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Dustin Poirier Not Looking to Fight Fire with Fire Against Justin Gaethje

It’s safe to say fans were excited with the announcement that Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje would square off in the main event on April 14 at UFC on Fox 29.
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Werdum Looking To ‘Demonstrate Worth’ At UFC London

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will aim to win his third-straight bout when he takes on former Bellator MMA heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov tomorrow evening (Sat., Mar. 17, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 127 live on Fight Pass from inside O2 Arena in London, England.

The main event tilt will mark Werdum’s third fight in the past five months. After losing his divisional title to Stipe Miocic via knockout at UFC 198, and then losing a close decision to Alistair Overeem at UFC 213, the Brazilian veteran has been trying to make up for lost time and quickly work his way back into position for another shot at UFC gold.

“I can’t think of the belt only, nor can I sit around and not fight, waiting for the belt to come to me,” Werdum told MMAjunkie earlier this week. “I have to demonstrate my worth by fighting as often as possible. I’m confident I’ll have another shot.”

Luckily, Werdum’s quick turnarounds and willingness to fight lesser known opponents hasn’t backfired. Instead, the 40-year-old contender got right back into the win column after his loss to Overeem by submitting Walt Harris in 65 seconds at UFC 216 and then battering rising contender Marcin Tybura via decision back at UFC Fight Night 121.

If Werdum is able to get past Volkov this weekend in London he’ll take one step closer to another heavyweight title shot. Whether that shot comes against Miocic or current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who are scheduled to collide in a superfight at UFC 226 this July, Werdum really doesn’t care.

“My greatest objective is being the champion for a third time,” said Werdum. “It doesn’t matter if it’s against Stipe Miocic or Daniel Cormier. I love Daniel Cormier. He’s my friend going back several years. But we’re professionals. If he wins, I’ll have to fight him. What can I do? My goal is the belt. That’s it. It doesn’t matter who’s holding it.

“If it’s Stipe Miocic, great – I get to avenge a loss. If it’s Daniel Cormier, we’ll fight. I have nothing bad to say about him. I don’t badmouth people to promote a fight. That’s not who I am. … My goal is the belt, regardless of who has it.”

Of course, Werdum can’t possibly overlook Volkov heading into tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night 127 main event. Volkov has won his last five professional bouts (3-0 UFC), has only been finished once since 2010, and possesses one of the more dangerous striking arsenals at the heavyweight level.

“I see Volkov as a very difficult opponent,” Werdum said. “He’s very tall. He has a great reach, and very good muay Thai. He just beat three guys in the UFC. And every heavyweight in the UFC is dangerous. I think it will be a great fight. I’m able to visualize it. I envision a lot of muay Thai. And like everyone says, I expect to knock him out or submit him. (But) the main thing is to get the win.”

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Midnight Mania! Joe Rogan thinks Francis Ngannou has UFC looking at “Mike Tyson days”

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Joe Rogan thinks Francis Ngannou could be the UFC’s modern version of Mike Tyson. He has finished all six of his UFC fights, most of them in the first round, and according to the UFC’s measurement, he holds a world record for power, beating out professional kickboxer Tyrone Spong. However dubious that distinction may be, it is no secret Ngannou has mind-numbing power. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“Now they’ve got a star,” Rogan said. “I think Ngannou, one or two more fights, you’re going to be looking at Mike Tyson days. That’s what I think. You’re going to watch fights just to see how long these mother(expletives) can survive against this guy. That’s what I think. That could be their big, breakout star.”

The story is certainly there. Ngannou came up from nothing, going from a child working in sand mines, to wandering the streets homeless in Paris, to the next UFC title contender. He used his platform after his win over Overeem at UFC 218 to bring attention to the human slavery happening in Libya. He’s a gentle, soft-spoken, terrifying giant, a PR dream. The real question is, will the UFC be able to adjust their usual monotonous messaging to capitalize on the obvious potential?

