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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.

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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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Jose Aldo issues statement following second loss to Max Holloway at UFC 218

The long-time Featherweight champ shares some words following his latest defeat in Detroit.

With the unexpected removal of Frankie Edgar from UFC 218 weeks before the event with a broken orbital, Jose Aldo was called up and sat poised to retake the featherweight title that had once been his for so long. Unfortunately, things didn’t go his way in the rematch against Max Holloway, and the rugged Brazilian warrior fell in the third round to Holloway’s relentless assault.

Now Aldo has released a statement via social media.

“I only have to thank my family that I love for everything, and my team Nova Uniao, the best in the world, for making me great and champion, and my friends and fans that are always with me,” Aldo wrote. “Thank you all! I will be always optimistic because believing is the first step to making it happen.”

The loss to Holloway puts Aldo in the unfortunate position of having lost to the current champion twice, basically eliminating his chance of another shot at the title so long as “Blessed” holds the belt. It’s unclear whether the 145-pound legend will continue to fight at that weight class, and also uncertain that he continues fighting in UFC at all after the last two bouts on his contract are up.

In the past Aldo has talked about a move to 155, or even a move to boxing. Now might be a good time for either of those moves, as he looked completely destroyed on the scale during the UFC 218 weigh-ins. And if fighting in the UFC is getting old for him, maybe there’ll be a spot for him in the upcoming boxing events the UFC is working on putting together?

Whatever the case, no one can deny the amazing things Aldo did over his 13 year career and eight years at the top of the Featherweight division as champion.

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Midnight Mania! Aldo denies any excuses for first loss, will ‘smother’ Holloway in rematch

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Jose Aldo is set to fight Max Holloway in the headliner of UFC 218, a rematch of their last fight at UFC 212, in which Max took Aldo’s featherweight title. After that bout, Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, mentioned that Aldo didn’t kick much because he had an injury to his leg in camp. Holloway took exception to that excuse:

“That was kind of cowardly to me,” Holloway said. “To say something like that and take away from someone’s win. I’ve never taken away from someone’s win. I just thought it was silly. Hopefully, he doesn’t have an injury this time, and hopefully he kicks more. Kicks don’t — the guy was dead tired in the second round. There’s a feeling in there when a guy is falling off,” he added.

“His mouth was open. I was able to taunt him. I Stockton-slapped him, and from then on I knew, ‘Wow, this guy is not really moving anymore.’ That was the time to turn up the heat, and that’s what we did.”

Aldo was quick to disavow any excuses made by him or on his behalf after the first bout. He spoke today with reporters in Brazil, via MMAFighting.com:

“I don’t think there was any cowardice,” Aldo said. “Every time I’m in there that’s the best Aldo possible. Holloway was a great fighter that night and was able to win. He deserved it. There’s no excuse. ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) talked about it because it happened in training, but if I’m in there, that’s the best Aldo available. There’s no excuse. He won because he deserved to win.

Andre Pederneiras echoed Aldo’s tone:

“I want to make something clear that Aldo didn’t say anything, I was the one who said that,” Pederneiras said. “I was asked why Aldo got tired and mentioned it. I never diminished Holloway’s win. If he had a good leg or not, the punch would’ve landed and he would’ve gone down the same way. The leg didn’t make him go down. We never diminished Holloway’s win, we praised him for the way be became champion.”

This time around, Aldo says he has no major injuries:

“I’m in perfect conditions,” Aldo said. “There are always small injuries, but nothing that takes any weapon away. I’m kicking, punching, I’m doing everything now. There are no serious injuries. You can expect the best kickboxing, the best muay thai. I will walk forward the entire time. I want to kick a lot in this fight. I want to put my hands as well, everything I learned recently, I want to go in there and do it.”

“I’ll smother him from beginning to the end, and he will have to worry about his defense. I always saw the attack as the best defense, so I was holding myself back, thinking ‘he has this strong point,’ and that harmed me. Not anymore. I want to go in there and be myself, be who I always were. That’s what I want.

As far as letting the previous loss affect him, Aldo says he has accepted it. What motivates him is getting his belt back.

“If you fight all the time you can lose one day, so (the loss) is not stuck in my throat,” he added. “The belt is no longer with me, so that makes me more motivated to train and get it back. Holloway is just another one that I will win.”


This is a fantastic bantamweight bout in the works between Jimmie Rivera and John Lineker:

Justin Gaethje training footage ahead of his fight with Eddie Alvarez. Gaethje will either be a superstar or will lose by KO.

