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Video: Recovering Matt Hughes returns to hospital to honor nurses who treated him

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Matt Hughes continues his recovery from a near-fatal truck accident earlier this year, a recovery that would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the medical staff at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

That’s why the UFC hall-of-famer recently returned to the facility to honor his attending nurses Ashley Hull and Megan Simpson, who were both nominated and subsequently awarded for their dedication to their craft.

It’s nice to have a feel-good story these days.

Hughes was hospitalized back in June after the truck he was driving collided with a train. His future was unknown at the time and doctors recommended the “minimally responsive” wrestler be paired with a brain specialist.

Just a few months later and Hughes was already back on the mats.

While his UFC return is officially off the table, something tells me his unemployment is going to end sooner rather than later. Not sure we can say the same about that other “knucklehead,” but that’s Scott Coker’s problem.

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Following UFC ‘Contender Series’ win, John Castaneda returns to Combate Americas for ‘Copa Combate’ on Nov. 11

When John Castaneda captured a dominant, unanimous decision win over Cheyden Leialoha as part of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, the general consensus was that “Sexi Mexi” was going to ride the pine until Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made him an offer.

Sorry, he’s got bigger fish to fry.

Castaneda will instead return to Combate Americas to enter “Copa Combate,” the historic one-night, eight-man bantamweight mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament taking place on Sat., Nov. 11, 2017 in Cancun, Mexico, with a grand prize of $ 100,000 awaiting the winner.

“We are excited to welcome John Castaneda back to Combate Americas, where he has amassed the most wins of any fighter in our young, but fast-growing organization, and delivered some of the most memorable moments ever in La Jaula with his explosive style of fighting and vicious knockout power,” said Combate Americas CEO and UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren.

Castaneda (14-2) is no stranger to the Combate brand, having racked up six straight wins with four violent finishes inside La Jaula. That includes last May’s devastating technical knockout win over five-time UFC veteran Chris Beal.

The “Copa Combate” tournament will be separated into four brackets with the top four combatants earning seeds based on their respective world rankings, while quarterfinal opponents will be determined via lottery ball drawing.

The remaining fighters for this November’s tournament extravaganza, featuring athletes from various parts of Latin America, as well as Spain and the U.S., will be announced in the coming days, along with ticket on-sale dates and information.

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Sage Northcutt Returns to Lightweight, Faces Quinones at UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk

Sage Northcutt will return to 155 pounds to face Michel Quinones at UFC Fight Night 120.
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UFC Vet John Howard Returns, Faces ‘Leprechaun’ Carroll in Oct. 27 CES MMA 46 Headliner

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran John Howard will return the cage to take on Roger “The Leprechaun” Carroll, headlining for longstanding northeastern outfit Classic Entertainment and Sports MMA.
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Conor McGregor returns to PPV on Sept. 30 in London

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor doesn’t need a fight to headline (and sell out) a pay-per-view (PPV) event, one of the perks of being the most popular mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the world.

“Notorious” conducted a sit-down interview with Ariel Helwani last January in Manchester — nearly causing a riot in the process — and will return to England once again for a second interview with UFC analyst Dan Hardy.

“An Evening with Conor McGregor” takes place Sat., Sept. 30, 2017 inside Indigo at O2 Arena in London, with tickets priced anywhere from £60 to £595. It will also stream on PPV, though a price point has yet to be established.

McGregor is probably even more popular than he was the first time he sat down for a chat with fans, thanks to his technical knockout loss in last month’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada.

See the replay here.

An Octagon return is expected later this year and with any luck, his “Notorious” plans will be revealed on Sept. 30 across the pond.

Stay tuned.

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After Pico Upset, Zach Freeman Returns to Face Saad Awad at Bellator 186 on Nov. 3

Zach Freeman made a name for himself by shocking highly-touted prospect Aaron Pico at Madison Garden. Now he’ll face a Bellator MMA veteran in his second promotional foray.
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Andrei Arlovski returns at UFC Fight Night 120 against Brazilian prospect Junior Albini

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will be back in action when he takes on rising prospect Junior Albini at UFC Fight Night 120 on Nov. 11 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., per a recent announcement by the promotion.

Arlovski, 38, is currently riding a career-worst five-fight losing streak, including a recent decision loss to Marcin Tybura back in June. The UFC veteran last tasted an Octagon victory when he defeated Frank Mir via unanimous decision at UFC 191. If Arlovski isn’t able to get past a youngster like Albini he may be the next name on the UFC chopping block.

Albini, 26, made a huge promotional debut when he knocked out veteran heavyweight Timothy Johnson in just three minutes at UFC on FOX 25 this past July. The up-and-coming Brazilian is on a 10-fight win streak, including eight finishes, and could make a huge divisional splash if he can overthrow a proven vet like “Pit Bull.”

UFC Fight Night 120 will be headlined by a lightweight showdown between divisional staple Dustin Poirier and former 155-pound champion Anthony Pettis, and also feature a welterweight clash pitting UFC veteran Diego Sanchez against fan favorite Matt Brown.

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Diego Sanchez Returns to 170 Pounds, Faces Matt Brown at UFC Fight Night 120

Diego Sanchez will return to 170 pounds for the first time since 2012 when he faces Matt Brown at UFC Fight Night 120.
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Takanori Gomi, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira book UFC returns this fall

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing back a couple of aging veterans for a pair of international fight cards this fall.

First up will be former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi, 38, who collides with Dong Hyun Kim (“Maestro,” not “Stun Gun”) at the UFC Fight Night 117 event on FOX Sports 1 from Japan.

MMA Junkie brought word of that pairing on Friday.

Gomi (35-13, 1 NC) has now lost four in a row and was finished in each defeat. Kim (14-8-3) recently snapped a two-fight losing streak by outpointing Brendan O’Reilly at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 finale last December.

Hard to imagine Gomi gets another UFC fight with a loss.

Also making his UFC return — and also no stranger to PRIDE FC — is Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who locks horns with light heavyweight slugger Jared Cannonier. They’ll mix it up at the UFC “Norfolk” event slated for Virginia’s Ted Constant Convocation Center on Nov. 11.

That’s according a report to Combate.

The 41-year-old Nogueira (22-8) has not competed since his technical knockout loss to Ryan Bader in late 2016. Cannonier (10-2), meanwhile, elbowed his way into the win column at TUF 25 Finale last July.

Early predictions on these two match ups?

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Germaine de Randamie Returns to Bantamweight, Faces Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 115

After capturing the UFC’s inaugural featherweight championship, Germaine de Randamie will return to bantamweight for her next Octagon appearance.
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