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Gray Maynard Returns to Lightweight, Meets Nik Lentz at UFC 229 in Las Vegas

Gray Maynard will return to the division where he challenged for championship gold when he meets Nik Lentz in a lightweight affair at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on Oct. 6.
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Nate Diaz Returns to Face Dustin Poirier at UFC 230

Gird your loins and dust off your favorite vape pen, because Nate Diaz – our favorite trash-talking, Conor McGregor-beating Stockton badboy – is coming back.

He’ll be taking on Dustin Poirier in the co-main event of UFC 230. Since we know Diaz is capable of hyping a fight and generating monster interest, the UFC is essentially handing Poirier an opportunity on a silver platter – it’ll be up to Poirier to make the most of it.

As for who will win and who will lose… who cares! Diaz is back!

Here’s the LA Times:

Nate Diaz will return to the UFC octagon after more than a two-year absence Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden for an expected firefight of a stand-up bout against destructive puncher Dustin Poirier, the Los Angeles Times learned Thursday.

The lightweight bout will serve as the co-main event at UFC 230.

Stockton’s Diaz (20-11) has participated in the main event of two of the most lucrative UFC pay-per-view cards in history, first by taking a March 2016 fight against Conor McGregor on less than two weeks’ notice to submit him in the second round.

Then, after Diaz and his fighter brother, Nick, engaged McGregor in a bottle-and-can throwing exchange during a pre-fight news conference, he lost to McGregor by decision in one of the most thrilling bouts in the organization’s history.

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Heavyweight Prospect Tyrell Fortune Returns to Face Josue Lugo at Bellator 201

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Tyrell Fortune will square off against Josue Lugo at Bellator 201.
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Till Returns To Liverpool, Where He Was Stabbed Twice And Left For Dead

Maybe it was this guy?

Who says you can’t go home again?

Local hero and undefeated welterweight up-and-comer Darren Till returns to Liverpool, England for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 130 headliner, held inside Echo Arena on Sun., May 27, 2018, on FOX Sports 1.

Fortunately, Till will have to fight just one man as opposed to 20, something that happened to the not-dumb cunt when he was a “fucking crazy” lad and looking to get his fight fix in the seedy night clubs of Liverpool.

“I was a troubled kid, hanging out with the wrong people, getting into trouble in Liverpool,” Till said. “Got into trouble in a nightclub, this guy comes up and just stabs me twice. I was in the hospital for like a week or two.”

Once he was released, his coach sent him to Brazil to train (sans distractions).

After racking up four wins in five appearances inside the Octagon (with one draw), Till (16-0-1) — who made headlines last fall for wrangling “Cowboy” Cerrone — earned his toughest test to date in the form of Thompson.

“Wonderboy” (14-2-1) was able to punch his way back into the win column with a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217, following a pair of unsuccessful title attempts against reigning division champion Tyron Woodley.

We’re roughly 72 hours from fight night and at this point, we should forget about the weight cut and worry more about Till dying in a knife fight against a killing, fornicating Alpha Male like this guy.

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Anastasia Yankova Returns to Face Kate Jackson at Bellator 200 in London on May 25

Unbeaten flyweight contender Anastasia Yankova will return to action for the first time in more than a year when she faces Kate Jackson at Bellator 200.
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Anastasia Yankova Returns to Face Kate Jackson at Bellator 200 in London on May 25

Unbeaten flyweight contender Anastasia Yankova will return to action for the first time in more than a year when she faces Kate Jackson at Bellator 200.
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Angela Lee Returns from Car Wreck, Rematches Mei Yamaguchi at May One Championship Card

A horrific car accident couldn’t beat Angela Lee. Now, One Championship’s 115-pound women’s champion is back to built on her undefeated record in a more convention way.
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Roger Huerta Returns to Bellator – Remember Him?

There was a brief moment in history when Roger Huerta was the center of the universe.

He was pushed by the UFC as their next big star. He was racking up wins in the Octagon. He was even featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated – a feat that was unheard by MMA fighters back in the day.

And then he fell off the face of the Earth.

Or, more aptly, he got into a contract dispute with the UFC, and you know how those go.

From there, Huerta couldn’t find wins to save his life. He lost in the UFC, he lost in Bellator, he lost everywhere, and ended up training and fighting in South East Asia, where ONE FC has been giving him paychecks to throw down in the cage.

Well, Bellator needed someone to face UFC refugee Benson Henderson in the main event of Bellator 196, so guess who’s back?

Henderson’s career has been in a godawful downward spiral, but in this match-up, Huerta just might have him beat in ability to find that “L” no matter what.

