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UFC St. Louis bonuses: Jeremy Stephens’ knockout win over Doo Ho Choi leads $50K winners

UFC Fight Night 124 — which went down from inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri — is in the books, and now it’s time to see who went above and beyond the call of duty to take home with some extra post-fight bonus cash.

Leading the charge was Jeremy Stephens and Doo Ho Choi, who each took home an extra $ 50,000 after their “Fight of the Night” performances which saw “Lil’ Heathen” knockout “The Korean Superboy” in round number two.

Furthermore, Marco Polo Reyes’ devastating first-round knockout win over Matt Frevola was good enough to earn the Mexican-born fighter some extra spending money (see it again here).

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC Fight Night 124 bonus winners below:

Fight of the Night: Jeremy Stephens vs Doo Ho Choi

Performance of the Night: Darren Elkins

Performance of the Night: Marco Polo Reyes

For complete UFC Fight Night 124 results and coverage click here.

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UFC on FOX 26 bonuses: Alessio Di Chirico’s faceplant knockout leads $50K winners

The action was quite memorable earlier tonight (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) at UFC on FOX 26 from inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, as former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos dominated Robbie Lawler over the course of 25 minutes.

In addition to RDA’s impressive main event decision win, Josh Emmett stepped in on short notice and collected an epic knockout victory over title contender Ricardo Lamas, “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” standout Julian Marquez scored a nice submission win in a wild brawl, Glover Teixeira battered Misha Cirkunov in a first-round TKO, Italian middleweight Alessio Di Chirico recorded a thunderous faceplant finish against Oluwale Bamgbose, and Nordine Taleb head kicked Danny Roberts into a daze.

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC on FOX 26 bonus winners below:

Fight of the Night: Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart

Performance of the Night: Alessio Di Chirico

Performance of the Night: Nordine Taleb

For complete UFC on FOX 26 results and coverage click here.

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Aljamain Sterling issues statement following scary knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC Fresno

During last night’s (Sat., Dec. 9, 2017) UFC Fight Night 123 event inside Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California, Aljamain Sterling suffered a nasty knockout loss to Marlon Moraes in main card action.

See it again here.

Indeed, “Magic” clipped “Funkmaster” with a nasty knee to the face the stiffened Aljamain, forcing the ref to stop the action. It was a knockout Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White compared to Francis Ngannou’s demolition of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 last week.

After getting carried out in a stretcher to the hospital for precautionary reasons, Sterling issued a statement last last night via social media.

Knowing Sterling was already out, credit has to be given to Marlon, as he immediately stopped his offensive attack and did not follow up with any unnecessary blows to his fallen foe.

And in victory, “Magic’s” thoughts were all on Sterling.

And while UFC broadcasters didn’t give fight fans an update regarding Sterling’s health status during the broadcast, Dana White did confirm in this post-event interview that Sterling was mobile and doing great.

To get full UFC Fight Night 123: “Swanson vs Ortega” play-by-play updates and results click here.

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Francis Ngannou on Brutal Knockout of Alistair Overeem: ‘I Will Do That to Everyone’

All it took was one punch for Francis Ngannou to officially announce himself as the heavyweight No. 1 contender at UFC 218.
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Knockout! Watch Ryan Janes finish Andrew Sanchez in epic comeback at TUF 26 Finale

The finishes kept piling in earlier tonight (Fri., Dec. 1, 2017) at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale inside Monte Carlo’s Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, as middleweight Ryan Janes added to the mix with an incredible come-from-behind knockout victory over Andrew Holbrook.

Despite eating a plethora of punches throughout the first two rounds, Janes was resilient in the third. He started to catch a staggering Sanchez and poured the pressure on with a nasty left hook followed by a hard right hand. Sanchez stumbled back into the cage and Janes unloaded until the referee stepped in for the TKO stoppage.

Check out the memorable finish above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Janes ends a two-fight losing skid and notches down his first knockout victory since 2010. Sanchez is a tough dude at 185 pounds and Janes was able to stomach all of the damage. Let’s see if the submission artist can build off of this finish and win a few more fights next year.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire TUF 26 Finale fight card, starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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UFC Fight Night 121 bonuses: Nik Lentz’s submission, Tai Tuivasa’s knockout lead $50K winners

Despite being one of the longest fight cards you’re ever going to see, UFC Fight Night 121 offered memorable fireworks last night (Sat., Nov. 18, 2017) live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, as Fabricio Werdum shook off monstrous head kicks to out-duel Polish contender Marcin Tybura in the main event.

Before the former UFC heavyweight champion ended Tybura’s divisional ascension, Nik Lentz choked out former training partner Will Brooks (highlights), Tai Tuivasa made good on his Octagon debut with a flying knee knockout of Rashad Coulter (highlights), and flyweight contender Ryan Benoit powered through a broken hand to head kick Ashkan Mokhtarian into oblivion (highlights). Not to mention a bloody preliminary battle between lightweights Frank Camacho and Damien Brown.

