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Charles Oliveira explains injury, hopes for rematch against Max Holloway

Charles Oliveira’s four-fight winning streak was snapped on Sunday night due to an injury at the UFC Fight Night 74 main event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and it wasn’t the first time the Brazilian suffered that type of injury.

“do Bronx”, who got injured after shooting for a takedown against Max Holloway a minute and a half into the opening round, spoke to MMAFighting.com on Monday morning and explained he had a neck injury going into the fight.

“I injured my neck in training, but did physical therapy and thought everything was fine,” Oliveira told MMAFighting.com, “but when I felt against the cage everything went numb, I couldn’t feel my body.”

The UFC featherweight was rushed to the hospital right after the fight, and has yet to be released by the doctors. “I’m still doing a lot of exams here at the hospital,” he said.

Following a frustrating loss, “do Bronx” hopes the UFC books a rematch against Holloway, who has now won seven in a row in the featherweight division.

“I trained really hard for this fight,” Oliveira said. “I would like a rematch because there was no fight. I got injury literally in the first time I attacked.”

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Frank Mir calls Fabricio Werdum-Cain Velasquez rematch ‘a 50/50 fight’

When the UFC recently announced the heavyweight title rematch between champion Fabricio Werdum and two-time former champ Cain Velasquez, the response from fans was something less than overwhelming.

Many felt that in the wake of Werdum’s one-sided victory at UFC 188, Velasquez, who was coming off a long layoff, should get in a tuneup fight before going straight back to a title shot.

One person who believes the UFC made the right call with the fight, though, is someone with a vested interest in the outcome. Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir sees the Werdum-Velasquez rematch as a coin flip.

“It’s a 50/50 fight,” Mir told MMAFighting.com. “It could go either way.”

Mir, who is training for his UFC 191 bout with Andrei Arlovski, used to be a color commentator for the WEC, and put on his analyst hat to explain why he’s not discounting Velasquez’s chances in the rematch.

“I don’t think the elevation was as big a factor as everyone made it,” Mir said of the first Werdum-Velasquez bout in Mexico City. “I think what happened was, so many people have underestimated how much Werdum has improved and become a true, well-rounded fighter. Cain respected what Werdum can do on the ground, but I think Cain wasn’t prepared for how much better of an all-around kickboxer and great striker Werdum has become, and that caught up to him.

“He’s not going to make the same mistake twice,” Mir said. “Those guys at AKA know how to make adjustments. I think you’re going to see Cain better prepared for a standup war and I’m not going to make a prediction, but I think it’s going to go either way.”

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UFC 193 Set for Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium; Hunt-‘Bigfoot’ Rematch to Serve as Co-Main

UFC 193 officially has a venue and a co-main event.
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Bethe Correia fires back at Gene LeBell’s comments, wants rematch with Ronda Rousey in 2016

Ronda Rousey’s mentor, “Judo” Gene LeBell said the UFC star isn’t completely happy with the way she beat Bethe Correia at UFC 190, and the Brazilian bantamweight didn’t like his recent comments.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on last week’s edition of The MMA Hour, LeBell said Rousey was “a little disappointed” after beating Correia in 34 seconds in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“She wanted to beat this gal up, and she said, ‘I wasn’t through, I wanted to break something, an arm or a leg or neck’,” LeBell said. “But John McCarthy broke it up because she was unconscious. But she said, ‘well, I proved a point.’ She’s happy, so I’m happy.”

Criticized by media and fans going into the title fight for her comments towards Rousey’s personal issues in the past, Correia fired back at her Instagram.

“I was extremely criticized and judged by lack of respect due to a bad interpretation of the current champ,” Correia wrote. “All that time I saw the real face of the current champ trying to pose as a saint while she always said publicly that she wanted to make me ‘have a meeting with Jesus’ which was her true intention. The media never gave that much coverage. I’d never fight anyone with the intention to kill, break their neck which is something there’s no return from. I wouldn’t joke about it, because wanting to kill someone is not caring about the pain their family would feel!”

The Brazilian fighter, who dropped to 9-1 with the loss, seeks a rematch with the first and only UFC bantamweight champion.

