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Jake Ellenberger Knows He’s Not Done Fighting, Targeting Late August Return

When Jake Ellenberger first appeared in the Ultimate Fighting Championship back in 2009, the then-newcomer nearly took out established welterweight Carlos Condit in his Octagon debut.
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Jake Ellenberger Knows He’s Not Done Fighting, Targeting Late August Return

When Jake Ellenberger first appeared in the Ultimate Fighting Championship back in 2009, the then-newcomer nearly took out established welterweight Carlos Condit in his Octagon debut.
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Jake Ellenberger Knows He’s Not Done Fighting, Targeting Late August Return

When Jake Ellenberger first appeared in the Ultimate Fighting Championship back in 2009, the then-newcomer nearly took out established welterweight Carlos Condit in his Octagon debut.
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Dominick Cruz Targets Late 2018 Bout after Lengthy Recovery from Broken Arm

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is hopeful he’ll be ready to fight again at the end of year after another injury setback.
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Midnight Mania! Dana Claims ‘Majority of Fighters’ Want Late Weigh-ins

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After today’s near-fiasco with Yoel Romero at the scale — in which he missed by just .2 pounds, looked like utter death, and after long uncertainty agreed to a non-title bout with Robert Whittaker— Dana White is eager to go through with the decision to move weigh-ins back to the old afternoon times.

It can’t happen fast enough. Yes, we are moving towards the old weigh-in system. It’s gonna happen. There are a couple people out there that say, “no no no”, but the majority of the fighters want to go back to 4 o’clock.

He also shot down any talk of a hybrid system, saying there was no way to get the commission to show up twice. He also said he doesn’t know many fighters who are morning people, saying they like to sleep in late. He acknowledged that Eddie Alvarez has a point, but claimed a lot of fighters are asking him to move the weigh-ins.

We never had a problem with 4 o’clock. Everybody was healthy, everybody was fine.

It’s possible that numerous fighters have indeed expressed that they want the weigh-ins moved back to the old time, but that’s certainly NOT been the prevailing mood on social media, where fighters like Alvarez, Gaethje, Iaquinta, Elias Theodorou, and Chas Skelly all prefer the earlier time. They also suggested extending the weigh-in window, as Jeff Novitsky said the UFC was attempting to do in 2016; White has evidently concluded this is not feasible. However, without any representative body like an association or a union to speak for the fighters and negotiate, perhaps even collectively, on their behalf, Dana is free to make these claims and decisions uncontested.


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This clip put me through so many emotions in such a short time

Jonny Bones is now actively rooting against his college roommate for saying he’s been doing PEDs since then.

If Jon Jones finds you an impressive liar, that’s an interim title belt in and of itself. He would know.

The dog should have known not to run up on this ancient reptilian monster.

Nature man

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I’m not sure exactly what happened here but I wouldn’t want to try to break these two up.

So true; rolling with a black belt feels like trying to stop Thanos: impossible from the start.

l I mean, not even close

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Yoel Romero is breaking records at UFC 225 already

This is 100% not getting enforced


Slips. Rips. KO Clips.

Sometimes the whole fight hinges on being on the right side of this kind of throw:

Just keep throwing, just keep throwing…

Pink hair for the win

That up-elbow is nice

hook-cross

Remembering the weird and wonderful Buggy Choke

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Midnight Mania! Al Iaquinta Eyeing Late Summer Tango With Justin Gaethje

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It’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight. The UFC’s deepest division is brimming with scintillating talent- even the guys coming off losses are easy to get excited about. No two fighters represent that more than Justin Gaethje and ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta. On his podcast, Iaquinta hinted that he might be in talks with the UFC to face Gaethje this summer. He was asked about a possible matchup with Gaethje, and his response indicated that the idea was not new to him. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“We’re hoping for sometime in August,” Iaquinta said. “August, September. I think (the UFC) wanted it to be sooner, but that guy needs a rest. I was looking out for his health with that one. He needs a break for a minute. If it goes down the way it’s supposed to, it’ll be a good fight, a tough fight.”

It’s peak Al to say that he’s looking out for Gaethje’s health by pushing a potential matchup back to late summer. But is the fight actually being discussed? “Little bit”, was all Al would say.

It would be a near-perfect matchup for Gaethje, and one fans would have an easy time getting behind. Iaquinta had won five straight before his high-profile decision loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov; Gaethje is on the most exciting two-fight skid in UFC history, coming agonizingly close to beating Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez before going out on his shield in both fights. He needs a step back, but not too far back; someone that keeps him relevant with a win, and doesn’t consign him to the dust-bin with a loss. Iaquinta is in a similar space; his short-notice loss to Nurmagomedov may have dampened any title hopes, but he hung tough with the Russian for all five rounds. Both men are known for wanting to throw hands in the pocket in a fan-friendly manner; neither are known for meticulous risk avoidance.

Of course, it’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight; Edson Barboza’s manager has also thrown his hat in the ring for a fight with Gaethje.