Ngannou, if indeed he does establish himself as a Pay-Per-View star, would fill a hole in the current UFC landscape. Ronda is transitioning to the WWE, GSP’s future is uncertain (but probably won’t include defending that middleweight belt) and Conor is spending most his nights waiting outside after-parties and punching folks connected to the mob.

“Conor, who knows if he’s ever going to fight again,” Rogan said. “We really don’t know. We haven’t heard Conor saying, ‘This is my plan. This is who I’m thinking of fighting. This is who I want to fight.’ He’s been talking (expletive) to Max Holloway, he’s been talking (expletive) to Tony Ferguson, but he’s not set it up.”

Ngannou will face Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt at UFC 220 on January 20th in Boston, headlining above a light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir. The double headliner seems to be a gamble by the UFC to get as many eyes as possible on this heavyweight fight. Stipe Miocic has won his last five fights via knockout, four in the first round; if he wins, he will set the heavyweight record with three consecutive title defenses. If Ngannou wins, the world is his oyster.


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Eddie Alvarez recounting his fight with Justin Gaethje:

Is Ben Askren hinting GSP may come back to welterweight to fight him, or his friend Tyron Woodley?

Don’t try Saul Alvarez’s neck exercises at home, kids.

CSA gym has a rule not to back up more than three times in sparring, which would improve the striking of so many MMA fighters

This is extremely exciting, mostly because I love watching Robert Whittaker fight. I never thought GSP would defend his belt against Whittaker, no matter how pissed Dana White said he would be.

“Fart noise” is what Kelvin Gastelum thinks of this.

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I’ve never hit mitts at the Black Volcano and now, somehow, I feel my life is not complete.

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Kyoji Horiguchi joins Santiago Ponzinibbio and Marc Diakese doing cognitive conditioning drills with Nic Davenport at American Top Team.

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Throwback to Raymond Daniels throwing two-touch spinning back kicks in pajama pants karate

The great Ramon Dekkers


Podcasts and Video

Flyin Brian J previews UFC: Fresno main event between Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega

Cub Swanson said Max Holloway played with Jose Aldo’s ego, and that he had been scouting Brian Ortega as a potential opponent.

Brian Ortega is very relaxed

The Fight Society podcast with Damon Martin and Matt Brown

Swanson’s double overhand, explained by the other two Andrews who contribute to this site. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube!


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When Subway turns you down for prom

Meanwhile in LA…

California fires have provided us the most compelling visual metaphors for America in 2017.

Seriously though, this looks really bad.

If you live there:

Stipe Miocic sends his fellow firefighters his thoughts and prayers:

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Midnight Mania! Are we looking at the turning point in the McGregor era?

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If you have been paying any attention, you know today was full of bad news for mixed martial arts (MMA). First, Conor McGregor goes and shoves referee Marc Goddard, then slaps an official just for good measure. Then, to give an aftertaste to that bad flavor in our mouths, Anderson Silva went and popped positive again, bumping him out of his UFC: Shanghai main event against Kelvin Gastelum.

The McGregor news seems… familiar. It’s a trope we’ve seen, in fact, almost as often as we’ve been watching the behavior of superstars. The story goes, a young, successful star breaks into the public consciousness. Somehow, in a combination of luck, timing, charisma and talent, they get to the top, they have everything they ever wanted, and then… they lose focus. They make public missteps. Drug use is usually involved.

Then they do something like this:

There were many “takes” online today on McGregor’s antics, ranging from serious to funny. Dan Hardy blamed money:

There is also this; McGregor seems as though he is at that point in his career where he no longer has any bigger challenge to channel that energy. He loves to party, and there is some evidence that he isn’t doing his partying substance-free.

