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A.J. McKee Ready to Ditch ‘Prospect’ Label, Wants Pat Curran, Then Title Shot After Bellator 187

A.J. McKee is ready to shed the “prospect” label.
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UFC 217 Primer: Cody Garbrandt Will Be Ready

We haven’t gotten to see much of Cody Garbrandt since he defeated Dominick Cruz and took the belt. I mean, sure, he coached a season of TUF opposite UFC 217 opponent TJ Dillashaw, but I’m talking about in the cage. So of course there are questions, like… …Will the nearly a year away affect his […]

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UFC 217 Primer: Cody Garbrandt Will Be Ready

We haven’t gotten to see much of Cody Garbrandt since he defeated Dominick Cruz and took the belt. I mean, sure, he coached a season of TUF opposite UFC 217 opponent TJ Dillashaw, but I’m talking about in the cage. So of course there are questions, like… …Will the nearly a year away affect his […]

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  After Not Caring About Wins and Losses Early in Career, Chidi Njokuani Ready to Be Great

Early in his career, mixed martial arts was  little more than a hobby for Chidi Njokuani.
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Artem Lobov ready to ‘box the ears’ off Paulie Malignaggi for whining about Conor McGregor knockdown

It’s too bad “The Money Fight” undercard is already complete (see it here), because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight slugger Artem Lobov was ready to get in on the action.

Against none other than Paulie Malignaggi.

That’s because the “Notorious” training partner wants to teach the former IBF junior welterweight champion a lesson in humility, after Malignaggi whined about the Conor McGregor knockdown that went viral on social media.

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“I think he’s an emotional mess and he doesn’t know how to control it,” Lobov told MMA Fighting. “He saw me calling him a diva and he saw Tiernan (Bradley) doing the interviews and he just couldn’t take it. If he wants to fight, I’m down to fight. I’ll box the ears off him, no problem.”

Lobov (13-13-1, 1 NC) was outboxed by Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 108 back in April.

Malignaggi was brought in to help McGregor train for his upcoming Floyd Mayweather fight, which takes place a week from Saturday night (Aug. 26, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC Mexico preview: Sergio Pettis ready to become more than just ‘Showtime’s’ little brother

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television this weekend (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) with the UFC Fight Night 114 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a flyweight main event between Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno, who battle for a spot in the 125-pound title chase.

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Pettis (15-2) entered the promotion with a ton of hype, thanks to his older brother and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Unfortunately, not everything went according to plan and Sergio got submitted in his sophomore effort.

Since then, “The Phenom” is 5-1 and coming off three straight wins, and finally able to step out from the shadow of his veteran brother.

“I feel like I’m growing into myself, I’m maturing as an individual and as a martial artist,” Pettis told UFC Tonight. “I’m feeling comfortable out there in the Octagon. In the beginning of my career, I was very timid out there. I feel like I’m expressing myself and having a great time doing it.”

Pettis was last seen turning away former division No. 1 contender John Moraga.

Waiting for him will be the red-hot Moreno (14-3), undefeated inside the Octagon and the winner of 11 straight with eight finishes. No question the winner will move themselves one step close to a division title shot.

But will it be Pettis … or Moreno?

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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UFC 212 Breakdown: Jose Aldo Is Out To Prove The Young Lion Max Holloway Isn’t Ready To Be King

Ever since the match up was announced the question has been on the hearts and minds of avid MMA fans: could Max Holloway defeat Jose Aldo? The answer as of now is that there’s no way to be sure. What’s alarming to me however is that many are suggesting that Jose Aldo is over the hill, that he doesn’t have it anymore, something that is clearly the furthest from the truth. The performance Jose Aldo put on against Frankie Edgar was a true work of art and should have at least informed fans of his incredible capabilities that he still possesses. Nevertheless, people just want to see new blood come in and do work and that’s what they’re hoping to see with Max Holloway.

Jose Aldo is a mutant, and I say that with all due respect. The man can simply do things others can not. The way he was able to shut down Frankie Edgar’s wrestling game was alarming to say the least. But the fact that Conor McGregor was able to knockout Aldo in just thirteen seconds has remained on the minds of many fans. The defeat was certainly crushing to say the least, but Aldo once again proved he’s a force to be reckoned with when he was able to touch up Edgar with ease. On display was Aldo’s usual athleticism and speed. He’ll need all of that plus reaction time in order to thwart Holloway. His jab and leg kicks will be big weapons to ensure that happens.