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Speaking of lightweight, Tony Ferguson is back in training

The guy on the left is your hopes, dreams and ambitions. On the right is you.

Muhammad Ali was an inspiration to so many

Joe Rogan loves highlighting very ineffective traditional martial arts techniques.

Jose Aldo has really been working his wrestling lately ahead of his summer fight with Jeremy Stephens


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Some Muay Thai action

This guy looks like a solid addition to the UFC roster. Look at that combination. By God.


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So close

Say what you will about Trump, he’s the funniest president we have ever had and likely will ever have.

Look at this crazy volcano footage from Hawaii

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UFC 216 free fight video: Watch Derrick Lewis score late finish over Viktor Pesta in Houston

Proven UFC heavyweight knockout artist Derrick Lewis will try to right the divisional ship at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he takes on former divisional champion Fabricio Werdum. Lewis will be making his first appearance since getting stopped by Mark Hunt via fourth-round TKO back in June.

In preparation for Lewis’ return to the Octagon, UFC has opened up its vault and released footage of “Black Beast” destroying heavyweight prospect Viktor Pesta at UFC 192 in 2015. The action spilled over into Lewis’ own backyard of Houston, Texas, as the heavyweight knockout artist battled Pesta for two strong rounds before putting an end to “Takedown Machine” via third-round TKO.

The memorable stoppage, which sparked a six-fight win streak for Lewis, can be seen above courtesy of UFC.

Lewis will have to rely on this sort of knockout ability at UFC 216 if he wishes to get past the veteran experience and overall elite skill of Werdum. The fact that the heavyweight clash will be contested over the course of three rounds bodes well for “Black Beast” and his chances of finishing the fight late.

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John Lineker eyes late July return to the UFC after surgery for broken jaw

John Lineker is gearing up for his return to the Octagon.

The bantamweight striker, who fractured his jaw in the first round against T.J. Dillashaw in December, is not cleared to compete just yet, but he’s getting close to the finish line.

“I’m already training well,” Lineker told MMA Fighting. “I can’t get hit in the head yet. I’m using a helmet, but I’m already training well.”

Lineker was on a six-fight winning streak when he faced Dillashaw at UFC 207, and says he will be ready to step back inside the cage by the end of July

The Brazilian is currently ranked at No. 4 in the bantamwe.ight division, and former champion Dominick Cruz, one of the fighters he always wanted to face since moving up from 125 pounds, is the only bantamweight ranked above him who currently doesn’t have a fight booked.

However, “Hands of Stone” expects to face someone else in his return.

“I don’t believe the UFC will give me Dominick Cruz,” Lineker said. “They will definitely give me someone else. I’m not sure who I’ll fight next, but it’s definitely not Dominick Cruz.

“I’m here to fight anyone. I want to go back in there and put on a fight.”

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John Lineker eyes late July return to the UFC after surgery for broken jaw

John Lineker is gearing up for his return to the Octagon.

The bantamweight striker, who fractured his jaw in the first round against T.J. Dillashaw in December, is not cleared to compete just yet, but he’s getting close to the finish line.

“I’m already training well,” Lineker told MMA Fighting. “I can’t get hit in the head yet. I’m using a helmet, but I’m already training well.”

Lineker was on a six-fight winning streak when he faced Dillashaw at UFC 207, and says he will be ready to step back inside the cage by the end of July

The Brazilian is currently ranked at No. 4 in the bantamwe.ight division, and former champion Dominick Cruz, one of the fighters he always wanted to face since moving up from 125 pounds, is the only bantamweight ranked above him who currently doesn’t have a fight booked.

However, “Hands of Stone” expects to face someone else in his return.

“I don’t believe the UFC will give me Dominick Cruz,” Lineker said. “They will definitely give me someone else. I’m not sure who I’ll fight next, but it’s definitely not Dominick Cruz.

“I’m here to fight anyone. I want to go back in there and put on a fight.”

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John Lineker eyes late July return to the UFC after surgery for broken jaw

John Lineker is gearing up for his return to the Octagon.

The bantamweight striker, who fractured his jaw in the first round against T.J. Dillashaw in December, is not cleared to compete just yet, but he’s getting close to the finish line.

“I’m already training well,” Lineker told MMA Fighting. “I can’t get hit in the head yet. I’m using a helmet, but I’m already training well.”

Lineker was on a six-fight winning streak when he faced Dillashaw at UFC 207, and says he will be ready to step back inside the cage by the end of July

The Brazilian is currently ranked at No. 4 in the bantamwe.ight division, and former champion Dominick Cruz, one of the fighters he always wanted to face since moving up from 125 pounds, is the only bantamweight ranked above him who currently doesn’t have a fight booked.

However, “Hands of Stone” expects to face someone else in his return.

“I don’t believe the UFC will give me Dominick Cruz,” Lineker said. “They will definitely give me someone else. I’m not sure who I’ll fight next, but it’s definitely not Dominick Cruz.

“I’m here to fight anyone. I want to go back in there and put on a fight.”

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