Conor has talked before about doing better in life when he has immediate goals to work towards. For a long time, he has done nothing but hit bigger and bigger goals. He won a Cage Warriors Featherweight belt, then their lightweight crown. Next, he was climbing the featherweight rankings. Then, he was taking on short-notice Chad Mendes for an interim title; knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds; moving up in weight to face Nate Diaz. His first, embarrassing UFC loss to Diaz could have been a setback; instead, McGregor insisted on an immediate rematch. He edged out Diaz at UFC 202 and immediately turned around to win the lightweight crown at Madison Square Garden. That was the the point he outgrew the sport, and stepped into the world of boxing. His last fight was a 100-million dollar payday against the highest paid athlete in all combat sports, Floyd Mayweather.

Where does he go from there? That’s the top of the proverbial mountain. He’s got to come back down now, at least a little bit. No fight is going to have the feel of a “first”, unless the UFC get really ridiculous and give him GSP for the middleweight title.

He needs something though, or this might be the watershed moment. This might be the day we look back on as the time the wheels fell off the McGregor train


Bellator wasted not a second using McGregor’s antics to promote their event; for them, this was as good as gold.

You get the feeling McGregor feels he is invincible, that he is the center of the world. Why shouldn’t he be? Everything has been about him for so long. But take a look at the concussed fighter Marc Goddard is trying to pay attention to.

The jokes abound:

This wasn’t McGregor and Goddard’s first encounter. Goddard also warned the Irish star to sit down at UFC: Gdansk.

JUST ANNOUNCED!!! Who wins this match up?

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Even Mike Goldberg’s got jokes.

(He also loves the Irish)

What will the official response be? Is McGregor really too big to punish? They’ve got him, and GSP. That’s about it for superstars. But when he gets a slap on the wrist, it is just going to reinforce that he now lives in a world with no consequences.

McGregor earlier today:


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Gunnar Nelson is up to fight Darren Till, who returns the sentiment. Liverpool or London? Doesn’t fucking matter son!

Nick Newell has an idea for who should step in now that Anderson popped positive…

Platinum Perry is up for a trip to middleweight too

Megan Anderson is proud of her tats.

Pay-Per-View estimates for UFC 217 are approaching that million-dollar mark. It would seem GSP lost none of his drawing power.

Good news for the Muhammed Ali Expansion Act

This is some strong Scottish brogue coming through in tweet format.

An already shredded Northcutt looks inhuman after a weight cut. Look at those quads. Almost disconnected from the rest of his legs.

Robert Whittaker is willing to fight St. Pierre wherever he wants.

Stop holding pads like this!

The Iceman, living up to his name in Hawaii.

Getting my freeze on after a work out. Recovery is everything ❄️☃️

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This was a laser-guided fist to face

That’s an amazing knee

This? This is an entrance

Genki Sudo

Some old-school brawls for you

Pretty sure this was my favorite fight in 2014

Arlovski’s last great win


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Whitney Miller discusses being in the UFC 217 and Glory 47. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube!

Jon Fitch discusses the Muhammed Ali Act and tells us about the time he fought to keep his house from foreclosure against Erick Silva:

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Air travel in the 1930s seems like more fun

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Conor McGregor looking to ‘legitimize’ UFC lightweight title and restore divisional order

Now that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is done “taking over” the boxing world, the Irishman is left to rule over a hungry 155-pound division. Considering McGregor has already been stripped of a UFC title for divisional inactivity he must do everything in his power to actually defend the lightweight belt.

We didn’t quite know for sure where McGregor’s head was at following his knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. this past August, but “Notorious” shed some light on his desire to “legitimize” the lightweight rankings and finally make good on his championship status.

“Look, I’ve got the UFC title to defend and that means something to me. I will defend that world title,” McGregor said yesterday (Fri., Sept. 29, 2017) during an exclusive Q&A from inside the SEC Armadillo auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland (h/t MMA Fighting).

“Nathan (Nate Diaz) is there. He’s trying to come in here and make all of these demands. If he starts pricing himself out of an event, I probably will defend against the person who wins this interim belt…or someone along that line to legitimize it again.

“I’ve already gone from the highest of the high in terms of a money fight. Now the question I always get is about defending the belt and legitimizing the sport and the rankings.

