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Brock Lesnar Loses At WrestleMania 35, Clearing Path For UFC Return

Lesnar losing the title is a good sign for those hoping he’ll fight Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight strap in August.

WrestleMania 35 kicked things off big, forgoing a number of smaller matches to throw us right into things with the Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins match for Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship title.

According to Lesnar’s ‘manager’ Paul Heyman, if Brock couldn’t be main event he’d rather open the show and get things over with and go to Las Vegas where he is “ultimately appreciated.”

In the end the only one who got over was Rollins, who pinned Lesnar to take the title.

Now here’s the part you MMA fans care about: Lesnar dropping the title is good news for the UFC, who is looking to book Brock against current UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 241 in August. Lesnar has already been on a reduced schedule with the WWE for a while, but if he’s going to face “DC” in the UFC he’s going to have to devote the summer months to a training camp to prepare. This loss of the title sets that up.

Lesnar was supposed to fight Cormier earlier — the two even engaged in a shoving match at UFC 226 in July of 2018 when Cormier won the heavyweight title off Stipe Miocic. But the WWE threw a ton of money at Lesnar after their top big man Roman Reigns had to take time off to treat his leukemia. Reigns is competing tonight at WrestleMania … just another sign that Lesnar is free and clear to return to the Octagon to challenge for the title.

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Dana White: Personal Issues Delaying Ferguson’s Return

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson hasn’t competed since defeating Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 in a thrilling brawl last October (see it again here).

Though it hasn’t been for a lack of offers, as it was revealed that “El Cucuy” passed on the chance to face current Featherweight champion Max Holloway at the upcoming UFC 236 event on April 13 for, you guessed it, the interim title at 155 pounds.

While Tony did say that fight just wasn’t something that fit his goals at the moment, UFC president Dana White recently revealed that “a lot of personal issues” is what’s keeping Ferguson out of the Octagon. White said as much when responding to a fan on social media.

Screenshot courtesy of Bloody Elbow.

The day prior to Dana’s statement, Ferguson published this cryptic tweet:

To further add to the intrigue, Sherdog founder Jeff Sherwood revealed he had an inside tip regarding an incident involving Tony’s family, though he didn’t reveal much.

Meanwhile, “El Cucuy” latest social media post had this to say:

The best thing anyone could do for me is give me a chance to be GREAT, thank you for believing in me. Pursuing something Amazing gives me the strength of 100 men. DOUBT MAKES ME STRONG keep it coming “Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork”

Ferguson is currently riding an impressive 11 fight win streak and hasn’t tasted defeat in nearly seven years, which is good enough to give him the No. 1 ranking in the world, only behind division champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Lawler On UFC 235 Return: ‘I’m A Beast Again’

Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler will step foot inside of the Octagon for the first time in over one year next weekend at UFC 235 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lawler, who is coming off a tough decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 26 back in December 2017, will be welcoming newly-acquired contender Ben Askren to the welterweight ranks.

Some may consider “Ruthless” a hired gun who is going to test the resolve of Askren in his UFC debut, but the veteran isn’t paying attention to those notions on the heels of his own comeback.

“I don’t think and play those games,” Lawler told MMAjunkie Radio. “I don’t really care. I don’t spend much time on he said she said, what you think about why and how.

“Really, I’ve just been trying to grind and get better every day and spend time with my family. I don’t really dabble into why Dana did this, why Askren said that. But I do see stuff that Askren says that I think is funny. Other than that, I don’t pay much attention to it.”

Lawler, who will be making his 20th trip to the Octagon at UFC 235, is in desperate need of a victory to stay afloat in a jam-packed welterweight division. Having already been knocked out by current champion Tyron Woodley, “Ruthless” needs to impress in his return and solidify his position at 170 pounds moving forward.

Luckily for Lawler, he’s had enough time off since his loss to RDA to recapture the appetite for destruction that made him such a dangerous fighter in the past.

“I feel damn frickin’ good right now,” Lawler said. “I don’t know when it clicked that, holy (expletive), I’m a beast again. But I am.

“But that was always the goal – just get back to work and everything will fall into place. I just believed in myself that it was going to happen at the right time. I can’t wait to show everybody how hard I’ve been working.”

Should Lawler hand Askren his first professional loss and get back into the welterweight win column, the veteran should re-enter the title mix entering this summer. But if “Ruthless” is unable to ward off Askren next weekend at UFC 235, he’ll be in a very tough spot at 170 pounds.