There is another Dana White… working in the Pentagon:

Poirier is already back in the gym working:

Team Tiny indeed!

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Didn’t Amanda Nunes already do this?

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Felice Herrig? What are you doing?

I spoke to Nic Davenport, @Mrmentalmuscle, about the cognitive conditioning he does with athletes at American Top Team. Look at Poirier’s reflexes:

1 week out from UFC 120 and @dustinpoirier is dialing in his mental/cognitive abilities. This session we targeted primarily drills that would really require a lot thinking while moving. One time for @darustrong (currently in New York for UFC 217 with @joannajedrzejczyk ) and @dubthaprodigy on the music production. @fitlighttraining as usual for the equipment. _________________________ We start with quick react to get his body prepped for the dynamic-cognitive drills that follow. 25 gets him prepped for being able to react to a stimulus that can come from different/multiple directions. In a fight the dynamic constantly changes from a physical and mental standpoint. The stroop drill targets Dustin’s ability to inhibit unwanted actions and shift his attentional focus more efficiently. The impulse control drill will allow him to be quicker in his decision making because he’ll process at a higher rate and the no-go (don’t hit the red light) increases his ability to discipline behavioral and physical actions with better precision. _________________________ UFC 120 is 1 week away and we’re getting the W! If interested in our services @themindbody1 we don’t only cater to UFC Fighters but our program also works with many populations such as active aging, military, addiction, education, corporate and marketing much more! #theexercisedscientist #themindbody1 #mrmentalmuscle #ufc #ufcnorfolk #ufc120 #teamdustin #danawhite @danawhite #knockout #mma #cognitiveconditioning #mentalmuscle #somescientistweargymshorts #FITLIGHTS #work #motivation #warrior #thugjitsu #mindbody1 #gymr #thegymr #athlete

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Marc Diakese hitting lights to improve cognitive capacity:

Combat sports this weekend:

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Zabit Magomedsharipov:

Despite his made-up name, he’s a great fighter.

Here’s another made-up name:

Ben Askren fights exactly like your big brother:

So does Shinya Aoki, for that matter:

What a comeback from Tyrone Spong. This is a classic.

Podcasts and Video

AJ is sick this week, so Andrew discusses fight psychology and cognitive conditioning with Nic Davenport, @MrMentalMuscle on Twitter and Instagram, who works with a number of American Top Team fighters, including Dustin Poirier, Marc Diakese and Santiago Ponzinibbio. We take a deep dive into cognitive conditioning, fight preparation, and the effect of personality on performance.

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UFC Fight Night 119 Medical Suspensions: Lyoto Machida Out Until 2018 After Brutal KO Loss

After spending 28 months on the shelf, former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titlist Lyoto Machida is going to have to spend at least another two months on the sideline.
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Robbie Lawler: Rory MacDonald’s steroid accusation is his way of coping with loss at UFC 189

Rory MacDonald hasn’t been shy in expressing his belief that Robbie Lawler was on steroids during their fight at UFC 189 back in 2015, which saw them go at it for five rounds in a back-and-forth brawl that saw both combatants get busted up before “Ruthless” ended the via TKO in the final round.

Though Lawler never failed a pre or post-fight drug test, “The Red King” is confident his hard-hitting foe was “on some shit.” Lawler, however, isn’t bothered by the accusations, saying “Red King” is hurling those accusations as a way of trying to cope with the beatdown.

“I think he’s trying to figure out why things happened the way they happened and he’s finding a different way to cope with it,” Lawler said on The TSN MMA Show.

MacDonald’s theory of steroid use stems from the fact that Lawler kept coming and never let up despite hitting him with his best shot. Robbie, though, says it has nothing to do with performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but rather his will to win.

“I mean, I was getting hurt, I got stung by a head kick and he cut my lip with an elbow, but all you have in the end is your will to fight,” said Lawler. Indeed, Robbie mustered up enough will to pull off the late win in order to retain his title.

Lawler went on to defend his title once more against Carlos Condit in yet another memorable brawl, only to loss the 170-pound strap to Tyron Woodley the following bout via first round knockout.

As for MacDonald, he jumped ship to Bellator MMA and is set to compete for the promotion’s welterweight title against Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 on January, 20, 2018.

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‘Bigfoot’ Silva camp open to Rico Verhoeven rematch in MMA after TKO loss at GLORY 46

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight title contender Antonio Silva didn’t fare too well in his first-ever professional kickboxing match, losing to current GLORY Kickboxing champion Rico Verhoeven in the second round yesterday (Sat., Oct. 14, 2017) at GLORY 46 from inside the Guangzhou Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.