As per MMAFighting:

It’s not the original, announced main event. But MMA fans in Hungary will be getting a special treat next month.

Benson Henderson will meet the returning Roger Huerta in the headliner of Bellator 196 on April 6 in Budapest, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. James Gallagher, who was supposed to headline the card against Adam Borics, had to withdraw due to a hand injury and the bout was scrapped. Borics will remain on the card.

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Mirko Cro Cop Returns to Bellator 200

The recycling machine rolls on with Bellator.

Mirko Cro Cop, formerly of, well every other promotion out there, is stepping back into the cage for Bellator 200 in London, England. His opponent: Roy Nelson, who Cro Cop fought and lost to back at UFC 137 in 2011.

Traditionally, the Croation kickboxer does well in jurisdictions with weak drug testing, so draw your own conclusions on this one…

Here’ the official release:

An exciting battle between heavyweight fan-favorites Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2, 1 NC) and Roy Nelson (23-15) has been added to historic Bellator 200 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on Friday, May 25.

The two renowned fighters join a stacked card that already includes a Bellator middleweight title matchup pitting current champ Rafael Carvalho (15-1) against Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2), while former titleholder Phil Davis (18-4) takes on Linton Vassell (18-6) in a light heavyweight matchup and undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (12-0) meets David “The Caveman” Rickels (19-4, 2 NC) at welterweight.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at The SSE Arena, Wembley Box Office (0844 815 0815), Ticketmaster.com, ssearena.co.uk and axs.com. Bellator 200 will be broadcast on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App. Additional contests will be announced in coming weeks.

The man synonymous with head kick knockouts, Mirko Cro Cop makes his way to Bellator in the midst of an eight-fight win streak that includes TKO victories over “King Mo” Lawal, Gabriel Gonzaga and Satoshi Ishii. The proud Croatian famously won the PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix championship, as well as the RIZIN World Grand Prix 2016 title and K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final in kickboxing. One of the most feared strikers in MMA history, Cro Cop owns additional career wins over Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett (x3), Pat Barry, Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman.

Fighting out of Las Vegas, Roy Nelson made his Bellator debut at Bellator 183 in September with a hard-fought victory over Javy Ayala following an eight-year, 19-fight run with UFC that saw him earn wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, “Bigfoot” Silva, Cheick Kongo and Mirko Cro Cop. “Big Country” also memorably defeated the late Kimbo Slice and later went on to win season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. Having recently fought Matt Mitrione in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix, Nelson is looking for a big win over one of the sport’s true legends.

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Mirko Cro Cop Returns to Bellator 200

The recycling machine rolls on with Bellator.

Mirko Cro Cop, formerly of, well every other promotion out there, is stepping back into the cage for Bellator 200 in London, England. His opponent: Roy Nelson, who Cro Cop fought and lost to back at UFC 137 in 2011.

Traditionally, the Croation kickboxer does well in jurisdictions with weak drug testing, so draw your own conclusions on this one…

Here’ the official release:

An exciting battle between heavyweight fan-favorites Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2, 1 NC) and Roy Nelson (23-15) has been added to historic Bellator 200 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on Friday, May 25.

The two renowned fighters join a stacked card that already includes a Bellator middleweight title matchup pitting current champ Rafael Carvalho (15-1) against Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2), while former titleholder Phil Davis (18-4) takes on Linton Vassell (18-6) in a light heavyweight matchup and undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (12-0) meets David “The Caveman” Rickels (19-4, 2 NC) at welterweight.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at The SSE Arena, Wembley Box Office (0844 815 0815), Ticketmaster.com, ssearena.co.uk and axs.com. Bellator 200 will be broadcast on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App. Additional contests will be announced in coming weeks.

The man synonymous with head kick knockouts, Mirko Cro Cop makes his way to Bellator in the midst of an eight-fight win streak that includes TKO victories over “King Mo” Lawal, Gabriel Gonzaga and Satoshi Ishii. The proud Croatian famously won the PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix championship, as well as the RIZIN World Grand Prix 2016 title and K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final in kickboxing. One of the most feared strikers in MMA history, Cro Cop owns additional career wins over Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett (x3), Pat Barry, Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman.

Fighting out of Las Vegas, Roy Nelson made his Bellator debut at Bellator 183 in September with a hard-fought victory over Javy Ayala following an eight-year, 19-fight run with UFC that saw him earn wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, “Bigfoot” Silva, Cheick Kongo and Mirko Cro Cop. “Big Country” also memorably defeated the late Kimbo Slice and later went on to win season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. Having recently fought Matt Mitrione in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix, Nelson is looking for a big win over one of the sport’s true legends.

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