But a striking battle is exactly what Max Holloway wants. To give it to him would simply make things easier for the interim champion and take away some of Jose Aldo’s biggest tools. While defensive wrestling has carried him throughout his career, Jose Aldo also possesses some sick offensive wrestling abilities. Because of his shorter size and immense speed, Jose Aldo can get in on Holloway’s hips rather quickly and take things to the mat if necessary. The danger here is that Holloway is savvy and will be waiting to unleash knees and uppercuts when he notices the level change. As such, Aldo will need to wrestle during transitions. He’ll have to get into the pocket, exchange punches with Holloway and shoot for takedowns. As an adept counter striker, Aldo could also lure Holloway forward and hit a reactive takedown when the interim champ goes for longer combo strings.

Max Holloway has been nothing short of impressive in collecting ten straight victories in the octagon. With ever outing we see improvement from the Hawaiian scrapper as he polishes off opponents with beautiful striking combinations. In defeating former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in what was predominantly a striking battle, Holloway showed his ability to take on a high level striker using a variety of different techniques. His range of strikes vary immensely, switching stances in the middle of combinations.

What Max Holloway should do in this fight is twofold. For one, he should keep Aldo on the end of his strikes at distance, using a jab in the orthodox stance and long left straights in the southpaw stance. Second, he needs to be first. If he allows Aldo to dictate the pace he could find himself playing catch up. Aldo’s speed is no joke and he’ll need to be first each and every time to shut down that swiftness. Body work also should be a priority as those who tend to headhunt against Aldo end up getting countered. The body work will also pay dividends later in the fight when Aldo begins to slow down.

Who will leave the UFC 212 as the featherweight king?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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UFC 212 Breakdown: Jose Aldo Is Out To Prove The Young Lion Max Holloway Isn’t Ready To Be King

Ever since the match up was announced the question has been on the hearts and minds of avid MMA fans: could Max Holloway defeat Jose Aldo? The answer as of now is that there’s no way to be sure. What’s alarming to me however is that many are suggesting that Jose Aldo is over the hill, that he doesn’t have it anymore, something that is clearly the furthest from the truth. The performance Jose Aldo put on against Frankie Edgar was a true work of art and should have at least informed fans of his incredible capabilities that he still possesses. Nevertheless, people just want to see new blood come in and do work and that’s what they’re hoping to see with Max Holloway.

Jose Aldo is a mutant, and I say that with all due respect. The man can simply do things others can not. The way he was able to shut down Frankie Edgar’s wrestling game was alarming to say the least. But the fact that Conor McGregor was able to knockout Aldo in just thirteen seconds has remained on the minds of many fans. The defeat was certainly crushing to say the least, but Aldo once again proved he’s a force to be reckoned with when he was able to touch up Edgar with ease. On display was Aldo’s usual athleticism and speed. He’ll need all of that plus reaction time in order to thwart Holloway. His jab and leg kicks will be big weapons to ensure that happens.

But a striking battle is exactly what Max Holloway wants. To give it to him would simply make things easier for the interim champion and take away some of Jose Aldo’s biggest tools. While defensive wrestling has carried him throughout his career, Jose Aldo also possesses some sick offensive wrestling abilities. Because of his shorter size and immense speed, Jose Aldo can get in on Holloway’s hips rather quickly and take things to the mat if necessary. The danger here is that Holloway is savvy and will be waiting to unleash knees and uppercuts when he notices the level change. As such, Aldo will need to wrestle during transitions. He’ll have to get into the pocket, exchange punches with Holloway and shoot for takedowns. As an adept counter striker, Aldo could also lure Holloway forward and hit a reactive takedown when the interim champ goes for longer combo strings.

Max Holloway has been nothing short of impressive in collecting ten straight victories in the octagon. With ever outing we see improvement from the Hawaiian scrapper as he polishes off opponents with beautiful striking combinations. In defeating former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in what was predominantly a striking battle, Holloway showed his ability to take on a high level striker using a variety of different techniques. His range of strikes vary immensely, switching stances in the middle of combinations.