Of course, it was an outcome many expected — “Bigfoot” included — as Rico is one of the best standup specialists in the game today.

Now that Silva took a leap to step into the kickboxing world, his camp wants Rico to do the same, as Silva’s manager Alex Davis tells MMA Fighting he’d love to see Rico grant Silva a rematch under mixed martial arts (MMA) rules.

“So Antonio went out there and did his first kickboxing fight against the current Glory champ and legend Rico Verhoeven. And not even himself expected to win, but he fought like a lion! Nothing to be ashamed of! And nor was it the manslaughter everyone predicted. So now, Antonio thinks that it is Verhoeven’s turn to fight in MMA, and since he took the first challenge, now respectfully invites Rico to do the same in MMA. Bigfoot would be more then happy to welcome him!”

Rico does have some MMA experience, winning his lone fight via knockout in the very first round back in 2015, so it won’t be anything new for the towering striker. That said, Silva has lost his last five in a row and eight of nine overall.

While the fight isn’t exactly out of the realm of possibility, they would still have to find an MMA organization that is willing to sanction the fight.

Anyone think “Bigfoot” would do better against Rico in his own sport?

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Bellator 183: Ben Henderson not thinking about retirement after loss to Patricky Freire

Ben Henderson’s run inside the Bellator MMA cage since jumping ship from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses; losing three of his four fights including last night’s (Sat., Sept. 23, 2017) bout against Patricky Freire at Bellator 183.

Despite his skid, “Smooth” isn’t thinking about anything else other than to keep fighting, as retirement is the furthest thing from his mind. When the time comes to hang them up, Ben says he will know.

“When you get to a point where you’re losing and it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t sting and you’re like, ‘Oh, I lost another one; oh, well’ (then you should retire),” Henderson said during the post-fight conference via MMA Junkie.

“This burns my soul. This does not feel good. It is burning inside. You have to learn who to deal with it. Learn how to accept it, take it like a man, and get better from it. In no way, shape or form, am I not highly upset. But I know if I tear a TV off the wall and smash it, it doesn’t do anything. It’s just all theatrics. I know on Monday I need to get back in the gym and work on getting better so I don’t have close decisions, period.”

Failing to win any titles in two separate divisions in his two chances inside the Bellator cage, Henderson now goes back to the drawing board and will take anyone the promotion gives him next.

“For me, it’s always get back in there right away,” Henderson said. “I’m pretty healthy. No black eyes or not beat up or too sore or nothing like that. I’d like to get back in there right away, but who knows what Bellator is going to say, match-wise, who I’m going to match up with next. That’s a whole spaghetti and pile of noodles I don’t want to worry about.”

Anyone care to throw out any suggestions?

For complete Bellator 183 results and coverage click here.

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After Narrow Title Loss, Valentina Shevchenko Says Next Fight Will Likely Be at 125 Pounds

Valentina Shevchenko may be ready to move on from Amanda Nunes — at least for now.
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Rousimar Palhares wins appeal, has loss against Shamil Amirov overturned to draw

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight basket case, Rousimar Palhares, continues to do work on the international mixed martial arts (MMA) circuit after burning most of his stateside bridges with moves like this.

His most recent appearance, which took place under the Fight Nights Global (FNG) banner on Sept. 4, ended in a controversial loss to Shamil Amirov, despite controlling the final two frames and nearly winning by submission.

That prompted an appeal by manager Alex Davis.

“If fighters are not happy with the decision, fighters themselves, or their management, send an official protest letter to the Russian MMA Union,” FNG President Kamil Gadzhiev today told MMAjunkie. “They invite three new judges, they watch again, and they can change the decision. Sometimes, they change the decision.”

The Russian MMA Union is no stranger to controversy.

With the draw, Palhares, 37, sits at 19-8-1 with 16 submission finishes. I’m sure this sort of drama will prompt a rematch against Amirov, which will hopefully yield better — or perhaps more conclusive — results when all is said and done.

Then again, death is always an option.

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Gavin Tucker Tells Fans to Lay Off The Ref Following One Sided Loss

Following Gavin Tucker’s decision loss to Rick Glenn, which saw him take a vicious beating in the latter half of the bout, the featherweight’s telling fans to stop criticizing the referee. Many people have relayed they think the referee, Kyle Cardinal, should have stopped the UFC 215 fight, since Tucker appeared to be badly hurt […]

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