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Stephen Thompson on Narrow Decision Loss at UFC Fight Night Liverpool: ‘I Thought I Edged It Out’

Oftentimes when a person repeatedly uses the phrase, “It is what it is,” they’re holding something back.
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Maia Has No Plans To Retire Following UFC ‘Chile’ Loss

Out of the title picture, Maia’s hoping to break a UFC record while wrapping up his contract.

It’s been a rough twelve months for Demian Maia, who has now gone 0-3 with this latest loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC Chile. Prior to that, the BJJ ace went on a 7 fight win streak that earned him a welterweight title shot against Tyron Woodley. Woodley’s wrestling was simply too much, and that’s been the story in Maia’s next fights against Colby Covington and now Usman.

But despite this skid, Maia plans to soldier on until his UFC contract is complete.

“I still have three fights under my contract,” Maia said during the post-event press conference. “I want to do those three fights. It was short notice for this fight, I only prepared for three weeks. And actually, my last three fights were against wrestlers. My game plan is to take the fighters down, so it was tough fights. But I still have the will to finish my contract.”

Rather than working his way back into title contention, Maia has his eye on breaking the record for most wins in the UFC, currently held in a three way tie by Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, and Donald Cerrone at 20. Maia currently sits at 19.

”To be honest, I’m more focused on breaking records of finishes in the UFC. My last three fights were against top wrestlers like Woodley, Colby, and tonight Usman. So I’m going to keep concentrating on finishing my contract, my last three fights, and break those records.”

He might need some slightly more favorable matchmaking to accomplish that goal. At this point, it’s clear that wrestlers are Maia’s kryptonite. After facing three of the best wrestlers at 170 pounds (and stepping up last minute to save the UFC Chile main event), you’d hope the UFC might give him a different kind of opponent.

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Frankie Edgar Cool With Fighting Soon After Knockout Loss

Former lightweight champ and longtime featherweight contender Frankie Edgar was supposed to challenge Max Holloway for the belt. But injury put Holloway on the shelf, so Edgar took on up-and-comer Brian Ortega instead.

That didn’t end well. At UFC 222, Ortega knocked Edgar out.

It was the first time Edgar has ever lost via knock out. Shocking, yes. But it happens.

However, Edgar is jumping back in the cage at UFC Fight Night 128 to rematch with Cub Swanson. On April 21. Just a little over a month since he was KO’d.

Technically, the automatic suspension handed down by athletic commission to victims of knockouts is 30 to 60 (or sometimes 90) days. But neurological clearance by a physician can supersede that, so really, the only thing stopping Edgar from getting into the cage too soon is Edgar’s sense of self-preservation.

But when Edgar was on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” yesterday, he seemed unconcerned.

“I’m the one in there. I’m the one putting it on the line, and there’s nothing like getting in there and getting a win to erase that last loss. And again, it’ll never erase it, but at least it’ll kinda help deal with that stink, and like you said, give me something positive to kinda focus on instead of focusing on the negative.”

“I was pretty with it,” Edgar said. “I recall the knockout because I didn’t get turned off or anything. Even when I was going down, I knew I had a short time. In my head I was saying, ‘Alright, short time, short time. Let’s try to get through this.’ But obviously he was able to capitalize on it with that uppercut. And even when I fell, as soon as the ref came over me, I said I was good, and maybe I wasn’t — I’m not really complaining about the stoppage, I can see why he stopped it — but I was with it. As soon as he stopped it, I said, ‘I’m good! I’m good!’ I was trying to argue. Obviously I needed a little help [to stand up], but I wasn’t all the way out. I didn’t even have a headache afterwards that night at the hotel or anything.”

Come on, Frankie. We love you. Take care of yourself.

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Werdum Promises To Rise After UFC London Loss

The former heavyweight champion promises to rise after his defeat at the hands of Alexander Volkov.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has released a statement following his fourth round knockout loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC: London. The loss was especially disappointing for fans of the Brazilian jiu jitsu expert considering he was doing so well in the early rounds.

A hard jab from Volkov swelled Werdum’s eye shut and that lack of visibility allowed his opponent to overwhelm him with strikes and knock him out cold. But it doesn’t sound like the loss will stop Werdum from continuing to strive for his old belt back.

”I would like to thank everyone who cheered for me, who sent me messages of support and who are by my side in this difficult moment which is a defeat,” Werdum wrote. “I am sad but I keep my head up with the certainty that life is made and mistakes and correct and that the most important of this trajectory is how we rise from a fall.”

”I am fortunate to have happiness and determination in my heart and to be surrounded by people who respect me and who give me the energy that I need to continue my path of success. Thanks for the support and know that each one of you is very important to me!”

The loss in London brings Werdum’s record to 23-8 and is just the third time in his career he’s been finished. Who knows where he’ll end up in the rankings after losing to #8 Volkov but we’re sure he’ll be back to action. A win would have put him right back into title talks, but now Werdum will have to toil a bit longer to prove his worth – and against younger heavyweights on a dangerous upswing.

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Tim Means Thanks UFC for Paying Win Bonus Following Contentious Loss to Sergio Moraes

It appears that justice was served for Tim Means — at least financially.
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Tim Means Thanks UFC for Paying Win Bonus Following Contentious Loss to Sergio Moraes

It appears that justice was served for Tim Means — at least financially.
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Tim Means Thanks UFC for Paying Win Bonus Following Contentious Loss to Sergio Moraes

It appears that justice was served for Tim Means — at least financially.
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Frankie Edgar’s Coach Shares A Statement On UFC 222 Loss

Here’s long time coach Mark Henry on Frankie Edgar’s heartbreaking loss to Brian Ortega.

Frankie Edgar did everyone a big solid when he decided to stay on the UFC 222 card and fight Brian Ortega instead of waiting for his title shot against Max Holloway. That choice blew up in his face when Ortega uppercutted him to the canvas, finishing Edgar for the first time in his career. With that loss went his title shot. Now it belongs to Ortega, and it sounds like it’s going down at UFC 226.

Conor McGregor and Max Holloway have already reached out to share their admiration for Edgar, and now his long time coach Mark Henry is doing the same on Instagram.

“You’re beyond blessed in your life if you’ve had the privilege to meet one great person in your life,” Henry wrote. “I’m talking about someone who impacts just thousands around him and changes and impacts your life for the better. It’s been an absolute miracle in my almost 50 years to have had two of these amazing men in my life. My father in law Pino and my little brother Frankie Edgar.”

”Even though I’m a lot older than Frankie, he has taught me way more lessons in life than I could have ever taught him. Besides being an incredible son, brother, father, husband, friend, general, mentor, champion, teammate and example to millions, I can’t thank him enough for being the most incredible example to my son for the past 13 years. So hard in these times to find a great role model for your kids these days and I’ve been blessed beyond belief to have had this man be an example to what is dearest to me.”

”Forget this fight stuff,” Henry finished. “There’s way bigger things in life and it’s a GUARANTEE we will be back stronger than ever! Congratulations to Brian Ortega and his amazing team. Brian’s awesome example to kids. Thanks so much to everyone for always giving love and respect to our champ.”

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Report: Josh Emmett Plans to Appeal Loss to Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 28

Josh Emmett is planning to appeal his controversial loss to Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 28.
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Report: Josh Emmett Plans to Appeal Loss to Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 28

Josh Emmett is planning to appeal his controversial loss to Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 28.
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