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC Fight Night 121 bonus winners below:

Fight of the Night: Frank Camacho vs. Damien Brown

Performance of the Night: Nik Lentz

Performance of the Night: Tai Tuivasa

For complete UFC Fight Night 121 results and coverage click here.

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‘Disappointed’ Daniel Cormier not ruling out Heavyweight return following knockout loss to Jon Jones

Other than this social media post, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has kept quiet following his knockout loss to Jon Jones at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, California.

During a recent episode on “The MMA Hour,” however, “DC” spoke for the first time following his second defeat to “Bones,” discussing the loss and his mixed martial arts (MMA) future moving forward. And to hear Cormier tell it, he’s more disappointed that he let down his team of coaches.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Cormier said (via MMA Fighting). “You’ve got to remember, I’m a guy who wants to be the best. I train hard, I work hard and I feel like I was ready to go. I feel like I was prepared, and I was very disappointed in the result of the fight,” he said.

Many wondered of the former 205-pound champion would hang up his gloves following the loss. But, according the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) team captain, there is no reason for him to ride off into the sunset just yet.

“Why would I stop fighting?” Cormier said. “I feel like I still love the competition more than anything. That’s really what’s driving me. When I don’t have competition, I’m not in something like that, I’m miserable, man. I love to compete. I love to be in the environment.”

Furthermore, “DC” is confident he’ll cross paths with Jones again, despite saying during his post-fight speech that if a guy wins two fights there really is no rivalry. While that may be an admirable goal to try to obtain, getting back to a trilogy fight against “Bones” will be easier said than done, as the 205-pound division has experienced a re-emergence as of late.

Still, the former Olympian isn’t ruling out a return to Heavyweight if things don’t pan out down at Light Heavyweight.

“I really shrunk myself from Heavyweight,” Cormier said. “I used to have big ole’ traps and I was bigger guy when I fought at Heavyweight, but I’d entertain anything. The UFC values me and honestly, man, they’ve already reached out with some ideas about me fighting, and I was like, ‘Well, I need time,’ but there are options at Heavyweight and options at 205,” he said. “Obviously the Jimi Manuwa fight is a fight that could happen. Volkan Oezdemir has done fantastic for himself, a guy that’s a cool guy, but if the easiest path back to fighting the fights that I want is to go through somebody like that, then I’ll do it. So it’s a matter of just what I decide to do.”

At the end of the day, the opportunities for Cormier are endless inside the Octagon, who plans to return to “UFC Tonight” later this week, but will sit out the rest of 2017 from active competition.

“At this point, I’ve kinda gotten to a point in my career where UFC, they really are very open to a lot of my suggestions. This last 2.5 years since I fought Jones the first time through now, I’ve headlined cards, there were cards I was supposed to headline or had marquee fights on, I’ve sold millions and millions of pay-per-views, and with that comes some respect within the organization.”

Anyone care to see the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner return to land of the big men?

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Midnight Mania! Watch Daniel Cormier stumble around the Octagon after Jon Jones knockout loss

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If you thought that interview between Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier was painful to watch, you aren’t going to want to see this. For two minutes after he was left twitching on the canvas, Cormier was surrounded by strangers, unsure of where he was or what was happening — and the overhead camera stayed on him the whole time. He later apologized to Big John McCarthy for his behavior.

Where was his team?? Why wasn’t he allowed to just leave the cage? How was he allowed to just stumble around the cage like that?

I have so many questions, and no satisfactory answers.


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This was incredible. Cormier was indeed ended by leaning into the left head kick of Jones, dropping his hands in anticipation of anther powerful Jones body kick. This old footage is also the friendliest I can recall Jones and DC ever being.

A lot of the credit for Jones’ much sharper striking in this fight has to go to Jones’ excellent striking coach, Brandon Gibson:

Cormier is often hated and Jones is now loved, and I think I know why — it is because Jones turned out to be telling the truth, while what Cormier hoped was true, that he was the best, turned out to be a lie. Some of you seem to resent Cormier for trash-talking Jones, but Jones has always been first, more acerbic and more effective than Cormier in that department. The difference? Jones won, and that, to fans, is often the only thing that seems to matter.

