of course, the best of Bellator’s featherweights. And he’s done well avenging whatever losses he’s accrued during his long career with the promotion. He beat Daniel Straus pretty convincingly, and though he lost to Benson Henderson, it was something of an injury fluke, so there’s no need to retread over that ground.

But what’s next? More rematches with dudes he’s beaten?

What Freire needs is obvious. He needs a superfight. A match-up that transcends divisional rankings, and sparks the interest of the general public more than ever before.

Consider what winning the belts of two divisions did for Conor McGregor. Or what it’s doing for Daniel Cormier. Consider what fighting Royce Gracie did for Matt Hughes. Or what fighting James Toney did for Randy Couture.

Freire has essentially cleared out the featherweight division, but he’s stuck fighting on Bellator cards in Rome, Italy, because no one gives a crap about him. And that sucks, because he’s clearly a great fighter.

He deserves more.

Anyway, here’s a pic of former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov wrecking some dude on the Bellator 203 with a spinning back-kick in a little over a minute.

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Patricky Freire Is Banging Against the Bellator Ceiling and It’s Sad

There was a Bellator double-header this weekend, and on the second night – in the main event of Bellator 203 – featherweight champ Patricky “Pitbull” Freire beat Daniel Weichel. It was a close fight, with Freire winning by split decision. But this was the second time the Brazilian slugger beat Weichel, and the match-up itself speaks volumes as to where Freire is in the organizational food-chain and what the future may hold.

Folks, Pitbull is banging against the Bellator ceiling, and it’s kind of sad.

The champ is, of course, the best of Bellator’s featherweights. And he’s done well avenging whatever losses he’s accrued during his long career with the promotion. He beat Daniel Straus pretty convincingly, and though he lost to Benson Henderson, it was something of an injury fluke, so there’s no need to retread over that ground.

But what’s next? More rematches with dudes he’s beaten?

What Freire needs is obvious. He needs a superfight. A match-up that transcends divisional rankings, and sparks the interest of the general public more than ever before.

Consider what winning the belts of two divisions did for Conor McGregor. Or what it’s doing for Daniel Cormier. Consider what fighting Royce Gracie did for Matt Hughes. Or what fighting James Toney did for Randy Couture.

Freire has essentially cleared out the featherweight division, but he’s stuck fighting on Bellator cards in Rome, Italy, because no one gives a crap about him. And that sucks, because he’s clearly a great fighter.

He deserves more.

Anyway, here’s a pic of former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov wrecking some dude on the Bellator 203 with a spinning back-kick in a little over a minute.

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Patricky Freire Is Banging Against the Bellator Ceiling and It’s Sad

There was a Bellator double-header this weekend, and on the second night – in the main event of Bellator 203 – featherweight champ Patricky “Pitbull” Freire beat Daniel Weichel. It was a close fight, with Freire winning by split decision. But this was the second time the Brazilian slugger beat Weichel, and the match-up itself speaks volumes as to where Freire is in the organizational food-chain and what the future may hold.

Folks, Pitbull is banging against the Bellator ceiling, and it’s kind of sad.

The champ is, of course, the best of Bellator’s featherweights. And he’s done well avenging whatever losses he’s accrued during his long career with the promotion. He beat Daniel Straus pretty convincingly, and though he lost to Benson Henderson, it was something of an injury fluke, so there’s no need to retread over that ground.

But what’s next? More rematches with dudes he’s beaten?

What Freire needs is obvious. He needs a superfight. A match-up that transcends divisional rankings, and sparks the interest of the general public more than ever before.

Consider what winning the belts of two divisions did for Conor McGregor. Or what it’s doing for Daniel Cormier. Consider what fighting Royce Gracie did for Matt Hughes. Or what fighting James Toney did for Randy Couture.

Freire has essentially cleared out the featherweight division, but he’s stuck fighting on Bellator cards in Rome, Italy, because no one gives a crap about him. And that sucks, because he’s clearly a great fighter.

He deserves more.

Anyway, here’s a pic of former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov wrecking some dude on the Bellator 203 with a spinning back-kick in a little over a minute.

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