For more UFC 235 fight card news click here.

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Dern Eyes UFC Return In March…As A Strawweight

Mackenzie Dern is off to a scorching start to her professional mixed marital arts (MMA) career, going 7-0 including winning her first two fights inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon.

Though it’s not to say that the jiu-jitsu ace hasn’t had her fair share of troubles, specifically when it comes to making weight. In three of her seven fights, Dern has come in heavy on the scale, including missing weight by a whopping seven pounds her last time out at UFC 224.

While she did prove victorious, submitting Amanda Cooper in the very first round, the massive scale fail wasn’t a good look. But don’t expect her to move up to Flyweight, as ESPN’s Ariel Helwani recently reported that sources close to Dern have stated she will remain at 115-pounds.

Considered one of the hottest prospects in all of women’s MMA, Dern does have the chance to become a massive superstar if she keeps racking up the wins. However, another hiccup on the scale could hurt her stock (and purse), and eventually leave her no choice but to move up.

Nevertheless, Mackenzie looks to return to action in March, and there are several events lined up already that she can land on. Care to offer up a few suggestions as to who her next challenge should be?

Here’s ours.

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Conor McGregor Teases 2019 Return to UFC on Twitter

Conor McGregor has a history of keeping fans guessing about his career, and a recent tweet continues that trend.
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UFC Announces Return to London on March 16

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Friday that they will be making a return to the city of London for a Fight Night event on March 16, 2019.
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Midnight Mania! ‘Bones’ Return Seems ‘Unfair’ But is Good For 205, Says ‘Lionheart’

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is happy the UFC’s troubled light heavyweight son, Jon Jones, is returning from exile- even though on the face of it, it seems unfair he is rewarded with a title shot immediately.

Via MMAJunkie.com:

“As far as Jon Jones goes: Like I’ve said 100 times, I’ll never talk about anything Jon Jones does personally because that’s his own life,” Smith told MMAjunkie at UFC Fight Night 138 media day. “He wants to mess it up, that’s on him. As unfair as it does seem that Jon Jones is back in a title shot, the title’s back in rotation, and that’s something ‘DC’ wasn’t doing. I said 100 times I never thought ‘DC’ was going to come back to 205.”

The objection in regard to Daniel Cormier is one other fighters have made- that he has no intention of making the very tough weight cut to 205 again when he has the heavyweight title. DC himself hasn’t admitted that- he says if he loses his heavyweight title at UFC 230 to Derrick Lewis, he might just come back and upset the planned UFC 232 matchup between Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. Smith doesn’t think DC has any intention of doing that, and is just glad the situation will be resolved one way or the other, for the sake of himself and the rest of the light heavyweight contenders.

“I understand,” Smith said. “He’s the double champ, and he wanted to hold onto that as long as he could, and I couldn’t say that I would’ve done any different. I’m just glad that it’s moving again. I just hope that Jon doesn’t beat Gustafsson and then hold the division up again.

“I just don’t think that Daniel has any intention (of defending). I think that’s what it comes down to. If he had a timeline of like, ‘I’m going to fight Derrick Lewis at this time, and then in March I’m going to defend the 205 title,’ I think he’d still have it. But I think Jon Jones and Gustafsson fighting for it, he has no intention.”

Anthony Smith faces Volkan Oezdemir tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Moncton tomorrow night.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 138 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.


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Ben Askren kept up his trash talk today on Twitter.

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Body kick!

Sometimes a kick catch doesn’t pan out:

The T-rex dance from Marcelo Rojo!

George Foreman and Ron Lyle was a heavyweight fight I hadn’t known about until today. What a slugfest!

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Volkan Oezdemir Believes Daniel Cormier Won’t Return to Light Heavyweight

On Saturday night, UFC Moncton plays host to two of the heaviest hitters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division when Volkan Oezdemir battles with the surging Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC Fight Night 138.
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Rising Women’s MMA Star Kayla Harrison to Return on New Year’s Eve PFL Championship Event

Professional Fighters League has announced an event in New York City for New Year’s Eve, which will feature six title fights and Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison’s third professional mixed martial arts bout. An opponent has yet to be revealed.
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Sergio Pettis to Return to Bantamweight Following UFC 229 Setback, Coach Says

Sergio Pettis appeared to have turned a corner at 125 pounds with a signature win against Joseph Benavidez earlier this summer.
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