“Maybe now it would be a good time for me to go and do that and shut that side up.”

As of now, Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee are scheduled to duke it out for interim lightweight title rights at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner would presumably have an inside track in facing McGregor his next time out, especially if the UFC lightweight king is aiming to defend his title sooner rather than later.

“Again, we’ll see what happens in the fight (next) week,” McGregor said. “I hope they make the walk. I’ve seen it so many times where they slip on the bleedin’ soap getting out of the bath,” he said.

“Honestly, I feel like in the Tony and Khabib fight, they were in a game of chicken of whose going to pull out first.

Whichever option McGregor chooses next you better believe the 29-year-old superstar is going to bank loads of cash. But since McGregor just landed a once-in-a-lifetime payday opposite Mayweather, he’s looking to correct the lightweight title picture before chasing anymore money fights.

“I’ve done the money fight. I’ve done the pinnacle of a money fight – I fought for the money belt – the WBC money belt it was called,” said McGregor regarding the Mayweather bout.

“In my head now, I’m very interested in seeing this fight this weekend and to see how the lightweight title picture pans out and to go in and correct that whole situation. That’s where my thoughts are.

“I also have history with Nate. It’s 1-1 and that has to happen. It will happen. The more I spend time away from it, I think I’ve already done all of the money fights. Now, to legitimize a title and to bring it back, I could potentially bring it back.

“That’s a little bit exciting for me. I’ll see how this whole title picture plays out and we’ll go from there.”

It will be interesting to see which matchup McGregor and UFC come to terms with in the near future, but it’s becoming more and more likely that “Notorious” will unify the UFC lightweight title his next time out. That means Ferguson and Lee will be competing for a career-changing payday at UFC 216 in addition to the interim strap.

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Aaron Pico sparred with Miguel Cotto for Bellator 183, looking to ‘scale things back’ in return

Despite losing his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut this past June in just 24 seconds, top prospect Aaron Pico will have an opportunity to regain all momentum later tonight (Sat., Sept. 23, 2017) at Bellator 183 live on Spike TV from inside SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., when he takes on Justin Linn as part of the main card.

Considering Pico possesses a ton of potential and has already shouldered massive expectations so early into his MMA career, capturing a win tonight at Bellator 183 is paramount. In order to give himself the best chance to rebound the 20-year-old has decided to pull things back in camp, fine tune his boxing, and spar with the best partners available.

“For me, I wanted to scale things back,” Pico told MMA Fighting. “Freddie Roach is my boxing coach, I spent a lot of time down there with him leading up to the fight. I was actually part of Miguel Cotto’s training camp as a sparring partner so that was really good for me.”

Few MMA fighters have the luxury of training alongside a boxing great like Cotto. Boxing is obviously just one aspect of striking, but separating himself from the rest of the pack and getting advantageous assistance may greatly impact Pico’s chances of winning his second pro bout.

“Just his approach to the whole game,” Pico said of Cotto. “He’s very professional when he comes in, he works extremely hard. Sparring with him was great. Just to see how a professional works in the boxing game, how he gets ready, I was very privileged to be in there with his training camp. He keeps a small circle, so it was a really good experience for me. It’s helped me, for sure.”

With an incredible wrestling game already in his arsenal Pico’s striking and submission defense may be the only two departments he needs to touch up before making a serious run in Bellator’s featherweight division. If he can show signs of improvement against Linn at Bellator 183 then Pico will be moving in a positive direction.

“For me, right now, my whole focus is trying to be a world champion in Bellator,” Pico said. “And that’s what I’m excited for, waking up with that goal in mind every day.”

Bellator 183 will start with “Prelims” undercard matches at 7 p.m. ET followed by the main card at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play updates for the entirety of Bellator 183’s card below.

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Any MMA fans looking for a full time job in the industry?

Evolve MMA in Singapore is expanding again and is currently looking for people with a passion for mixed martial arts (MMA).