“So I tell (Rousey) I’m here and I’ll fight for a rematch in 2016, stronger, more mature, we’ll see each other again,” she wrote. “I wanted to fight you and I got it. I’ll get that chance again and I’ll have my revenge at the right time!”

Rousey is expected to put her title on the line in a trilogy bout with Miesha Tate next, while Correia is still waiting for her next bout.

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Injury shelves Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha rematch until 2016

A broken finger sustained by Gadelha will keep her out of a highly anticipated 115-pound title war with previous foe Jedrzejczyk.

Budding mixed martial arts (MMA) star and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk will not be defending her belt in a rematch against Brazilian No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha anytime soon.

That’s because the Nova Uniao product was informed by her doctor that rehab is in order and that her injured finger will need to be “immobilized” after she sustained a partially torn ligament — of which she was facing a six-month medical suspension for — during her UFC 190 main card fight with former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 115-pound champion Jessica Aguilar.

“I partially tore a ligament in my middle finger. The doctor gave me three months to be 100 percent and do anything with that hand. I will spend 20 days with my finger immobilized,” Gadelha told Brazilian outlet Combate (via Bloody Elbow). “I’m already feeling better, I can move it, but I will need three months to punch with this hand again, so I believe the fight could happen in January.”

The 26-year-old most recently dominated “JAG” at UFC 190 (highlights here), which was her first Octagon win since suffering a close split-decision loss to “Joanna Champion” last December.

Meanwhile, one of UFC’s biggest European stars, Jedrzejczyk, bludgeoned the face of Jessica Penne over and over for three rounds until their UFC Fight Night 69 main event was stopped back in June.

Surely she will understand what Gadelha is going through, having incurred a broken finger herself following her thrashing of Penne in Berlin, Germany, which she had surgery to repair back in July (pic here).

For now, Gadelha will have to withstand the urge to fight, while Jedrzejczyk is making plans to train with this “Rowdy” champion prior to their impending Octagon dance.

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Fabricio Werdum responds to critics, wants rematch with Cain Velasquez at soccer stadium

Fabricio Werdum submitted Cain Velasquez in Mexico City, and wants to fight on his home turf this time around.

The UFC heavyweight champion will put his title on the line for the first time in a rematch against Velasquez, and “Vai Cavalo” wants it to take place at Arena do Gremio, a 60,000-seat soccer stadium in his home town of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

“It would be amazing to defend my title at the Arena. I want that, of course,” Werdum told MMAFighting.com. “I believe I can get more than 50,000 fans in there for my fight. Let’s break Canada’s (UFC 129) record. It was great to return to my city and be recognized by the people, everybody asking for pictures on the streets. It was awesome.”

According to Werdum, the UFC will set a date and location for the heavyweight title fight next week.

“I don’t know about date yet, or where it will take place,” he said. “I have a meeting with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta next week to discuss that. I will campaign for the Arena, of course. It would be great, a huge success.”

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Right after his third-round submission win over Velasquez in June, Werdum offered the former champion an immediate rematch. Fans didn’t seem to like the idea, since the Brazilian dominated the wrestler in the fight, and “Vai Cavalo” ended up changing his mind. With Werdum-Velasquez 2 official, the jiu-jitsu expect isn’t bothered.

“I offered him a rematch after the fight because I respect him like I respected Fedor (Emelianenko),” said Werdum. “Those are the fighters that I respect the most in the MMA world because they show what they can do inside the cage, not by talking. After that, fans started saying Cain didn’t deserve a rematch because I dominated him, and I got into it as well. But I respect Cain. He was the best in the world one day, and I will give him a rematch, no problem.”

And Werdum has an answer for those who claim he only beat Velasquez because they fought at high altitude.

“Fans will always try to find something to talk about,” he said. “Everybody saw this fight, they are not blind. I dominated him completely. If Cain didn’t go to altitude earlier, that’s not my problem. I was not going to call him and say ‘Cain, you have to come earlier because the altitude will affect you a lot’. I believe there were a lot of reasons, actually: the altitude, the fact that I wanted it so bad, that he hasn’t fought for a while, but his coach said he was in great shape and would give him a worse beating than he gave ‘Cigano’, so I knew he wasn’t confident. I wanted the belt so bad, and I won it.

