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Michael Johnson Open to Taking Fights at Lightweight, Featherweight in Future UFC Bouts

Michael Johnson’s gamble paid off, as he was able to earn a win against Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 138 co-main event on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
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Michael Johnson Open to Taking Fights at Lightweight, Featherweight in Future UFC Bouts

Michael Johnson’s gamble paid off, as he was able to earn a win against Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 138 co-main event on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
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Midnight Mania! Joanna Jedrzejczyk is ‘very open’ to flyweight bout against Shevchenko

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Former strawweight champion and all-time great Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she is very open to facing Valentina Shevchenko up a weight class, at flyweight.

“Who knows – maybe this year,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie, adding: “The thing is, I’m very open to move up and face Valentina. I always want to face the best athletes, the best fighters in the world, and Valentina is one of the greatest muay Thai and also MMA fighters.

“I’m very open, but I must sit down and discuss some things. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Shevchenko has beaten Jedrzejczyk three times on the amateur kickboxing circuit. Joanna sees 125 in her future, and another meeting with Shevchenko as very possible. The recent stripping of flyweight champion Nicco Montano has opened speculation that this is the bout to make for the vacant title.

“One of my biggest dreams is becoming a champion in the 125-pound division and becoming a champion in two different divisions,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I’m still dreaming about it, and I know it’s going to happen sooner than later.”

Jedrzejczyk most recently defeated Tecia Torres by unanimous decision, bouncing back from a unanimous decision loss to current strawweight queen Rose Namajunas.


Why does one of these guys have to lose?

Nick Newell killed with this one. Let’s all give him a hand.

I had seen some of these knockouts, but not all of them.

Impressionist Al Foran does a remarkably good Conor McGregor.

Great for Tyron Woodley

Of course Colby Covington had a comeback. This one was at least somewhat funny

Las Vegas… California? Tito Ortiz remains indefatigably Tito.

This Jackie-Chan style KO was only sobered by the fact it occurred on concrete. Hopefully the guy was okay.

John Lineker vs. Petr Yan would be must-see TV.

This bulldog choke with a rear-naked choke grip is a fascinating look into American catch wrestling.

Conor McGregor is training a lot of bodyshots.

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

The knockouts were the body-stiffening kind tonight, and this was perhaps the best of the bunch:

The timing on this deserves two looks

Right hook for the ages

Those follow-up punches were brutal and unnecessary.

Backing up doesn’t always mean losing

Podcasts and Video

Breaking down Mark Hunt’s counter-punching with the Andrews.

How exactly does Aleksei Oleinik get all those Ezekiel chokes?

Heavy Hands

MMA Ratings

Random Land



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Golovkin Vs. Canelo 2! Open Workout Video, Quotes And Pics

Middleweight superstars Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez hit Los Angeles, Calif., earlier this week for an open workout ahead of their highly anticipated rematch next month (Sept. 15, 2018) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two had plenty of words for each other, as the bad blood has been churning since Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol and scrapped the initial date (May 5, 2018).

Via Golden Boy Promotions and HBO:

“We’re getting close to the fight, and I feel good. This fight is personal because of all that’s been said, and it will be difficult to regain the respect that we once had. The statements that have been made about me have given me more motivation to train harder. I have watched the first fight several times. The error that I made was that I had opportunities to counter that I needed to have taken advantage of. I need to do that in the rematch.

Like I’ve said many times, the first fight gave me the guideline for the second fight. I know that I can do many things in the ring against him. I know that I can hurt him. I hurt him in the first fight, and I’m going to hurt him even more in the second fight. My objective is the knockout and I’ll be looking for that from the opening round.”

Golovkin knows who I am. He knows who I’m about. Let me put it even better–he still doesn’t know how much more I have left to show. I’m looking forward to showing him that on September 15. I have to win convincingly. It has to be a knockout to erase any doubts. I’m very motivated for this win. I’m confident, but not overconfident about my opponent because I know who he is, but I’m confident in my preparation.

There is no such thing as a Mexican style. There have been many fighters from Mexico with different styles. My style is mine. I’m Mexican and that’s what is important. Maybe Golovkin uses ‘Mexican Style’ to get fans, but he’s a hypocrite. If something were to happen in Mexico, he wouldn’t be there to support them.”

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“Canelo, he is not a champion. He is a liar who has no respect for the sport of boxing or its fans. I want to stay world champion and bring all my belts home. I am ready to star in another Big Drama Show. I do not think about Canelo in training. I am not worried about him. I only worry about doing my job in training camp and doing my job in the ring against Canelo on September 15. In the last fight I did not feel any real power from Canelo. Just slaps. He is not the hardest puncher I have fought, but he is fast and quick. He is the most skilled fighter I have fought. He is a very good fighter.

I am happy to get at Canelo again. It is another big chance to beat him again. Of course I want to knock out Canelo. It would be nice if Canelo came to fight this time. I don’t believe what he says about how he will fight me this time. He said the same thing before our first fight. I will definitely be more aggressive in this fight.

Was I upset that Canelo failed two drug tests? Yes. But I was more upset at Canelo’s team. The excuses they gave, their attitude, and Canelo’s reaction, it showed that they have no respect for the sport or the fans. They showed their real faces. They are fakes. I do not feel anger toward him because the rematch was canceled the first time.

But I did lose all respect for him. Canelo is not the biggest name in boxing, just the biggest scandal. I feel very comfortable. It has been a great training camp. Abel has had me working on new things which I find very exciting. The cancelation of the rematch in May was a good life experience but it was not a good experience for boxing. I believe new judges and a new referee could be better for boxing and the fans.”