Evolve MMA is hiring aggressively across all job functions and is inviting applicants from all over the world to work at one of the three facilities in Singapore or the online resource of Evolve University.

Competitive salaries and perks like an all expenses paid annual trip are on offer to successful candidates. Last year, the entire Evolve MMA team flew to the Maldives on a company holiday.

Evolve MMA is currently home to fighters like Ben Askren, Shinya Aoki, Angela Lee and Rafael Dos Anjos and trainers include Brian Ebersole, Heath Sims, Orono Wor Petchpun and Yodsanan Sityodong as well as 10 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belts.

Anyone interested in the opportunities and passionate enough to pursue a dream career in combat sports, should send a cover letter to: jobs@evolve-mma.com.

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UFC Singapore preview: Rafael dos Anjos looking for fresh start at 170 pounds

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos is set to make his 170-pound debut against ex-Strikeforce welterweight kingpin Tarec Saffiedine at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 111 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, set for Sat., June 17, 2017 inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Red-panty night feels like a lifetime ago.

Dos Anjos (25-9) is abandoning his post at 155 pounds — rather hastily — after coming up short in back-to-back defeats to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson, with the former costing the Brazilian his division crown.

While the move up to welterweight was a surprising one, especially considering his 10-1 run from 2012-15, the Brazilian, 32, has publicly loathed his cut to the lightweight division, which undoubtedly got harder after saying goodbye to his twenties.

“For how much I’m making right now, it’s not worth it for me to make 155 (pounds),” Dos Anjos told MMA Junkie. “If it’s a superfight and I’ll make more money, I’ll do it. But (for) how much I’m making right now, it’s not worth it to put my body at that level of stress.”

That said, the field is getting increasingly crowded at 170 pounds.

Saffiedine (16-6) — who struggled to stay healthy after crossing over from the ranks of Strikeforce — is also coming off a pair of recent losses inside the cage, getting outworked by Rick Story and Dong Hyun Kim to close out his 2016 fight campaign.

This might be a do-or-die situation for the Belgian brawler.

Who ya’ got?

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Vitor Belfort looking to fight five more times after ‘reinventing’ himself at UFC 212

Nobody knew for sure what Vitor Belfort was going to say after his UFC 212 matchup with Nate Marquardt last night (Sat., June 3, 2017) at UFC 212 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rumors had swirled about the MMA legend possibly retiring, or even taking his talents to another promotion.

After capturing a unanimous decision win over Marquardt to earn his first UFC win since a knockout of Dan Henderson in 2015, Belfort eased the minds of Brazilian fans everywhere during his post-fight interview by saying he plans to fight five more times. “The Phenom” expanded on that notion backstage.

“We are reinventing Vitor Belfort again,” Belfort said during UFC 212’s post-fight press conference (watch here). “So, we are changing a lot of things in the game, a lot of things I was doing wrong. Not rushing, taking my time. We had more power in the third round than the first round. That’s a good thing.”

UFC 212 marked the first fight Belfort has had under new head coach, and king of Tristar, Firas Zahabi. It was a pairing that was sure to deliver results, but Belfort needed to be motivated again to put his previous Octagon defeats behind him.

“Something stirred in me, so I love to train again, I love to fight again,” Belfort added. “That’s something that’s been away from me for my last three fights, to tell you the truth. I was burned out.”

As long as Belfort can continue to shows improvements at 40 years of age, and UFC wants him back inside of the Octagon, fight fans will still get to see one of the best fighters ever compete. Belfort may not be able to challenge for a title in 2018, but his dominant performance over Marquardt at UFC 212 suggests he can wreak some havoc on the middleweight top 15.

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VIDEO: Dana White’s ‘Looking for a Fight’ – Season 2, Episode 2

I can’t tell if this is a vanity project or a legitimate effort to get a network to pick up another UFC television property, but either way, Dana White’s “Looking for a Fight” is still chugging along – and giving us good, compelling content on their YouTube page. So here we are, in the second […]

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