“The altitude helped me, of course, but that was part of my strategy as well. That’s why I went early to Mexico, stayed there for 40 days, and showed the world I was better than him. It wasn’t easy, we literally fought hard, but I had a better strategy with master Rafael Cordeiro. Some people said I could have finished him in the second round, but that was part of my strategy. I knew I was going to finish him with a guillotine. Wrestlers always escape from the thai clinch with takedowns, so I knew that was going to happen.”

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Fabricio Werdum responds to critics, wants rematch with Cain Velasquez at soccer stadium

Fabricio Werdum submitted Cain Velasquez in Mexico City, and wants to fight on his home turf this time around.

The UFC heavyweight champion will put his title on the line for the first time in a rematch against Velasquez, and “Vai Cavalo” wants it to take place at Arena do Gremio, a 60,000-seat soccer stadium in his home town of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

“It would be amazing to defend my title at the Arena. I want that, of course,” Werdum told MMAFighting.com. “I believe I can get more than 50,000 fans in there for my fight. Let’s break Canada’s (UFC 129) record. It was great to return to my city and be recognized by the people, everybody asking for pictures on the streets. It was awesome.”

According to Werdum, the UFC will set a date and location for the heavyweight title fight next week.

“I don’t know about date yet, or where it will take place,” he said. “I have a meeting with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta next week to discuss that. I will campaign for the Arena, of course. It would be great, a huge success.”

Muito emoção esse #GRENAL #arena @geraldogremiop10

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Right after his third-round submission win over Velasquez in June, Werdum offered the former champion an immediate rematch. Fans didn’t seem to like the idea, since the Brazilian dominated the wrestler in the fight, and “Vai Cavalo” ended up changing his mind. With Werdum-Velasquez 2 official, the jiu-jitsu expect isn’t bothered.

“I offered him a rematch after the fight because I respect him like I respected Fedor (Emelianenko),” said Werdum. “Those are the fighters that I respect the most in the MMA world because they show what they can do inside the cage, not by talking. After that, fans started saying Cain didn’t deserve a rematch because I dominated him, and I got into it as well. But I respect Cain. He was the best in the world one day, and I will give him a rematch, no problem.”

And Werdum has an answer for those who claim he only beat Velasquez because they fought at high altitude.

“Fans will always try to find something to talk about,” he said. “Everybody saw this fight, they are not blind. I dominated him completely. If Cain didn’t go to altitude earlier, that’s not my problem. I was not going to call him and say ‘Cain, you have to come earlier because the altitude will affect you a lot’. I believe there were a lot of reasons, actually: the altitude, the fact that I wanted it so bad, that he hasn’t fought for a while, but his coach said he was in great shape and would give him a worse beating than he gave ‘Cigano’, so I knew he wasn’t confident. I wanted the belt so bad, and I won it.

“The altitude helped me, of course, but that was part of my strategy as well. That’s why I went early to Mexico, stayed there for 40 days, and showed the world I was better than him. It wasn’t easy, we literally fought hard, but I had a better strategy with master Rafael Cordeiro. Some people said I could have finished him in the second round, but that was part of my strategy. I knew I was going to finish him with a guillotine. Wrestlers always escape from the thai clinch with takedowns, so I knew that was going to happen.”

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Fabricio Werdum to Defend UFC Heavyweight Crown in Rematch with Cain Velasquez

After wilting in the altitude of Mexico City, Cain Velasquez will get another shot at Fabricio Werdum.
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Fabricio Werdum to Defend UFC Heavyweight Crown in Rematch with Cain Velasquez

After wilting in the altitude of Mexico City, Cain Velasquez will get another shot at Fabricio Werdum.
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Fabricio Werdum to Defend UFC Heavyweight Crown in Rematch with Cain Velasquez

After wilting in the altitude of Mexico City, Cain Velasquez will get another shot at Fabricio Werdum.
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