The open workout also featured rising star Jaime Munguia, who defends his WBO Super Welterweight title against Brandon Cook in the co-feature. The card, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on HBO Boxing pay-per-view (PPV), will also feature a Middleweight slugfest between brawler Spike O’Sullivan and knockout artist David Lemieux.

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Money Talks: Demetrious Johnson Open to Fight Against Winner of Dillashaw-Garbrandt at UFC 227

Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight ace Demetrious Johnson wants the winner of Saturday night’s bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, but only if the money is right.
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Faber Still Being Drug Tested By USADA, Open To UFC Return

Retirement? What retirement?

When a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter officially retires from cage fighting, it often means “I need a vacation but I’ll be back when I A) run out of money or B) run out of things to do.” Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion Urijah Faber, however, may be the exception to that rule.

“The California Kid” is not hard up for cash, nor does he need a hobby, thanks to his role at Team Alpha Male (TAM) in Sacramento, Calif. He just loves the thrill of competition and stays in fighting shape regardless of what’s on the horizon.

Which is why he told Submission Radio it only takes one phone call.

“I still get tested from USADA just because I’ve never taken drugs in my life so I don’t really care about that. It’s well worth it. The difference is, if there was a big opportunity and someone wanted you to fight and it sounded like a good idea, I wouldn’t want to wait four months to get cleared when I’m not doing drugs anyway. So I’ll take one for the team on a 6 a.m. wake-up call. I’ve got it down pat anyways. I pretty much sleep through the whole thing aside from when I’m giving the urine sample.”

This guy should try that.

Faber (34-10) turns 39 in May and hasn’t competed since his unanimous decision victory over Brad Pickett at UFC on FOX 22. While the bantamweight title managed to elude him, “The California Kid” is widely-considered the founding father of lighter weight classes and a big reason UFC was willing to dip below 155 pounds back in 2010.

Not sure what opportunities are out there for the aging Californian, especially with this rival already moving on to bigger and better things, but maybe Vitor Belfort was onto something when he called for a “Legends League.”

Or not.

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Scott Coker: Bellator to ‘Keep That Door Open’ for Future Tournaments in Other Divisions

Before Scott Coker took over the helm, Bellator MMA was best known for holding “The Toughest Tournament in Sports.”
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Kevin Lee ‘changing up whole style’ for 2018, open to ‘easy money fight’ with Justin Gaethje

Kevin Lee saw his five-fight win streak come to an end when he was submitted by Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216 for the interim lightweight title.

In hopes of regaining some ground in the talented 155-pound division, “Motown Phenom” is changing up a few things for 2018. Not only is Lee taking some time off to refine his skills inside of the cage, but he’s mixing things up on the management side, too.

“I’m taking some time, I’m changing up my whole style,” Lee said during a recent appearance on MMA on SiriusXM.I’m changing up my team around me. You know, there have been a lot of things happening, especially at the end of this last year, unfortunately, that I’ve had to make changes (for). But it’s a new me, it’s a new start, when I come back the folks are going to see a new me.”

When Lee is ready and willing to step back inside of the Octagon he may find himself in a lightweight clash with fan favorite Justin Gaethje, who is coming off a third-round knockout loss to former champion Eddie Alvarez back at UFC 218. Gaethje recently took aim at “Motown Phenom” when he said he’d love to beat up a “loudmouth.”

“I mean, absolutely,” Lee said when asked if he’d be interested in fighting Gaethje. “I think the best thing about 155 is that there are so many options. The division is right open now. I don’t know, we’ll see.”

That said, Lee insists that “Highlight” needs even more time off than himself to heal from the beating he sustained opposite Alvarez, as well as Gaethje’s menacing UFC debut against Michael Johnson back in July.

“If it’s going to be against Justin, I like easy money,” Lee said.

“Justin likes to take a lot of damage. I like to give a lot of damage – it seems like a good match to me.

“I’m trying to look out for Justin’s health, too. He needs some time, too. The man has taken a lot of bad beatings over the last couple of months. I don’t think he wants another one right here, right now.

“If he does then so be it, but for now I’m just taking my time. I’m still young in the game. I got a long time to go. I want to make some necessary changes to my camp. I’ve just changed management, too. There are going to be a lot of changes coming and I think people are going to be excited about it.”

Whether or not Lee draws Gaethje his next time out (that seems like one of the more plausible matchups), fight fans better get used to “Motown Phenom” competing atop the UFC’s 155-pound division. Every time he has lost inside of the Octagon Lee has seemingly come back stronger, so there’s no telling how far the Grand Rapids native can take it in 2018.

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VIDEO: UFC 217 Open Workouts

Man, it seems like it was a just a year ago that the UFC first came to New York City, and turned Madison Square Garden into a Conor McGregor-inspired madhouse of chanting Irish fans and drunken revelry. Oh wait, it was a year ago. New York only legalized MMA a little more than a year […]

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Video: Colby Covington labels Sao Paulo a dump, gets booed at UFC Fight Night 119 open workouts

Why are fight fans booing Colby Covington?

Probably because the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender told the mixed martial arts (MMA) universe that Sao Paulo, Brazil — home of his UFC Fight Night 119 co-main event against Demian Maia — was a “dump.”

Sound familiar?

They get to work this Saturday (Oct. 28, 2017) on FOX Sports 1.

Covington (12-1) rebounded from a submission loss to Warlley Alves in late 2015 to capture four in a row, including last June’s unanimous decision win over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore.

Maia (25-7) worked his way up to a welterweight title shot by winning seven straight; however, it was all in vain as Tyron Woodley was able to repel the Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard in a long and boring title defense at UFC 214 last July.

To see who else is fighting at UFC Fight Night 119 click here.

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