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Jose Aldo Calls Out Conor McGregor for Rematch: ‘You Have Nowhere to Run’

Despite his loss at UFC 229, Conor McGregor is still in high demand as an opponent.
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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Paul Daley: Rory MacDonald ‘Nowhere Up There’ With Most Dangerous Guys I’ve Fought

Paul Daley respects Rory MacDonald and calls him one of the world’s top welterweights, but he doesn’t exactly consider “The Red King” to be a dangerous opponent.
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Kelvin Gastelum is a real nowhere man, and that suits him just fine

Kelvin Gastelum’s latest turn at middleweight has been one of those weird things that everyone (including himself) is trying to get his mind around. Four months ago, he was still a nondescript welterweight getting set to fight former lightweight Donald Cerrone at UFC 205. Then he missed weight and — as a result, it seemed — was shamed into a bout with the specimen Tim Kennedy at UFC 206 in December, in which he showed up like a sequoia stump, sturdy and wise and a mile-deep into the earth. That got people to talking. That even got Gastelum to talking. After taking out Kennedy, he said 170 was still his “optimal weight class,” but he volunteered to fight fading legend Vitor Belfort in Brazil out of nowhere.

Weird?

Yeah, well the UFC granted that request. Gastelum got the Belfort fight. He very quietly snuck down to Fortaleza and knocked Belfort out, only to treat his sudden success at middleweight as nothing more than a reluctant bit of serendipity. He said he thought he was better suited for welterweight as far as title runs go. He also called out Anderson Silva for June in Brazil. A few days later. The UFC granted his request, and now he’s fighting Anderson Silva in June in Brazil.

Weird?

Yeah, well…alright, what the hell is going on? Kelvin Gastelum a few months ago wasn’t on anybody’s radar. Now, he’s the radar itself. He’s a shot-calling, legend-thumping, retirement-inducing, match-stealing, detour-taking, interloping quiet guy at the party that suddenly is talking up everyone’s girlfriends. Harmless? Oh, he’d like you to think so. He’s a charmer. And he’s one of those guys that falls forward. He’d been working on Great Jones Street as a barista, but somehow stumbled down Broadway and discovered his name on a marquee. Is he even a contender at middleweight? There’s a chance he could be the devil.

Whatever he is, Gastelum seems to be holding welterweight out there as a home that he can return to, just an abstract place in the Midwest with a wood-burning stove and a sleepy cat. Right now, he’s treating this as a lark. It’s been an adventurous six months. Back when the UFC made his fight with Cerrone, there was a healthy amount of “what the hell kind of matchmaking is this?” going on, because Gastelum wasn’t the kind of exciting name that felt right for “Cowboy.” Now he’s fighting Silva and everyone is kind of like, “yeah, well, he’s fighting Silva.” That’s one hell of a career twist.

Still, one constant has remained through it all: Gastelum has never quite been in focus. He’s traditionally been cast as part of somebody else’s narrative, a narrative that he just as routinely ends up controlling.

That is where Gastelum has spent his entire career. Standing in as other. When he came onto the scene on The Ultimate Fighter 17, he was picked next to last in the middleweight pool. He was the dead weight that Team Sonnen would have to carry. That season was all about Uriah Hall, the bogeyman who they teased in promos with Dana White’s astonishment and ominous glimpses of ambulances. It was Hall that put Adam Cella in the hospital, and spooked poor Bubba McDaniel into a state of fidgets.

Meanwhile, there was Gastelum, quietly beating McDaniel, Collin Hart and finally Josh Samman en-route to a showdown with Hall in the Finale. Coming out of that fight, it was all about Hall having lost his killer instinct. Gastelum slipped out the backdoor and down to welterweight, where went on a four-fight winning streak and missed weight the first time (against Nico Musoke), and then later against Tyron Woodley. He moonlighted for a single fight back at middleweight against Nate Marquardt, a fight he won via TKO.

As of November 2016, Gastelum was a young, stubborn, not-particularly-interesting fighter who was known more for carrying caution to the scale. He’s been nothing more than a welterweight with a shelf life, not the kind of guy that springs to mind when checking down a list of contenders. He has lost two split decisions in his career — the Woodley fight, and later against Neil Magny — and yet the true battle has been making weight. He could have kept on in such a thankless way if he had showed up on weight for Cerrone. He could have stretched out his basic whateverness forever.

Yet he didn’t. He came in overweight, and now his career is taking off. He retired Kennedy, he (essentially) retired Belfort, and now he’s going after the middleweight GOAT in Silva. By failing to make weight, he succeeded in finding his ultimate relevance in the fight game. He had to fail to come into focus. By doing so he constructed himself a platform from which to call his shots. And that’s what he’s been doing, even if he insists that welterweight is still out there, waiting for his return.

Maybe it is. But right now as a middleweight Gastelum may talk like a reluctant tourist, but for the first time in his career he looks right at home.

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Mike Swick returns out of nowhere, takes on Alex Garcia at UFC 189

After almost a three-year absence from professional face punching, Mike Swick will return to the Octagon against Alex Garcia at UFC 189, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11, 2015.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made the announcement earlier this evening on its official website.

Swick more or less fell off the mixed martial arts (MMA) map after a technical knockout loss to Matt Brown back in Dec. 2012. It marked the third loss in his four most recent Welterweight appearances, dating back to 2009. “Quick” has intermittently teased a comeback, one that was put on hold numerous times thanks to health issues that included surgery on his esophagus.

An original The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) cast member, Swick vowed last year to return to Middleweight, where he enjoyed a 5-1 record inside the Octagon with four finishes, but it’s unclear at this time since Garcia competes at 170 pounds.

Garcia is a three-fight Octagon veteran who had strung together back-to-back victories before he ran into Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 49 back in Aug. 2014. “Dominican Nightmare” is a full decade younger than Swick, but he has competed 10 more times since 2009.

Should be interesting.

The stacked UFC 189 championship doubleheader features reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo battling division No. 1 contender Conor McGregor, while Robbie Lawler puts his welterweight title on the line against 170-pound wunderkind Rory MacDonald.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 189 fight card and rumors right now click here.

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Mike Swick returns out of nowhere, takes on Alex Garcia at UFC 189

After almost a three-year absence from professional face punching, Mike Swick will return to the Octagon against Alex Garcia at UFC 189, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11, 2015.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made the announcement earlier this evening on its official website.

Swick more or less fell off the mixed martial arts (MMA) map after a technical knockout loss to Matt Brown back in Dec. 2012. It marked the third loss in his four most recent Welterweight appearances, dating back to 2009. “Quick” has intermittently teased a comeback, one that was put on hold numerous times thanks to health issues that included surgery on his esophagus.

An original The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) cast member, Swick vowed last year to return to Middleweight, where he enjoyed a 5-1 record inside the Octagon with four finishes, but it’s unclear at this time since Garcia competes at 170 pounds.

Garcia is a three-fight Octagon veteran who had strung together back-to-back victories before he ran into Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 49 back in Aug. 2014. “Dominican Nightmare” is a full decade younger than Swick, but he has competed 10 more times since 2009.

Should be interesting.

The stacked UFC 189 championship doubleheader features reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo battling division No. 1 contender Conor McGregor, while Robbie Lawler puts his welterweight title on the line against 170-pound wunderkind Rory MacDonald.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 189 fight card and rumors right now click here.

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