What Max Holloway should do in this fight is twofold. For one, he should keep Aldo on the end of his strikes at distance, using a jab in the orthodox stance and long left straights in the southpaw stance. Second, he needs to be first. If he allows Aldo to dictate the pace he could find himself playing catch up. Aldo’s speed is no joke and he’ll need to be first each and every time to shut down that swiftness. Body work also should be a priority as those who tend to headhunt against Aldo end up getting countered. The body work will also pay dividends later in the fight when Aldo begins to slow down.

Who will leave the UFC 212 as the featherweight king?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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UFC 212 Breakdown: Jose Aldo Is Out To Prove The Young Lion Max Holloway Isn’t Ready To Be King

Ever since the match up was announced the question has been on the hearts and minds of avid MMA fans: could Max Holloway defeat Jose Aldo? The answer as of now is that there’s no way to be sure. What’s alarming to me however is that many are suggesting that Jose Aldo is over the hill, that he doesn’t have it anymore, something that is clearly the furthest from the truth. The performance Jose Aldo put on against Frankie Edgar was a true work of art and should have at least informed fans of his incredible capabilities that he still possesses. Nevertheless, people just want to see new blood come in and do work and that’s what they’re hoping to see with Max Holloway.

Jose Aldo is a mutant, and I say that with all due respect. The man can simply do things others can not. The way he was able to shut down Frankie Edgar’s wrestling game was alarming to say the least. But the fact that Conor McGregor was able to knockout Aldo in just thirteen seconds has remained on the minds of many fans. The defeat was certainly crushing to say the least, but Aldo once again proved he’s a force to be reckoned with when he was able to touch up Edgar with ease. On display was Aldo’s usual athleticism and speed. He’ll need all of that plus reaction time in order to thwart Holloway. His jab and leg kicks will be big weapons to ensure that happens.

But a striking battle is exactly what Max Holloway wants. To give it to him would simply make things easier for the interim champion and take away some of Jose Aldo’s biggest tools. While defensive wrestling has carried him throughout his career, Jose Aldo also possesses some sick offensive wrestling abilities. Because of his shorter size and immense speed, Jose Aldo can get in on Holloway’s hips rather quickly and take things to the mat if necessary. The danger here is that Holloway is savvy and will be waiting to unleash knees and uppercuts when he notices the level change. As such, Aldo will need to wrestle during transitions. He’ll have to get into the pocket, exchange punches with Holloway and shoot for takedowns. As an adept counter striker, Aldo could also lure Holloway forward and hit a reactive takedown when the interim champ goes for longer combo strings.

Max Holloway has been nothing short of impressive in collecting ten straight victories in the octagon. With ever outing we see improvement from the Hawaiian scrapper as he polishes off opponents with beautiful striking combinations. In defeating former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in what was predominantly a striking battle, Holloway showed his ability to take on a high level striker using a variety of different techniques. His range of strikes vary immensely, switching stances in the middle of combinations.

What Max Holloway should do in this fight is twofold. For one, he should keep Aldo on the end of his strikes at distance, using a jab in the orthodox stance and long left straights in the southpaw stance. Second, he needs to be first. If he allows Aldo to dictate the pace he could find himself playing catch up. Aldo’s speed is no joke and he’ll need to be first each and every time to shut down that swiftness. Body work also should be a priority as those who tend to headhunt against Aldo end up getting countered. The body work will also pay dividends later in the fight when Aldo begins to slow down.

Who will leave the UFC 212 as the featherweight king?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Angela Lee ready to shed ‘prospect’ label at ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes

Angela Lee is 20 years young, a reigning and defending ONE atomweight champion, and by all accounts, a budding star on the other side of the world — so much so that she admits it’s almost like she’s living a double life when she’s home stateside in quiet Hawaii, away from the lights and crowds and cameras of Singapore.

That’s one heck of a résumé for a fighter still too young to legally drink. But while Lee’s undefeated run has led her to be promoted as one of the marquee faces of ONE Championship, many within the fight game still view Lee to be a prospect due to her youth and experience level. And while Lee acknowledges that she’s still in the beginning stages of her career, that up-and-comer label is one she hopes to shed with her sophomore title defense against unbeaten Brazilian striker Istela Nunes on May 26 at ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes.