Volkan Oezdemir wishes them both some good. He hopes to put his hands on Jones in short order- respectfully, of course. He would also be amenable to a fight with Alexander Gustafsson for top contendership, in the meantime

Anthony Johnson still wants to fight Jon Jones too. And I’ll be honest, even coming off a loss to Cormier, I would watch Bones vs. Rumble in a heartbeat

A reminder that fighting has always been a sport with a damn expensive physical and mental price tag

That’s a price tag that Tyron Woodley has always done his best to avoid … for better or for boring:

Today, Woodley got fed up with Dana White’s treatment and threatened to out some dirt he has on White. I have some pure speculation here- remember when Woodley got a title shot off a two-fight win streak, the last a split decision, by waiting a year and a half for it? Sure, it was a title shot he was promised (for some reason) after he beat Johnny Hendr- just kidding, after Hendricks missed weight- but when has Dana White ever kept old title shot promises? Thompson had actually knocked out Hendricks and was on a six fight win streak. Was this dirt Woodley says he has on Dana a part of getting his title shot? Did he blackmail Dana White into a title shot??

I’m just saying.

Tonya Evinger shutting stupid down. She was very disappointed in herself after the KO loss to Cris Cyborg, but that doesn’t mean she had to take this from Brendan Schaub.

Nothing to see here, just Josh Barnett throwing dudes into the crowd at a metal concert


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

A lot of fight sports happened this weekend, including RIZIN. KING Reina is one to watch. She walks out to her fights carrying a teddy bear and wearing a robe. MMA in Japan is so awesome and weird.

Come on, Gabi Garcia. This makes no one happy.

I told you MMA in Japan was weird!

UFC flyweight veteran Kyoji Horiguchi is knocking people out in Japan:

This was amazingly violent!

I’m not saying the guy throwing haymakers was good, but this guy’s head movement is what I aspire to in a street fight …


Good Reads


Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

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The CME Podcast

Tommy Toehold’s UFC 214 Press Conference


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Former UFC fighter Tim Hague dies after suffering brain hemorrhage following knockout loss in boxing match

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight contender Tim Hague was deemed brain dead on Friday June 16, 2017 after suffering a brutal knockout loss during a boxing match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. And today (Sun., June 18, 2017), it’s with great sadness that we report Hague passed away due to a brain hemorrhage.

His sister Jackie Neil provided a statement regarding Hague passing via the Edmonton Journal:

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today. He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him with so greatly.”

Hague was just 34 years old.

During the boxing match against Adam Braidwood, Tim was knocked down repeatedly, until he was knocked out cold in the second frame. According to MMA Fighting, Tim had been knocked out in a previous boxing match last December.

Hague competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) professional for 10 years, going 21-13, including going 1-4 inside the UFC’s Octagon. Tim competed for several promotion’s, including World Series of Fighting (WSOF).

During his last five MMA bouts since August 2015, Tim suffered four losses, all via knockout. For his boxing career, Hague compiled a 1-2 record.

Our thoughts and prayers with Tim’s family during this very difficult time.

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UFC 214’s Volkan Oezdemir refuses to play it safe, targets title shot with first round knockout of Jimi Manuwa

Volakn Oezdemir seemingly came out of nowhere. After edging out Ovince Saint Preux earlier this year in his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, “Cousin” went on to knockout top-ranked Light Heavyweight contender Misha Cirkunov in a mere 28 seconds at UFC Fight Night 109 a few weeks ago (see it again here).

That win was good enough to earn Oezdemir a co-main event slot at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, against none other than Jimi Manuwa. And to hear Oezdemir tell it, “Poster Boy” is going down … fast.

“It’s not a question about if I can beat him … I know the answer because I’m confident in my abilities,” Oezdemir said during a recent interview with Flo Combat. “It’s gonna be a knockout in the first round again.”

But, don’t think for a second Oezdemir will be content with stopping there because he is not in UFC to play it safe, planning to go straight for the title should he get through the No. 2-ranked fighter. Indeed, he’s already planning a post-fight callout that will request the winner of the Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier title fight, which will headline the pay-per-view (PPV) event that same night.

“It’s fast, but it’s been a long process … I’ve been training all my life for this moment,” he said. “I don’t want to take my time. I want to go straight for the belt. I want to fight as much as I can, I want to fight the toughest guys in the world, and I’m not here to play it safe.

“After my win against Manuwa, I will be 3-0 and I will have a win over No. 6, No. 3 and No. 2 in the world,” he continued. “Gustafsson lost against both [Jones and Cormier], so it would be a rematch. Maybe the division needs some new blood. I’ll be there.”

Despite his confidence, it will be very hard to convince UFC matchmakers to give him a shot at the strap over “The Mauler,” seeing as how the towering Swede put on perhaps the best performance of his career against Glover Teixeira recently.

Still, that won’t stop Oezdemir from trying,

“I always try to finish my fights fast and actually I’ve always done it … I found my old self in that fight, finishing people in one minute or two minutes.”

Indeed, 11 of Volkan’s 13 victories have come via first round finish. But, can he add Manuwa — who has devastating knockout power of his own — to his ever-growing hit list?

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