“It is tricky, because I really am just getting started,” Lee told MMA Fighting. “But already in my career I’ve won the world title, defended the world title, but still I have so much more to go. So I think that it’s really cool and interesting and exciting because right now I’ve already accomplished so much and there’s so much more to go still, so I think that I’m definitely past the prospect stage. I think other fighters and other trainers see me as legitimate.

“And because I got such a head start in the game, I see a really long career for myself. I’m young and hungry to learn, hungry to keep improving and fighting. Fighting is what I love to do, so I’m going to obviously try and ride this wave for as long as I can and make the most of my time.”

Lee is the first person to admit that she still has a lot left to learn. She is, after all, only three years into a cagefighting career that will likely stretch another decade, at minimum. But already she has shown the kind of growth that could one day turn her into a legitimate force in women’s MMA.

After running roughshod over her first six ONE Championship opponents with slick mat work, Lee debuted an evolved striking game to great effect this past March, battering the previously unbeaten Jenny Huang with combinations from distance and crunching knees from the clinch to secure her first victory via strikes.

“I think there is no limit on the potential I have to better myself as a fighter,” Lee said. “Right now is the perfect time for me to just keep upgrading my skills, sharpen my skillset — and I think that’s going to be a huge advantage for me against these other girls, because with each fight, getting more and more confidence, more and more experience, just continuing to sharpen my skills outside of the cage, I’m just aiming to be the perfect fighter. And to be the perfect fighter, you’ve just got to keep improving, keep evolving.

“(Against Huang) I felt very comfortable on my feet. I worked a lot of different combinations, a lot of striking with my dad, and when I went inside the cage, I just did what I was training to do. I let it all flow out and it was great to really get more time on the feet inside of the cage, just building more and more experience.”

For Lee, that in-cage experience is an invaluable part of her development as a young fighter, and it’s the reason why she opted to jump back into the fray for a quick turnaround after her win over Huang. After sitting out nearly a year between capturing the ONE Championship title and defending it, Lee says she wanted to stay busy and keep her momentum rolling — a chance for her to build up further cagetime to comfortably assess her progress and the holes she needs to work on.

And while Lee admits that one day she would like to venture out to one of the big MMA camps like American Top Team or Jackson-Wink to gather more experience, she attributes much of her current success to her small team back home in Hawaii, which is coached by her father and allows Lee to be the focal point at all times in training.

“If you look at a bunch of the fighters who come from small, close-knit teams, you’ll see that a lot of them have success in their fighting careers because of that, all of the attention and all of the training is specifically geared towards what their fight is going to be like,” Lee said. “For me, coming up in my family’s gym here in Hawaii, my dad, he kinda just schedules and makes the gameplan of training and all-around (for my brother) Christian’s and my fights. So I think it’s good.

“Obviously it’s great to train with other people. If you have a bigger gym, you get to train with a lot more different people, get some more different takes. But for us here in Hawaii, what we do is, there’s a lot of fighters in Hawaii who we pull from, different camps and different teams, and we get to work with them. So we are still a small team, but we pull in other fighters to work with as well, so we kinda get the pluses of both.”

Lee says she brought in Hawaii-born Invicta FC flyweight Rachael Ostovich to help with her preparation for this camp, and she knows that she faces a tall task in Nunes. The unbeaten Brazilian proved herself no pushover with a decision win over Mei Yamaguchi last August, and her decorated Muay Thai background is sure to provide a different sort of test than any Lee has faced thus far in ONE Championship — as evidenced by Nunes’ brutal head-kick KO of Karoline Martins last year. But Lee is up for the challenge.

“I acknowledge that she’s a good striker, and that’s where her strength lies as an MMA fighter,” Lee said. “I wouldn’t say that there’s anything she has that worries me, because I’m prepared for anything. I’m prepared for the best she’s got and more, and so we’ll see.

“She’s definitely a big threat to me. She’s a good opponent. She has her credentials and she’s undefeated and she’s probably going to be very confident coming into this fight, training hard, so I’m not taking her lightly one bit. But I know that I’m training even harder and I’m the champion for a reason, so I’m looking to put on a great show for everyone on May 26 and defend my title for the second title.”

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